Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bioderma | Hydrabio Serum

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
Bioderma Hydrabio Serum
I reviewed Bioderma's Hydrabio Creme here and I've got a review of their Hydrabio Serum today. They both come from the same range "Hydrabio" and hence compliment each other's efficacy.

Hydrabio Serum is a targeted serum that works on replenishing the moisture content in the skin naturally with its "Aquagenium" patent. It is somewhat like a timed-release formula which continues to trigger the skin and forces it to add moisture into it by stimulating the natural water channels of the skin (aquaporins). This helps to activate the skin's natural process of hydrating itself without having to rely too heavily on outside factors. 

Hydrabio Serum is directed for use by "very dehydrated, sensitive skin" but it can still be used by all skin types. While I feel it might be way too light for skin that's too dehydrated or too dry, it works surprisingly well for my normal-to-oily (summer) and normal-to-dry (winter) skin. I do suffer from dehydration and I have noticed a good deal of improvement in the way my skin naturally produces oils and maintains elasticity (in winter) whereas until last year, my skin used to flake a lot during the drier months of the year, especially around the mouth area. 

The serum is colorless and feels much like a primer to the touch. It smooths out the skin surface whilst still feeling light on the skin. It also works great as a makeup base, I believe the glycerin in the serum is responsible for it. 

I have not yet gone off the serum so as to see if my skin continues to hydrate itself without the need of it. I am really intrigued whether it activates the skin to work only while it is applied or even after stopping its use. I'll add in my thoughts later on that. For now, I can highly recommend you try this range, especially if you suffer from dehydrated skin, regardless if your skin type is oily or dry. If its way too dry however, you'll have to reapply a lot more often, but it is one of the mildest ranges I've come across and I think its totally worth the spend. I am currently using Hydrabio Creme alongside the serum and have certainly felt a remarkable difference in my skin. 

Hydrabio Serum (40ml) is priced at KWD 9.300 (Boots) and is easily available across all AAW pharmacies, Boots stores across Kuwait. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Bioderma | Hydrabio Creme

Bioderma Hydrabio Creme
Bioderma Hydrabio Creme
Bioderma is one brand that I can easily trust with my skin. I have never faced any skin allergies and mostly everything I have tried has given good results. So when winter arrived in full swing, I put their Hydrabio range to the test. Their Hydrabio Serum and Hydrabio Creme to be precise.

Hydrabio range is basically designed to combat skin dryness in dry to very dry skin types. Skin dehydration is one of the main causes of dull & flaky skin, and it can occur in both oily and dry skin types. Hydrabio Creme (with patented Aquagenium biological complex to increase skin hydration) is targeted for those women who have dry, dehydrated skin whereas the Gel-Creme version works for normal to oily skin tones. Although I fall in the latter category, I still went for the dry skin version because my skin feels extremely dry and stretched during winters. And boy, am I glad about my pick! 

Most skin creams or lotions for dry skin are very rich in texture. This one isn't greasy or heavy at all, in fact it has a very light, balmy texture. As soon as you apply it, it takes hardly half a minute to get completely absorbed by the skin leaving no oily residue. When that happened for the time, I was confused as to whether I should slather more of it to stay adequately hydrated but that wasn't necessary. My skin feels smooth and moisturized without any greasy feeling that I have something on. I use it after Bioderma's Hydrabio Serum (reviewed here), which is a targeted-action serum to give immediate hydration boost. The combined action of both gives me about 5 hours of super-soft and plump skin, after which I do feel the need to reapply. I'm okay with that as I face the same issue with other brands as well. 

If you want a lightly textured cream to combat your normal-to-dry skin, then I'd totally recommend this. However, if you have extremely dry skin then I feel this won't be of much help. It works great for my normal-to-oily skin, so I doubt it would fare as well on skin that's even more prone to dryness. 

A bit on the pricier side at KWD 8.800, Hydrabio Creme along with all Bioderma products are available in Boots stores & AAW pharmacies across Kuwait.