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.


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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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.

Fall Refresh. Why You Should Start With a Facial.


‘Fall Refresh’
It’s officially Fall which means that it is time for a refresh!
As your sun-kissed glow begins to dwindle the signs of sun damage may start to appear.  It happens to the best of us, even those that wear SPF diligently.  Unfortunately these tell-tale signs take form in unwanted or extra sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration.

Which makes this is the perfect time to schedule a restorative treatment to specifically target and repair sun damage.  We recommend scheduling any one of our
Rescue Spa Signature Facials, always tailored to your needs.

For those looking to indulge we also offer Biologique Recherche Facials at both of our locations in NYC and Philadelphia.
No need to book a flight to experience these exceptional treatments, these are the same treatments offered at the world famous Ambassade de la Beauté on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Manicures and Pedicures
Stay on trend and choose any color of your choice from our incredible selection of polishes. You can also opt for Bioseaweed Gel, the healthy alternative to typical gel nails, for 2+ weeks of high shine, chip-free gel nails, sans UV light (we use LED).

There is nothing quite like a face-transforming magic of an eyebrow shaping with a pro.  Allow our experienced hands to custom shape the perfect pair of brows for your face.

Hair Salon
Fall is the ideal time for a hair refresh!  Whether you are refreshing your color, cutting it short, adding some fringe, or simply playing with texture… this is the prime time to do it.

Our Fall 2017 palette is as gorgeous as ever.  Our skilled makeup artists will enhance your features for a beautiful finish.
From no-makeup makeup … to all-out glam it’s entirely up to you.

Rescue Spa NYC Grand Opening ~ Friday September 22 from 9am – 9pm

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Come sip bubbly and browse our super curated assortment of cult beauty products from brands including; Biologique Recherche, Valmont, Oribe, MBR Medical Beauty Research, 3LAB, Vintner’s Daughter and more.


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Facials  •  Cuts  •  Color  •  Blowouts  •  Manicure  •  Pedicure  •  Makeup  •  Application  •  Threading  •  Laser Treatments


Every single person I turned this on to LOVES it

“I just started the new Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM 400 which specifically treats pigmentation in addition to exfoliation and fighting wrinkles. A few drops on a cotton pad to dab all over face, neck and chest each night (never rub as it may irritate sensitive areas) is all you need (you can work up to twice a day as I have). I promise you will fall in love at the first burn.”
Reviewed by Cathy N.


How The Estheticians Do It: Micro-currents

About Joanna!


Does your skincare regimen currently include micro-current? If not, then I recommend that it should.

A professional micro-current machine is one of my most used skincare tools, both in the treatment room and at home. My clients are always amazed at the results.

Treating the skin with micro-current is like giving it new energy and life – think extreme yoga for your face. It’s a natural way to treat the signs of aging and promote active skin regeneration for truly lasting results, not to mention the immediate lifting effect.

If you’ve experienced our signature Bio-Lift Facial, you know what I’m talking about.

Luckily, there’s a way to get the benefits of this technology at home with two of my favorite personal micro-current devices available at Rescue Spa.

Let’s start with:


The cutting-edge technology of the ReFa CARAT beauty roller uses a built-in solar panel to generate a mild electric current that’s similar to what our body produces naturally. Its platinum-coated design and the smooth gliding motion is a testament to fine Japanese craftsmanship and quality.

The award-winning ReFa CARAT is available in different sizes to fit the face, body and delicate eye area. My clients love the ReFa CARAT S. It’s the brand’s smallest device and fits perfectly around eyes, lips and between the brows.

How to use the ReFa CARAT?

You have the option to use the device as is, over makeup, or with your favorite serums. Simply roll the device back and forth, following the direction of the muscle and allow the gentle current to work its magic. You’ll notice an immediate glow from increased circulation and drainage of lymphatic fluids.

Try it with a hyaluronic-acid based serum for maximum hydration and plumping such as Valmont Moisturizing Booster or Biologique Recherche Serum Yall-O2.

