So let’s talk about BioNike! For those of you who don’t know, BioNike is a very well-priced Italian brand that’s exclusive to Dis-Chem. The company prides itself on being suitable for those with sensitive skin and uses the lowest number of ingredients needed to get the job done.
While their ingredient ‘no no’ list includes all the typical ‘baddies’, things like fragrances and parabens, they take things a step further by excluding nickel, preservatives and – wait for it – gluten!
Now, to be honest, I had no idea that your skin could have an ‘ish’ with gluten. Sensitive stomachs, for sure. But skin? Learning this at the brand’s recent media day raised a lot of questions. For example, how do you know if your skin is gluten sensitive? And if you’ve got a gluten intolerant tummy, do you probably have a gluten-intolerant face? Also, is it possible to have skin that hates gluten but be a-okay with eating it? And vice versa?!
I kind of felt bad for the expert who BioNike had chat to us ‘cos myself and all the beauties ended up bombarding him with gluten q’s, not all of which he could answer. In fact, it kind of looks as if the studies around gluten and skin allergies are still kind of in their early days. On the upside tho, if you’re a total allergy baby and struggle to find things that play nicely with your face, you can rest assured that most BioNike goodies err on the side of caution. I say most and not all because their Acteen Purificante cleansing gel (face wash) contains menthol and, while I’m not an especially sensitive sort, anything minty has always made my face turn red.
But ja, to move on, BioNike’s range is huge – HUGE – so let me do my best to break it down. If your eyes glaze over half way through just skip on down to review time to get my thoughts on two of the products I’ve tested.
The Defence range is a line of EIGHT different cleansers.
Acteen is a line for oily, acne-prone skin.
Defence Hydra5 MAT is a line of moisturisers for oily/combo skin.
Defence Hydra5 is a line of moisturisers for normal/dry/ skin.
Defence Tolerance is a line for seriously hyper-sensitive skin.
Defence Rosys is a line aimed that those with rosacea.
Triderm and Triderm Baby are for dermatitis affected skin while Proxera is for those with very dry, xerotic skin.
Defence B-Lucent is a line focused on skin tone evening.
Defence Eye is a whole bunch of different eye creams, each one targeting a specific eye issue, like puffiness or wrinkles or soothing.
Defence Colour is a make-up line, Defence Man is for the boys, Defence Body, Defence Sun, Defence Deo, ONails and Defence HairPro are all pretty self-explanatory, I reckon.
Anti-aging-wise, you’ve got two lines to choose from; new Defence XAge infused with skin growth factors and the slightly more ‘premium’ Defence Elixage which makes use of retinyl palmitate, a mild version of my beloved retinol. While retinyl palmitate can’t give you the same results you’ll get from retinol, it’s much more likely to be tolerated by those with sensitive skin.
I was given a few BioNike items to play with and have most enjoyed using Defence Hydra5 Radiance illuminating moisturising cream SPF 15.
I like that it comes in a tube as opposed to a jar and features an SPF. Also, even though it’s aimed at a normal/dry skin type and I’m a combo girl, it doesn’t make my face feel greasy in the least. Hydration-wise, you’re getting a good skin plumping effect thanks to a mix of 5 active water-binding hyaluronic acids while other hydrators include good old glycerine and Shea butter. Last but not least, it makes use of soft-focus powders to reflect light in a way that flatters but, to be honest, I didn’t really notice a visible ‘illuminating’ effect. In all, it’s a great ‘slap it on under your make-up and go’ kinda moisturiser and, texture-wise, it reminds me a lot of Neutrogena’s bestselling Oil-Free Moisture SPF 15 moisturiser.
Another BioNike item I like? Defence Tolerance essential cleansing water.
I’m now a bietjie torn ‘cos it reminds me a helluva lot of my beloved Bioderma Sensibio H2O cleanser in that it feels just like water on your skin yet removes even the most hardcore make-up with a few swipes. Love, love, love that!
Differentiators? While BioNike’s product makes use of soothing panthenol and distilled rose water, Sensibio’s uses cucumber extract and wrinkle-busting rhamnose. BioNike’s ‘water’ also feels ever so slightly more viscous whereas Bioderma’s is very much a ‘water’.
I’m now thinking that, should BioNike’s product turn out to cost less than Bioderma’s (I’m busy typing this without a price list on hand), I may well make the switch and that’s A Pretty Big Deal as I’m very much set in my ways. For example, it took me a zillion years to switch from buying random ‘inconsequential’ items like Lil-lets and Sunlight dish liquid on zombie autopilot mode to whatever else was on the shelf for less. In fact, I even remember the first time my hand reached out for those random ‘o.b.’ tampons and walked towards the tills. I was like ‘What! Are! You! Doing!’ ‘Turn around now!’ ‘Your vagina’s totally going to explode’. But get this; it didn’t. Yay! And I totally shouldn’t be typing this while my melatonin is kicking in…
But ja, to wrap shizz up; if you’ve got sensitive skin, please realise there’s a whole world outside of Cethaphil and Almay and that BioNike may well serve up some very nice options. Next time you’re in Dis-Chem, make a point of checking it out.