PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 07: Grace Elizabeth walks the runway during the Fendi Couture Haute Couture Fall Winter 2022 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 07, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Peter White/Getty Images)

This winter, my skin has been much dryer than normal. I’m not sure if it has something to do with getting older, or the fact Sydney is freezing right now, or maybe because I abused it over the summer with prescription retinol — either way, my typically oily face has been tight, dull and uncomfortable.

Because I’m quite sensitive and very breakout-prone, I haven’t wanted to change things up too much and risk congestion. Instead I wanted something light and nourishing that would complement my existing routine – a winter booster, if you will. I’ve always used a face mist (I’ve had a can of Avene Thermal Spring Water in my bathroom since I was about 16) so when a can of Bioderma Atoderm SOS Spray found its way onto my desk I was happy to give it a go.


Admittedly French drugstore facial sprays are almost always mineral-rich water, but the milky texture of this caught me by surprise. The formula is actually anti-itch, and contains ingredients like niacinamide, squalane, glycerin, vitamin E and sunflower oil. This presence of lipids is what gives it a thicker consistency, as well as the silky texture. Designed to soothe irritation, redness and feelings of itchiness, it strengthens the barrier and mitigates dehydration, leaving the skin plump, soft and cared-for.

After only a few days of using it, I noticed a massive difference in the condition of my skin – it was much more calm and felt less ‘tight’. I’m now using it religiously morning and night, spraying it into my hands and pressing onto my skin. The order in which you layer is important, though! I only use it under creams or thicker serums — never to ‘dampen’ skin under water-based treatments, exfoliants or my Vitamin C because the ingredients aren’t quite right. If you do want to do this, stick to a thermal water, or the plain old stuff that comes out of the tap. But for bumping up the skin’s lipid profile, Atoderm SOS is where it’s at.

Contributing Beauty Editor Emily Algar

At roughly $25 for a giant can, I also can’t get past the value (especially if you grab it on sale from the chemist). A winter skin wonder that’s easy on the wallet – miracles can happen.



Bioderma Atoderm SOS Anti-Itch Spray, $21. SHOP NOW