Many of us have been working from home over the past few months, and while that means we’ve embraced being barefaced a little bit more, this doesn’t mean we should neglect taking good care of our skin. Even on days when you don’t have to appear on Zoom, it’s still good practice to give skin a thorough cleansing at the start of the day, before putting on some moisturiser and sunscreen. After all, we face “unseen” pollutants in the form of blue light from our devices, dry air from air-conditioning, and more, while indoors. Add constant mask-wearing to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster — ‘maskne’ thrives when the skin beneath your mask is exposed to a combination of sweat, heat, humidity and bacteria.

To keep skin clean and happy, consider a mid-day refresh on top of your usual morning and night cleansing routine. Since you might be washing your face more frequently throughout the day, you’d definitely want something gentle like the Bioderma H2O Micellar Waters, which helps to remove excess oil, sweat, and bacteria, while maintaining and protecting your skin’s barrier.

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $52.90 (500ml Twinpack + Mystery Gift)

Why Bioderma’s H2O Micellar Water?

Ask any beauty junkie about Bioderma’s H2O Micellar Waters, especially their iconic Sensibo H2O, and they’ll tell you that its status in the beauty industry is renown. Formulated in France and highly recommended by dermatologists, it’s a facial cleanser that soothes as it cleanses. It’s effective, gentle and made with carefully chosen ingredients, making it a stand out compared to other micellar waters.

Biomimetic formula that mimics the skin

Bioderma’s high-quality micelles are made up of a single, gentle, non-ionic surfactant called glycerol ester, which is a biomimetic active ingredient that is similar to the skin’s composition. This works in harmony with the skin’s existing ecosystem and it can be likened to our skin’s twin, as it accounts for a perfect balance between the H2O Micellar Waters and the skin’s protective film, making it suited even for sensitive skin.

Skin-friendly pH of 5.5

Bioderma’s H2O formulation is pH 5.5, a reading which scientists say is an indication of healthy skin. By respecting skin’s biological and chemical make-up, it helps preserve skin’s hydrolipidic film to protect our skin against external aggressors.

Ultra-gentle highly purified water

Going beyond cosmetic-quality water, Bioderma’s micellar water is formulated with highly purified water (or pharmaceutical grade water). In cosmetic-quality water, bacteria can actually free endotoxins into the skin that might even lead to inflammation. Highly purified water on the other hand, eliminates endotoxins during their nine-step purification process. This water is so pure that it is actually the same quality as medical water used for injections.

What this means is that it’s compatible and safe even for those with sensitive skin, helping to soothe and prevent the risk of a skin reaction.

Soothing formulation of natural sugars

Bioderma’s range of H2O Micellar Waters also uses four natural sugars that are iconically recognised for their soothing benefits. Xylitol moisturises, Rhamnose decreases the skin’s irritation and any potential risks of allergies, Mannitol reduces cell damage and prevent inflammatory processes, and Fructooligosaccharides protects the skin from any harmful agents. Collectively, they help to soothe the skin from irritation and inflammation — an essential benefit as we cope with the side effects of wearing masks.

Simple but powerful 10 ingredient formula

Bioderma’s Sensibo H2O is formulated with 10 rigorously selected ingredients used at the right dosage. If you have sensitive skin, you’re likely familiar with the routine of reading the labels and looking out for specific ingredients in your skincare. With only 10 ingredients, Bioderma’s Sensibo H2O avoids using any excess and unnecessary ingredients that might otherwise irritate the skin.

Using Bioderma’s H2O Micellar Waters as your daily cleanser

Given the effect that environmental conditions have on skin, it’s no longer enough just to look for a facial cleanser that just cleans. Aside from removing dirt and impurities, Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O also leaves skin feeling comfortable, limit skin inflammation, and protect its natural barrier with every use.

Effective and gentle cleansing

Some beauty products may contain harsher cleansing agents that may not be as skin-friendly, but Bioderma’s micellar waters, on the other hand, only use a single gentle surfactant that can draw out impurities without stripping any natural oils and drying out even the most sensitive of skin.

Soothing the effects of inflammation and irritation

During this pandemic, mask-wearing has brought on a lot of changes to our skin. Aside from inflammation and irritation, covered skin might be subjected to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, increased humidity, and more bacteria. Dermatologists advocate washing your face regularly to avoid maskne, and Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O not only effectively and gently cleanses the skin, but it also helps eliminate sebum that has been altered by carbon dioxide produced when we’re breathing under our face masks.

Convenience of a no-rinse formula

The highly purified water, and chemical and microbiological purity means you don’t need to rinse off their Bioderma’s micellar water after use. So while traditional cleansers fail to bridge the convenience of washing your skin while you’re on-the-go, Bioderma’s micellar waters closes the gap. Because there’s no rinsing required, you can also easily use Bioderma’s range of H2O Micellar Waters whenever, and wherever you need — at home, in the office or after a gym session. Simply soak a cotton pad, cleanse the face for a quick refresh and you’ll be good to go.

Choose the perfect Bioderma Micellar Water for your skin

Besides the Sensibio range for sensitive skin, there are also two other ranges that you can use depending on your skin’s concern: Hydrabio for dehydrated skin and Sébium for oily and acne-prone skin.

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Bioderma Hydrabio H2O, $52.90 (500ml Twinpack + Mystery Gift)
For dry skin

The Hydrabio H2O is formulated for dehydrated skin. With extra hydrating properties, this micellar water can be used over the face, eyes, lips, and neck. Beyond hydration, Hydrabio H2O helps to cleanse the skin, leaving it soft and glowy.

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Bioderma Sébium H2O, $52.90 (500ml Twinpack + Mystery Gift)
For oily skin

Formulated specifically for combination to oily skin, the Sébium H2O cleanses, limited production of sebum and purifies skin, thanks to ingredients like zinc gluconate and copper sulphate. Skin feels soft, matte and healthy after every use.

Where can you find it?

Bioderma’s H2O micellar waters in the Sensibio, Hydrabio and Sébium ranges are available in leading pharmacies with its reverse pump packaging, for a limited time. The pack set includes two 500ml bottles of the H2O Micellar Water in Reverse Pump bottles, along with a mystery gift. They’re available at Guardian Health and Beauty, Unity, Watsons and Welcia-BHG stores islandwide, as well as LazMall Official Store and Shopee Mall Official Store.

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