French girls know good skincare. So it's not all that surprising really that the number one makeup remover used backstage at pretty much every fashion show we've ever been to, was founded in France. What is surprising, however, is that the skincare staple loved by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Lara Stone, Margot Robbie, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Victoria Beckham is a drugstore beauty buy—available from just £6.
Years ago, the majority of skincare solutions recommended by dermatologists were cleansing milks. These cleansing milks often needed to be followed up with a toner to reset the skin's pH and remove any excess cleansing milk that could cause breakouts and congestion on the skin, but toner often led to skin irritation.
This led Laboratoire Bioderma's research to develop a new micellar technology. In 1995, the brand launched Sensibio H2O, the first cleansing and makeup removing water guaranteeing gentle, non-rinse cleansing for sensitive skin. Sensibio H2O was rapidly accepted and prescribed by dermatologists. Plus, thanks to its tough makeup removing skills without irritating the skin, it is a favourite amongst professional makeup artists.
The cult cleansing water may have been formulated over 20 years ago, but its popularity only continues. Whilst it was formulated specifically for sensitive skin types in mind, Sensibio H2O manages to remove 99% of makeup, 98% of pollution particles and 78% of heavy metals—without stripping the skin.
I use Sensibio H2O to remove any makeup, dirt and grime before going in with a secondary deep cleanser like Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel (£46) that I'll wash off with water. The smaller sized bottle is great for travelling and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean with just one quick swipe.
Dehydrated or sensitive skin types will love this moisturising version of the cult makeup remover. It uses a patented Aquagenium complex to help improve your skin's ability to keep hydration locked in over time.