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Dry skin? Try our hydrating masks from Biologique Recherche

We’re moving toward spring but the weather is still, well, wintry. What this means for your skin is continued dehydration and seasonal sensitivity. But never fear, we have some solutions, namely hydrating masks. Biologique Recherche has several options, depending on your specific skincare needs.

VernixCrème Masque Vernix: This treatment mimics the original composition of vernix (the moisturizing, protective, antibacterial substance found coating the skin of newborn human babies), thanks to a selection of active ingredients rich in lipids, proteins, and antioxidant peptides. This revitalizing, repairing, protective treatment is made for deficient, stressed-out skin.

VisolastineMasque Visolastine E: Masque Visolastine E is a hydrating and revitalizing mask that enhances the skin's elasticity, prevents the sensations of tightness and softens the skin. Enriched with cellular peptides and fatty acids, the treatment calms the skin, while brightening and refreshing the complexion.

SensibleMasque Biosensible: This luxe cream mask is enriched with Fatty Acids, Hyaluronic Acid, anti-stress actives and the Specific BR Oxygenating Complex. Its formula contains high concentrations of active ingredients renowned for their high tolerance. Ideal for dehydrated, sensitive and reactive skin, this new treatment soothes, softens and brightens the skin immediately upon use.

Stop in the studio and let us help you select the best home treatment for your specific skincare needs!


Lotion P50 PIGM 400 lightens skin and reduces pigmentation marks

P50 PIGM 400We all love our P50. In fact, many of our clients can’t live without it. Now, Biologique Recherche has rolled out a new formulation of this cult favorite, designed to lighten the skin and reduce pigmentation marks.

Lotion P50 PIGM 400 is an exfoliating and brightening lotion that is ideal for dull complexions with hyperpigmented marks. Unexpected ingredients pack a powerful punch: Palmaria Palmata extract lightens pigmentation and inhibits melanin synthesis, AHAs exfoliate, and Vitamin B3 and Wasabi extract are powerful antioxidants. Recover luminous and radiant skin with an even, lightened complexion.

Use as you would other P50 formulations: The first week, soak a cotton pad moistened with water with Lotion P50 PIGM 400 and apply to the face, neck and cleavage, patting upward gently without rubbing. The following days, skip the water and soak a dry cotton pad with Lotion P50 PIGM 400. Follow with your other favorite BR products.

And don’t worry if you first feel a bit of tingling upon use. When the pH of the epidermis is unbalanced, you will feel the P50’s acidity. Once the skin is balanced, that sensation goes away.

For more on this new formulation of P50, check out this Man Repeller interview with Dr. Allouche.

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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!


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.

(Photo: adult-acne.net)

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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

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New product alert! ILIA Beauty in the studio

ILIA2We are always looking to bring our clients the best in high-quality, effective skincare and makeup, and we seek out green and organic lines whenever possible. To that end, we are excited to carry ILIA Beauty products in the studio.

The new darling of women’s magazines and beauty bloggers, ILIA is dedicated to creating the purest products possible. The company’s ethical-sustainable approach is embodied in the entire line. Each product is filled with up to 85-percent bioactive organic ingredients that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. A combination of on-trend pigments and super nourishing elements has set ILIA apart from the conventions of organic beauty.

We currently stock these three key items:

  • Moondance: ILIA Radiant Translucent Powder is an organic blend of powders including aloe vera with light essential oils of rosemary and thyme. Hibiscus flower extract acts as an antioxidant to the skin while non-nano zinc oxide provides SPF 20 protection. The fine pearl pigment offers light-reflecting properties that brings a luminosity to the skin. The brush has an “open” and “close” option, as well as a “buff” feature for more control. Great for the girl on the go, this refillable travel companion makes it easy to refresh your look throughout the day. 
  • Nightfall: ILIA’s mascaras reference the film noir era, and Nightfall is no exception: sultry eyes meet strength and determination in this rich black shade. Naturally preserved, Phenoxyethanol free, all ILIA mascaras are made with 100-percent natural dye.
  • Tinted Lip Conditioners: Finally, a lip product that treats the lip while providing gorgeous color. ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner combines organic ingredients to soothe and condition the lips, and 100-percent natural dye to tint the lip beautifully. Each shade carries a sheer swipe of color that increases in intensity when applied liberally. We have the following colors in stock: Nobody's Baby, Blossom Lady, Shell Shock, In Paradise, Crimson and Clover, Bang Bang, and Arabian Nights.

The packaging is gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves. All cream lip products are housed in a sleek recycled aluminum case. So stop into the studio and check out ILIA’s products, designed to make you more beautiful inside and out.

(photo: moochies.blog.com)


Meet the Tata Harper Purifying Mask

Purifying_mask_editorial_webDubbed “nature’s solution to skin-aging pollution,” Tata Harper’s new Purifying Mask is a deep-cleansing detox treatment for your skin. And we’ve got it in the spa.

One of the biggest impacts for aging comes from our exposure to environmental toxins. Damage caused by free radicals and chemical pollution causes collagen and elastin fibers to break down. And when our skin is compromised on a cellular level and incapable of detoxifying from the inside, skin becomes dull and fine lines and wrinkles start to crop up.

Tata Harper’s Purifying Mask addresses our skin’s constant exposure to chemical and toxic pollutants by leveraging the power of fermentation and probiotics to deeply cleanse and detoxify the skin, while encouraging the skin's own detoxification processes from a cellular level.

Free from synthetics, artificial fragrances, fillers, GMO, and gluten, the Purifying Mask is clay-based, and infused with probiotics that act like a protective shield on the surface of the skin. When applied in a topical product, probiotics combat inflammation and harmful bacteria on the skin’s surface to improve clarity, eliminate dryness, and enhance antiaging effects. The mask is particularly effective for treating acne or rosacea.


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.

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Detoxify with AlkaBath

AlkabathProcessed foods, lack of exercise, stress, pollution—all these factors create an acidic environment in your body.

Your system works tirelessly to neutralize the acids and toxins as they appear in your system. It does this by leaching minerals from your blood, skin, tissues, bones, etc. As you can imagine, this is not good.

Enter AlkaBath.

A simple and luxurious way to detoxify your body is to soak, AlkaBath alkaline mineral bath salts bring your bathwater to the optimum pH value of pH 8.5. Why is this important? By providing an optimal pH environment for your skin, AlkaBath helps your body flush out wastes, acids, and toxins.

This isn’t a new concept. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans alkalized, using sodium bicarbonate, milk, or alkaline soaps. The elderly used soft soap with values about pH 9.0. Leaching baths lasting for several hours were a traditional part of ancient Japanese and Mexican culture and are still practiced in these countries due to their benefits for overall physical and spiritual well being.

Edelsteine_enAlkaBath follows in this tradition. Thanks to finely ground precious stones—agate, carneol, citrine, chrysoprase, chalcedony, sapphire, rock crystal and onyx—AlkaBath allows the skin to purify and self-oil, giving it perfect suppleness. A bath temperature of 36°– 38° C (97°–100° F) is recommended for full baths, and you should spend at least 30 minutes—45–60 minutes is ideal—soaking. Use 3 tablespoons per bath. For even greater results, brush your body every ten minutes with a bath brush for a simulating effect.

Stop in the studio today and pick up AlkaBath. Your bath and your body will thank you!