Bioderma – Sebium Masque
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I had read some great reviews of Sebium Masque* from Bioderma, so when I was offered the opportunity to review it I jumped at the chance.
Sebium Masque is a ‘sebo-regulating purifying mask’ for combination and oily skin, in other words it aims to control the amount of sebum and oil that your skin produces which in turn helps to reduce breakouts. It is paraben free and hypoallergenic, and I really like the packaging as I feel that it looks quite clinical as many French skincare brands do.
The mask is white and creamy with a strange powdery texture. It has a lovely refreshing cucumber scent and it’s really pleasant to use. You do need to apply quite a thick layer of the mask to your skin (it is a bit tricky to apply it thickly and evenly given its powdery texture) and then it dries although not too hard. To remove it you can either rinse it away with warm water or you can buff the dried mask with your fingers – this creates an exfoliating effect on the surface of the skin – make sure you are over a sink if you do this though as the little flakes of dried mask can get everywhere!
After using this Sebium Masque from Bioderma my skin does feel soft and smooth, and there is no evidence of oil or shine. Some clay-based drying masks can over stimulate my combination skin, making it kick out lots of oil a few hours after using the mask, but I don’t experience that problem with Sebium Masque, I think perhaps because it is quite gentle. Unfortunately, although it does stop my skin producing as much oil, this mask hasn’t stopped my skin breaking out in spots which is what I had hoped it would do.
Whilst I do think that this is a nice gentle mask for those with oily or combination skin it wasn’t the miracle cure for my oily breakouts that I had hoped it would be. The other downside is that this is quite a small tube, only 40ml, so it doesn’t last very long although it’s not too expensive compared to a lot of other face masks.
Sebium Masque from Bioderma is priced at £8.90 for 40ml, available from Beauty Spin.
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