Last Sunday, the obligatory bi-annual confusion ensued as the clocks zoomed forward an hour to open the sky’s dark curtain and reveal gloriously lighter evenings.
With the veritable bloom of spring and the reawakening of the day, our skin comes blinking out of hibernation into the stark light.
As the days are longer and brighter, we often notice that the protective layers of the winter (think blasts of heating and dark days) have left us with dull, dry and dehydrated skin.
Let’s revitalise with a big gulp of Spring air as we find our glow and reveal bright, dewy and radiant skin.
Cleanse and oxygenate
To achieve the ultimate skin brightening results, we need to slough away the pesky pollutants and free radicals that have gathered on the surface of the epidermis.
Some particles that gather on our skin are up to 20 times smaller than our pores, and so they can nestle in and effectively suffocate our skin – leaving it suspiciously dull. It is also a minefield for those of us with skin prone to congestion. Clogged pores trapped with dirt, oil and dead cells have the potential to cause breakouts and bacterial infections.
The first step to glowing skin is a gorgeously invigorating cleansing milk. The Lait VIP O2 oxygenates and brightens the skin. Biologique Recherche’s oxygenating range contains Perfluorodecalin, a complex sounding molecule that cleverly transports oxygen, replenishing cells and rejuvenating the skin.
The brightness we experience when we cleanse with the Lait VIP O2 is akin to the gorgeous glow we relish in when we have had an amazing night of sleep.
Slough away dead skin
As well as pollutants and free radicals, our skin can look dull when we do not exfoliate. In simple terms, skin cells move from the bottom of the epidermis to the top (this takes around 25 days). Once they reach the top, cells are dead and can make skin appear dull. The accumulation of dead skin cells can cause a lacklustre and rough texture.
Remember the days of beaded gels and scrubs that felt as though they scratched our skin to remove the ‘old’ skin cells and reveal brighter skin? We now know that we can have an at home facial peel using acid-based toners to get that same glow – not only is it more effective, but it is also kinder to skin.
Our (not so secret) secret to reveal bright skin is often cited as the best face exfoliator - the Lotion P50. Beauty editors often refer to it as a ‘facial in a bottle’.
The Lotion P50 range contains a broad array of different hydroxy acids. As its name indicates, the Lotion P50s gently renew the skin over 50 days – ‘P’ stands for peeling and ‘50’ stands for 50 days – which represents about two epidermal cycles, so it is gentle but effective.
There are four different formulations, enabling you to personalise your choice of Lotion P50.
The Lotion P50 is the strongest form of P50. It contains active ingredients such as thyme essential oil and myrrh for their purifying, toning, and antiseptic properties, and is specifically formulated for thicker, keratinised skin.
Lotion P50W is our most popular formula as it is the most sebum regulating, so it’s great for acne and oily tendencies. The added arnica has a soothing effect, whilst still powerfully brightening and evening the complexion.
The Lotion P50V is perfect for devitalised and mature skin, leaving it smoother, softer and more radiant. Enriched with an injection of added vitamins and soothing and toning walnut extracts, it reveals a radiant skin whilst hydrating and nourishing.
Exfoliation can dramatically improve the look of dark spots and post-acne pigmentation, and the Lotion P50 PIGM 400 tackles exactly that. It’s enriched with both the exfoliating active ingredients of the Lotion P50 and the brightening agents and antioxidants of the PIGM400 range. This is a complete solution that helps to recover a luminous and radiant skin with an even and lightened complexion.
For full-throttle radiance, team the Lotion P50 PIGM 400 with the newest addition to our anti-pigmentation range. The Masque PIGM 400 is a brightening cellulose-made mask which perfectly fits to the contours of the face, diminishing pigmentation and preventing further pigmentation from occurring. Packed full of antioxidants, this will instantly brighten the skin.
Do stock up on your SPF if you are exposing your skin to the sun, and avoid direct sunlight immediately after using a chemical exfoliant, as your skin can be more sensitised. We want to protect that divine glow we have revealed!
Nourish and brighten
We have removed those nasty pore-clogging free radicals, and sloughed away our dull dead skin cells. Now, let’s apply a serum. The texture of a serum is gorgeously light, and so the skin loves to absorb it for nourishment.
The Sérum Oligo-Protéines Marines increasingly brightens and unifies the skin. It contains malachite extract which is energising and revitalising, enhancing the complexion and leaving the skin glowing and uniform. The EB also swear by using this serum under their eyes to reduce dark circles (it’s our little secret weapon!)
Team it with a hydrating and plumping serum that secretly packs a punch, such as Sérum Colostrum providing an instant burst of hydration, or Sérum Extraits Tissulaires which is imbued with embryonic extracts, leaving the skin subtly hydrated.
serum that packs a punch
Sérum 3R is a brightening serum that renews, regenerates and repairs (our three favourite R words) to offer a complete skin spring clean. Pop a few sprays onto a cotton pad morning and evening to leave your skin smoothed, strengthened, toned and hydrated.
It is pumped with exfoliating acids, antioxidants and oligosaccharides to provide the skin what it needs to renew itself.
let’s protect our newly rejuvenated complexion
Finally, we have revealed a fresh and glowing appearance, now let’s protect it. After all, you wouldn’t buy a luxury product and not insure it – and our facial skin is the most precious thing we own!
The Crème VIP O2 is loaded with our specific BR oxygenating complex, cellular oligopeptides and hyaluronic acid to encourage cellular renewal (so you know it’s working long after you have applied it). It has a protective film which blocks pollutants from your skin, leaving it protected, regenerated, hydrated and brightened.
Layer this with a few delightful drops of the Fluide VIP O2 for a delightfully brightening burst of hydration. This wonder serum is injected with silk extract and contains a cocktail of concentrated active ingredients, leaving your skin glowing, more even and plumped.
For an extra burst of moisture, you could even finish with a lipid-rich serum to apply on top of your moisturiser such as the Sérum T.E.W.L.
Our talented therapists combine many years of experience with avant-garde technology to achieve amazing in-clinic results. The Soin Masque Aux Acides de Fruits is perfect for this time of year, as it is packed full of fruit acids to leave skin more radiant and give you the results of a chemical peel without down time or causing trauma.
We always love to hear from you, and and as always, if you have any questions please do contact us – we would be delighted to discuss your skin concerns and offer a personalised prescription.