After being mighty impressed by the Avene Micellar Lotion (reviewed here), which is recommended for sensitive skin, I decided to try the Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Cleansing Micelle Solution, which is recommended for Sensitive, Dehydrated Skin. Which my skin actually is, especially the top layers, despite being classified as a normal-oily combination. Bioderma also recommends this as being “Hydration generating, Fresh make-up remover, Non rinse”.
It comes in a 200 ml screw-on cap plastic bottle and is sold in Singapore at certain Guardian Pharmacies that stock Bioderma products – Parkway Parade and Centrepoint and probably a couple more. I purchased mine online because everything imported into Singapore is sold at a ridiculous markup.
The marketing blurb says:
Hydrabio H2O is the first moisturizing micelle solution with Aquagenium.
A Bioderma innovation, this patented biological complex re-trains the skin to generate and to lock it in on its surface. The micelles contained in its formula, in a single step, perfectly cleanse and remove make-up of face and eyes. The skin immediately regains comfort, suppleness and radiance.
Excellent skin and eye tolerance.
WATER (AQUA), GLYCERIN, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, POLYSORBATE 20, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, RHAMNOSE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, HEXYLDECANOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM).
The consistency is exactly like water and even though it contains castor oil (which can irritate the eyes), it doesn’t. There is a slight generic “lady-like” fragrance that won’t overwhelm. I’ve used this a couple of times to remove makeup or as a secondary cleanser for sunblock.
For me, I soak cotton pads with this to wipe off the grime and makeup, until the last pad shows no more coloured streaks or grimey marks. I like following up with a spritz of thermal water spray and possibly a light moisturiser after using this. While it does cleanse effectively, it doesn’t work that well on waterproof makeup. Like the Avene Micellar Lotion, a thin film is left on the skin after usage.
In terms of how it works on my normal-oily and dehydrated combination skin (such a paradox), I don’t find much difference between this and the Avene Micellar Lotion. So I’d say, go for the best price point/sale offer 🙂
Overall score: 8.6 (points off for the price & the film left behind, really)