I Got the French Facial Beauty Editors Love, and Now I Have Baby Skin

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The way people used to get excited about Game of Thrones is the same way I get excited about Biologique Recherche. For years now, I've heard nothing but how this French skincare brand works miracles on the skin. People I know who have used it have enviable, dewy skin.

Some of my coworkers have already reviewed its hero product, the P50, which is supposed to balance your skin's PH level, regulate oil production, brighten dark spots, even out skin texture, and fight acne, but I had yet to try the magical toner myself. So when I heard that Rescue Spa was opening a few blocks from Byrdie HQ and offering a facial that incorporates Biologique Recherche products, I really didn't have an excuse to not go and get one.

Biologique Recherche P50 8.4 oz
Biologique Recherche P50 $30.00

Rescue Spa, which is located in New York's Flatiron neighborhood, is a two-story, spacious retreat with a chic aesthetic (high ceilings, white pillars, and a black, gray, and white color scheme) that caters to every single beauty need. Need a haircut? It has a hair salon. Need a manicure? It has a nail station. Need a massage, wax, or facial? It has spa rooms on both floors. Need to restock on makeup or skincare products? It sells top beauty brands such as Valmont, Eve Lom, Kevyn Aucoin, and of course, Biologique Recherche. If beauty heaven does exist, I believe it would look like Rescue Spa.

Read on for more about my Biologique Recherche facial experience at Rescue Spa in NYC.

What Is Biologique Recherche?

If you haven't heard of this brand of liquid magic, let us brief you on why it's a cult favorite in the skincare world. For one, it's nearly impossible to procure (it's only available on a handful of websites, most of which require that you register and create an account before buying Biologique Recherche products). That air of exclusivity only adds to the allure. The brand's products are also highly concentrated and have been reportedly used by everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Nicole Kidman.

Rescue Spa interior
Rescue Spa

Benefits of a Biologique Recherche Facial at Rescue Spa

• Customized for each skin type

• Hydrating

• Creates a glow

As Rescue Spa founder and esthetician Danuta Mieloch explains, the Biologique Recherche treatments are created with each client in mind—utilizing products that, in many cases, aren't even available to the general public. "All Rescue Spa and Biologique Recherche facials are super-hyper-customized for each individual according to their skin," she says. "The professional products that we use in the treatment room you cannot even buy in-store or online. For example—Second de Peau, the P50 masque, the Collagen Mask—these treatment products are much more potent than retail products." In other words, the only way to reap the benefits of these highly concentrated products is to book a treatment.

Rescue Spa's Biologique Recherche facials also impart both a noticeable, immediate glow, and a long-term effect, due to cell turnover. "With one of our facials, there is an immediate visible effect—an immediate glow, skin is left refreshed, lifted, pores are tighter, and the muscles lifted. Everything you want and need for your face," says Mieloch. "There is also a long-term effect. Skin regenerates every 28 days or so, and you're tapping into that cell regeneration. So with regular facials, you are getting on a program that helps the skin look it's best, long-term."

What To Expect from a Biologique Recherche Facial at Rescue Spa

I met with Diana Yerkes, lead esthetician at Rescue Spa, for my Biologique Recherche facial. Apart from being extremely kind and gracious, Yerkes is very knowledgeable on how the skin works. (She also has an amazing complexion, which isn't shocking, but you can't help but stare and want the same for yourself.) She's precise and methodical in her approach to skincare, teaching those same skills to the other estheticians at the spa so that you are in great hands, no matter who is treating you.

For an hour, she examined my skin—she was able to detect my love for cheese and ice cream just by looking at it—applied product, and thoroughly walked me through each step she was taking. She even decided to give me extractions—which isn't normally included—because she saw that my congested skin needed it and believed it was her duty as an esthetician to give my skin the best possible treatment.

To start, she cleansed my skin with the Biologique Recherche's Lait U ($34), a milky, oil-free cleanser that contains soothing ingredients like vitamin E and jojoba extract; it works as a great makeup remover as well. Next, she toned my skin with the classic and beloved Lotion P50 V 1970 ($30), which contains lactic and salicylic acid to remove dead skin cells. She then mixed the brand's Masque VIP 02 ($149) and the Masque Vivant ($71) together and applied them both to my face. The VIP 02 is more hydrating and filled with soothing botanicals; the Vivant contains cucumber and witch hazel to get rid of any impurities, which is perfect for my oily skin. She left it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off (when you do it yourself, you'll notice an instant glow).

For a serum, she used Biologique Recherche Complexe Iribiol ($43) and Serum Dermopore ($80). The Complexe Iribiol is made with iris and zinc extracts, which tighten large pores and can help with sebum production. The Dermopore is well-loved because it promises to reduce the size of pores and even out your complexion.

For the bags under my eyes, she applied the Creme Contour Des Yeux VIP 02 ($105), which tightens and brightens with a potent combo of fatty acids and an "oxygenating complex." To finish, she applied a rich moisturizer, Creme Dermopurifiante ($96); it helps regulate oil production.

I noticed during the facial that the Biologique Recherche products aren't exactly aromatic (the P50 has a pungent, vinaigrette-like smell—our editorial director called it “vinegar-scented”), but you quickly get over it after you feel how soft your skin is.

At the end, she wrote down every single product she used on me, along with instructions on how and when to use them. Two days later, she called to check up on me to see how I was liking my skin post-facial and if I had any questions since leaving.

Side Effects

While your only noticeable side effect is likely to be well-hydrated skin, there is a chance that you could see some redness, particularly if you're not used to getting facial treatments. "It depends on how often you get facials to begin with," notes Mieloch. "If it's your first time or you get facials seldomly, you may leave slightly pink."


Though you might be tempted to show off the results of your Biologique Recherche facial post-treatment, Mieloch recommends holding off until you know how your skin will adjust. "I would not recommend doing something new before a big event," she says. "For example, if you've never run a marathon, you don't go running a marathon a week before your wedding day. Same goes for the more advanced skin treatments. Results are accumulative. ... Just like with everything else, it takes time to see the results from the work you put in."

And while having a facial treatment is great, you'll still need to put in additional work at home to maintain results. "On the very same day as your facial, preferably do nothing to your skin, just allow your skin to reap the benefits of the facial," suggests Mieloch. "The next day, you can start using your skincare regimen."

The Final Takeaway

Even two weeks after my facial, I was still getting compliments on my skin—and it was all thanks to Diana and Biologique Recherche. I also began wearing way less makeup because my skin was just that smooth and bright. My pores were also way less noticeable, and I hadn't had a breakout in the weeks since the facial, either.

If you're ever in the Flatiron area, I highly recommend doing one of the many Biologique treatments or, at the very least, just checking out the incredible space. Chances are this is where you'll catch me after work.

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