Skin care

Night moves: How to take care of your skin after dark

SleepYou work hard, your days are long. Often, the last thing you want to do is wash your face before tumbling into bed. But we’re here to tell you that it matters. Be consistent and thorough with your evening skincare regimen.

It all starts with proper cleansing. Using the Biologique Recherche cleansing milk appropriate for your skin, massage upward and outward from the neck to the forehead. Rinse. Follow by swiping a cotton pad with P50 over your neck and face. Apply a targeted serum to treat your skin’s specific imbalances and then finish with your normal moisturizer. Now that you’ve removed makeup, dirt and pollution, it’s time to sleep to detoxify and repair your skin.

Sleep matters

Now that you’ve got your evening skincare routine down, let’s talk about sleep. You probably know that a good night’s sleep is essential to good health but it’s also critical for radiant youthful skin. Sleep is the body’s (and skin’s) method of self-repair. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin could appear patchy, dry and lifeless, and you’ll have fine lines and dark circles under your eyes. Prolonged lack of sleep can result in cortisol levels rising, free radicals running amok, and collagen breaking down. In other words, your skin will age faster. No bueno.

There are so many factors that contribute to poor sleep: exposure to your device’s screens, stress, poor diet, caffeine, alcohol. When you think about it, it’s amazing that we get any shuteye at all.

Regardless of the reasons that result in fitful sleep or insomnia, however, sleep is critical to your skin and overall health. Staring at the ceiling in the dark while your mind spins is unhealthy and you need to take steps to mitigate the problem. Some solutions include melatonin and other herbal remedies, a consistent sleep schedule, sleep rituals such as meditation or a lavender oil bath. Good sleep and skincare hygiene will keep your skin clear and glowing.


As spring approaches, we have your skincare solutions

Weather-questionSeasons change and so do your skincare needs. When the temperature fluctuates, it’s important to protect the skin, getting regular facials to reduce stress to the skin and improve resiliency. In addition, there are many effective Biologique Recherche products that can combat the elements and keep your skin looking its best, even as storms rage, temperatures veer wildly up and down the thermostat, and the sun starts making a regular appearance.

  • Sérum Oligo-Protéines Marines brightens dull, devitalized winter skin.
  • Fluide VIP O2 supplies oxygenation to reduce signs of fatigue and brighten your complexion (Svetlana’s tip is to layer Oligo-Proteines Marines with Fluide VIP O2 on top to help with dark circles).
  • Lotion MC110 No1 offers hydration and extra exfoliation, as it smoothes and brightens.
  • Crème Grand Millésime acts as a brightening cream, revitalizing the skin.
  • Masque VIP O2 + Masque Vivant provides the best brightening effect, and it’s our favorite mask combo, especially during a season transition. We also recommend mixing Masque Vivant with a touch of baking soda and applying that as a brightening, exfoliating mask.

Stop in the studio today to discover the right solution for your skin as we transition into spring.


New BR Sérum A-Glyca combats aging skin

Serum A-Glyca
A new anti-aging solution has landed in the spa! Biologique Recherche has created Sérum A-Glyca to act against the phenomenon of glycation in the skin.

Here’s how it works.

Our body needs glucose—found in sugars—to function properly and to produce energy. But if there’s surplus sugar in the body, protein molecules can cross-link with sugar molecules. This is called glycation. These new sugar proteins affect the extracellular matrix proteins in the dermis, specifically collagen and elastin, and can accelerate the aging process. That’s where Sérum A-Glyca comes in. It keeps collagen and elastin fibers intact, thereby fighting the signs of aging and creating a youthful, radiant complexion.

But that’s not all! This wonder serum has an antioxidant action that protects the skin from external factors such as heat, UV rays and pollution, all of which can exacerbate glycation. With active ingredients of mimosa and carcinine, this quintessential serum:

  • Acts against the phenomenon of glycation
  • Protects proteins within the skin's structure
  • Reduces deep lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces signs of fatigue
  • Enhances skin's firmness
  • Brings radiance to the complexion

To use: On clean skin, apply a few drops of Sérum A-Glyca morning and night over the face, neck and décolleté, using gentle upward motion until the serum is absorbed.

Stop in the spa today to try out this effective, leading-edge product from BR!


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.



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!