Biologique Recherche • Lotion P50 • Toners
|Would buy this product again.||83%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
Theres been a lot of discussion about exfoliating acid toners in the beauty blogs lately. I only wish I'd been in the know eons ago.
Caroline Hirons thank you!
This is really one of those products that I wish I had access to when I was a teenager with my oily thick skin feeling self conscious and awkward about my shiny porous face. Its a product range I wish more people knew about and could afford.
So I now have combination skin and have been around the block and back trying so many brands of skin care....see my other BR reviews.
P50 is all that it is hyped up to be. It is majestic. For me it is a wonder product. It is frighteningly scary how rapid the results are. 2 days? really? yeah. Not even a full skin cycle of 28-30 days. Just 2 days.
Disbelief. Im such a hard one to please. I regret that I didn't find it sooner. And feelings of annoyance. I've been paying a lot of money for underperforming skin care the last 28 years. I feel a bit hard done by.
BR is the bees knees. It is haute couture in effectiveness. And I am lucky enough to live a 2 minute walk from one of only two salons in Dublin stocking it.
I do not have the 1970 as apparently the phenols are banned in the EU. It does not smell very bad relative to other products in the BR line. It smells a bit like tangy raw onion mixed with hydrochloric acid. The smell does not last on the skin.
Please note that my skin goals are: to reduce the size of my pores, to reduce the amount of blackheads, to have less bumpy thick looking skin on face and neck and to reduce shine in the T zone.
The shine initially increased but everything else is improving rapidly. I am using a BR cleanser, moisturizer and mask as well as P50.
At some point I will experiment now and then with Alpha H cleanser and moisturizer...just don't tell my beautician this!!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
P50 along with other Bioloogique products really helped my acne-prone, unbalanced skin.
A little about me - 19 years old, mild acne since 13, tried all drugstore brands, was on antibiotics + topical creams, nothing worked for me. My acne is all hormonal and I have yet to find something that takes it all away
I went to Rescue Spa in Philadelphia for a consultation and the lady there referred me to Biologique products, one being P50. At first, this stuff BURNED my skin and left it beat red.
However, it's been 6 weeks since then, and my bottle is almost out.. needless to say, once my next paycheck comes, I will be repurchasing.
This stuff cleared my bumpy forehead. I still get acne on my cheeks, but I believe it was the Biologique skin care (P50, Cleanser, and the Mask) that have really helped. My skin is also smoother, more balanced, and (when I don't pick, bad me!) less red and more even.
The only thing I hate is the price- but in my opinion, it's a great product, and it does last 7-9 weeks according to what the lady at the spa said.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I have extremely sensitive and very dry mature skin (I'm 46). In addition, my skin is quite prone to blackheads and clogged pores, it breaks out once a month, and I get deep red cystic/hormonal acne a few times a year, which takes months to resolve. Yes, great skin.
I began using P50 about 2 months ago and the results have been so good that I now feel like I've got someone else's skin. My pores are very clear, more so than ever in my life. My complexion is radiant, as others have said. And I haven't broken out in 2 months--which is 2 fewer (big) break outs than I would usually have had during this time period. P50 doesn't seem to dry out my skin, but then I use a LOT of moisturizers morning and night (moisturizing toner after P50, then hyaluronic acid/glycerin product, then oil serum, then moisturizer).
I chose the P50 rather than the P50V or P50W despite my very sensitive skin because people seemed to believe it's the formulation to use, that the others don't work. But I was really frightened to use it on my skin because I react to EVERYTHING. So here's what I did: for the first two weeks, I followed directions and online advice to use a damp cotton ball with only a few drops (2-3) of P50. I only used P50 twice a week. After 2 weeks, and no problems--but noticeably more radiant skin--I began using it every day (evening only), still using a damp cotton ball but maybe 4 little drops of P50. I did that for 2 more weeks. Then I began alternating the damp cotton ball with a dry cotton ball. (I could really feel the difference when I used the product "straight" vs on damp cotton, not always in a happy way.) Now, two months since I started, I use a dry cotton ball most days but find that if I do so for too many days in a row my skin gets slightly irritated. Not terribly, but I'm aware of it all day, as if I got a little product burn. (It still looks lovely, glowy, radiant, and soft.)
All that said, I've found that for my sensitive skin this product is fantastic but I have to be careful with it. I sometimes use it straight (on dry cotton), other times use a damp cotton ball, and only use it once a day. With that approach it's brilliant for me and my skin has never, ever looked so good. (I don't even like to wear tinted moisturizers, let alone foundation, these days because I want to "show off" my skin!) Anyone else thinking of using this on sensitive skin, I suggest you start slow. You'll still get the results (and I didn't get purging, by the way, perhaps because I went so slowly with it) but won't get the irritation.
It's magic. My only regret is I didn't find out about it sooner.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
P50! I could literally write songs about this stuff. Let me take you through my skin makeover miracle instead. (Note, this is pretty much identical to the review I wrote for Alpah H Liquid Gold. I can only be so creative, people.)
P50 is a miracle. A MIRACLE! If they made this stuff illegal, I'd sell my kidney on the black market for a supply.
That being said, I firmly believe that it's a full routine including it that has made the difference for me. Several months ago, I started having horrendous acne. I tried everything, including the full Somme Institute line and Retin-A. My skin kept getting worse. After many, many hours of research I found the perfect routine that has brought my skin back to a pretty flawless glowing state. Here are my steps/rules... it might seem like a lot, but it takes like two minutes and it has worked like a charm:
1a. Double cleanse at night, first with an oil/balm, then with a milk (RMS or Emma Hardie for oil/balm, I like REN or AVEDA Botanical Kinetics for a milk. Sometimes Badescu.)
