Ever since I started using Biologique Recherche products – back in October last year – my skin has changed drastically (pictures on my IG can attest to that).
8 months later, I can confirm by its magic. I still cannot fully comprehend what leads their products to work even better than prescription medication for acne, but they do.
Anyways, it has been a very long time since I did a proper post over here and I did acquire new goodies meanwhile, therefore I thought it might be time for a proper ‘update’ on my skincare routine as well as discussing about the acquisitions.
Let’s go by steps, shall we?
I swear by Lait VIP O2. I used to be an avid user of Clarisonic + Kate Somerville Detox cleanser (Great combo, don’t get me wrong). But with this, I found that I get a bright complexion, very well cleansed and very soothed – which is an important factor for me when I have acne flare-ups and dermatitis. Therefore this product is a staple. You can find the ingredient’s list plus more details on the links at the end of this post.
Lotion P50 1970: A staple. Absolutely love it. I am on my second bottle. I tried the Lotion PIGM 400 and to be frank, that is a WASTE of money. It does absolutely nothing for pigmentation nor it is sufficiently exfoliating. But again, maybe my skin is above-average resistant.
This has become a staple of my routine. It has made a tremendous difference to use masks almost daily. I have one that is a ‘must have’ for almost everyday use if you suffer from inflammatory cystic / nodular acne, which the inflammation and redness can be the worst part.
Masque Vivant: Have talked about it previously, link at the end of the post. It is a fabulous masque. I am on my third tube (soon ending) and will repurchase again. It is a truly magical product. It can be mixed with baking soda (I do that if I have a particularly bad break out or my skin is too oily), mixed with several of their serums (Oligo-proteines marines for brightness, fluide vip o2 for oxygenation, complexe iribiol for further breakout control) as well as mixed with other masques (masque vip o2 for example). Truly wonderful product.
I use this everyday when I breakout and otherwise every other day.
My newest acquisition: Masque Visolastine E.
How to begin with this one. This is supposedly for drier skin types, devitalized and dehydrated. After trying a sample I was hooked. This plumps up my skin, hydrates it and gives it an amazing glow. Like superbly glowy skin. It also calms down the inflammation and overall your skin will feel more fresh and firm. I also use it around my eyes and love how it fills up the fine lines there. I do not mix this masque with any other masques, but I do apply sometimes a serum with it (Fluide vip o2 being my favourite).
This masque despite being clay-based, it does not dry down, therefore you will not be left with a desert-dry skin when rinsing it off. It also midly purifies.
I use this everyday if my skin is super dehydrated, or 1-2 times a week if my skin is oily.
Ingredients for Masque Visolastine E. are as follow:
Water (acqua), kaolin, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, mink oil (musterla oil), glycerin, aminotic fluid, pentylene glycol, propylene glycol, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate, hydrolyzed elastin, embryo extract, c14-22 alcohols, cetearyl isononanoate, glyceryl stearate, polyacrylamide, alcohol denat., hydroxyethul acrylate/sodium acryloydimethul taurate copolymer, peg-20 glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, c13-14 isoparaffin, c12-20 alkyl glucoside, caprylyl glycol, cetyl palmitate, laureth 7, hydrolyzed gelatin, sodium dehydroacetate, sorbitan isostearate, polysorbate 60, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, papain.
I have finished one Complexe Iribiol, Fluide VIP O2 and Proteine oligo-marines.
I have few words about each (ingredients + the rest you can find in the previous posts)
Oligo-proteines marines: Would I repurchase? Probably not. In my experience, I did not see a big difference. Maybe a slight difference under my eyes, but that’s about it.
Complexe Iribiol: At first I thought this serum wasn’t doing much (after using it for 6 months straight). Then when I ran out, I noticed I started to breakout and the breakouts were very inflammatory in nature. I purchased another 30ml and just a day after using it my breakouts are considerably less red and bumpy. Oh and they hurt way , way less. So yes, this red liquid DOES work. And it works wonderfully. I use this around my jawline and chin throughout the month and then I add on my T-zone when my skin gets oily (2 weeks a month). This is fabulous for controlling acne. 30ml did last me 6 months.
Fluide VIP O2: I know I said last time that I didn’t believe in it. I still don’t believe in this product for the marketed reason: Glow. I do not get a ‘glow’ when using this. But for some reason, this fades my acne much faster and controls the redness. It also prevents my skin from dehydrating and it truly is magical when mixed with Masque Visolastine E. Oh and under eyes…under eye cream this is superb. Will I repurchase? Yes. The small vial did last me 6 months.
