Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution Micellaire
Hooray to my lovely sister in Paris who has introduced me to another fab French product! Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution Micellaire! Ubiquitous in virtually all French pharmacies and supermarkets, Bioderma has pioneered micellar solutions. Without getting all technical and boring the heck out of you, these solutions invole micro-emulsion to eliminate dirt and makeup. Think of a washing machine and what the soap suds do to your clothes. You get the idea.
The product comes in a clear, flip-top plastic bottle that just needs a gentle squeeze to dispense an appropriate amount onto a cotton pad. Makeup artists and models alike swear by this product and wax lyrical at how efficient this product removes makeup, including waterpoof eye war-paint. Dermatologists themselves recommend this to their patients who suffer from sensitive and/or acne prone skin. My sister had a bout of bad acne and was recommended just this and since then, has not looked back. And I can clearly see why.
Some people use this as a makeup remover, followed by a regular wash (dubbed the double cleanse method) to ensure all grime, dirt and makeup are properly removed at the end of the day. How do I use this? Well, at present, I am using Dermalogica Precleanse which is simply fabbbbbbbbbbbbb (review to come) and have done so for the past 3 months. So I can’t vouch for the fact that Bioderma is an effective cleanser as not given it a fair chance yet.
However, I have tested this on waterproof eye makeup to see if it held up to its claim and you do need a little more patience. That’s the thing about micellar solutions. For waterproof eye makeup, which is quite stubborn, I would soak a cotton pad with this product and place it on one closed eye at a time to soak in before removing. Don’t apply and immediately rub because you will cause damage to the delicate skin around the eyes. Leave the soaked pad on for 30 seconds or so, tapping and pressing gently all the while to get the emulsion going and gently wipe away. I tested this on my super strong Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner and this actually shifted it.
Best of all, this solution does not sting the eyes at all. It is alcohol free, perfume free, PH-balanced and the texture is exactly like water.
So how do I use it, you ask? As a “toner” after washing my face to ensure that my face is squeaky clean and that all traces of makeup and dirt are eradicated. I soak a cotton wool pad and sweep it around my face and on the eyes and it makes my skin feel clean, without leaving a tight, astrigent-like uncomfortable feeling. There is no residue nor an oily film left behind. My skin is clean, calmed and ready for my night time treatment.
I also use this first thing in the morning. I used to wash my face with a normal cleanser with water but NO MORE. I now simply just soak a cotton pad with this solution, give my face a good wipe and I am done. No water required. No rinsing. My face feels light, refreshed and ready for makeup application. This only takes 30 seconds whereas my old routine used to take up around 3 mins.
I was sent two of these bottles, 500 ml each and I have been using this for about a month now. See how much product there is left??? A bottle goes a long way! However, they are extremely hard to get ahold of, you can buy it through Amazon for around £23 a bottle, or ebay merchants sell them for around £15. There is a website called La Guide Sante which sells it for £9 but upon closer inspection, the delivery charge is £11! If you are lucky enough to know someone in France, get them to send it over to you or stock up when you next head across to Paris. I am going there in April and this is definitely on my list of Things-To-Get. Shopping around, you can get two bottles (500ml each) for 16 euros or less so I will be dragging my poor other half around town for the best buy =)
Two thumbs up for me. This is by far the most innovative product I have come across in a long time and never again will I be washing my face in the morning with ordinary soap and water. Why should you need to when you have slept with a bare face that has been religiously cleansed the night before? All you need to do really, is strip off that very thin layer of night time treatment you might have slathered on your face, surely? Also have learnt that even ordinary tap water can be drying on your face and those suffering from ailments such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis should refrain from it as it contains inorganic minerals, hormones and other toxic allergens. To ensure that my face is absolutely streaky clean after my double-cleanse method (that is, pre cleanser to remove the first layer of makeup and dirt, followed by normal wash), this product will see to it that my face is clear of any allergens found in tap water that can cause breakouts. A very good informative article can be found here on the relationship between tap water and skin breakouts and allergies. Happy reading, it certainly is very enlightening and might shed light on why you might be having such bad skin when you are rigorously washing your face twenty times a day…
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