Can't live without ... Bioderma Hydrabio H20
I have been using this product for a very long time and I cannot remember how I managed my skincare before I found this cleansing yet hydrating micellar water. My first foray was with Bioderma Sensibio H20 (pink packaging) designed for "sensitive to intolerant" skin - it was the one that I kept seeing in YouTube videos. For my skin though it was just a bit too drying, so I tried the Hydrabio version designed for "dehydrated sensitive skin".
In reviewing my favourite skincare for Beauty Literate, I have noticed that some of my older products contain fragrance, whereas my newer finds tend not to. When my skin was more stable, I guess I did not have to worry too much about fragrance but since my skin has become more sensitive, I try to avoid it in my products. In general however I am tolerant of essential oils and natural fragrance and I was surprised that when listing the ingredients for Hydrabio it contained fragrance - something I had forgotten as it is a very faint 'clean' scent and has never caused my skin a problem.
Hydrabio is a staple in my skincare routine come good or bad skin day. I use Hydrabio for all make-up removal, it is my first cleanse before I go in with a second oil or balm cleanser at the sink. I soak a cotton pad, hold it on my eyes/lips for a few seconds before swiping makeup away no matter how stubborn it is designed to be. I turn the pad over and then swipe over the rest of my face and neck to remove foundation, bronzer, etc. Without fail, it removes my makeup efficiently (without stinging my eyes).
If my skin is flaring up with eczema, I most likely won't have makeup on but I will still use Hydrabio, as my single cleanser. When cleansing irritated skin, I avoid using any product that requires water or a flannel to remove as I don't want to aggravate or dry my face out any further. I find Hydrabio to be so friendly that it does not sting broken skin yet so efficient that it works with gentle swipes of a soaked cotton pad. It leaves my skin soft and and it really does have hydrating properties which I continue to be amazed about. It's ability to help my face feel moisturised even after cleansing is what makes it stand out. (Bioderma says this is down to it's patented "Aquagenium").
Bioderma's micellar waters are also a useful to have on hand when applying make-up. The tip of the bottle is just big enough for a cotton bud to fit in and allows you to turn the bottle upside down without spillage. You can then use the soaked bud to remove any mascara smudges or sharpen your winged-liner. If applying concealer or foundation accentuates a dry patch, use Hydrabio on a cotton pad to lightly rub the flakes away, re-moisturise and re-apply your makeup to that area. I carry micellar water in a travel bottle in my handbag so I can do just that if flaky patches appear while I am out and about.
Gushing over. Escentual do 1/3 off every so often and Boots sometimes offer it as 3 for 2 (so about £7 for a 250ml bottle); there are deals to be had with online pharmacies too.