Saturday, 29 October 2016

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel/Creme and Creme


I'm grouping these two together as it is simply a case of picking which texture or description you prefer.

Describe the brand in three words.
French. Pharmacy. Affordable. 

What are they?
'The patented biological complex Aquagenium™ generates intense hydration, immediately and lastingly.'
Moisturisers

Who are they for?
Across both moisturisers, all skin types.

What’s in them?

Gel: 
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, SQUALANE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM CRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CARBOMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, STEARETH-21, DISODIUM EDTA, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, HEXYLDECANOL, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, RHAMNOSE, MALACHITE EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) SEED EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, TOCOPHEROL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)


Creme: 
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, DIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, XYLITOL, CETYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, NIACINAMIDE, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIBEHENIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SQUALANE, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, MANNITOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HEXYLDECANOL, TOCOPHEROL, POLYSORBATE 60, RHAMNOSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) SEED EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)

What's not in them?
mineral oil
parabens

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
silicones, fragrance

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals/sold in territories that require testing?
No/Yes

How do they smell?
Extremely faintly. The scent is light and dissipates very quickly.

How do they feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
They feel great and absorb very nicely, but you don't feel a lot of residue on the surface of the skin. If you're someone who like to 'feel' your product, they may not be enough for you.

How do you use them?/Where to use in your routine?
They're both moisturisers, so obviously after your serums etc.

Can they be taken around the eyes?
Yes

How long before you should see results?
You'll feel immediate hydration and the skin will plump.

How long did I test them for?
I've had them since they launched and tested them for a few weeks.

How much are they? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
A bargainous £14.50 for 40ml (tube) and 50ml (pot) although it's currently on offer for under £10.00. Read on.

What’s good about them?
I've found these moisturisers to be really good, especially at the price point. I like a beautiful, expensive moisturiser as much as the next skincare junkie, but as I've stated numerous times in the past, if you want to keep your budget in check, spend on your serums/serum-oils, and save on your moisturiser.
The gel is extremely light, does not sit on the skin and absorbs almost immediately, perfect for those of you with an oilier skin. Also great as a makeup base/primer. 
The cream is slightly heavier, but not greasy or sticky in the slightest.
Both creams are designed to give radiance and lift dullness, although in fairness, you would expect that from any moisturiser, that's kind of the point of them no?
They both contain niacinamide, which is great, but the pot also contains sodium hyaluronate so if you're dehydrated maybe opt for that one. 
Having said all of that, I would recommend checking these out if you are struggling to find a moisturiser as the seasons change. (More of which tomorrow) 
If you are really dry, I would go for the cream in the pot. 
If you're excessively oily, obviously the tube. 
If you're somewhere in the middle, aim for both a texture preference, and look at what you use under it.
If you don't like serums/oils, I'd go for the pot and the extra protection.
If you have combination skin and like a good serum or oil, go for the tube. 
If you get dry in the colder months, it's the pot. The tube will be too light.

What’s not so good about them?
You may find some 'rolling' if you use these with other heavily silicone-based products. If you experience rolling, use less product. Of either the serum or the creams...
Used lightly, as all moisturisers need to be, you should be fine.

Works well with?
They've worked particularly well for me when used over oils during the day.

What’s the website like?
Good. Full of information and they list the ingredients. YAY! www.bioderma.com

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
In the EU and the UK, it's widely available. For all other countries, including the USA, search here: www.bioderma.com/choose-country

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. The tub for me, the tube for Ava and her brothers.

Similar products?
Not really, CeraVe, Cetaphil and such like would come under this umbrella for the price point, but not really on the efficacious scale.


Bioderma Hydrabio Gel/Creme and Creme are normally priced £14.50 but are currently £9.66 on Escentual.com








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31 comments:

  1. Really happy to see you posting about more afordable products. I do get why the expensive ones get reviews first, people need to know your thoughts before spending £100 on something but I still value your opinion even if it's only £10 of product 😊

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    1. I try Niall! There's a lot to get through! ;) x

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  2. I have searched high and low and can't find any recommendations or advice on skincare for those with PCOS. Although I have used bioderma products with some success there would be so many grateful ladies out there if you did a post on this. Would it be something you would consider? Thank you x

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    1. Omg a post for PCOS skin would be amazing!! I have so many skin problems due to PCOS although going on birth control has helped reduce blemishes, I still have extremely oily skin with huge visible pores and hyperpigmentation. I'm currently using 10% niacinamide from the ordinary but even that doesn't help my pores and oily skin!

