I have completely overhauled my entire skincare regimen which places a huge emphasis on cleansing and exfoliation. I am 40 years old and truth be told, I don't think I've been washing my face properly until the last few months! Don't get it twisted--I have always, always washed my face and have taken care of it with SPF, etc. but cleansing is the first step (maybe the only step) to clear, smooth skin. My routine consists of double cleansing, using a liquid exfoliator, eye cream and retinol. I used to love manual exfoliators, however, I am now all over liquid versions which leads us to my most recent purchase of Biologique Recherché P50 1970 Balancing Exfoliator (5.5oz/$68). This product has a cult following and is designed to:
"gently exfoliate the skin, regulate excessive sebum secretion, moisturize and help maintain the epidermis' acid pH." It's to be applied after cleansing the face, morning and evening. The lotion may be used all over the face, neck and chest. It has a very pungent odor, not pleasant in the slightest and has a water-like consistency. Ingredients include onion extract (umm..interesting?), lactic acid, salicyclic acid, burdock extract and plankton (again..interesting?)
So, did Recherché recharge my skin?
Verdict: The first thing you must know about this product other than how strong the scent is, is that it burns like a MOTHER! The first time I used it, I saturated a cotton pad and it lit my face up like a forest fire. My face turned red instantly and tingled/burned for a few minutes. It did make my skin look very smooth and poreless after several minutes. I was concerned with the burning/redness I experienced which apparently is what happens with its use. In fact, fans of this product crave the burn! The next morning, I woke up to a clear, brighter complexion. However, after a few days use, I did notice some breakouts on my face. I have been really trialing this product over the last month and I have come to the conclusion that I really, really like it. However, if I get a pimple, I switch to every other day or every couple of days with its use. Other than that, my skin feels petal soft, the texture looks smoother, my complexion is brighter and I don't mind the burn--I simple use much less (I have always had a heavy hand with skincare products). The scent dissipates after several minutes but regardless, it ain't pleasant and never will be. Whatever--all in the name of great skin, right? We must make sacrifices and soldier on. I purchased this through paullabrecque.com, which is an independent salon/spa in NYC. The customer service was excellent. Please note: This is not an easy product to purchase overall as it's not that prevalent in the U.S. and is not sold at mass retailers.