Cult toner Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 lives up to the hype. There are few products I repurchase year after year, holy grail items if you will. Lotion P50 will remain a staple in my regimen from now forward. I picked up a bottle when I visited Joanna Czech and there’s no going back! Do your skin a favor, join the cult and get down with the tingle.
Biologique Recherche is a high-end, spa-exclusive skin care line that’s near impossible to get your hands on, and when you find it locally you feel as though you’ve stumbled across the greatest secret of all time. Lotion P50 is the brand’s most coveted product, for good reason.
WAIT, THERE’S A CULT?
In the simplest terms, Lotion P50 is a gentle exfoliating acid toner. Made with the highest quality active ingredients, Lotion P50 penetrates deeply to rock your skin’s world. It’s common for your skin to feel a tingling sensation, due to the acidity of the toner. When the epidermis is unbalanced the tingling sensation occurs, once your skin becomes balanced this sensation dissipates entirely.
So, why would you want that? When your skin’s pH is balanced, it’s healthy and performing optimally. This toner is specifically designed to strengthen the epidermal barrier, speed up the epidermis natural exfoliating process, regulate excessive sebum production, hydrate, and maintain your skin’s acid pH. In this state the epidermis can fully perform its protective functions, allowing it to regenerate properly, and maximize product penetration.
Lotion P50 is meant to be used twice daily, every day. If you feel the formula is too aggressive try applying once a day, or wetting your cotton pad before application. Now this elixir isn’t cheap, you don’t want to use just any cotton pad. You need to buy wipes that will maximize application, not absorb all your precious P50! And don’t you dare use bare hands with this, so wasteful! Part of the process of removing all that gunk off your skin is wiping it away. The brown residue you see on the cotton is dead skin cells. I highly suggest purchasing Intrinsics Silken Wipes, I use these professionally and they’re the best. Cut them in half and they’ll go even further. Once you have your wipe ready apply from your forehead down to your décolleté, boobs count! Lotion P50 works nicely as an exfoliating treatment for lips, too.
If you’re using an electronic facial brush, retinol, or other exfoliants be wary of how often you use them. You may need to skip Lotion P50 on days you use these. Sometimes I’ll use a second acid-free toner or an essence after to rehydrate my skin.
You will purge. The purge is real. You think you take great care of your skin, deep-pore cleansing on the reg. Lotion P50 will make you question your existence. I’m being dramatic, but I purged more than I anticipated because I mask all.the.time. For me it lasted about a week, but it can take up to two. Using Biologique Recherche’s VIP02 and Masque Vivant every night during the purge saved my skin. If you find you’re purging for longer than two weeks the Lotion P50 formula you chose may be too strong and causing inflammation and/or breaking down your skin’s barrier. If so, cut back on your usage or soak your cotton pad in water first. Also, check the ingredients in your other products, be sure you aren’t over using exfoliants. If you continue to have issues consult the professional you purchased your toner from.
The final results? Glowing skin. I’ve received more compliments than usual in the last month of using Lotion P50. My skin is less oily, it’s soft as hell, I break out less often, blackheads minimized, retaining hydration has improved… all those claims became reality. After applying twice a day for a month my décolleté is glowing. I’ve never been consistent in treating it and I’m impressed by how healthy the skin appears.
As I mentioned before there are 6 variations of Lotion P50. Understand this: there is no “best formula”. It comes down to your skin type on which formula is best. Think of your Lotion P50 experience being a personal one. You’ll receive the same amazing benefits regardless of what formula you choose if you choose the one best suited for your skin! That said, I highly suggest receiving a consultation before purchasing a bottle—don’t go at this alone!
Last week I stopped by Joanna Czech to buy a few mini’s to try… for research, you know. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions on the idea of progressing and moving up to a stronger formula. Joanna suggests sticking with your prescribed formula for at least two 5.1 oz bottles before considering moving up. Stronger isn’t always better; P50 is meant for normal and thicker skin, while P50V is for thin and sensitive, and P50W for very sensitive and reactive. If you’re prescribed P50V or P50W and use retinol or other exfoliants regularly, it’s best to stick with these instead of switching to P50. Another consideration is sun exposure. If you aren’t good at hiding from the sun, only switch to P50 in the winter time when sun exposure is limited. Otherwise you’re doing more harm than good.
Lotion P50 1970 is the original formula, for all skin types except sensitive. Particularly great for normal to oily and/or thicker skin.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Phenol, Niacinamide, Vinegar (Acetum), Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock Root) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sulfur
Lotion P50 is for all skin types except sensitive. Particularly great for normal to oily and/or thicker skin. NO phenol.
Water (Aqua), Gluconolactone, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Malic Acid, Vinegar (Acetum), Phytic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock Root) Extract, Rumex Acetosa Leaf Extract, Myrtus Communis Extract, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Sulfur, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
Lotion P50 V 1970 is for normal to dry, sensitive, and/or thin skin.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Phenol, Lactic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Vinegar (Acetum), Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate
Lotion P50 V is for normal to dry, sensitive, and/or thin skin. NO phenol.
Water (Aqua), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Vinegar (Acetum), Magnesium Chloride, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Phytic Acid, Spongilla Lacustris Spicule Extract, Yeast Extract (Faex Extract), Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Sulfur, Sodium Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Benzoate
Lotion P50 W 1970 is for mature, drier skin types, extremely sensitive/reactive skin, and/or rosacea.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Niacinamide, Vinegar (Acetum), Lactic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Phenol, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Saponaria Bark Extract, Spongilla Lacustris Spicule Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Propylene Gylcol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Phenoxyethanol
Lotion P50 W is for mature, drier skin types, extremely sensitive/reactive skin, and/or rosacea. NO Phenol.
Water (Aqua), Gluconolactone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Malic Acid, Vinegar (Acetum), Phytic Acid, Citric Acid, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sulfur, Allantoin, Sodium Salicylate, Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, TEA-Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate
Phenol is any of the Lotion P50 formulas with 1970 in its name. Phenol gives a numbing sensation to the skin. Outlawed in the EU, these versions are only available for sale in the USA, giving us 6 versions to choose from. Phenol’s purpose is to act as an antiseptic, and in the past was used to numb the skin in professional treatments. The scent is medicinal and acquired, but after a few nights you become use to it. I’m not one to be sensitive to aromas in skin care—if it works I want it on my face. Formulas without Phenol lack the numbing.
Unfortunately, the total acid percentage is proprietary information. Formulas vary, but in almost all you’ll find:
Lactic Acid is a gentle AHA exfoliant stimulating cell turnover, strengthens skin’s barrier, and skin brightener
Salicylic Acid is a deeply exfoliating BHA improving cell turnover, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and helps controls acne
Niacinamide is known for skin brightening, lightening pigmentation, and reduces redness
Sulfur is antibacterial and exfoliating, helps control acne
GIMME THAT JUICE.
Now that you want in on this goodness… where are you supposed to buy it?! You can contact Biologique Recherche directly for a list of spas near you, or you could purchase through Rescue Spa. They provide consultation via email and/or phone prior to purchasing.
Available Sizes: 1.07 oz / $27 | 5.1 oz / $62 | 8.5 oz / $95
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