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Biologique Recherche The best Mediskin

This is medicine for your skin – let’s call it mediskin.

Biologique Recherche is haute couture skincare.
Did I say “skincare”? I meant religion. Fashion goddesses across the globe revere it. Beauty editors live by its tenets every day. Its products have their own cult following. And the brand’s P50 toner has been declared a true miracle by those who have had the pleasure to touch it.
Biologique Recherche boasts locations in several countries all over the world, but true believers make the pilgrimage to the brand’s flagship clinic in Paris.
Just off the bustling, busy Champs Elysées lies an oasis of calm, complete with white walls, “nurses” aka estheticians wearing white coats and high-tech displays that look like a cross between computer databases and karaoke machines. Music plays in the background, the lights are dimmed low and conversations are barely audible (if, that is, there is even any talking at all). A glass cabinet lines the back wall filled with serums and lotions in minimalist white packaging dusted with gold and purple. Oh oui, your doctor’s office just got a very fancy, French upgrade.

Head upstairs to your very own room for a full, personalized skin analysis using their state-of-the-art machines.

Biologique Recherche’s Parisian spa is called “L’Ambassade de la beauté” which literally means “The Beauty Embassy.” It’s an appropriate title for the three-story palace whose mission is to make your skin glow and maintain an amicable relationship between your pores and the environment.
Check in to this ministry of skincare then enjoy waiting downstairs while sipping gourmet tea blends, perusing fashion magazines and gazing admiringly at the glowing goddesses walking by (note: many were not glowing when they walked in, but are radiating beauty upon departure.)
Head upstairs to your very own room for a full, personalized skin analysis using their state-of-the-art machines.
Every treatment is not only adapted to the individual needs of every “patient,” but it’s also customized with each visit.
BR knows that your skin, like you, changes from season to season and is also influenced by its surroundings (see: Parisian pollution and Paris Fashion Week stress in the dead of winter will have a very different effect than a relaxed, romantic weekend away with your French lover in summertime).

Chez Biologique Recherche, every inch of your skin is special and deserves its own moment in the spotlight.

Can’t remember the state of your sebum from your visit last month? Don’t worry, BR’s smart machines remember everything and can track your skin’s hydration, elasticity, pigmentation and sebum levels over time. The estheticians will adapt your facial or body treatment according to your needs du jour and change up your skincare regimen accordingly. They’ll even adjust the products they use to different parts of the body where skin conditions may differ.
Chez Biologique Recherche, every inch of your skin is special and deserves its own moment in the (UV-protected and all-natural) spotlight. This is indeed the epitome of epidermal elegance.

The company was founded in 1978 as a purely scientific cosmetics research lab by biologist Yvan Allouche and his wife Josette, a physiotherapist. Their son Dr. Philippe Allouche is now the brand’s Creative Director. BR has transformed itself into a pharmaceuticool icon of the global fashion and beauty industries. Allouche’s background in internal medicine has given him a more holistic approach to the science of beauty and skincare. Think of Dr. Allouche as a wizard in a white lab coat protecting your skin against evil free radicals and magically transmuting your stressed, dry and blemished skin into a silky smooth harbinger of lightness.

This is medicine for your skin – let’s call it mediskin.

The products aren’t labeled organic, but they are based primarily on natural ingredients like Siberian Ginseng root, burdock, algae or cucumber.

The brand makes hundreds of different products for face and body, but 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 (please note: this is a plant, not a spooky guru), antioxidants and anti-inflammatory plants.

Despite the “biologique” in the title, the products aren’t labeled organic, but they are based primarily on natural ingredients like Siberian Ginseng root, burdock, algae or cucumber.

But why should your face have all the fun? BR’s body care products are based on the same principles and ingredients as their facial collection. BR now offers body treatments like a reconditioning and firming treatment, two hours of exfoliating, massaging, kneading and gentle pounding to calm and reenergize both body and mind at the same time.

All of the products are made in France, bien sûr. The products may be available worldwide, but BR is still a family-founded, artisan company.

BR’s signature facials are now available inside of Air France’s first class lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and as a glam gift for first class passengers on the plane.
In NYC, BR signature facials are available at the Peninsula’s spa.

While the thorough skin analysis and treatments in the clinic are worth a visit, the products are so powerful that “religious” use of them may lead to daily miracles. Or at least an aura of glowing skin, the answer to all of our prayers.

Rebecca Leffler

Rebecca Leffler is a writer, journalist and wellness consultant. She is the author of best-selling French book Green, Glam & Gourmande and follow-up title Green, Glam & Happy. Her book “Très green, très clean, très chic: Eat (and live!) the new French way with plant-based, gluten-free recipes for every season” was released in 2015. Follow Rebecca at Lafleurparisny.com.

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