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This post will be reviewing the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil.
I got this product over a year ago and just forgot it in my stash. I honestly cannot believe it took me one year to get into shower oils. I’m sad on my behalf. Now that I have finally seen the light and discovered the awesomeness of shower oils, I’m afraid I might not use Shower Gels anymore.
For those that are new here, I have dry, dehydrated skin from head to toe. This means that I’m constantly on the lookout for products that will keep my skin moisturized for a longer time. I have figured it out for my face, but it’s still a work in progress for my body. This explains my latest obsession with French Pharmacy Skincare. Many French brands have targeted body care products for people with skin concerns similar to mine; dry, very dry, atopic skin. It’s literally a match made in heaven. So imagine my surprise when I discovered Shower Oils that I can use during the winter instead of shower gels. I was over the moon.
As the name implies, Shower Oils are super gentle cleansers that are soap-free. They typically use surfactants that are derived from oils. This means that they won’t lather as much as your typical shower gels, but they will cleanse your skin. So, you have to manage your expectations. If you’re someone that does a lot of physical labour and sweats a lot, you might want to stick with Shower Gels that cleanse your skin correctly.
Let’s get right into this review.
First Impressions of Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil
If you didn’t know, Bioderma is one of the most prominent French Pharmacy brands. They’re a dermatological brand that formulates products for various skin concerns.
According to Bioderma,
24h hydration and immediate comfort right from the shower.
Cleanses, restores lipids and soothes
Respects the most sensitive skin
Leaves the skin satin and ultra comfortable
Very good cutaneous and ocular tolerance – Non comedogenic – Ultra light foam – Creamy and silky oil – Non-greasy – Soap free – Does not sting the eyes – Subtly scented
Ingredient List & Fragrance
I’m not particular about the ingredient list and fragrance for body care. My only concern is that it should be hydrating enough and smell good in the process. Many French Pharmacy products have subtle fragrances or no fragrances at all because they’re trying to cater to people with sensitive skin.
This Shower oil has a subtle fragrance that is barely noticeable, but it doesn’t concern me at all. In fact, I love it. This way, I’m able to layer different scents over it. As for the ingredient list, there’s nothing particularly striking except for the Niacinamide, Vitamin E and Ascorbyl Palmitate, a weak Vitamin C derivative.
Texture & Consistency
When I compared the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil to the La Roche Posay Shower Oil, I realized that not all shower oils are equal. They both have gel textures, but the former is more lightweight while the latter is thicker. I just got the La Roche Posay, so I can’t really compare because I haven’t used it. But shower oils generally have the same function, which is to gently cleanse your skin whilst hydrating it in the process.
Price & Avaliabilty
Just like the Bioderma Micellar Waters, this Shower Oil is also very readily available and pretty affordable. Just make sure you’re buying the 1L Pump Bottle because Shower Oils go quickly.
Review of The Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil
Immediately after I found this product about three weeks ago, I stopped using my shower gel and kicked it to the side. I’m halfway through the bottle, I’ve ordered three different brands to try out, and I’m ready to talk about it.
First of all, this product is suitable for the whole family except for premature infants. So, you can use it for yourself and your kids, especially during this season if they’re struggling with dry winter skin.
I use this product on damp/wet skin, go over my body with several pumps until I’m satisfied and then rinse out. Because it doesn’t lather, you’ll be inclined to use several pumps until your body is fully coated. This is why getting the 1L pump bottle is essential because you’re going to run out quickly, trust me.
Obviously, it’s oily, but it doesn’t feel greasy at all. It glides gently over your skin, giving you that luxurious experience with a light foam. Yes, it lathers, but it is a light one similar to a face cleanser. I don’t even mind it at all.
Perhaps the best thing about this shower oil is the post-rinse out. Listen, I think asides from Dove, I have never used any shower gel that gives me that silky/satiny finish. After rinsing out, it leaves your skin super soft, smooth and glistening. Phew! It’s unreal. So, the lather just washes off and leaves behind the oil, which moisturizes your skin. Which is the entire idea of Shower Oils. I hear that some people actually skip their body moisturizer after rinsing out. I would never do that, but I can imagine people with normal skin can actually do that. If you’re like me and you won’t be skipping your body moisturizer, make sure you use it after your shower, preferably while your skin is still damp.
Now, while this product can be used from head to toe, I’ll probably not use it on my face because I want my skincare products to be able to penetrate it. Using this shower oil on my face will form a film that will block out everything. So, if you’re dealing with a damaged skin barrier or you want to minimize your routine this period, you can definitely use it for your face.
If you’re not yet convinced about switching to shower oils, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Although some people might not feel ‘clean’ because of how little it lathers, which is why it is a good idea to alternate them with your shower gels. If you shower twice daily, the morning can be a shower oil, and the night can be a shower gel.
I hope you have enjoyed this review of the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil, which I believe is a game-changer for those of us with dry, sensitive, irritated skin.