The Secrets Behind The Exfoliating Toner Adored By Everyone

Biologique Recherche opens up about the hard-to-find miracle product.

Picture this: A biologist, physiotherapist, and doctor walk into a lab and come out with one of the most sought-after products in the beauty space.

No, this isn’t the setup to a joke. Instead, it’s the beginning of the story of one of France’s premiere beauty brands, Biologique Recherche. Founded over 40 years ago, the brand has become known for its clinical-meets-holistic approach to skin care. Dr. Philippe Allouche, the co-owner and head of creation for the brand, says the idea behind the company is to “rebuild a fully functional epidermis in order to protect yourself” from free radicals, aging, dark spots, and whatever other problematic skin conditions you might have. The ingredients used are raw, concentrated, and pure; the packaging simple; the marketing, basically, non-existent. And yet the brand can be found right next to Sunday Riley and Glossier on nearly every influencer’s top shelf, largely due to its star product: the P50 lotion.

The P50 lotion goes by many names: holy grail, Jesus in a bottle, the Hermès of skin-care products. It’s a chemical exfoliating toner (it includes acids like lactic, malic, salicylic, and others) and meant to fade hyperpigmentation, shrink pores, clear acne, and balance out the complexion. People obsess over it because it does all those things. Unlike other so-called miracle products, the P50 lotion isn’t one-size-fits-all; there are actually seven versions of it on the market, meaning that there’s an option for every skin type. The original, the P50 1970, is the most intense and includes the controversial ingredient, phenol, which has been banned in Europe (but not the U.S). Dr. Allouche tells me that he reformulated the original in the 2000s (though it’s still available) because it proved to be too harsh for the skin. “The skin has changed over the decades, it’s more sensitive and thinner,” he says. The other options include the P50V, which is moderately strong; P50W, which is meant for sensitive skin; and P50 PIGM 400, which is specifically for combatting hyperpigmentation.

When you have a product that works, people talk about it. And post about it. And tweet about it. And that’s exactly what’s happened with the P50 lotion, a fact that has greatly benefitted Dr. Allouche and his team. The P50 lotion has always been popular, but, lately (at least in the U.S.), it’s graduated to cult status, even spawning a couple of copy-cats. When I meet with Dr. Allouche last week, though, it isn’t to discuss the lotion; they already know people love it. What the brand is focused on now is making sure customers know the magic potion also extends to body products and even a scalp treatment. “It’s not hair on one side and scalp on the other,” Dr. Allouche says. “They work together. The scalp is like the soil—it’s the temple for all of the hair products.” (We know this already, right? We’ve written about the importance of scalp care several times on this very website.) However, in the same way that the P50 works wonders, its scalp treatment, Biologique Recherche wants you to know, will do the same.

One thing that makes this brand unique, though, is how exclusive it still seems. With the kind of growth the company has experienced, most brands would understandably expand their distribution—but not Biologique. Right now, U.S. customers can only find the products online on Paul Labrecque and Shop Rescue Spa’s websites, and Dr. Allouche plans to keep it that way. “We partner with people who we deeply believe can give the best to our clientele,” he says. “We love aestheticians. We love spas. All of these people are educated about the skin, and we think they’re the best ambassadors.” When I ask him if he plans on making the products more readily available in the future, he shakes his head. “It’s just not the core of the brand,” he stresses.

Cue a sigh of relief from beauty lovers of all things elite.

BY TAYLOR BRYANT

40 Years of Authenticity: Biologique Recherche in New York City

Discover the Legacy of Science-based French skincare.

Biologique Recherche was founded in 1978 as cosmetics research lab by biologist Yvan Allouche and his wife Josette, a physiotherapist. At first, it functioned like a scientific development laboratory whose sole vocation was to develop formulations for professionals dissatisfied with existing products.

Biologique Recherche boasts locations all over the world, and has come to populate much of our very own Manhattan. Find their products in six locations on the Upper and Midtown east sides of the island. They’ve also sprinkled products in spas, studios, and stores even further downtown.

