I am super excited to review this little collection of A-Derma products for two reasons: Firstly, I am a total sucker for all things French and Parisian so a French pharmaceutical brand was totally up my street. Secondly, this is the very first time I have been ever so kindly gifted products to review! My blog is still in the early stages so this was a major mile stone for me (not so much my boyfriend who claims our house is turning into Boots anyway, without me being sent products to try out!) so before I begin I’d like to say a big big thank you to Emma from Escentual for the opportunity 😊
So after a few email exchanges with the lovely Emma, a package turned up in the post addressed to little old me. Inside, there was a sweet note from the Escentual girls and a whole host of goodies from A-Derma. I’ll be honest, I had never heard of A-Derma before, in fact Bioderma is the only French pharmaceutical that I can think of, but following a bit of googling I was really looking forward to testing out my products. A-Derma are actually the first dermo-cosmetic brand to use something called Rhealba® Oat. For your average consumer like myself this basically means A-Derma products contain a special, natural plant-based active ingredient which “soothes and protects fragile skin”. This is a great selling point to me, especially in the Autumn/Winter months as my skin appears to transform into a dry, sensitive nightmare.
First impressions of A-Derma from their packaging: a little basic if I’m honest. This isn’t your glossy Clinique or Vichy packaging, but it is simple and slick. Very Bioderma. The colour scheme is sort of delicate if you know what I mean, a blushy pink and white, and reminds me of delicate skin blushing in the cold wind. That may be a little too in depth but that’s just me! Enough about appearance, let’s talk products! In my selection of goodies were Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water (£13, 250ml), Hydralba Light Hydrating UV Cream (£14.50, 40ml) , Reacalm Light Soothing Cream (£14.50, 40ml) and Nutrialba Nourishing Cream (£20, 40ml). They also included a mini Bioderma ultra soothing creme and some cute nail files too. What a haul!
First product I slathered onto my skin was the Sensifluid Cleansing Micellar Water. The only Micellar water I have used before is the Garnier version, and I loved it so much it has become a staple in my everyday skin care routine. A-Derma’s offering is unscented and super gentle on my skin. It removed all traces of make up, even stubborn mascara, and sank into my skin with ease. It didn’t leave my skin feeling tight or sticky at all, just soft soft soft. However, I didn’t feel that this gave me a deep enough cleanse in the evenings so I took to using it before I gave my skin a deeper treat with something like Liz Earle or Clinique. That said, it was great for sensitive skin and would easily slot into my morning routine, a lovely little cleansing water really.
The Hydarlba Light Hydrating UV Cream is the lightest of the creams I was sent, but there is a rich version which I would probably get along with better. Again, the product is unscented and really gentle on skin. As an added bonus it contains SPF 20 and UV protection so it defends your skin against those every day invisible nasties. The cream is really light and sinks in quickly but I do have to say for me, it just didn’t satisfy my skin. I like to really feel a moisturiser, especially at this time of year as my skin tends to dry out in the cold weather. I imagine this would suit me better in the summer months, when I don’t need quite as much TLC!
Next up is the Rheacalm Light Soothing Cream which definitely has more oomph and is more up my street as a daily lotion. A-Derma claim this little beauty offers “instant and long lasting relief…to fragile skin that can be reactive and intolerant”. It contains Rhealba® Oat Seedling Extract and Vitamin E to nourish, soothe and strengthen skin. I have been using this cream every morning for about two weeks now and have to say my skin is feeling super soft, and feels instantly hydrated when I apply this cream. For me, as a daily moisturiser, this wins hands down over the Hydarlba Light Hydrating UV Cream.
Last, my absolute favourite of the bunch – the Nutrialba Nourishing Cream. This is the creme de la creme of the A-Derma range. Again we’re fragrance free, and using Rhealba® Oat Seedling Extract but this time with the addition of shea butter. This offering is super super nourishing and extra rich. I’ve been using this as a night cream since I got it and it’s really gone to work on my dry skin, leaving it smooth and refreshed. The formula is quite thick so unlike the day creams, this doesn’t sink into the skin particularly quickly but that’s not an issue when using a night cream for me. This, out of the whole bunch, is the product I would shout from the roof tops about and not mind splashing out for myself.
All in all, A-Derma is a sweet little range which is perfect for sensitive skin. All the products are super gentle yet still give my skin the moisture hit it needs in this cold weather. I’d love to know if any of you have tried any A-Derma products and what you thought of them?