Time for an oil change?

Skincare oilAs temperatures drop, our skin needs extra hydration and pampering. Oils get a bad rap, but incorporating key oils are an effective way to treat the skin during the winter. Of course, we’re not advocating slathering cooking oil all over your face in lieu of your usual moisturizer. But certain oils can target various skin problems and are even recommended for oily skin. While it might be counter-intuitive, cleansing oils can actually attract dirt and excess sebum like a magnet and oils extracted from plants have properties that will nourish, bolster, and improve every kind of skin tone.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Rosehip seed: Full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, this oil is an effective anti-aging and acne treatment. Its low pH protects the skin’s natural acid mantle, making it a wonderful balancing oil.
  • Jojoba: Jojoba oil closely resembles our natural sebum, making it a ideal oil to protect and hydrate.
  • Raspberry seed: What doesn’t raspberry seed oil do? It’s a source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants with a high level of Vitamin E. It offers natural UV protection and can treat eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, rosacea and rashes. It has anti-aging, brightening, moisturizing and balancing properties.
  • Sunflower seed: Rich in linoleic acid, this anti-inflammatory oil can maintain the skin barrier and prevent moisture loss.
  • Apricot kernel: Also high in essential fatty acids, apricot kernel oil is wildly nourishing.
  • Cranberry seed: With a unique balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, this lovely oil is easily absorbed into thirsty skin. It revitalizes and replenishes the skin by balancing it, improving elasticity, and fighting free radicals.

Both Biologique Recherche and Tata Harper leverage the power of oils in their products. Here are Svetlana and Brynn’s picks for protecting your skin during the colder months:

Biologique Recherche Serum T.E.W.L.: This is BR’s secret weapon against extreme temperatures and weather conditions. A genuine lipidic shield, this serum protects, repairs and replenishes lipids through its combination of jojoba, raspberry seed, sunflower seed, apricot kernel, and cranberry seed oils.

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex: This facial oil serum is lightweight and includes rosehip seed, jojoba, and apricot kernel oil. It infuses the skin with all sorts of good tings, such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants. It is particularly effective on the dry, chapped, irritated patches of skin that crops up in winter. It even helps control breakouts and excess sebum!

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser: This cleanser includes jojoba, apricot kernel, sunflower seed, and argan kernel oils, among several others. It thoroughly cleanses with a silky blend of biocompatible oils while leaving the moisture barrier intact.

Stop by the spa and discover the power of oil!

A very special holiday sale

Giving-the-Gift-of-YouthIt's that time of year again! And no, we aren't talking about peppermint mochas and eggnog lattes. It's time for our annual holiday sale on products and services!

From December 15–17, come by the spa, give us a call, or visit our online store for 20 percent off all products and 20 percent off gift certificates* for any treatment! But wait, there's more! We're giving away complimentary goodie bags of Biologique Recherche samples when you stop by! Who doesn't love samples?

As a bonus during this time, we're also offering 40 percent off all Jane Iredale. We will be phasing out Jane Iredale cosmetics and bringing in more of ILIA Beauty for 2017, so come by to take advantage of this great deal and stock up on your favorites before they're gone!

To place a phone order and pick up your products from the hotel concierge, please give us a call at 206-283-9295.

Thank you for a wonderful year. Happy holidays!

*Discount good for one facial treatment, and does not apply to gift certificates purchased in our online store.




New in studio: Biologique Recherche’s Sérum 3R

3RIs time starting to take its toll on your complexion? Seeing wrinkles or sagging? There is something you can do to prevent and fight the signs of aging, and it’s called Sérum 3R.

This new advancement from Biologique Recherche is a renewing, regenerating and repairing serum for face. It is comprised of a complex antioxidant formula rich in exfoliating, firming, soothing and hydrating active ingredients. It’s perfect for devitalized and mature skin.

All you need to do is press a few drops into your skin between your P50 and day or night cream applications. Stop in the studio today to try out this wonder treatment.

