Micellar waters seem to having their moment in beauty lately and before the micellar water market became saturated there was Bioderma. In fact there was a time when Bioderma Sensibio H2O was the "it" micellar water and it still remains well established both as a innovator and longstanding favorite with one bottle of Sensibio H2O sold around the world every two seconds!
Micellar (pronounced my-sell-er) water is composed of purified soft water and mild surfactant oils. The suspended molecules form microscopic spheres called micelles, which draw out and dissolve dirt and oil when they come into contact with your skin. To use micellar water, you apply it to a cotton pad or cotton ball and swipe it across your skin to let it do it's thing. The micellar water will leave behind soft, cleansed and hydrated skin.
What is Micellar Water?
The Origins of Micellar WaterMicellar water was first developed in France as an alternative to the region's harsh water supply. It became popular since it was a cleansing water that didn't require rinsing and helped Parisians to avoid using hard tap on their skin. Micellar waters have since become popular in the fashion and beauty industries among makeup artists and models as a means to quickly and effectively cleanse the skin without stripping it. In 1991, Bioderma perfected the formulation by creating fatty acid esters (the the constituent elements of micelles) that are biologically compatible with the phospholipids of skin cell membranes. This meant that their micellar water would cleanse while also rebalancing the skin.
Micellar waters are a multi-tasking beauty product that can be used as a makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. Because they work so gently, micellar waters are ideal for all skin types. Bioderma is one of first and few brands that offer a range of micellar waters for different skin needs. It's no wonder it's a French pharmacy staple!
Muji Facial Soft Cut Unbleached Cotton Squares, made of organic cotton which feel like little clouds against your skin and actually hold the product you put on them instead of absorbing it all like most drugstore cotton balls do. The water has a cooling sensation on contact and I didn't have to do much other than swipe lightly around my face to remove my makeup. I was especially impressed with how little effort it took to remove all of my eye makeup. I will say that it is effective at taking off long wearing lip products and mascara, even waterproof mascara. After just one use, I could see why this product gets so much love. My skin felt clean, balanced and refreshed. This is a great quick cleanser/skin refresher and a great additional makeup removing step prior to double cleansing in the evenings.
Hydrabio H2O is formulated for dry, sensitive skin types. It contains patented Aquagenium which stimulates the skin's natural moisturizing capacities by promoting the synthesis of two components naturally found in the skin to rebuild the moisture barrier and retain the water it needs to be balanced. Bioderma Hydrabio H2O looks and feels just like the Sensibio H2O with one distinguishing difference in that it has a scent. While it's mild and smells faintly like soap, it is there. It also works to effectively remove makeup in just one pass with one cotton pad. I think the Sensibio is slightly more effective on waterproof/long wearing makeup. My skin does feel a bit more hydrated compared to when using the Sensibio. That may have something to do with the Aquageium. This product also contains glycerin and niacinamide. I see myself using this one more during the colder months for sure.
Sébium H2O is a purifying formula designed especially to address the needs of oily, acne-prone, and combination skin. With Fluidactiv, a patented complex, that regulates sebum quality to keep the pores from becoming clogged and clear up the skin and enriched with purifying agents, zinc gluconate and copper sulphate it works to cleanse without drying or stripping while regulating sebum production for a fresh, matte finish. I didn't try this one since I don't have oily skin but I did have my husband who does have oily skin give it try as a post cleansing toner and it does effectively rebalance the skin the skin while removing any traces of residue.
My only previous experience with micellar water was when I tried the Koh Gen Doh Cleansing Spa Water and the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water. Neither product sold me on micellar waters. The former was unimpressive and the latter irritated my eyes and felt like it left a weird film on my skin. Having tried both the Bioderma and Garnier micellar cleansing waters, I don't feel that the Garnier is a full on dupe of the Bioderma. I mean it fulfills similar functions and is more affordable but they don't use the same ingredients and the Garnier product happens to contain polyaminopropyl biguanide (PHMB) a preservative that has been found to be potentially carcinogenic and allergenic. No thanks!
Bioderma has changed my mind about micellar cleansing waters and I've been switching between the Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Hydrabio H2O as my everyday makeup remover even after I finished up my testing period on them. The Sensibio narrowly edges out the Hydrabio as my favorite since it is scent-free and slightly more effective at makeup removal. This is great for a midday refresh and it's ideal for travel as well.
All three types of the Bioderma Micellar Waters can be purchased online from Beautylish for $16.90 each for the 500 mL size and $6.90 for the 100 mL size.
Do you use micellar waters in your skincare routine? Have you tried any of the ones from Bioderma?