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  3. I like this range, they also have a face mist that's quite nice. I love pharmacy brands. My favourite are Avène and La Roche Posay. Sure the packaging are not as pretty as the more expensive brands, but the products themselves rarely disappoint. And even if they did, it's not like I've spent a fortune on them. :)

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    1. Exactly. I love a high-end product, especially serums and balms, but moisturisers can be affordable and work just as well. x

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  4. Thanks, Caroline. Interesting to see similar product with the two different textures. I used to think texture and scent didn't matter. In the same way that I had to eat what was on my plate when I was little, I had the 'get what you're given' attitude and just got on with it. But more recently I've realised how much I enjoy taking care of my skin, and don't get the same satisfaction or *eek* won't be so diligent if I don't love the products. I've been looking for an affordable moisturiser for my partner, who doesn't like perfumed skincare and also hates most textures. I've bought the tube based on your review - hopefully he'll like it otherwise his skin will have the texture and moisture levels of the share this winter! Emily x

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    1. If he's dry he'll need the pot, the tube won't be enough x

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    2. No chance of getting the heavier cream on his face but may be a glimmer of hope with the gel! x

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    3. Also, saw a pupil from the RCM play at the Royal Albert Hall this morning and they were taught by a Christopher Hirons - wondered if it was a Hirons attached to you as you said your family is a musical lot. Either way, they were very good so bravo all around!

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  5. Okay, so what does Bioderma do so differently to CeraVe that makes it so much more efficacious? Is it just ingredient choice or is there something about their prep method that makes it different? Or just magical Frenchness?

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    1. The formula feels better on the skin. CeraVe is absolutely fine, but feels more 'basic'.

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  6. Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizers are similar - one is in a pot, another (with SPF) in a tube. I find I just really don't like sticking my fingers in a pot, and am lazy enough to go for the pump every time. But as someone with oily skin, the trouble with these formulations is that while they absorb instantly, they don't *quite* moisturize well enough to stop my skin pumping out excess oil to compensate. I'm shiny within 10 minutes. Have found Oskia Renaissance 360 moisturizer and Consonant Skincare Organic Facial Moisturizer to be the exceptions to this; the latter is the only moisturizer I have used that leaves me completely shine-free for hours afterward. Consonant is a Canadian indie brand, but highly recommend checking them out - I've been impressed with what I've tested so far, and am repurchasing.

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  7. I had placed an order with Feel Unique with a 20% off code five minutes before I opened this post. Head to desk. I could have tried both for just slightly more than the U.S. price of one of these. And I've been looking for a good, affordable moisturizer.

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  8. One of the best French pharmacy brands-though I never tried this line, I always go for the Sensibio one. The Cicabio you posted on instagram is a real savior. Plus even at this price range their products are always on sale in Greek pharmacies!

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  9. I have recebtly tried the pixi Maximum Hydartion Gel, but despite being a gel it was too much for my skin. This gel might be a better pick.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. This is a cream texture, not a gel, so it might be better. x

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  10. Have you tried the serum in this range? I'm a Vichy Aqualia Thermal devotee, of both the moisturisers and the serum, but I recently bought these Bioderma moisturisers to try out after I finish my current Vichy pots. Wondering whether to give the Bioderma serum a go as well!

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    1. I think I have it somewhere but I haven't used it enough to comment. Sorry.

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  11. Do you think the Gel/Creme would work as a decent substitute for Hydrabio Legere cream, which I love nd have been using as my daytime moisturiser for months but seems to be out of stock everywhere?

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  12. I am the opposite of a skincare junkie: I don't like the feeling/texture of most products, I am too lazy to have a routine (working on that since I learned so much from you!) and I'm terrified of trying out products because I have acne and some sensitivities and I've had some pretty bad reactons (to Pai of all things! It's like the cleanest brand ever. I got eczema around my mouth from their moisturizers.)
    But, I am so thrilled I got this (tube) moisturizer when you first posted it on instagram! It's really cold and windy and I don't have flaky patches, my skin is smoother, not tight and ... I could go on, point is I love it! Thank you! I wonder if I should try the tub as a night moisturizer?

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    1. Oh good! I'm so pleased for you. I wouldn't worry about having the allergy to Pai, it is possible to be allergic to anything!

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  13. I will have to check these out for sure. I find their Micelle water is the most effective I've used (tried US pharmacy brands like Garnier and they didn't remove all my makeup and/or left a film on my face). I love it as a "first" cleanser. The gel looks very intriguing for summer!

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  14. So is the cream less hydrating than the Hydro bio Riche? I'm using the riche at the moment but my cheeks still feel tight. Also using the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid & B5. Al

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  15. Silly question. BUT, am I right in thinking hyaluronic acid presents itself in the ingredients list as "sodium hyaluronate"?! Thanks !

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  16. Hi Caroline. Hoping you can help as im still a little unsure which one I should go for. I have been having a real issue finding a daily moisturiser. I generally always thought i have oily skin but I have noticed a lot lately that my skin gets very oily all over during the day; I currently work in an air conned office and my skin gets progressively more oily and itchy/tingly as the day goes on but I still have a dryish tight feeling, especially around my nose area. These sounds promising, can you recommend one over the other in my case? Thanks =]
    p.s. your knowledge astounds me, in the best way. *love*

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