Plump up dry skin with BR creams

DryskinWith the change in the weather comes dry skin. It might be counter-intuitive, living in Seattle during the rainy winter season, to think that your skin needs additional moisture, but it does. The air is actually very dry in the Pacific Northwest. Never fear: we’ve got the cure for what ails dry skin.

Biologique Recherche offer many creams that are extremely hydrating and chock full of lipids, which lead to plumper, hydrated skin. Here are a few moisturizing creams that will get you and your skin through the next few months. Stop in the studio and we'll help you determine which one fits your needs best.

  • Crème VG Derm: This luxe moisturizer is rich in protective botanical extracts and reconditioning Essential Fatty Acids. It's ideal for aging, dehydrated skin and is ideal for very dry skin and arid climates.
  • Crème Masque Vernix: Rich in lipids, proteins, and antioxidant peptides, this revitalizing, repairing, protective treatment is perfect for deficient, stressed-out skin.
  • Crème Dermo-RL: This lipid-replenishing, protective and repairing cream is a complete reconditioning and repairing treatment. Enriched with lipid-replenishing Blackcurrant Butter, moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid, and protective and repairing agents, its formula refills the skin with lipids and moisture.
  • Creme VIP O2: Crème VIP O2 brightens the complexion, tones the skin and provides natural protection for the epidermis. A revolutionary combination of Regenerating Agents and the Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex make this the perfect antipollution oxygenating cream for immediate healthy skin. It is recommended for tired, devitalized skin.
  • Crème MSR-H: Redefine the face and firm the skin with this intensive beauty cream. It brightens and refreshes aging skin thanks to a formulation combining yam and soy extracts with the Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex which tones and restructures the epidermis. It treats imbalances caused by aging and menopause and is recommended for mature skins.
  • Crème Biofixine: This cream smoothes and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. This tensing first wrinkle cream is recommended for all skin types for use at the first sign of fine lines.



The French facial: What's it all about?

French-facialWe talk a lot about the Classic French Facial, but what does that mean, exactly? No, we don’t give you a beret and a croissant as you leave. What we do provide, however, is a skincare experience that can transform your skin. For the first time, we are going to reveal what makes a Classic French Facial so special.

The philosophy of a Classic French Facial is first and foremost about respecting the physiology of the skin, the largest organ in the body. The goal is to make it better, healthier and beautiful. A Classic French Facial includes three primary components:

  1. Regulate
  2. Balance
  3. Improve

Regulate: We want to bring your skin to its original state, which means regulating oil production, without harming the protective layer of the skin. During a facial at Jill Bucy Skincare, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed as a gentle cleanser is massaged into your skin. Gentle cleansing is essential to regulating the skin without stripping it, which is why we recommend Biologique Recherche’s Lait U, a crème cleanser, for home cleansing.

Balance: Once the skin is properly cleansed and regulated, it needs to be brought back to proper pH, which should be slightly acidic. Enter P50, a lotion that balances the skin. Masques are also used during this stage to create the proper balance for your skin.

Improve: Once skin is regulated and balanced, it can then be improved. During a facial, relaxing lymphatic drainage massage with anti-aging pressure points will increase lymph flow. Then, our application of soin lissant booster with our unique sculpturing technique will give you healthier skin and a visible facelift. An Advanced French Facial is enhanced includes a machine during the last stage of treatment. We combine serums—customized to your skin—with either the Remodeling Face Machine or the Perfector to moisturize, tone and reshape the facial muscles, and promote the regeneration of the epidermis.

We love the various serums and crèmes from BR, both for the breadth of the line and the efficacy of the products. No matter what your individual skincare concerns—rosacea, mature skin, blemish-prone, dry—serums deliver powerful customized ingredients into your skin and creams moisturize and treat your face and neck.

With a Classic French Facial and a complementary at-home skincare regime, you’ll quickly see results. Instead of stripped, buffed, exfoliated skin, you’ll enjoy glowing, protected, healthy skin. Come in and experience a Classic French Facial today!



