Launched in the UK: Bioderma, thoughts & reviews

Hi lovelies, feels like forever since I typed on here. The reality probably is, it probably isn’t as long as it feels but I have been taking a little break from all things in life such as blogging and (cringes) university work, and although the pile of work has slowly turned from a hill to a mountain I honestly feel I needed the rest to recuperate. That being said, I’ve had lots of time to spoil myself and play around with products and here are my thoughts on a new launch in the UK.

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Bioderma is a French skincare line which has launched in the UK and made quite a bit of a splash a few weeks back. Now I’ve mentioned Bioderma quite a few times over here, the Bioderma Crealine (how the french say it)/Sensibio (how we say it) H2O Micellar Solution is a must have holy grail item for me which I use practically on a daily basis. I didn’t really venture past the Micellar water every time I visit French pharmacies or Bioderma stockists and I am now rather ashamed of my beauty exploration skills! I’ve been missing out! The line contains 5 different ranges: Atoderm (dry & atopic skin), Sensibio (sensitive skin), Sebium (oily & acne prone skin), Photoderm (high protection sun care line) and Hydrabio (specifically for dehydrated skin).

The Micellar water itself is the very first Micellar water to ever exist. It is actually so popular it is sold more than Chanel No5 per minute worldwide. It is actually sold every six seconds across the globe. I use it every day as a cleanser makeup remover and have stuck to it religiously since 2010. Since my first introduction to it three years ago, I have never not had a bottle at hand. When I heard Bioderma was coming over to our shores, it wasn’t the Micellar water I was intrigued by but instead what else Bioderma have to offer and whether the rest of their range matches the quality of their best seller.

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I know I mention a lot of dry/normal skin products over here as that is my skin type but today I actually have something more suited to oily/combination skin to share with you all. The Sebium range is aimed at those who struggle with oilier skin and the range helps contain levels of sebum within the skin. There really is a lot of science that goes into creating the range and I’ve had the luxury of trying out some of the products from this range on my acne prone friend. I really wanted to get the chance to try the products well before reporting back.

She reports that the Sebium H2O (£4.50/100ml) leaves her skin feeling matte, and very clean after use. She has previously tried the Sensibio but finds this one is better at oil control. I myself was intrigued to see if there truly is a difference and after use noticed that the Sebium H2O was too drying and moisture removing for me – it would be as my skin is already dry! However ffrom someone who the range is suited to with more oily/combination skin, it seems like we have two thumbs up. She has given up her old makeup remover and stocked up on some more of the Sebium H2O with my Escentual.com order. She has also been trying out the Sebium Pore Refiner (£14.80/30ml) and says she finds it very good for applying under makeup and creating a really nice smooth base that ensures she doesn’t get excess oil coming out throughout the day.

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Now I’ve got dry skin that ranges from very dry to normal depending on its mood. I thought the best thing to do is try testing both the Atoderm and Hydrabio range on myself and figure out my thoughts. The first item I tried was the Atoderm Nourishing Cream (£11/200ml) which is both a face and body cream that comes in a whopping 200ml size and is really quite affordable. It acts like a barrier and helps lock moisture in. I was a little hesitant in trying a ‘ulta-rich’ moisturiser as I was worried I’d be left with ultra-oily residue (it has happened!)  but I was pleasantly surprised as I find it to melt in and leave no residue. I have to say this has been absolutely amazing at banishing the horrible flaky dry skin around my nose, it really has excelled my expectations and my legs especially have  really been relishing the application – does anyone else find legs to be super dry after shaving?!

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The Hydrabio Moisturising Concentrate Serum (£17.50/40ml) is actually a much more recent purchase and I haven’t had the chance to test it out for a month, instead I’ve only had about two weeks or so to play around with it. However that being said I have had it long enough to notice just how much of a moisture boost you get from it. Sometimes, especially when I’m travelling, I have such dull lackluster skin which is in need of desperate hydration and this seems to help with that. The texture is really smooth and silky, and I find myself dabbing a little on my cheekbones after makeup is on to add a bit of a dewy finish to my cheeks.

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The final product I introduce to you is from the Photoderm range, which if you remember is all about protection. This Photoderm Spot SPF 50+ (£14.00/30ml)  which is a high intensity SPF and is definitely my most favourite find from Bioderma. I’ll go on to explain just why but before I do so, let’s quickly look at what Bioderma have to say because I can’t fully explain the technical side of things in my words. This product provides:

 Specific maximum photoprotection for sensitive and reactive skin prone to redness.  The maximum anti-UVB efficacy and unmatched “extreme anti-UVA” performance of Photoderm AR safely protect against sunburn, prevent sun intolerance reactions and combat premature cutaneous ageing. A major advance against risks of cell damage, its exclusive patented Cellular BIOprotection® complex* provides optimum protection for the skin cells.

A lot of research has gone into too provide the very best protection against damage and although there hasn’t really been enough sun in the UK to test against, I cannot wait for my trip to Dubai and Saudi Arabia as I will be fully equipped with a scorching sun to test this product against. But already without that I am in love with this. This is the best SPF product I have ever owned and I have owned many, both affordable and rather expensive. The reason being so is the texture and application of the product. It really sinks well into my skin and does not leave that horrible horrible white film like layer over my tanned skin tone. Most SPF’s do, no matter how well I rub it in. They leave a tacky shiny residue on my face that I attempt to counteract with heavy heavy powder application but throughout the day the shiny look comes through making my skin look like its of oily/combination nature when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. As you can probably guess this is definitely something I feel really passionate about and am over the moon with discovering a product that leaves no residue/aftereffects upon applying. I really am so impressed and am fully confident that this will become a staple in my collection for years to come. Once applied it feels and look like it was never applied in the first place which is exactly the results I’ve been searching for, I’m just so glad I’ve finally found it now.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my introduction to more of the Bioderma range and I will be bringing you more thoughts on the brand as I discover them. I definitely will be reporting back on the SPF protection once I’ve tested it out on the Arabian sun! You can now get Bioderma at John Bell & Croydon where someone will be at hand to help you figure out what is best for your skin. For those who can’t get to a brand you can also pick it up here.

Have a great day lovelies, Tanzina x

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