Since then, with their son Dr. Philippe Allouche as the brand’s Creative Director, BR has transformed into a pharmaceutical icon of the global fashion and beauty industries. Allouche’s background in internal medicine informed his more holistic approach to the science of beauty and skincare. Together, Yvan, Josette and Philippe combined their know-how and passion to write a unique and visionary page in the history of skin care.

Today, the Biologique Recherche Methodology has a reputation for astounding effectiveness based on a clinical approach to beauty care using intentionally pure, concentrated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures. Fashion icons across the globe revere it. Beauty editors live by its tenets every day. For some, it has become something of a beauty religion.

Biologique Recherche boasts locations in several countries all over the world, and has come to populate much of our very own Manhattan. Find their products in six locations on the Upper and Midtown east sides of the island. They’ve also sprinkled products in spas, studios, and stores even further downtown.

With a clinical approach to skincare using 50% or more active ingredients, Biologique Recherche is truly a unique and rare luxury skincare line without the frills.

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Danuta Mieloch, founder of  Rescue Spa, is proud to be a US Brand Ambassador. “Biologique Recherche is a Rescue Spa cult classic and the cornerstone of our skincare treatments,” she shared. “This French biological skincare line has over 30 years of experience in developing the most powerful and effective skincare products in the beauty industry. With a clinical approach to skincare using 50% or more active ingredients, Biologique Recherche is truly a unique and rare luxury skincare line without the frills.”

The company has created hundreds of different products for face and body, and their P50 tonic is their signature potion. This exfoliating toner neutralizes the PH in your skin, hydrates your face, opens your pores and nourishes your skin with magical ingredients like witch hazel, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory plants. Find it in any of the nine locations throughout Manhattan.

Wherever you are in the city, Biologique Recherche is not far away. With such powerful products, “religious” use of them may lead to daily miracles. Or, at least, a luminous, glowing complexion – the answer to all of our prayers.

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BY REBECCA LEFFLER AND LANI ALLEN
ILLUSTRATION BY SAMANTHA SHAMMAS

As Seen on Goop! The Healthy NYC Guide, Rescue Spa

 

There’s a hair salon, nail studio, and 14 treatment rooms where you can get an array of treatments from high-tech facials (the Oxylight Facial is an over-the-top combination of micro-current, ultrasound, oxygen therapy, and more to lift, tighten, and smooth) and pore-shrinking laser therapies to life-affirming massages and detox body wraps (you’re slathered in antioxidant-packed sea mud, which leaves skin insanely silky). The two-floor space is posh—and sprawling—and we can’t recommend enough their Bio Seaweed Gel manicure, which uses 5-free polish, LED light to set the pigment (as opposed to potentially harmful UV light), and lasts about a month. A facial with founder/skin-whisperer Danuta Mieloch is transformative—her touch is exquisite and you emerge looking totally glowy.

A Grocery List For Winter Skin – The S Life Mag

Healthy fats: the good fats we need and love. Think avocado, almonds, coconut oil. We crave comfort foods during wintertime, says Danuta Mieloch, a skincare goddess, master esthetician, and owner of Rescue Spa in NYC and Philadelphia. She encourages us to increase our healthy fat intake to keep skin supple and looking its best. A cooking classic, we love extra virgin olive oil because it’s also loaded with vitamin E and let’s face it, if it’s cold out, we are eating pasta. Dressed over noodles, salads, etc., this healthy fat packs a serious punch and moisturizes our skin from the inside out. Easy skin solution and oh, so good.

Vitamin D: contributes to skin cell growth and repair. Healthy skin normally means hydrated skin and vitamin D helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging. The body produces vitamin D on its own through sun exposure, so it’s very easy to become deficient especially during the cooler winter months when we’re stuck indoors with Netflix. Danuta Mieloch (owner of Rescue Spa) encourages her clients and herself to take a higher dose of vitamin D during the winter months to make sure skin is kept in tip-top shape and healthy for optimum hydration. Bonus: she drinks hot lemon water with ginger to keep colds away (we love her).

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https://www.sakara.com/blogs/mag/1-18-your-grocery-list-for-winter-skin