Biologique Recherche rolls out bespoke skincare program

Dr. Philippe AlloucheOur clients have long known that Biologique Recherche is the gold standard in skincare. So it comes as no surprise that BR—a cult favorite amongst beauty insiders—has launched the Haute Couture program, a highly customized regimen where products are created exclusively to meet each client’s individual needs.

While we don’t offer the service but it just went on our beauty bucket list. Here’s why:

The six-month program begins with an assessment by Dr. Philippe Allouche himself (head of creation at BR). Specially trained estheticians will then provide an in-depth skin analysis courtesy of the Skin Instant Lab, a machine that measures hydration, elasticity and pigmentation (we offer Skin Instant Lab in the spa—ask for an analysis with your next treatment).

The results are then sent to Biologique Recherche’s laboratories in France. Their specialists will create an Haute Couture treatment box of serums and creams to target your specific skin issues. Dreamy, non?

New boxes are formulated each month during the program to reflect your changing skin needs that—combined with regular French facials—provide targeted, clinical results. 

The service doesn’t come cheap. The six-month Haute Couture program retails at $12,500. Yeah, we know. That’s why it’s on our bucket list. Meanwhile, we’ll keep getting our Classic French Facials and using BR’s serums and creams at home.

Learn more about the program here


New BR serum addresses sagging skin

Serum_matricelAs we age, collagen and elastin breaks down and our skin starts to give into gravity. That’s the bad news. The good news is that Biologique Recherche has developed Sérum Matriciel Visage, a targeted serum that improves the structure and volume of the face. It improves the skin’s tone and tension by visibly reducing the signs of aging. Its formula combats the effects of gravity and the atrophy of fat and muscle tissues to rebalance the area of the cheekbones, cheeks and jowls, neck and the oval of the face.

A potent cocktail of firming and lifting ingredients
Sérum Matriciel Visage combines two powerful actions that provide immediate and lasting results on the cheeks, jaw, neck, and oval of the face:

  • Intensified volume and filled facial hollows
  • Surface tensor

The serum leverages the power of 10 active ingredients to work within all three layers of the skin:

  • Glycoprotein from the Antarctic: Anti-wrinkle agent stimulates the growth of fibroblasts and the synthesis of collagen and elastin.
  • Rye extract: Contributes to firming and smoothing the skin tissue, tightening the skin and increasing its tone.
  • Knotgrass flavonoids: Protects the skin from damage caused by the sun and oxidation.
  • Peony extract: Increases the thickness and density of the hypodermis to restore facial volume
  • Tetrapeptide-2: Improves the skin’s firmness, cutaneous elasticity and appearance.
  • Lipopeptide: Improves skin’s viscoelasticity, lifts the facial features, and increases resistance to gravity-induced deformation.
  • Tetrapeptide-11: Increases the skins firmness while preventing sagging appearance and flaccidity.
  • Cassava extract: Has an immediate surface effect to lift and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Planktonic exopolysaccharide: Smoothes the skin surface and fills wrinkles and fine lines after just 15 minutes, thanks to its long sugar chain.

How to use
After cleansing and applying P50, apply a few drops of the serum over the entire face, neck and décolleté in gentle upward movements until it’s completely absorbed.

Stop into the studio soon to try out BR’s newest skincare marvel.

Cutting-edge Second Skin Facial offers alternative to fillers

3d-printed-facial-patches  Jill Bucy Skincare is committed to bringing our clients the latest breakthroughs in European skincare. To that end, we are introducing the Second Skin Facial, a new anti-aging alternative to facial fillers developed exclusively by Biologique Recherche.

Here’s how it works: Designed to treat the special needs of mature skin, the Second Skin Facial utilizes cutting-edge electrospinning technology similar to a 3D printer to create a revolutionary fiber patch made up of 80-percent hyaluronic acid, a humectant that draws moisture into the skin. Our estheticians strategically apply these patches to targeted areas to address fine lines and wrinkles. The result? Immediate visible results, such as plumper, more hydrated skin.

