Product Review: Bioderma Sébium H20

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, and here's to hoping the week goes by at lightning speed :)

I'm sure you all know of the incredibly famous Bioderma Créaline H20 makeup remover by now. Every single makeup artist recommends it, and countless more swear by it.

But did you know that the fabulous Créaline H20 has a little sister? Meet Bioderma Sébium H20.

This gorgeous thing utilises the exact same technology and is every bit as effective as its older sister, but caters to a slightly different skin type. Whilst the Créaline H20 is gentle enough to work on every skin type, it does not address the very serious issue of excess sebum and oiliness in the skin.

Oily skin types can now rejoice, because Sébium H20 is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin, and works wonders. The Sébium is a star range in Bioderma's product line - its Sébium AKN has been nominated in the ACP Beauty Awards for best anti-acne treatment. This product is an absolute favourite of mine, and you can read my review of it here. It is a fabulous little product that has kept my acne at bay and completely cleared out my blackheads!
Bioderma: For the “non-rinse product fans”, Bioderma offers Sebium H₂O, a Daily Purifying Cleansing and Make-up Remover. Derived from our bestseller Crealine H₂O, this Micellar solution also uses the power of micelles to cleanse impurities (dirt and sebum) and remove make up. Additionally, it purifies the skin and helps fluidify sebum. 
Indications: soak a cotton pad with Sebium H₂O and simply cleanse your face. Avoid the eye area.
Fluidactiv® patent, soap-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic.
Aside from the colour, the packaging on this product is identical to the Créaline H20. Both products have locked caps - which means that sellers of fake Bioderma products cannot reuse the original packaging to market their counterfeits. The bottle is pretty sturdy, and the product dispenses easily out of a pop-open cap.

I love the colour of this cleansing solution! It is tinged a very slight blue, which is (and this is completely irrelevant to its performance, but I just had to mention it) mesmerizing when the bottle is placed in the light.
One difference that I should point out is that this product is very slightly fragranced (the Créaline H20 is not), but the smell is beautiful and very pleasant. I am the kind of person who gets headaches from heady, deep scents, so rest assured, this is not one of them.

What I love about the Bioderma makeup removers is the fact that you can use them without fear of stressing your skin out. They are gentle enough so that I can use them right after I get back from work - when my face is at its most oily and when I am desperate to remove the grime and dirt of the city from my skin. It doesn't interfere with my twice-daily cleansing routine, which is what I love the most! I can, in essence, wash my face three times a day without worrying about stripping the essential oils from my skin and causing dryness or irritation. PERFECT.

This product also does one thing that the Créaline H20 cannot - it regulates the production of sebum and keeps my face oil-free without feeling too dry. After I cleanse my face, my skin dries down to a beautiful, SOFT, velvety matte texture, very similar to the effect that I get with the Sébium AKN. If you think your skin feels soft now, wait till you try both the Sébium H20 and the Sébium AKN. You won't be able to stop....touching yourself.

One important thing to note about this product is that you should not use it to remove your eye makeup! It will irritate your eyes if you do because this product was not formulated with eye makeup removal in mind. I love using an oil cleanser at night to remove my eye makeup, but if you like, you can also remove your eye makeup with a separate eye makeup remover first, and then follow up with the Sébium H20.

Sounds like something you want to get your hands on? This product comes in two sizes here in Australia - 100mL (AUD 19.95) and 250mL (AUD 29.95). For stockist information, visit the Cosmetiques de France website here.

Also: If you are interested in testing out both the Sébium H20 and Sébium AKN, you are in luck! I am giving away 10 packs of these gorgeous babies, so stay tuned for the giveaway, coming up on my blog in a couple of days!

This product was provided for review and consideration in accordance with this site's Disclosure Policy.

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