Review: Bioderma – Sensibio AR Anti Redness Face Moisturiser

Where to purchase: Boots: LINK / Look Fantastic (US): LINK / Look Fantastic (UK): LINK / Feel Unique (Sephora): LINK / Skin Store: LINK / Revolve: LINK

Price: £12

Volume: 40ml

Made in: France

What is it?: Moisturising cream meant to reduce and prevent redness + relieve symptoms of irritation and overheating from the skin, using ingredients with active soothing properties. This is also marketed as a great makeup-base too (which I agree with, for Normal, Combo + Dry Skins).

Aims to: Reduce skin inflammation, redness and improve skin sensitivity (and of course, moisturise the skin while providing comfort).

Supposedly Good for: Sensitive + Redness Prone Skin

What I think: I would agree! Sensitised skins too. I do think Normal-Dry > Oily Skins however my Oily-Combo Skin can use this, especially in the winter months, as a PM Moisturiser to reduce irritation + sensitivity.

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Vegan?: No

Cruelty-Free?: Not certified as cruelty-free as they use animal-derived ingredients.

How long does it last after opening?: 6 Months

Packaging: Plastic, Squeeze-y tube with a cap that sort of clicks into place so you know it’s screwed on.

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Directions: Apply onto the skin as a makeup base, or apply when the skin is red/hot/sensitive. Can be used in the AM + PM.

How I use it: For my Sensitised Skin Routine; I really like to apply this on top of the Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner (Review HERE) and the Bioderma Sensibio AR Eye Cream (HERE). I can use this as a makeup base too but personally I prefer a slightly lighter texture such as the Glosser Priming Cream (Review HERE).

NOTE: I pair this with the Sensibio Eye Cream (Review).

Key Ingredients: Green Tea Extract (Soothing Antioxidant) + Allantoin (Soothing). Contains the sugars that are moisturisers/humectants (Mannitol, Xylitol + Fructooligosaccharides)

Full Ingredients: AQUA/WAT E R / E AU , PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE, GLYCERIN, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, GLYCOL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CANOLA/CANOLA OIL/HUILE DE COLZA, TRICETEARETH-4 PHOSPHAT E , FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, GLYCOL STEARATE, PEG-2 STEARATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCYRRHETINIC ACID, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, DISODIUM EDTA, XANTHAN GUM, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) GERM EXTRACT, ALLANTOIN, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, RHAMNOSE, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID. [BI 527]

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: Creamy texture. This is emollient and Moisturises the skin > Hydrating it. However, I wouldn’t say this is so heavy that the skin can’t breathe (but close for my skin type).

Sticky?: No.

Greasy?: I don’t look too greasy/shiny, but this is more Moisturising > Hydrating,

Balls up?: No.

  • As you can see, this is an opaque cream that doesn’t fall off the hand
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It’s creamy. It doesn’t ball up or feel silicone-y. It glides along the skin and feels moisturising. Dry skins would appreciate this texture the most, but my oily-combo skin can bear this during my sensitised skin routine when I’m not applying much else to the skin.

Comparison: No Product on the Right VS Product on the Left

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Hopefully you can see how creamy this product is. HOWEVER this is definitely NOT as heavy as the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask (Review HERE), which I appreciate.

Does this Sting if the Skin has been Irritated / Sensitised by Shaving/Heavy Retinol Use?: Yes! This has been great for if / when the skin is irritated/sensitised.

Summer or Winter?: Oily Skins: Winter + Dry Skins- all year. However this is still reasonably wearable i.e. Oily skins could apply in the PM during the Summer (if the skin is irritated/sensitised).

Layerable?: Yes

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Video Swatch:

  • As you can see, this has a creamy texture to it (Emollient > Hydrating), but is NOT as thick as a balm. My Oily-Combo skin can still use this in the PM (Winter).

Fragrance?: Fragrance + EO Free (Doesn’t smell of much either).

Good Under Makeup?: Yes (Doesn’t ball up),

How long have I been using this?: 3 Months (I’ve used it every time the skin is sensitised but not when the skin is in a fine condition, due to the relative thickness of this).

Will I use until Completion?: Yes! Definitely needed (for me) when the skin is irritated/sensitised and I can’t put mech else on it.

How Long will that take?: Roughly 2 Months (As I don’t need to use loads and I don’t use it every day).

The Effect?: Soothed (If my skin is irritated) + Moisturised Skin – So this product is effective at what it aims to do!

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Doesn’t sting or irritate the skin when sensitised/irritated (effective)
  • Cools down my skin
  • Moisturising
  • Works on my Oily-Combo Skin in the Dry-er months (i.e. Winter PM)

What I don’t like:

  • Too thick for my Oily-Combo Skin in the Summer + I only reach for this if/when the skin is sensitised (when I can’t apply anything else on the skin), but I wouldn’t use it as my regular moisturiser due to this being slightly too thick for my Oily-Combo skin regularly
  • 40ml isn’t a lot (It can last if you use this sparingly i.e. only if the skin is irritated)
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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 4/5 – Excellent for soothing the skin if/when sensitised/irritated. Fragrance + EO Free and Moisturising with an immediate cooling effect for me. However, I do not use this if the skin isn’t irritated; as I find it a little thick for my Oily-Combo Skin. I combat this by not using much else in my routine when applying this (just my Pyunkang Yul Toner to not suffocate the skin), and it works fine! I’m glad this doesn’t ball/pill up and it can be used as a makeup base.

Note: My Review of the Sensibio Eye Cream (which I pair with this product) is coming soon (Review will be HERE).

Would I repurchase?: Yes! This has been very useful for if/when the skin is irritated/sensitised. Due to the slight thickness of this, I wouldn’t use it regularly. but it’s been a life-saver for when my skin is irritated and I can’t apply anything else.

Dupe?: The lighter version of this can be found at Feel Unique (let me know if I should try it) / Another French Brand: The Avene Tolerance Skin Soothing Recovery Balm (HERE) – this is slightly thicker than the Skin-soothing Recovery Cream (HERE). FOR OILY SKINS, I WOULD RECOMMEND: The SVR Sensifine Aloe Gel (Swatches + Review HERE) and For Dry Skins I would recommend the Avene Oat Moisturising Cream (Swatches + Review HERE).

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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