Review: Bioderma Hydrobio Serum

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Today I'm going to be reviewing the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum. Before we begin, I want to disclaim that I received this product for free to try out from 0.8L. For those of you who don't know, 0.8L is a website/service similar to Influenster in that they send products to real consumers free for testing purposes. As always, my review will be 100% honest and my reflect my own personal opinions. Check out my disclaimer page if you'd like more deets.

Bioderma is a skincare company with several lines of products aimed at targeting different skin problems, ranging from dry skin to blemished skin to aging. The Hydrobio line of products are best suited for dehydrated, sensitive skin. If you've been reading my blog you've likely picked up on the fact that I struggle with dry skin. Although my skin is not super sensitive, it's always nice to use products that I know will be gentle as that prevents adding unnecessary redness to my already discolored face.

The Hydrabio Serum is a serum with a thin liquid gel consistency. It is deposited through a nice strong pump which I like for sanitary purposes. I apply it after cleansing, exfoliating, and toning my skin but before I apply my moisturizer and sunscreen. I've been applying this as a part of both my morning and evening skincare routines. I've noticed that the serum gently adds lightweight moisture to my face without making me look or feel oily. It soaks into my skin and makes it feel soft and smooth within two minutes, which is fantastic as I'm too impatient for a long-winded skincare routine. I value my sleep too much to give up half an hour just to treat my skin. 

What sets this serum apart from others like it to me is the fact that the second most common ingredient in the formula is glycerin. Glycerin in skincare products works to attract water molecules from the air and draw them into the skin's outer layer. For this reason, glycerin is classically used to repair and defend against dry skin. It is also a component naturally found in skin which leaves less room for your skin experience irritation from it.

There are two main drawbacks to the Hydrabio Serum that I feel are important to share. The first is that it straight up smells like Play-Doh upon dispensing. Once it's massaged into your face the smell instantly fades away, but the initial smell is somewhat offputting to me. The second is that I've heard about this product breaking a few people out. It's a water-based product that claims to be non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic which indicates that many people will be tolerant of its formula. It does not clog my pores personally; however, skincare products are not a one-size-fits-all thing and affect different people's skin in different ways. I would suggest patch testing the serum before jumping in and using it on your entire face if you're concerned about potential breakouts (and consider doing this for all the new skincare products you introduce in the future!)

Since this is only a serum and not an actual moisturizer, you will definitely still need to apply a moisturizer if you suffer from super dehydrated skin. Despite Bioderma's claim that the serum retrains your skin to moisturize itself, this product will likely not be a miracle cure for stubborn dry patches or frequent dehydrated skin. Once you stop using it, it is unlikely that your skin will be cured of its dry tendencies forever. However, regular use will keep your skin hydrated and healthy and could prevent more dry patches from forming. In my opinion, the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum should be used as an extra boost of moisture to your skincare routine. 

So there you have it! That is my review on the Bioderma Hydrabio Serum. Have you tried any products from Bioderma? Comment with your thoughts below!