“My skincare routine has changed since I shot my Top Shelf, for sure! One of the biggest changes was that I started using all Biologique Recherche. I have this girlfriend Hayley, at her house we would always inevitably end up drinking wine, and after three glasses of wine she was like, ‘Come into the bathroom, we’re doing a facial!’ And she’d always give me these Biologique facials with all these serums, and the moisturizer, all of it. I’d wake up in the morning with a slight hangover but my skin would be amazing! Eventually I took the plunge and got the whole regimen. My favorite trick is to use the Masque Vivant combined with the Masque VIP. I mix it in my hand with baking soda. A facialist told me about that, and it works. Then I use the Biologique toner, cleanser, and serum.
I’m just obsessed with anything skincare, so if someone has something that I don’t have I’m like, ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ One of my other girlfriends had the Ziip-of course I picked it up. I started using it, and it’s amazing. Like, it actually is amazing. It does work. I have all the gadgets-I have the LED mask, I have it all. I use them when I’m watching TV.
I use Oribe shampoo and conditioner. For the luxe of it all. To be honest, [my hair] is a little temperamental. But when I’m in a good environment, like when I’m at home or when I’m driving, my hair dries really well. I just tuck it under my ears, and it dries in this sort of wavy, sort of straight way. But if it’s not in the right environment and I let it dry naturally, it will be so frizzy. If I just go straight outside or for a walk or something, my hair will get frizzy. So I try to be inside and let it dry. It can be wavy, but it can also be quite frizzy and poofy, which I actually sometimes like. Because it makes me feel like I’m in an 80’s rom-com. I have a straightener and a blow dryer, but I don’t really use them much. Except when I’m in a really big rush and don’t want to wait and see if my hair dries nice or not, I’ll blow dry it properly and straighten it. One thing I learned is called the preemptive dry shampoo. So even when your hair is clean, the night before you go to bed, you put dry shampoo in. And the you wake up and it’s got a good texture. So I do that sometimes. It helps that I have a silk pillowcase, but I’m also too messy and I drool all over it [Laughs].” –Phoebe Tonkin as told to Into The Gloss
Since my skin is both dry and sensitive, and since I find that the two often go hand in hand, I’ve grouped them together for simplicity’s sake. I’ve searched high and low for a cleansing milk that is as spectacular as Biologique’s, and even though I’ve found some pretty convincing dupes, this has, and probably will always, hold the No. 1 spot when it comes to cleansing my dry-ass, sensitive, blemish-prone skin. This cleanser hydrates and soothes intensely, and while it doesn’t actively fight against rashes or blemishes, it preps skin perfectly for serums. I’ve heard some complaints that this cleanser doesn’t do an incredible job of removing makeup. This is true: When I come home with a full face of makeup after a night out, I go in with micellar water first.
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“I love this facial: So between being lazy and pregnant and then nursing for 9 months for each kid, I’ve basically slacked on skincare for a solid four years. I’m beginning to inch back into taking care of my skin and the Biologique Remodeling facial at Rescue Spa helped to kick start that. I never got as many compliments on my skin as I did after getting this facial… I don’t know if it was the LED lights, the electric currents, or the tons of facial massage but… the combination works. I think I’ll get this (not inexpensive, alas) facial 4 times a year.” –Eva Chen
For Europeans, taking superfood supplements is far from a fringe concept. Pharmacies there have been stocking detoxifying milk thistle and skin-renewing spirulina for quite some time, alongside other body-enhancing fixes like cellulite creams and compression tights. The cult Parisian skin care brand Biologique Recherche recently teamed up with French nutritionist Pascale Modaï to create Griffonia & L-Tyrosine ($111), a medicinal-sounding pill formulated with Griffonia simplicifolia plant extract and an amino acid — together they work as precursors to dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin, which might regulate mood and motivation. – T Magazine
“Rescue Spa is heaven on earth. After snapping into a terrycloth cover-up, I lay down, and Danuta Mieloch, the spa’s founder and owner, looks at my face and asks me what I want. I tell her what I’m sure she hears all day: “I just want it to feel a bit brighter. More glow-y.” And with that, she analyzes my skin and tells me that I need to exfoliate more, but says other than that, I’m actually pretty good. In a time where everyone is trying to sell more and more and more, it’s nice to fully trust someone.
The next 90 minutes are spent massaging, toning, microcurrent-ing, and using Biologique Recherche for the first time. People complain about the smell, and maybe it’s just being a native New Yorker, but I honestly wasn’t bothered. After what felt like the most relaxing and educational facial of my life (Mieloch walked me through everything), I couldn’t believe the way my skin looked and felt. It was as if good lighting was following me everywhere once I left.
Their facials can go for over $300, but Mieloch says I only need one a season (like I said, honesty!).I leave Rescue Spa with a small black bag of products and a mission to go get the NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device. The device uses tiny electric pulses to stimulate the muscles in the face, which improves circulation for better collagen production and a smooth, tightened face. The results are almost instant. In days, some fine lines disappearing and my cheeks are more prominent. After a long week, it’s a pretty good fake for eight hours of sleep.” – Coveteur
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.
BY REBECCA LEFFLER AND LANI ALLEN
ILLUSTRATION BY SAMANTHA SHAMMAS
To say I’m obsessed with skincare would be a huge understatement, I’m an esthetician after all, among many other things, and in constant search for the next miracle product, antioxidant-rich superfood, or beauty sanctuary to increase my outer-glow.
