As I am writing this in France, I thought it apt to make a French product that isn’t yet stocked in bricks & mortar shops in the UK my Daily Beauty pick today. Bioderma Creàline TS H2O Solution Micellaire has been in my bathroom cupboard consistently for nearly ten years now, and is the product I return to again and again and again. It is, quite, simply, my absolute favourite facial cleanser & make-up remover all rolled into one.
I first started using micellar cleansers when a pre-launch bottle of Lancome’s (now discontinued) Eau de Bienfait* arrived on my desk at Conde Nast ten years or so ago.
I was suffering from distressing late-onset-adult-acne at the time (delightful), which in turn was causing my latent rosacea to flare. This was the only cleanser I tried which didn’t make the problem worse and, since then, I have only ever used micellar cleansers on my face.
Bioderma became a long-lasting part of my beauty regimen about nine years back when I was trawling around the pharmacy section of La Samaritaine before it closed for its seemingly endless revamp, and I saw a product that looked pretty similar to my Lancome cleanser.
Micellar cleansers work by grabbing dirt off the face by using both water attracting & water repelling molecules, as opposed to traditional cleansers which work to dissolve makeup. Essentially, they are wipe on, wipe off liquids, which feel like a kind of buffered softened water, so there’s no residue to leave on the skin, so there’s no need for harsh toners — my pet beauty hate — either. (I find tap water incredibly tightening, and cleansing creams and lotions of any kind make my rosacea worse, causing breakouts and blocked pores.)
Bioderma make their red range (re-branded recently as Sensibio, but still frequently found online as Crealine) especially for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, but all their ranges tackle specific skin problems, and there are sun and baby ranges too. Basically: they are inexpensive and they work. For the last two years or so, two huge bottles of the cleanser (in several of the Bioderma ranges) have been bound together in a deal in French pharmacies for about 16EUR — that’s about a year’s worth. It’s is hideously expensive to buy via mail or online — because of the weight, so it’s a perfect product to buy when you are in France.
I may have discovered Bioderma because I like poking around in French pharmacies but, since then, it’s been revealed to be a perennial make-up artist favourite, and is seen backstage on the makeup benches at pretty much every show.
Spot the bottle on this London Fashion Week SS12 bench:
That’s because it really does clean the face beautifully, and can be guaranteed not to irritate skin, especially that which has been subjected to the fashion week hell of a different make up look every few hours. It also takes off eye make-up easily, so it’s a great all-purpose addition to any beauty cabinet.
I also have several Bioderma moisturisers for rosacea-prone skin and they are equally good.