Secondskin2The treatment begins with a complete facial cleanse, followed by application of P50. To prepare the skin and improve the efficacy of the Second Skin technology, our esthetician expertly utilizes the Remodeling face machine. Then, electrospun hyaluronic acid patches are customized to perfectly fit the contours of your face and applied to the target areas. Second Skin Serum is then massaged into the patches for intense regeneration. To finish, Crème Masque Vernix is massaged into the face until completely absorbed.

Book your appointment today to experience this revolutionary treatment. $260 for Second Skin Facial with Remodeling Machine.


New hand treatment results in youthful, hydrated skin

Hands-200x300Often an unforgiving reflection of the aging process, hands have it rough. The epidermis has 4–5 times less moisturizing factors than the face, which results in constant dehydration and an accelerated aging process. Add to that constant use and exposure to sun, wind, cold weather, hot water, detergents, and you get rough, dry, sensitive skin and fragile, damaged fingernails.

That’s where the Jill Bucy Skincare Hand Treatment comes in.

It utilizes Biologique Recherche products and is designed to moisturize, reduce pigmentation, and brighten your hands while you’re enjoying a facial treatment. Skin will be perfectly hydrated, regain suppleness, softness and radiance.

The treatment begins by applying P50 to the hands and arms. Then, Masque Gommage Mains gently exfoliates the hands using jojoba wax beads and poly-alpha-hydroxy acids, which stimulate cellular renewal. Hyaluronic acid hydrates, and sorrel extract unifies the epidermis. This is worked in and removed, then Masque Visolastine E is applied to the hands, which are then placed in plastic mitts until the end of the facial.

At this point, the mask is removed and followed by a massage that utilizes Emulsion Mains PIGM 400, a multi-beneficial treatment that counters the imbalances of dry, pigmented hands. This rich cream reduces the appearance of existing pigmentary imperfections and helps to prevent new spots from forming. Watercress sprout extract brightens, avocado oil and shea butter are intensely moisturizing, and rosemary oil is protective. In a word, delicious.

You’ll leave with smoother, hydrated, more youthful looking hands. This add-on treatment is $50.



Welcome to the future: the Biologique Micropuncture Lab

7efd0017723a2ffea47c770e43bfd52bHave you experienced the amazing results of the Biologique Micropuncture Lab, a revolutionary treatment that can help you maintain a glowing, youthful appearance? Seriously. Science doesn’t lie.

Biologique Recherche has developed the Biologique Micropuncture Lab to combine the best of BR techniques and products with the proven process of building up the skin through tiny micropunctures in the epidermis. BR elevates micropuncture to a new level by incorporating it with other proven techniques and products.

How it works
This method is based on the capacity of the epidermis to regenerate itself when stimulated. When micropuncture perforations occur, they release growth factors that then activate fibroblasts, which in turn produce collagen and elastin, two things essential to skin health.

The method is based on 0.25mm puncture into the skin (which only penetrates the intra-epidermal target zone so there’s no risk of bleeding) with single-use sterile needles. In addition, the needle application area measures about 1cm and is significantly more accurate than a roller, enabling targeted and perfectly controllable results.

The obtained effects are the stimulation of intra-dermal collagen production and increased penetration of a special BR serum, Cocktail d’Actiffs Regenerants.

Results at a glance
The result is that skin is refined, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed, and scars are minimized. There is no risk of bleeding, and the technique is nearly painless.

Here's the laundry list of results that the Biologique Micropuncture Lab produces:

  • Moisturizes skin and helps it to regain elasticity and smoothness
  • Offers visible results after the first session, cumulative effects with each additional session
  • Clearly improves skin quality (moisture and tone)
  • Results in more radiant complexion
  • Makes sagging skin feel denser, restructured and stretched
  • Plumps up skin and rejuvenates face, resulting in less tired looking complexion
  • Provides completely natural results, without any artificial or pinched appearance
  • Revitalizes epidermis while delivering a supplement of 64 essential active ingredients
  • Stimulates tissue repair and reactivates the fiber production process
  • Smooths and plumps skin
  • Helps with premature aging

Call 206-283-9295 today to experience this wildly effective treatment.