Biologique Recherche is one of those brands that I think a lot of beauty bloggers and beauty blog readers will have heard of but not be able to place, until they make the connection between the brand name and the name of the infamous product, P50. Therefore I was extremely excited when the people behind the brand got in touch and asked me to come in for a consultation to find me a suitable skincare prescription from the range. How could anyone possibly turn down an offer like that? So off I trundled to EF Medispa in Kensington for my consultation and facial, both of which were fab, but I’ll be reviewing the facial in a separate post soon.
A couple of things need mentioning about Biologique Recherche (BR) before I crack on with my product rundown; firstly, this is a serious, serious, SERIOUS skincare range that is only really designed for those who are extremely committed to good skincare practices and have the funds to back it up. It’s performance driven, meaning in parts it’s both tingly (but not burny) and smelly (but not rancid) and there are no lovely perfumes or pretty, pink potions in my prescription; instead I have a selection of hard-working, skin-suitable products that are designed to give my skin a complete overall in as little time as possible.
BR don’t agree with facial washes, so you’ll only find a milk cleanser in your prescription. The cleanser I was given is called the Oxygenating Cleansing Milk which is a rich yet surprisingly purifying milk that I work into my skin, before removing with a damp cotton pad that I dampen with a water spray. I wear quite a bit of make-up so I tend to do a double cleanse. Straight afterwards I use my beloved Lotion P50. I have the P50W which is kind of like the access lotion that helps your skin adjust to the acids before you move up to the standard P50 which is considerably stronger. People, believe everything you have read about the P50 as it is AMAZING.
You kind of use the P50 like a toner, in that you apply it with a cotton pad (extra on your spots if you think your skin can tolerate it) but it isn’t designed to remove dirt or finish up the cleansers role, it’s instead a treatment that you apply to the skin. Once it’s dry, you then move on to the next step which are the serums, although to confuse things I’m going to talk about the Purifying Facial Cream which is the final step of the routine. The reason I’m going in this order is because, as I said previously, the range is rather expensive and therefore I tried just these three products for a week or so to see how they performed independently of the serums.
The combination of these three products is a really good, solid and easy to follow routine that isn’t stupidly expensive, yet you will see a great improvement in your skin as long as you’re using the products that you’ve prescribed. Plus, they do some introductory sizes of these products, meaning that the most expensive would be 50ml of the Facial Cream at £59, whereas 30ml of the Cleansing Milk would be £13.50 and 50ml of the P50W would be £22, meaning you could try all three products for less than a £100 and see if they work for you. The Purifying Facial Cream is the weirdest facial moisturiser I have ever tried! It stinks, it’s kind of gritty and straight out of the tub it does not feel like it’ll moisturise at all, yet on the skin it melts down to a really lovely almost balm-like finish that my skin responds well to…although it still stinks and I can smell it the following morning, so if you’re planning to try this then you might want to pre-warn any bed companions! This is a dream product for combination skin types as it’s definitely settling my oily areas without making any dry areas worse.
Now! On to the rather alarmingly named serums: Complex Iribiol, Extraits Tissulaires and Placenta, and no, the irony of the last one is not lost on my pregnant self. The CI is designed for spot-treating spots and works really well at pulling them forward so they heal quickly, whilst the latter two are designed to address the rest of my skin issues; mainly hydration/dullness and the pigmentation. Sadly, I’ve only managed to break into the CI so far as I cannot for the life of me get the other two open, so I’m currently reserving my judgement on those two until I’ve managed to actually get them open!
Over the next few months I’ll be sporadically reporting back with how I’m getting on with the new routine. So far I’m really happy with it as I’ve seen very quick results and my skin appears smoother, plumper and definitely fresher looking. The most significant difference for me so far is on the pigmentation and spot scars which seem to be fading remarkably fast. It’s too soon to tell if my spots are generally improved or not, but I’m certainly not purging and the spots I do get are quite easy to deal with; meaning they’re not nasty, hormonal cysts that hang around forever. I’m definitely keen to stick with the line and see where it takes me, as so far there are no downsides for me other than the price, so I’ll keep you updated on how I get on. I’ll be reviewing the facial soon and giving you guys an opportunity to win your own facial, so definitely keep an eye out for that! More info on Biologique Recherche can be found here, and EF Medispa can be found here and for a rather lovely introduction to the range, check out Caroline Hiron’s post here.