Just Charlie G

Gosh, do you remember when micellar waters first reached the UK? Bioderma was absolutely the one to have but it was hard to find for a while. Now of course lots of brands offer micellar water cleansers but for many the original and best will always be Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water. I reviewed it back in 2011 and it’s been a staple on and off ever since. Strangely though I never really looked further into Bioderma products. I’m certainly aware that French Pharmaceutical skin care lines are known to be the best out there and given the enduring popularity of Bioderma Sensibio H20 Cleansing Water, I know that Bioderma are top of the game. With that in mind it’s been a treat to try out Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel and Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution.BiodermaStarting with the Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution.  This alcohol free cleansing water is designed for those of us with sensitive skin and/or dehydration (that’ll be me then). To use, you simply soak a cotton pad with the solution and wipe away impurities and dirt, twice a day. Active ingredients treat congestion and your skin is left comfortable, clean, smooth and hydrated. And I really like it. Although it’s perfectly suitable for removing make up, I wear so much make up I have trust issues, so my preferred way of using this is to remove my makeup with it, then follow up with a face wash. I’m not sure it’s necessary but that’s what I like. Worth also mentioning that if you have sensitive eye (mine are occasionally), this won’t irritate them, it’s incredibly gentle.

Which leads me neatly on to the Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel. I have been following up the Micelle Solution with this Foaming Gel, and again I’m not sure it’s totally necessary to use both. There have been times where I’ve been really too tired to double cleanse and have just used this, and I have found this removes every last trace of make up with ease. I know there is a school of thought that foaming products aren’t great for the skin, but seriously, I suffer with dryness often when I use the wrong products and I’ve not had a hint of a problem with this cleanser. I’m always going to have skin that leans on the dry side, but I’ve not noticed additional effects. After use, over quite an extended period (two months approx), my skin was left smooth, clean and calm.  A great product and in fact I’ve bought a bottle for Chloe after she tried mine out. She’s ten but starting to get blackheads and spots on her nose, but also suffers with eczema, this has been working a treat for her and as she gets a bit older I will look further into Bioderma products for her delicate skin.

I would recommend both of these products to anyone, but in particular if you suffer dryness and or sensitive skin, these products work really well to leave your skin feeling clean but without that tight dry feeling you can sometimes get after cleansing.

Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel is £10.50 for 200ml and the Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution is £5.10 for 100ml or £10.80 for 250ml.

You can find more information on all Bioderma Products on their website  and I do really like Escentual as a stockist but you can also find Bioderma products at Feel Unique and Boots.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes


Hopefully you are all fully aware of the French Pharmacy promotion over at Escentual? If this has somehow  passed your notice you can read more in my previous post.

Bioderma Atoderm Nourishing Creme

I’ve been trying out the Bioderma Atoderm Nourishing Creme for the last couple of weeks and can highly recommend. This is a body cream for dry, very dry and sensitive skins and it moisturises like a dream. It’s fragrance free and I’ve been using it on my daughter Lola who has very dry skin at the moment, as well as myself. It contains anti-dehydrating agents which basically hold water in the upper layers of the skin keeping skin well moisturised.

Although Bioderma isn’t included in the French Pharmacy promotion as such (there aren’t standard discounts off all products in the range) I can share with you a discount code you can use on any Bioderma products until Sunday 31st March.

For 10% off all Bioderma products, enter “BIODERMA10” at checkout.

Head over to Escentual before all the offers expire this weekend!

*PR Samples*

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleansing Water

I’m fairly sure that many of my readers will have, by now, heard all about Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Cleansing Water but for the uninitiated a Micellar cleansing water looks and feels like water, but usually contains an oil. Bioderma Crealine is pretty much the creme de la creme of cleansing waters (although I did really love the Nuxe one I tried a while ago) and is much loved by models, make up artists, beauty bloggers….

I’ve had my bottle for several months after reading about, I forget where, and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get around to writing up my thoughts! Here I am now anyway 🙂

So let me start by explaining how I use mine. I don’t use mine as my main cleanser, I use an cleansing oil for my make up removal and cleansing in the evenings, no I use mine in two ways. Firstly I use it in the mornings. Secondly, I use it as a secondary cleanser at night a couple of nights a week. We have a down stairs bathroom with bad lighting, so sometimes when I get upstairs and sit at my dressing table after washing my face, I sometimes find either hints of mascara still around my eyes, or occasionally I find some sparkles left around my eyes from a particularly shimmery shadow, and thats when I’ll dab a bit of the water onto a cotton pad and give my eyes a second cleanse, although I do tend to just go over the whole face again. It saves me having to traipse back downstairs again.

So what’s so great about it? It cleanses very effectively and I struggle to believe there’s oil in there because it leaves absolutely no residue on your skin at all. It literally feels like water and is a dab hand at removing stubborn mascara amongst other things.

The big problem with this product is availability. I’ve had mine for months now and I bought mine on Ebay and I can’t remember what I paid for it, although I have £14 floating around in my brain for some reason… I do buy quite a lot of things on Ebay but I don’t necessarily recommend it, I am quite Ebay savvy I think and well practised in spotting fakes and dodgy sellers but even so I still get it wrong occasionally…

I heard tell that they were selling it on Zuneta but there’s none there at the moment so I’m hoping it’s just temporarily out of stock and will be back soon as I’m going to need some more. Short of heading over to France I’m not sure where else you can get it. Which is a shame.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleansing Water. Great if you can get it!