Review: Bioderma Photoderm Ultra-Fluid SPF 50+

P1150946My go-to face sunscreen for outdoor activities is VMV Hypoallergenics’ Armada Sport 70, but my huge bottle (which has seen me through many beach trips) expired recently and so I finally got to put the Bioderma Photoderm Ultra-Fluid SPF 50+ (1,316.00 Php) to the test.

I took it with me on a recent trip to Mt. Batulao in Batangas, where my view looked a little something like this:IMG_8270Photos really don’t do it justice (plus this one is overexposed), but you can tell just how much we were exposed to the sun as we walked along the ridge of the mountain for the majority of the climb. This was our view on the way up…IMG_8309… and this was the view from the top. It was my first mountain climbing experience and I loved every minute of it. I had planned on taking photos of the tube of sunblock while up there, but it completely slipped my mind. Blogger fail! I don’t know how others manage to do it. I was just trying not to fall off the mountain, haha. But anyway, I can still report about how the sunscreen performed. 

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Review: Bioderma Cicabio Soothing Repairing Cream

Here’s a(nother) Bioderma product that I can totally get behind: the Cicabio Soothing Repairing Cream (915.20 Php). Cicabio is Bioderma’s range geared toward damaged and irritated skin. Now while not everyone has perennially sensitive skin, having irritated, stressed, or wounded skin from time to time is inevitable. The skin is the body’s first barrier against the outside world, after all. External stressors can leave skin more sensitive and permeable, and the Cicabio range is Bioderma’s answer to that. The products in the range relieve discomfort and repair epidermal problems quickly.

There are four products in the Cicabio range: the Soothing Repairing Cream (the “Crème” for short), the Pommade, the SPF 50+, and the Arnica+. For today I’ll just be talking about the Crème, which is meant for use on minor skin damage (ex. rashes, mild burns, mosquito bites).

P1150975This was the one product in my Bioderma press bag that I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to use. I guess my skin gets irritated a lot more often than I thought, because I reach for this quite often now. It started when I had redness and peeling on my face from an over-dried pimple that I attacked with my full arsenal of pimple-drying remedies. My skin was just so irritated that it almost felt warmer in that area.

Annoyed with myself for letting it come to that, I was looking through my stash of lotions and potions for something to soothe my skin. I spotted the Cicabio Crème sitting patiently on my “things to try” shelf and I thought: perfect! And perfect it was indeed. I spread a small amount of the cream onto the affected area and felt immediate relief. After two days of using it, 90% of the redness had gone and the dryness problem was no more! 

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Review: Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

P1150984It’s finally time for the first of my Bioderma reviews since the brand launched in the Philippines! I’m kicking it off with the Restorative Lip Balm (910.00 Php), which is part of Bioderma’s range designed for dry skin: Atoderm. You don’t exactly have to have dry skin to use this though, as even girls with oily skin can have dry lips. This lip balm in particular will probably please a wide range of different people as it’s unscented, not greasy, and hypoallergenic. P1150991The very fact that this is a basic lip balm is what makes it so great. There are no frills — it just works. If you’ve ever used Khiels’ lip balm in the original formula, this Bioderma option is the less greasy, more quickly absorbed version of it. 

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Bioderma’s Long-Awaited Philippine Debut

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 6.00.42 PMTwo weeks ago (as my instagram post can tell you, hehe) I attended the official launch of Bioderma into the Philippine market. That’s right–it’s offish! You can now pick up the world-famous micellar water from the brand at Watson’s branches nationwide. It’s not just the Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution that’s come in, though. You can now enjoy Bioderma’s entire range of skincare. The brand launch was the perfect opportunity for me (and, consequently, you guys too) to get to know the brand better as a whole. After everything was said and done, I was beyond ecstatic to be able to say that this French brand has washed up on our shores.  P1150935The night before the press launch, Bioderma also held an event for dermatologists around the Philippines. The brand really focuses on helping the skin repair itself and remain healthy with the help of natural biological ingredients. Our host for the afternoon, Bianca Valerio, filled us in on the brand’s innovative approach to the world of skincare: with a model of healthy skin in mind, the concept of biological mimetism to guide, and a driven mission towards dermatological safety. Ok so now you are wondering: what is this “biological mimetism” hullaballoo?

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