February 23, 2014

Biafine





When my friend told me he was headed to Paris, all I could hear was "French pharmacy". So while I was telling him all the good spots to visit I also nudged him in the direction of my favourite pharmacy —Rue du Four, Saint Germain-des Près in case you're wondering. I repurchased a few bits and asked him to pick up Biafine, a must in each French family's medicine cupboard apparently.

At first I was not quite sure what to do with it. I knew it was used to treat sunburns, minor abrasions, post-surgical scarring and skin irritation, but in which manner did I have to apply it on my face?
I experimented with it as a topical spot treatment for my hyper pigmentation spots, which didn't do anything spectacular. It was only when I used it generously as a moisturiser all over my face that I saw the glorifying results it gave me. Flash forward to the next morning, and my skin was noticeably less red and nourished and well. I wouldn't say it diminished any of my hyper pigmentation overnight, but when using it a bit more diligently and generously, you will see minor improvements over a longer period of time. Basically it works by increasing the amount of macrophage cells, which destroy bacteria and eliminate damaged tissue while stimulating collagen repair and healthy skin.

Biafine has a balm texture, but unlike Embryolisse, it is rather thin and suitable for oilier skin types as well. In the States you can get your hands on Biafine ACT without prescription, which is basically the same but milder. I'm not quite sure whether this would be moisturising enough if you've got very dry skin. It did it's job perfectly on my combination skin and I'm sure it will on oily skins as well. Although it hasn't earned a spot in our family's medicine cabinet just yet, it is being kept in good company with my the rest of my beauty stash.


What are your thoughts on Biafine?


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6 comments

  1. Hello miss , nice review!
    Biafine is used for mild burns and I remember my mother using it quite a lot when we were young. It is not perceived as a beauty moisturiser as such ..but more like a first aid.
    AS a grown up now, not sure what's special in this cream....x

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  2. ooo sounds like a good all purpose moisturizer (except for super dry skin, as you said) sometimes its good to have something not too fancy but nourishing like this. the huge tube helps too :P

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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  3. This sounds quite lovely! I'll definitely have to keep my eyes out for this. xx

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  4. Yeah, it's definitely not a 'beauty' ointment, but it does the job rather well. I love it underneath my make up as it primes, nourishes and stays put. Because it's effective for burns and cuts, it works wonders on my skin as I'm suffering from inflammation and hyper pigmentation .

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  5. It really is! Though if you do have very dry skin, I'd definitely recommend Embriolysse Lait-Creme (the dark blue one). It's thicker, more balmy and also better in nourishing and hydrating the skin. Though it doesn't have the repairing properties Biafine has.

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  6. Do get it if you can get your hands on it, very worth it and it's not too pricey either!

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