There are often times in life when you and I end up splashing the cash on products that we don’t genuinely need, and it just so happens that my moment came last month when I dug deep and invested £50 in a bottle of the cult Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. Now, don’t judge me… I was feeling particularly depressed and was really feeling my age, when I happened to come across a post on beautymouth.com informing me that Liberty had begun to stock this product, which so many people were finding to be totally amazing. It was pretty hard to find in the UK before Liberty started to stock it and I wanted in on a piece of the action! There went my fifty hard earned pounds.
Biologique Recherche P50 lotions should be dabbed on after cleansing and are classed as gentle exfoliators, which balance the epidermis. From what I read online, people think this stuff is pretty much a magic potion. EU regulations mean that we cannot get the original P50 1970 formula containing Phenol, and I’m presuming that this magic (tingling) ingredient that makes this product so incredible. I’m no scientist, but what I do know is that the version I bought in the UK is not impressing me at all.
There are three formulas and I couldn’t decided which to go for first – As I’m in my mid thirties, I’m not sure if my skin is classed as mature or not… I mean most of these things are usually reviewed by twenty somethings online and it’s not easy to know where you stand when you are a bit of a dinosaur (boo hoo)!
After a little digging, I discovered that the P50 is recommended for seborrheic and/or hyper-keratinized “Skin Instants” (EH?); then there’s P50W for fine, sensitive “Skin Instants” (That one I get) and finally the P50V for less toned and/or devitalized “Skin Instants”. I decided to opt for the P50V, following an online recommendation that stated it was best to start on either that or the p50W before moving onto the stronger P50.
Anyway, I’ve been using the product for three weeks now, applying twice a day after cleansing and without using any other exfoliator products. I have normal to dry skin and sometimes very dry (which is particularly dry during these winter months). During the first week of use it became a lot dryer and I broke out. I guessed that this was part of the skin balancing process, and I honestly wasn’t too fussed as had nowhere important to be.
During the second week, my skin cleared up, but it was still dryer than normal, I had the occasional break out, but nothing too drastic. This week is my third week in and I’m actually not seeing any significant results at all. There were a few days during which I thought that my skin might have been a little smoother than normal, but it’s hard to tell if that was because of the magnificent Ren serum that I used for a few nights.
So there you have it. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t choose the correct P50 lotion, or because it simply wasn’t for my skin, but this particular product hasn’t worked for me so far. I’m going to keep up with it because sometimes you just need to give products a bit more time and I really, really hate wasting money like that. I’d like to get back to using Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant as soon as possible though as that stuff really does work wonders for my skin. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is definitely not on my ‘make me beautiful’ list… Well, not the EU version anyway.
Have you tried any Biologique Recherche products and if so how did you find them?
Liberty appear to be out of stock at the moment, but check back HERE later if you are looking to buy some.
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