Over the last few years, micellar waters have become more and more popular, as they probably are the quickest and most delicate way to cleanse your skin. There are countless options on the market, but the company that started the trend is the French brand BIODERMA.
BIODERMA, after first launching the famous Sensibio H2O for sensitive skin, expanded the range with a product for dehydrated skin (Hydrabio H2O) and one for oilier skin types (Sébium H2O). I’ve been using and loving Sensibio for years, but I’ve recently decided to give Sébium a chance, since my face has a tendency to resemble an oil slick. Does it compare to its elder sister?
- Better at removing makeup
- Can be used in the eye area
- Contains Cucumber extract to sooth sensitive skin
- Better at removing excess sebum
- Cannot be used in the eye area
- Contains fragrance
- Contains substances that have beneficial effects on oily skin: Zinc Gluconate (anti-inflammatory) and Ginkgo Biloba extract (anti-bacterial)
As a makeup remover, I like the original version better, which can also be used in the eye area, unlike Sébium. I use micellar water in the morning for a quick cleanse before I do my makeup and I think Sébium is a little better at removing excess sebum. As for Zinc and Ginkgo beneficial effects, I honestly haven’t noticed any improvements in my skin condition so far. Sébium, also contains fragrance (WHY?!), which can be potentially irritating. When you open the bottle and apply it to your face with a cotton pad, the fragrance is pretty strong.
To sum it all up, if you use micellar water to remove makeup, I suggest you choose Sensibio. If, instead, you use it in the morning and have oily skin, Sébium is probably your best option, as long as your skin and/or nose are not sensitive to fragrance.
Do you use micellar water? What’s your favorite one? I think I’ll try Garnier’s next, has anyone ever used it?