Another great advantage of the ReFa CARAT is its portability, making it a perfect little companion on your travels. You can even keep one at your desk for a quick and easy “lunchtime lift.” And since it captures solar or artificial light, it’ll never lose its charge. (ReFa CARAT is available for purchase in spa or by telephone at 215-772-2766 extension #3.)

Next up:

The NuFace Trinity Pro Facial Trainer

You’ve probably seen the NuFace device before, but this Pro version is as close to professional strength micro-current as you can get at home, and it requires only five minutes a day for a full facial workout. The stimulating current works by passively exercising the muscle to lift, tone and tighten, while oxygenating the skin and increasing circulation.

How to use the NuFace Trinity Pro?

The NuFace must be used with a conducting medium such as a gel or water-based serum.

STEP 1: Apply your gel. I recommend the NuFace 24K Gold Primer. It contains gold particles with either a brightening or firming complex to boost skin’s overall radiance and elasticity.

Tip: For sensitive or acne-prone skin, I’d go with something gentler such us the Santa Maria Novella Aloe Gel Viso Corpo as a substitute. It will calm, soothe and help to reduce inflammation.

STEP 2: Turn on the device and hold it for a few seconds, focusing on individual muscle groups. You’ll hear a “beep” when it’s time to move to another area.

Tip: Use oxygenating water to re-wet the skin and keep the gel from drying out. I love Biologique Recherche L’Eauxygenante spray for a dose of oxygen and powerful antioxidants.

STEP 3: Remove gel and apply your treatment products.

Although the NuFace is FDA cleared for facial toning, it may also help reduce breakouts due to electric current’s natural anti-bacterial properties. I generally see an immediate reduction in redness and swelling when I use it on problem areas.

Almost anyone can benefit from micro-current and while nothing comes close to the results of a professional Bio-Lift facial, a micro-current device such as the NuFace Pro or ReFa CARAT can help you maintain those fabulous results longer.

So schedule a Bio-Lift facial and don’t forget to give your skin a regular dose of micro-current at home.

Once you try it, I promise you’ll be hooked!

Joanna Kula ~ Esthetician

How The Estheticians Do It: Hyperpigmentation

Summertime is the time to protect your skin.


Questions regarding hyperpigmentation come up in 7 out of 10 appointments and it’s safe to say that it is one of the main concerns in skin treatment rooms. In this post I would like to discuss the ways to prevent hyperpigmentation and share some of my favorite products to treat this common skin disorder.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes its natural color) in the patches of the skin. It is a skin condition that affects every ethnic background and skin tone and is mostly associated with aging. Pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations, UV radiation and photo aging, chemical or UV burn, genetics and allergies are just some of the more typical factors.

Daily use of a broad spectrum sun protection is a sure way to prevent hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to the damaging sun rays. Exfoliation is essential to reduce the build of dead skin cells and to promote skin cell regeneration for brighter skin every day.

Professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and IPL are all effective.

Active Ingredients to look for in products are:

  • Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids
  • Arbutin
  • Kojic Acid
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Glabridin/Licorice Root Extract
  • Retinoids
  • Epidermal Growth Factor

Some of my personal favorite treatments to combat hyperpigmentation include:


Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 is an “antipollution” cleanser that brightens and unifies the complexion, eliminates impurities and calms the epidermis.


Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM400 is the newest formulation of the beloved P50. It enhances epidermal renewal and helps regulate melanin synthesis while respecting and protecting the skin. Lightens the skin, reduces the size of pigmentation marks and prevents them from appearing. Inhibits melanin synthesis. Improves the strength and quality of the epidermis. Unifies and brightens the complexion. Balances pH on the skin’s surface.


Valmont Clarifying Infusion Brightening Serum is an ultra-concentrated treatment that decreases melanin production and fights hyperpigmentation. It increases skin brightness and complexion evenness to reveal perfectly even-toned skin.

