Finding a good moisturizer when you have super sensitive skin is not easy. For me, Bioderma Sensibio Light Cream has truly been a game-changer.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, this wonderful cream is no longer produced. I will update this post if that changes!
In the meantime, I recommend you try this mask in the same serie. It works perfectly as a moisturizer, just apply a thin layer. It is what I use at this moment and I love it 🙂
It is just as non comedogenic and non irritating as the light cream. And has the same long term anti aging benefits too.
In this review I will tell all about it and why this gentle and non-comedogenic moisturizer is so suitable not just for sensitive skin types. But also for all of you that has combination skin, or any other skin type for that matter.
I’ll explain what makes Bioderma sensibio light cream special. How and when I use it. And I’ll also give a short explanation about what non comedogenic moisturizers really are.
This is what I’ll cover:
- The facts about Bioderma Sensibio Light Cream
- My own experience
- How I use it
- Where to find it
- What is non comedogenic moisturizer anyway?
The facts about Bioderma Sensibio Light Cream
This is a non comedogenic moisturizer developed for normal to combination, and sensitive to intolerant skin. Even though I would say it suits most skin types.
According to Bioderma, this moisturizer strengthens the skin’s resistance ability, as well as its tolerance threshold.
They call this product a biological breakthrough for sensitive skin types. And have a patented ingredient complex that inhibits inflammation and therefore makes the skin less reactive. This is accompanied by their other patent, DAF, that is explained in my review about their gel cleanser.
Bioderma sensibio light cream also contains the ingredient called Glycyrrhetinic acid. A very exciting compound that is not just anti-inflammatory but also a powerful antioxidant. Especially against blue light (read this article about sunscreens and harmful sunrays to learn more).
If you want to see the whole ingredient list, here it is:
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ISONONANOATE, ISOHEXADECANE, GLYCOL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TRICETEARETH-4 PHOSPHATE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, GLYCYRRHETINIC ACID, RHAMNOSE, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, GLYCOL STEARATE, PEG-2 STEARATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, DISODIUM EDTA, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE
It is completely free from fragrances, silicones, parabens, and comedogenic ingredients.
I will talk later about what non comedogenic moisturizer really means. And when it comes to silicones, I mentioned in my previous post that I do not tolerate some of them. If you are suspecting you are sensitive too, then I recommend you read that post.
Finally, when it comes to texture, the company claims this light cream makes the perfect make up base. Since its extra-absorbent silky texture makes the skin soft and supple.
My own experience
Yes, first of all, I do agree with the claims that this cream really does absorb nicely and gives a soft and smooth finish. If it’s a good makeup-base I have not tried. Since I always apply my sunscreens directly afterward.
When it comes to the other claims about the anti-inflammatory effect of this cream and its strengthening of skin’s tolerance, I totally agree. It does work wonders in calming the skin, at the same time as it provides a healthy glow. I simply fell in love the first time I used it.
I have a skin type that is highly sensitive and most products, even other hypo-allergenic moisturizers can make my skin turn red. This one does not. Instead, it calms my skin when I feel irritated in any way. And it has never given me any breakouts what so ever.
During this year of usage, I have every now and then tried other brands. But quickly gone back to this one. And just to be totally clear, this is not a sponsored post in any way. I even tried one of Bioderma’s other moisturizers, but quickly stopped since it did not work for me.
The one I tried was the Rich formula of the same brand and series. But that one made my skin slightly irritated and it did not give me the same smooth finish either, as the light formula.
It’s the light version that works for me and the one I personally would recommend for anyone searching for a gentle and healing cream that also strengthens.
I also love love love the fact that it contains the powerful antioxidant Glycyrrhetinic acid. As mentioned before that ingredient is not just an anti-inflammatory agent. It also gives protection against blue light. Something that not every sunscreen does.
I use another product with this ingredient (see this post) but a little extra of Glycyrrhetinic acid from my moisturizer is indeed a great bonus!
The last thing I love about this cream is that it contains no ingredients that can interfere with other active serums that you might use.
For example, I use a retinol serum most evenings (see my previous post), and a vitamin C and astaxanthin serum at day time. And using too many active products can cause your skin more harm than good. And it’s especially not a good idea if you are prone to get sensitive (or breakouts).
How I use it
I use Bioderma sensibio light cream every day of the year. Two times per year most of the time, but in the summer I only use it at night. The humidity is higher in the summer and I feel that using my sunscreens after my serum is really enough for me.
This moisturizer has been amazing for strengthening my skin barrier. And if you want to read a full guide on how to restore a damaged skin barrier, then check out this post.
Where to find it
*Please note, this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase through any of those links. It doesn’t cost you any extra and I only recommend products I truly love and use myself. You can read my full disclosure here.
This nonexpansive and non-comedogenic moisturizer can be found at Lookfantastic by using this affiliate link. They have fast shipping and often great discounts.
What is non comedogenic moisturizer anyway?
This phrase shows up so often that I thought I would explain what it means. And also what to be aware of.
Non comedogenic simply means non-pore-clogging. Which you can see as an indication that a product has been formulated to avoid acne and blackheads.
Some of you may wonder if someone with acne-prone skin should use a moisturizer at all. And for some people (depending on climate as well) that can work. But be aware of the fact that if your skin becomes dry, your body can start to compensate with producing more oil. And that extra oil may clog your pores even more.
Now, when it comes to the non comedogenic statement, the truth is that there are no guarantees whatsoever that the product itself really won’t cause clogged pores and breakouts.
There are simply no regulations from the FDA about the use of the words non comedogenic when it comes to moisturizers and makeup. So just have that in mind. I have personally used several mild and non comedogenic products that has made me break out and/or become irritated.
Besides the ingredients that are usually considered to be non-comedogenic, some people, such as myself, can have sensitivity against Cyclopentasiloxane. I mentioned this in my post about my favorite retinol serum (you find the post here). And this silicone is used in a lot of products that call themself non comedogenic.
Something to be aware of if you have tried many of these kinds of products and still get breakouts. Read my previous post to learn more.
Bioderma Sensibio light cream has been a game-changer for me when it comes to moisturizers. It gives me no breakouts, no irritations, no discomfort at all. And it is also, of course, free from Cyclopentasiloxane.
- Bioderma sensibio light cream is my personal favorite of non comedogenic moisturizer. I have been using it for over a year and have not found anything better for my super sensitive skin.
- This light cream is free from fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and silicones. And it is developed with two patented ingredient complexes that will strengthen your skin barrier.
- It has a light and easy to apply consistency and gives a soft and smooth finish.
- I use this moisturizer two times per day, every day of the year. Except for the warmest summer months when I feel my skin doesn’t need it daytime.
And just a reminder. Always always always follow up with sunscreen in the daytime. If you want my advice on that topic, then read my blog post about sunscreens for anti-aging purposes.
Choosing the right kind of sunscreen and learning how to use it properly, is the single most preventive action against aging skin. If you’re interested in learning the basics of preventing wrinkles, then I also suggest this post.
And finally. If you are experiencing a hard time with intense redness, sensitivity, acne, or flaking. Then your skin barrier might be damaged and will need to restore itself. This post will guide you step by step.
That’s it for this time! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions regarding Bioderma Sensibio light cream. Or any other questions about moisturizers in general.
Until next time, love your skin!