And as you can attest, I already repurchased Complexe Iribiol and Placenta. Placenta seems to have such rave reviews that I had to try it. It is supposedly for acne prevention, repairing scars, fading hyperpigmentation, soothing the skin, controlling inflammation and fading under eye darkness. I cannot yet say whether it does all of that, but I do know that when I mixed both last night, for some magical reason my acne was way less red and my under eyes looked less dark. I will probably do an update on the Placenta at some point.
Ingredients for Serum Placenta:
Water (aqua), hydrolyzed placental protein, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin
A rather simple formula.
I have tried a bunch of creams (will perhaps do a separate post for those, since they aren’t part of my routine nor I have ingredients list for them), but these are my current staples:
Creme Dermopurifiante: Love, love, love. On my second tub. Soothing, calming, hydrating, oil balancing, controls breakouts. Super cream for acne-prone skin. One tub did last me 6 months.
Creme PIGM 400: If the Lotion PIGM 400 was a disappointment, this is the complete opposite. I had received a couple of samples of this cream and upon the first application I noticed a glow and brightness in my skin. I thought perhaps it was just my skin having a good day, so I decided to try it on my hubby and he also got a superb glow from it. I then decided to give it a full 2 week go and was blown away by the results. This takes away hyperpigmentation of all sorts in a reactive / acneic skin. This is magical stuff. It gives instant glow and whitness / brightness as well as long term results. There is no microshimmer or color for it to brighten, but it does do that. I mix this with creme dermopurifiante and I have a tailor-made cream for acne + glow + pigmentation. It is not a cheap product by any means, but I would definitely say worth it. I expect this tub to last me 5-6 months.
It has Lipochroman and Chromabright in the formula, which could be what does the brightening effect. I am aware that there is mica in there, but honestly I have tried looking for it in the cream but it is imperceptible.
Water (aqua), coco-capylate, butylene glycol, pentylene glycol, sodium acrylates copolymer, lactobacillus/wasabia japonica root ferment extract, mica, alteronomas ferment filtrate, vibrio alginolyticus ferment filtrate, soy isoflavones, lepidium sativum sprout etxract, hydrolyzed prunus domestica, dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate, dimethylmethoxy chromanol, biosaccharide gum-4, lecithin, glycerin, titanium dioxide, phenoxyethanol, alcohol, polysorbate 80, tocopherol, healianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil
Creme Verte Espoir: Finally took the plunge and bought it. I suffer from inflammatory / reactive skin during 2 weeks per month (technically PMS -_-) and noticed that with the sample I had from this cream, my skin got soothed. It has more slip than Creme dermopurifiante, is a hair lighter texture and the color is lighter. It is almost a whipped version of creme dermopurifiante, but nevertheless can be mixed with other creams. It is recommended with creme amnios if you have oily skin, but I mix it with dermopurifiante and it does not change the results of dermopurifiante. They both have similar finishes and despite verte espoir having omega’s (so it does have an oil source), it doesn’t leave the skin looking shiny but rather has a soft focus finish. If you have dehydrated skin, I would use a moisturizing serum underneath.
Water (aqua), propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, oxidized corn oil stearic acid, palmitic acid, triethanolamine, lanolin oil, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-33, ascorbic acid, niacinamide, yeast extract (faex extract), fucus vesiculosus extract, hedera helix (ivy) leaf/stem extract, betula alba bark extract, equisetum arvense extract, biosaccharide gum-2, pheoxyethanol, centella asiatica extract, glycerin, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, sorbic acid, sodium benzoate, myrtus communis extract, allium cepa (onion) bulb extract, commiphroa myrrha resin extract, hypericum perforatum flower/leaf/stem extract, magnesium chloride, citric acid, tea-lactate, sodium lactate, lactic acid, sorbitol, serine, urea, allantoin, vinegar (acetum), hydrolyzed silk, potassium sorbate, gluconolactone, rhizobian gum, sodium hyaluronate, chlorphenesin, alcohol, thiamine hcl, pyridoxine hcl, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, salicylic acid, carbomer, ethylhexylglycerin
A whole bunch of those. If anyone is interested in my current staple’s in spf, DM or leave me a comment.
Usually I go with an oil cleanser to breakdown the sunscreen. My go-to lately has been an old fave of mine:
Aesop Parsely seed facial cleansing oil. Very gentle, smells superb.
I then follow with Lait VIP O2 and Lotion P50 1970.
Usually same as AM. I might add in a retinol in there ( Retin-A or another)
I usually go for either Creme Verte Espoir or Creme masque vernix depending on how my skin is doing. And if it is super dehydrated, I’ll add some drops of oil.
Anyways peeps, I hope this was helpful. For further info on Biologique Recherche, you can check my 2 previous posts:
Thank you very much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!