Biologique Recherche: My Secret Weapon

biologique rechercheAfter reading in multiple magazines that many beauty editors’ secret weapon was a little known product called Biologique Recherche I knew I had to try it. The thing is, it’s nearly impossible to find in the states. You can’t walk into a local Sephora or department store and buy it, you have to venture online. I found my fix at Rescue Spa, based in Philadelphia.

After about 2 weeks of nightly use I noticed clearer, softer and more even-toned skin. My hormonal acne was gone (hallelujah!) and my skin looked brighter. What is this magic potion you may ask? Well it’s a toner, exfoliator and lotion all in one bottle, sort of…

Technically, it’s not a lotion but more like a toner, even though that’s an incredibly old school term that makes me think of Sea Breeze.  P50 is a liquid that exfoliates and balances all skin types. These products are designed to strengthen the epidermal shield, exfoliate the skin, regulate excessive sebum secretion, hydrate the skin and maintain the skin’s pH.
The Lotion P50 range consists of 6 different versions. There’s the Lotion P50, which is the full strength version, The P50V, a medium strength version and P50W, a mild version for mature, drier skin types. All 3 strengths are available in both the original formula and the newer, phenol-free formula. I use the P50 1970 version with phenol. It smells like listerine and the first few times you use it your face goes a bit numb which I like. However, you get used to it and you’ll love the results.

This article does an excellent job at breaking down the product and various formulas. Personally, I’m always inclined to recommend the  P50 1970, but since my skin was already used to both glycolic and lactic acid, I might have already had more of a tolerance to this type of product.

I know you’ll be happy with whatever formula you choose. Seriously, this stuff is holy grail, take with me everywhere material.

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