I’ve been on a total mission for the past few months to find decent, spot-fighting masks that are suitable for skin like mine; skin that can’t be stripped or aggressively handled but still needs a firm touch…basically adult skin that’s prone to spots. Let it never be said that beauty is always beautiful, as whilst the Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant is extremely effective, it is also extremely unpleasant to use! It’s stinky and looks horrid; thankfully not so much so that I think anyone would struggle to get past it, but it is pretty grim…
The Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant is a re-balancing facial mask that I’ve been advised to use just on my spotty areas a few times a week, although I have used it a couple of times as an all over mask and it doesn’t dry skin at all. It’s a very thick, syrupy mask that smells and looks like Marmite and dries after about 20 minutes. I usually leave it on for an hour whilst writing up blog posts and it’s very easy to wash off and doesn’t dry tight or crack when you try to remove. You can see effects immediately after you rinse, as spots look calmed and soothed, and certainly by the next day they look considerably smaller. I use this after cleansing and treating with the P50 and I use the Konjac sponge to remove the mask. Even though this smells and looks horrible, I really do rate it for skin like mine as it works well to reduce breakouts without causing any other issues, and if used just on breakout prone areas it will last quite a while. More info can be found here – link – and it’s £44 for 100ml. This mask forms part of my Biologique Recherche routine, which you can read more about here.
This sounds really kind of unappealing, but I want to try it! I have breakouts along my jawline that nothing seems to treat, I like that idea of this as an area specific treatment. Can also remove with my beloved konjac, think that might have pushed me 😉
I got it! Marmite, exactly lol! Its quite an experience, my hormonal breakout shrunk right down after using it last night though 😀
It really smells like it doesn’t it?! So glad you’re getting on well with it as it is fab for breakouts; the quickest spot-shrinking mask (in my experience) is the GlamGlow clearing mask…but obviously if the BR one is working really well for you then stick with it xx
Just wondering if you ever tried it mixed with a little baking soda? x
No, have you? Did it change the effect at all? I’m always worried about mucking up the acid mantle with such things xx
Yes, just the once, and I think it worked much better for me with a little sprinkled in and a drop of water. On the BR website it says for ‘seborrheic skin mix a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and a few drops of Complexe Iribiol’, I don’t have the Complexe Iribiol so can only imagine it could be even better adding that into the mix too.