Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Best Moisturizer at the Drugstore | BIODERMA Review

BIODERMA Review
I remember when Bioderma's Sensibio H2O micellar water first came to Canadian drugstores, making it no longer an item that could only be tracked down at French pharmacies. Since then, their entire line has become a staple in my bathroom. Although I don't love their gel facial cleansers (I find them to be a bit drying) their serums, moisturizers and body washes are fantastic and I've repurchased all of these multiple times.

"BIODERMA is a French skincare brand whose products are known for being highly effective but gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin. BIODERMA's approach involves reactivating the skin's natural resources to help it resist and recover its normal functions, which are those found in healthy skin. Their products are loved throughout the world, are prescribed by dermatologists and can be found in the kits of top makeup artists."

Best Moisturizer Drugstore

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on some Bioderma products from their Hydrabio, Atoderm and Cicabio collections.

Hydrabio Moisturizing Makeup Removing Micelle Solution $14.90

This micellar water works to lift makeup off the skin and add moisture back to the epidermis. I prefer to use oil-based cleansers for makeup removal, and instead I'll use micellar water in the morning. The gentle, hydrating solution removes dead skin, dirt and leftover skincare without irritating or drying out my skin like how tap water does. A great option for cleansing combo skin in the AM.

Hydrabio Serum - Moisturizing Concentrate $34.90

I love this serum, it's my ideal hyaluronic acid-based plumping layer that calms and protects my skin from drying out. With niacinamide (B3, helps tighten pores and strengthen the skin) and apple extract, it's suitable for morning and night.

Hydrabio Gel-Cream Moisturizing Cream $29.50

The perfect layer to add over Hydrabio Serum, the gel-cream is combo-skin's BFF. It's great for teens and adults, and great to use if you have active acne or healing acne scars. Salicylic acid (exfoliating) and squalene (moisturizing) make this a daily staple for me.

Cicabio Soothing Repairing Cream $15.90

I first discovered the Cicabio line when this cream came as a gift-with-purchase. When I started experimenting with acids, retinol, and other exfoliators to combat breakouts, I began to experience dermatitis and flakiness. This Repairing Cream has a super unique, almost gritty and thin texture that leaves a fine, repairing oil-based layer on the skin that will repair a damaged moisture barrier with continued use.

Atoderm Intensive Balm $25.90

THIS, is the moist moisturizing body lotion at the drugstore. Full stop. I love the big pump format, fragrance-free formula and the way it sinks into my hands after how much washing I've been doing lately.

Atoderm/Hydrabio Mist $13.90

Especially in the winter, I'm all for a good hydrating mist. I'll use it directly before applying serum to soften my skin and get the cells ready to deeply absorb my moisturizer. These are also wonderful when kept in the fridge in the summer to cool down. 

Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel $13.90

Known as a dupe to my favourite L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil, I use Bioderma Shower Oil daily to gently cleanse my skin. I often get dry, scaly patches on my arms, legs, knees and elbows, so this is a game changer. It cleanses thoroughly and quickly while keeping skin balanced and free from intense dryness. Note that I always follow up with a light moisturizer still. It's also great for a bubble bath.
 
Bioderma has been around since 1970, and with good reason. Now celebrating 50 years, I can't wait to continue shopping from them for my skincare staples. Have you found any favs from them?
xx
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