1b. In the morning, use either a milk, a clay-based cleanser (like Sunday Riley or REN) or Tracie Martyn Amla. I rotate, depending on what I think I need that day.
2a. Biologique Recherche P50. This stuff is the nectar of the gods. I use it twice per day, except for the nights when I use Alpa H.
2b. 2-3 nights per week, I replace P50 with Alpha H. When I do, it's the last step. No serum or moisturizer on top.
3. A good quality antioxidant serum. (Usually just in the morning) Huge fan of Skinceuticals gel. Aesop Parsley Seed is also good.
4. Follow up with a Peptide, a brightening/fading, and a good moisturizing serum. I vary for the peptide, but I ADORE Indeed Labs for Peptabright and Hydraluron. Sometimes I also go in for Tata Harper serum.
5. At night, Sunday Riley oil serum. Sometimes I use REN Omega 3 oil serum. They both smell weird, FYI.
6. Eye cream. At 36, I finally started using a dedicated eye cream... I live and die by Indeed Labs Eysilix
7. A very good quality moisturizer, obvs. I rotate btw Valmont, AVEDA, Kate Somerville Goat Milk, Tata Harper, Aesop... whatever the day seems to call for.
8. La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 45 milk... without fail.
Biggest rules: Drink more water than you ever thought possible. Take a really good quality fish oil. Fermented ones are best. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh food. Do NOT USE ANY MINERAL OIL. I banished it from everything I use. Mineral oil sits on the skin creating a kind of 'veil' which is great for short-term makeup needs, but terrible in the long run for skin. This is why makeup artists tend to love it, and estheticians tend to hate it. (Generalizing, and just my opinion.)
And then I use various masks a few times per week... an oxygenating one, Biologique Rechere Masque Vivant (which smells like you would not believe), a clay mask, a moisturizing mask... whatever. I just slap them on while I watch tv or something.
Anyway, this turned into quite a rant, but that's how I rehabilitated my skin from having a full on zit-beard and having to wear tons of makeup to having smooth, clear, glowing and firm skin in like 4 months. A significant investment of money, but in my mind totally worth it. Also, I no longer use any prescription meds, as I found Retin-A and Finacea to both burn me to a crisp, no matter what I do.
Just a word of warning... if you jump into this, you WILL have a ton of purging for a while. P50 will pull everything out of your skin and it will do it fast. My dermatologist was explicit: once pores are clogged or congested, there's only one way to clear them... it has to come OUT. So it sucked for a while, but I stuck with it and here I am.
Live long and prosper, people. (But probably you won't prosper financially if you buy all of this stuff.)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This toner/treatment turned my skin around in a little over a week.
I use this twice a day and in the first few days had a bit of a purge, but now going into my 3rd week, my skin glows....I just love it.
I have the original 1970 and love it.... for me constant exfoliation is the key to making my carefully chosen anti aging products absorb and my skin glow.
I'm over 40 and investing in products to keep me looking as good as possible. :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I've been using lotion p50v for 4 weeks now and i'm finally seeing results!! I came off birth control about 5 months ago and for the last 3 months my skin has been crazy. Big lumps around my jaw line and on my neck and lots of lovely little whiteheads all over my face. I looked like a reptile!! Soooo after using this lotion my skin got a hell of a lot worse but I'd read all the reviews and knew this was coming. The last few days I've had no new spots and my skin looks pretty amazing. I've got lots of scars but have also been using the creme dermopurifante so am hoping this will help fade those. A few people have already told me my skin is looking much better which has made me soooooo happy!! I don't think I'll ever stop using this even if it is super expensive its defo worth it.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This product seriously changed my skin. I think this is the best product with the most dramatic results I have ever used. I hardly ever break out now and used to quite often. I also had tons of blackheads, but they are not diminishing greatly after about 6 weeks of use. Everyone has said that it stinks...this is true. Also the purging period can be a little rough...but it is totally worth it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I have been using the Original P50 for a few weeks now after reading reviews and hearing Carolin Hirons (amazing blog!) rave about it, I can confirm it is worth every penny. My skin feels like it never has before and a little more glowing I think. It is expensive but it is not your ordinary 'toner'. After a few weeks it hasn't really made a dent in the bottle so would work out good value (ish) for money - I paid £49. People have said of the smell but as this is one from the UK it is missing the phenol (I think thats the one) so to me its not that strong and it reminds me of cola tip tops! I will be repurchasing for when this one runs out... :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I have been using the original P50 for a little bit over a month now, and I have to say I am pleased. When I first started using this, I had SEVERE breakouts all over my jawline and chin. I mean huge cysts that lasted well over a week. The absolute worst I think I've ever had. Normally, I would have stopped using this product but after reading the reviews I decided to persist. After the two week mark my breakouts died down and my skin now looks much better than it did before using this product. I am not completely clear but I would say that I have seen a reduction of breakouts by at least 50%. I am going to keep using this product and see if I have any more improvements. I will also add that a few weeks ago I added the BR Masque Vivant and the BR Creme Durmopurifante and am pleased with those products as well.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
The most amazing product ever!!! My skin has gone from severe breakouts to so clear and glowing that I now get compliments. I just wish I had found it sooner before I got some nasty scars from acne. Yes the smell is not that great but you get used to it. I've been using the Original 1970 one and then switched to new formula but it's not as good. I get mine from www.toskaspa.com because they ship to UK and are always there to answer questions on products.
P50 is the one product I don't think I can live without!