Skincare Review - Biologique Recherche Lotion P50
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that there is one product that I feature in my routines on a pretty consistent basis. Biologique Recherche P50 lotion.
Biologique Recherche was founded by French family, Yvan, Josette and Phillipe Allouche, they practiced as a biologist, physiotherapist and doctor, who combined their knowledge and experience to gain a better understanding of the skin. The company is said to have initially began life as a research and development lab which later turned to creating its own products, the first of which was P50.
Lotion P50 is an acid toner which balances the skin’s pH, protects and strengthens the epidermis, hydrates and exfoliaties dead skin cells. It is formulated with a very effective combination of AHA and BHA’s, Cider Vinegar, Phytic Acid, Sulphur, Magnesium Chloride, Vitamin B3, Horseradish, Burdock, Sorrel, Onion, Myrrh and Myrtle Extracts and Thyme Essential Oil. The first iteration of the product was P50 1970, named after the year it was created, the 1970 version contained a potentially harmful substance called Phenol which is now banned from cosmetics in the EU so the brand relaunched P50 along with three others, including P50V, for mature skin; P50W, for sensitive skin; and P50 PIGM 400, which targets hyperpigmentation.
I personally came across P50 a few years ago whilst reading Caroline Hirons blog, Caroline is the skincare queen and has a very impressive background, she is trained in over 100 brands and has been in the industry for over 30 years so it’s safe to say she knows her stuff, she has amassed a very large band of loyal fans who hang on to her every word and recommendation, me being one of them. At the time I had never used an acid toner / exfoliant meaning P50 wasn’t recommended for me, so I spent the next few years introducing my skin to lower concentrated acid formulas such as Pixie’s cult favourite - glow tonic. Once I felt that my skin was familiar and comfortable enough with P50 I went ahead and purchased and I am so glad I did!
Overall since introducing the product to my routine around 2 years ago, and with consistent use I do think my skin looks and feels more balanced. Also, the hyper pigmentation on my forehead is now barely visible. My pores sadly look the same size, but my skin feels brighter and clearer which is more than enough for me to want to continue use.
In my routine i use the P50 following my double cleanse for three nights a week and give my skin a break on the days in between. I apply Lotion P50 with a gauze swab in a patting and pressing motion, starting at my jaw and working upwards and outwards. I almost never apply it on my forehead as this area of my skin has a tendency to get dry. I always follow with a hydrating serum and moisturiser or an overnight treatment and SPF. It isn’t recommended that you use P50 on the eye area but I like to sweep over mine carefully and gently and also love to give my lips a quick sweep over too, ensuring that I follow with a super hydrating balm afterwards.
The lotions scent can be extremely off putting for someone new to using it as it smells very strongly of vinegar, not the best smelling product there has ever been but after a few uses you do get used to it and the results are definitely worthy.
Unfortunately P50 isn’t readily available in stores and you have to purchase via official stockists which are typically spa’s that offer BR facial procedures and treatments, I purchase all of my BR products through Embassy of Beauty who are the exclusive Biologique Recherche UK retailer. Their website offers an amazing and very unique ‘skin analysis’ test in order to recommend the best products suited to your skin type. It’s really user friendly, super easy to use and helps to give you a better understanding of where your skin is currently at and what steps you can take to treat it. Even if you’re on the fence about trying P50 or are just curious to learn about your skin type I would recommend signing up to their website and taking the test. You can find it here
Yes at over £60 P50 is on the pricier side of the scale when it comes to acids but the immediate results and long term effects are well worth the investment.
I am very keen to try out some more of the BR range, including the ever popular Masque Vivant and Lait U cleanser and if I ever make that happen, which i have no doubt I will, i’ll be sure to report back on those too!