When I heard Rescue Spa (*RS) of Philadelphia was opening a New York City location, my beauty prayers had been answered. I discovered their e-commerce site a few years ago when I realized they carry cult-favorite skincare brand, Biologique Recherche (*BR). A super effective french skincare line that uses a clinical and holistic approach to skincare using pure, concentrated, and raw ingredients. BR was developed 40 years ago to please dissatisfied professionals in the beauty and skincare industry, and boy did they. It’s one of the most coveted skincare brands to-date with a product inventory ranging from face, to body, to hair-care.
Being a skincare nerd, it was both a privilege and honor to meet Rescue Spa owner and founder, Danuta Mieloch, who’s also a master esthetician. She’s delightful, full of pure positive energy; one of those lovely people you meet and immediately feel at ease with. Not to mention, she’s a serious badass in the skincare industry. Danuta is a wealth of knowledge and made talking about skincare easy and approachable. She performed their most popular facial, the ‘BIO-LIFT’ using you guessed it, BR products. What’s unique about the BIO-LIFT facial is that it uses round foam pads with electric current to stimulate, tighten, and tone facial muscles.
The BR product line is so advanced in treating different skin types, the products are totally customizable to your OWN unique skin type, which is one of the reasons their products are so effective. Before the lift portion of the facial, Danuta began with a warm steam, cleanse, extractions (zero redness afterwards), and a light microdermabrasion before the microcurrent (the lifting part), which produces a slight tingling sensation on the skin and subtle metal taste in your mouth (which is totally normal). Following the microcurrent is a facial massage before being layered in a wonderful blend of serums and moisturizers. Skin glows SO hard after this treatment, I didn’t have to wear a touch of makeup for a week.
The treatment left my skin feeling refreshed – smooth, even, firm, and plump – no puffiness, hello, cheekbones! A perfect treatment for a special occasion, but also for monthly maintenance to keep your facial tone lifted the natural way. Essentially, this treatment is as if you sent your face to a gym for the day, minus the sweat and hard work. Danuta explained our skin regenerates every 28-days, give or take a few depending on age, so this treatment is perfect for keeping skin in tip-top shape on a monthly basis for a serious glow
For those who call NYC home, or who are planning a visit, make sure Rescue Spa is at the top of your list for serious pampering from head-to-toe. Their NYC location offers full-body treatments, massages, manicures, hair services – cut and color, makeup application, and their detailed facial menu has the perfect solution for every skin type. If there’s an oasis in NYC, this is definitely it. Guests are greeted by sweet smiles and warm personalities. The space is a large, white,loft-like space, filled with beautiful light and located in the Flatiron section of NYC. The front of RS is filtered with exceptional skincare and beauty products, and guests are escorted to a “tea bar,” with fresh fruits and cucumber water upon arrival. Once in the treatment room, it feels like you’re states away from NYC – white brick walls, brass mirrors, and natural wood shelving make you feel instantly at home and super cozy as you tuck yourself under the sheet in prep for your treatment. Rescue Spa is the ultimate destination for self-love and for getting your inner and outer glow on. If you can’t make a visit to their NYC (or Philadelphia) location, you can access the next best thing: using BR products (available here) for achieving your ultimate skin-glow.
While at RS, I took this opportunity to get the 411 on Biologique products from Danuta to see what the hype is on using the one-and-only P50 toner that’s a must in almost everyone’s beauty cabinet.
THE LOWDOWN ON BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PRODUCTS
Q. BR is praised in the skincare world, why are their products so loved and coveted by all? Is it worth taking the plunge to use Biologique Recherche products?
A. There’s so much love that goes into the process of creating and developing BR products. It’s about craftsmanship with this brand and family heritage, which is greatly respected and appreciated in France. The products are produced and made in a highly concentrated hand-crafted way that’s sustainable in a beautiful lab outside of Paris. The smell of most of the BR products are musky and strong, but it’s because the ingredients are raw, fresh, and active. Activating skin cells and penetrating for optimal results. There’s a beautiful authenticity behind the products and great love that makes it so desirable and the products produce exceptional results for various skin types.
Q. What’s your top selling BR product? (Like I should have even asked, ha.)
A. P50 1970, hands down. It’s basically a facial in a bottle, or a magical potion if you will. It exfoliates and balances the pH of your skin. Think of it as a probiotic for your skin. It also hydrates, but having a healthy pH means healthy, beautiful glowing skin and so for that alone it’s worth it and makes it stand out over other facial toners on the market.
Q. What’s the best product to start with if purchasing BR for the first time?
A. Of course it’s going to be our best seller, the P50 toner. We P50 1970 for everyone. It’s the most effective version of the toner and most commonly used, but for more sensitive skin, there’s a milder version available, too – the P50V.
Q. What is it about P50 toner that makes it so great?
A. Aside from balancing your skin’s pH level and overall promoting healthy skin, one of the superstar ingredients is Lactic Acid, which helps to brighten, exfoliate, and even skin tone, but in a gentle way without drying skin or causing peeling like so many other toners can do. It’s effective and packs a serious punch, while still being gentle on skin, which is why it is so cult-worthy.