Bioderma: Hydrabio vs. Sensibio
Winter has been kicking my skin’s ass this year. For the first time in my life I’m living in an incredibly arid climate and as someone with xxxtra dry skin, it’s been a total fucking nightmare. I’m talking full lizard skin, flaky patches flying everywhere. Because of this, I’ve nixed any and all products that contribute to dryness from my routine until further notice. I posted on Instagram that it seemed the cult-classic Micellar Water from Bioderma’s Sensibio line was totally wrecking my skin. And yes, I rinse my micellar water off like a good girl, so that wasn’t the cause. P.S. you should be rinsing your micellar water off.
Bioderma ended up contacting me to say that they had seen my review and would love to send me some of the Hydrabio line to test out. This line has always been in my periphery, but I never bit the bullet, instead I stuck to the classic Sensibio Micellar Water. I’ve always had the suspicion that the Sensibio was contributing to my skin’s dryness, but I could never tell for certain and everyone else seemed to rave about how gentle and non-stripping it was. When I moved into this drier climate, it became a lot easier for me to tell which products were drying me out. The second I rinsed the Sensibio Micellar water off of my face, it was always tight and painful. So I gave it up and decided to not be lazy anymore for the sake of my skin. And then Bioderma emailed me about the Hydrabio line and now I get to be lazy again. Thank god.
So, as you can tell from these images, Bioderma was very generous with their PR package. If I’m being honest, I would have never purchased the majority of these items on my own. That said, I’ve fallen in love with a few of the products and can’t wait to tell you all about those and give you the scoop on which products are just ok.
Cleansing With Hydrabio
This is everything a dry-skinned gal could ask for in a cleanser. It’s extra creamy, super gentle, and leaves my skin plump and soft. No painful tightness. No residue left behind. As you all probably know by now from my unending proclamations of love, I’m obsessed with my Foreo Luna Mini 2 and always look to make sure the product I second cleanse with is compatible with it. Because you’re meant to apply this product to a dry face, I was worried the Luna might not be able to work this cleanser all around my face. Thankfully, it does. I use around a nickel sized amount dispensed directly onto my Luna, and it goes all around my face and then some. This is tied with the Tonique as my favorite products I’ve tried from the line.
This is great. So so great! I don’t actually find this product to be moisturizing, but it doesn’t disrupt my skin’s moisture levels at all. For me, that’s fine. I don’t really need to get my hydration from a makeup remover, especially when I’ll be washing it off and going in with products afterwards. Compared to other brands of Micellar water that I’ve tried, Bioderma gets off more makeup with less product, rubbing, and overall fuss. Would you believe me if I told you this got rid of my waterproof mascara with minimal rubbing? Amazingly, it’s true.
Treating With Bioderma
I mentioned above that this is tied as one of my favorites from the line that I’ve tried. Now, as much as I love my Thayers Witch Hazel to tone, I really hate the lavender scent that I bought. So, when this arrived I was beyond excited to set that soapy-scented mess aside for a bit to test this out. Although this is a toner, it’s so hydrating I wouldn’t hesitate to classify this as a treatment product on par with serums. It’s pH balancing, calms redness, and adds a ton of hydration to my skin. I love to follow up with this after I use an acid exfoliator or a clay mask because it just tames any irritation with ease. It also contains a small amount of one of my favorite ingredients: niacinamide. I don’t do well with a high % of niacinamide on my skin (so I tend to avoid serums with it as a main ingredient), but I really love it when it’s inside of a more hydrating product. I get that breakout reducing, calming, pore tightening effect, without the dryness it’s often accompanied with. I don’t think I’ll be without this unless something even more brilliant makes its way into my hands.
I’ve tried many a hydrating serum in my days. This is good stuff. Bioderma claims that the Moisturizing Concentrate works with
Bioderma’s biological patent, Aquagenium, [to] retrain the skin to activate its natural moisturizing capacities by stimulating the production of aquaporins (water channels in the skin) and retaining the skins necessary water balance.
So take that for what you will. I’m not really sure how I would be able to judge whether my skin’s natural moisturizing capacities are stimulated. I do know that my skin does seem to retain hydration longer when I use this serum than when I do not. The price ($24.90 for 1.33 fl. oz.) is even better than my other favorite hydrating serum, the Jordan Samuel Skin Facial Hydrate Serum $29 for 1 fl. oz. The difference between most hydration serums and this one, is the lack of Hyaluronic Acid in here. Unlike serums with high % of HA, this doesn’t ever go tacky, instead it soaks right into the skin and is almost undetectable to the touch.
Soothing With Bioderma
I totally forgot to add this into the photo above, my bad! It is, however, pictured in the very first image of this blog post if you can muster the energy to scroll all the way up through my rambles. This is another win for me out of the line (and the last win you’re going to read about in this post). Before being sent this, my face spray of choice was the La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water, which I still absolutely love. Both have very similar purposes: to soothe dehydrated, sensitive skin of irritation, razor burn, etc. Out of the two, I think the Bioderma Brume is the more hydrating spray, and therefore is the one I use most often to give my skin a little boost of hydration throughout the day. I find the La Roche Posay spray to be more soothing and used it almost religiously when I was having laser hair removal. You get more product for less with the Bioderma Brume, so if you’re simply looking for a hydrating face spray at a decent price, this is your best bet. I also prefer the chunky bottle on this one because CHUNK!!! I love all things chunky.
This was a little underwhelming to me. It’s okay, but I definitely do not see myself repurchasing it after I’m done. As THE Hydrating Mask from a line dedicated to Hydration, this should be the shining star. But it’s just not. It’s soothing enough, but I don’t notice any real, lasting hydration after I wipe it off. Honestly, I think the toner does a better job at injecting moisture into the skin than this does. If you’re looking for a calming mask, I do love the Sensibio Mask.
I’ve been burned by gel and aqua creams too many times. Not literally burned, just to clarify. Basically, I just don’t see the point. I need richness in a moisturizer and the only aqua/gel moisturizer that’s ever come close is the Belif Aqua Bomb. The rest are simply not hydrating enough, and I really don’t find the texture satisfying. I need my skin to feel coated. Like really really coated in a rich cream. Maybe it’s a mental thing, but I really truly don’t believe that a gel will ever be enough for me.
So that’s a wrap on the Bioderma Hydrabio Line. There’s one more product from the line, the Crème, which I wasn’t sent that I’m curious about. Let me know if you’ve tried it! Bioderma also sent me a ton of their hydrating body products, which I will include in another post because ya girl is TIRED. Let me know down below what other Bioderma products you’re into or want to try. I’m really impressed with the quality, price, and performance of the majority of this line and cannot wait to test out more when I finish some things up.