Bioderma Micellar Waters Are So Good, But Which One Is Best For You?

Bioderma Micellar Waters Are So Good, But Which One Is Best For You?

For me, Bioderma is a brand that can do no wrong. I don’t feel particularly loyal to brands in general (I’m more of a “use what works” kinda girl), but I can say with confidence that I love Bioderma because everything I pick up from them just works.

Their micellar waters are no exception to this, and because I love the brand, I’ve tried all of them. My personal favorite is the pink-cap Sensibio, but today I’m actually going to outline why I love all three.

Each one is gentle and equally excellent at removing makeup, so I won’t be comparing effectiveness. Instead, I’m going to talk about who I think can benefit most from each of the three types so that you can experience the wonders of Bioderma for yourself!

 

If You Have Dry or Dehydrated Skin

Then the Bioderma Hydrabio should be your top pick. It’s specifically formulated to be super gentle, moisture-infusing and hypoallergenic.

 

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Bioderma Hydrabio Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pyrus Malus (apple) Fruit Extract, Rhamnose, Mannitol, Xylitol, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hexyldecanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Niacinamide, Disodium Edta, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance

You can check out the full CosDNA analysis here.

Why I like the Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Of the three, this is the most moisturizing formula. It also contains ingredients that can actually help to rebuild your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so this is a great choice if you’re dealing with irritation. My skin isn’t normally dry enough to get the full benefit from this micellar water, but I can definitely say that it leaves a comfy film of moisture behind!

 

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The brand also recommends this particular micellar water for “mature skin,” likely because of its ability to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and infuse extra moisture with regular use.

 

If You Have Oily or Congested Skin

Then I think that the Bioderma Sebium micellar water would be your best bet.

The brand says that long-term use can “improve sebum quality,” which I believe means that it can change sebum from the sticky, pore-clogging variety (that we don’t want) to the normal, protective, film-forming variety (that we DO want). While I have used and loved small bottles of this micellar water for short spans of time, I’ve never been dedicated enough to purchase and finish a whole bottle of Sebium to find out if this is true! It’s an intriguing claim though, so maybe one day I’ll add a big bottle to my stash and do some Beauty Science.

 

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Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water Ingredients

Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Sodium Citrate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Sulfate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fragrance

You can see the CosDNA analysis here.

Why I Like the Bioderma Sebium Micellar Water

Even after all these years of knowing that it’s bad for my skin, my knee-jerk reaction to excess oil and breakouts is to try to “dry it up” with astringent products. To save myself from myself, I like to keep a travel-sized bottle of this on hand for times when my hormones make my skin extra oily and clog-prone. It’s refreshing and mattifying without being harsh or drying, so it’s a perfect compromise!

I like to keep a travel-sized bottle of Bioderma Sebium micellar water on hand for times when my hormones make my skin extra oily and clog-prone.

Also, full disclosure: I think the blue tint from the copper sulfate is fun! I’m a sucker for pretty colors.

 

If You Have Sensitive, Irritated, or Compromised Skin

Then I highly recommend reaching for the Bioderma Sensibio variant. You might sometimes see this branded as “Crealine,” but it’s the same product!

This is their most pared-down and gentle formula, so it’s perfect for super sensitive skin, especially if you’re dealing with eczema, rosacea, overexfoliation, or a compromised moisture barrier.

 

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Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water Ingredients

Water, Peg-6 Caprylic/capric Glycerides, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Edta, Cetrimonium Bromide

As always, here’s the link to the CosDNA analysis.

Why I like the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water

This one will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s the very first truly gentle and effective cleanser I found when I started my skin care journey. My skin was absolutely wrecked from years of harsh soaps, astringent toners, and acne products, and even the gentlest cleansers recommended by skin care veterans were leaving my skin feeling stripped and uncomfortable.

 

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I bought the Bioderma Sensibio as a last-ditch try because my skin was so red, irritated, and oily that I didn’t know what else to do. Within a week of only using Sensibio to cleanse my skin morning and night, I could feel a huge difference. Within three weeks, my skin wasn’t tight after cleansing, there was noticeably less redness, and, slowly but surely, my skin’s oil production shifted out of high gear.

I’ve since moved on to normal double cleansing now that my skin is relatively healthy, but I always recommend this to anyone who’s struggling to find a cleanser that works.

 

Which Will You Reach For?

Bioderma is one of the VERY few brands that always knocks it out of the park for me, no matter what I try. I’ve never met a Bioderma product I didn’t enjoy, and they always live up to every claim they make (in my experience!).

If you’re still not sure which micellar water to try after reading my picks, I say just buy a tiny bottle of all three and see which one works best! They’re affordable, and you’ll almost certainly end up getting plenty of use out of all of them.

Have you tried any of the Bioderma micellar waters? What did you think?

 

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