Serum PIGM 400 is a brightening, spot-correcting serum that illuminates the complexion and fights free radicals. It is my personal favorite. Paired with Creme PIGM 400, this powerful duo fights pigmentation and reveals glowing complexion.

Clarifying Lotion and Intensive C Boost by Environ is another great combination for combating visible skin pigmentation. The Clarifying Lotion is a light, non-oily lotion that nourishes the skin with important water-soluble ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin. It maintains the skin’s natural acid mantle and can either be used on small, easily defined pigment blemishes, or as a whole face and neck solution for extensive uneven skin tone. The Intensive C-Boost contains a powerful form of vitamin C ideal for sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and capillaries as well as for the maintenance of a healthy skin.


Valmont Clarifying Pack is a clarifying cream-mask that is rich in illuminating ingredients. Provides visible brightening effect, mattifies and tightens the pores. Just after one treatment the skin is flexible, soft, and gleams with a new radiance. Use it once a week in addition to your current masque treatment.

Environ Revival Masque is a powerful combination of Lactic, Mandelic and Asiatic acids formulated to target the effects of photo-damaged skin and the appearance of uneven skin texture.

The Beautigenix Brightening Mask is a Korean sheet mask that reduces the appearance of sun and age spots, removes signs of fatigue, gives skin a radiant and brighter look, evens skin tone and texture – also improves mild acne. All and all, a perfect on the go solution for someone who has uneven skin tone, dark spots or sun damaged skin.

MBR Beta-Enzyme is a gel-masque based on mild hydroxy acids in combination with a papain enzyme complex for smooth, clear and more radiant skin.


Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT is a real anti-pigmentation face-lift that resculpts the skin injecting it with hydration. Packed full of scientifically selected ingredients, the Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT serum with its concentration of 15% active stabilized bio-integral cells and expert brightening complex, delivers a complete firming and brightening solution. Whether used as an occasional 12-day treatment or throughout the year, Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT revitalizes, progressively lightens natural skin tone, redefines and intensely hydrates the face, neck and décolleté area. The skin’s firmness and ability to bounce back are visibly improved, pigmentary spots visibly attenuated while the facial contours are resculpted and the oval of the face redefined.

  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is one of the more difficult types of pigmentation to get rid off. These red or brown regions of pigment are usually associated with acne, chemical burns, eczema or dermatitis. One of my favorite products to tackle it is Sebuspot by Environ – a mild gel for use on inflamed areas of the skin. It helps reduce congestion and residual redness while at the same time drying up skin blemishes.


Biologique Recherche Creme PIGM 400 is a concentrate of brightening, anti-age spot and protective ingredients.  Its multipolar formulation helps correct existing pigmentation imperfections and prevents new age spots from forming. The complexion becomes increasingly luminous and the skin appears more even. Best when paired with Serum PIGM 400.

Institute Esthederm Clarity System Whitening Brightening Repair Day Cream regenerates and restructures the skin, protects, prevents photo-aging, cell damage and the risk of redness and inflammation.

MBR Luminous Pearl Extreme works on delivering both multi-active anti-aging effects as well as a perfectly balanced and illuminated complexion.


Biologique Recherche Protection UV helps protect the epidermis from the harmful effects of UVA, UVB, and infrared rays. The formula rich in anti-aging, soothing, anti-spot and moisturizing active ingredients helps prevent skin aging and dehydration.
MBR High Protection Face Cream SPF30 protects the skin from sunburn, aging, wrinkles and pigmentation spots which can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. It smoothes and mattifies skin appearance for an even and healthy tan.
Institute Esthederm Photo Regulator helps reduce pigmentation spots by reducing the contrast between the hyper-pigmented areas and tanned skin. This helps to ensure a consistent and harmonious tan safely.

Summer time is the prime time to protect your skin and prevent stubborn hyperpigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, polarized sunglasses and be mindful when out and about. You only have one skin, take care of it now and enjoy the compliments later!

Diana Yerkes