I’ve been enjoying Bioderma micellar waters for the past few years, so it’s nice to see that the brand finally has a larger presence in Singapore.
Now easily available at hospital pharmacies, as well as major ones such as Guardian and Watsons, these clean-all micelle solutions are excellent for leisurely makeup removal or for when you’re in a pinch.
Here’s a little about how they work:
Suspended in water, micelles have a unique molecular structure that helps lift impurities, dirt and sebum upon contact with the skin. With both hydrophilic (water-loving) and hydrophobic (water-repelling) characteristics, they easily pick up oil and dirt without causing distress to the skin.
In addition, the biomemetic nature of the fatty acids in the cult cleansers from Bioderma helps to restore the skin’s protective layer, thanks to their biological compatibility and identical pH-level.
Feeling much like water, these non-rinse liquids cut through creams, powders and potions but often meet waterproof mascaras with resistance, in particular those from Japanese brands. For the last, I like to use bi-phase or oil removers.
I very seldom use them alone, preferring to follow-up with a cleansing gel or facial foam. This is because there is a touch of residue post-use and I’m not fond of the slightly sticky sensation (it’s more pronounced with the blue/white hydrating version).
That said, for quick fixes or makeup assignments, spritzes of thermal spring water (Vichy, La Roche Posay, Avène…even Bioderma has one but it’s unavailable here) are great for a cleaner feel. A Bioderma micelle solution + a facial mist is my favourite combination for freshening up my face when it starts to feel a little greasy and uncomfortable but doesn’t need deep-cleansing just yet.
Happily, the ABCDerm for infants/toddlers is finally available here. It’s not only useful for wipe-downs during diaper changes, it’s great for grubby hands too, when there isn’t a washroom nearby. I like how the travel-sized version of the chubby bottle fits perfectly in the palm of my hand! Super cute.
Here is more information on the Bioderma micellar water range:
Bioderma Sensibio H2O – The all-rounder star product that started it all, it has a natural complex comprising saccharides and golden seaweed extract (this reminds me of the west’s fondness for algae in skincare!) to improve the skin’s resilence. It also has moisturising, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Note: In France, it is (was?) known as Crealine, instead of Sensibio.
Bioderma Hydrabio H2O – Formulated with aquaporins that enable the skin to rehydrate itself, this variation contains apple seed extract to stimulate the skin’s natural hydrating capabilities, and niacin (Vitamin PP or Vitamin B3) to lock in moisture within dermal layers.
Bioderma Sebium H2O – For dilated pores and oil-prone skin, this variation contains copper sulfate and zinc gluconate to purify the skin and regulate sebum production in a non-drying manner. Its soft blue tint comes from the natural colouring of copper sulfate.
Bioderma ABCDerm H2O – A dermo-paediatric cleanser dedicated to babies and young children, its gentle formula adheres to high safety standards for infant products. Paraben-free, soap-free and alcohol-free.
Hypoallergenic and mindful of the skin’s equilibrium, all four products can be used as daily cleansers and are much favoured by dermatologists. According to the brand, Bioderma rose to fame because it was consistently prescribed by dermatologists.
Prices: S$15.90 for 100 ml, S$29.90 for 250 ml and S$39.90 for 500 ml. Compared to their prices in France, they might seem somewhat costly. However, the stores here do offer periodic promotions on them. :)