7 posts tagged "Biologique Recherche"
WASABI / (wah-sob-bee) / n. / 1. Also known as Wasabia japonica, a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which also encompasses cabbage and broccoli; / n. / 2. A root that is native to Japan’s mountainous river valleys and Sakhalin Island that is used to make a pungent, horseradishlike condiment that is both grated and formulated into the green paste often seen alongside sushi; / n. / 3. A superfood packed with fiber, vitamins B6 and C, protein, calcium, and potassium; / n. / 4. A medicinal aid that has been shown to boost circulation, curb the growth of cavities in teeth, and help control seasonal allergies and asthma; / n. / 5. An antioxidant that strengthens the skin barrier against free radical damage, e.g., “Stimulate taste buds and protect your complexion with wasabi.”
Try it: Biologique Recherche Crème PIGM 400 with wasabi extract, $191, available at the Peninsula Spa New York.
If you’ve been to Biologique Recherche’s heavenly spa in Paris or used any of its products at home, you’re no doubt a fan. There’s something about the straightforward formulas and the pared-down, apothecary-style packaging that make its rich but not in the least bit greasy Huile Bénéfique body oil and its aptly named brightening Biomagic Mask very hard to resist. With its recent entry into the haircare category, we can, at last, expand our devotion upwards. The newly launched collection features standouts like the gentle Shampoo Traitant Sébo-Rééquilibrant, which is as effective at regulating oil production on scalps as the Complexe Iribiol serum is on complexions. The Le Bain de Plantes, an appealingly aromatic conditioning mask, likewise purifies without zapping the scalp of moisture entirely. It’s a whole new way to properly outfit your shower.
KUDZU (kood-zoo) / n. / 1. / Also known as Pueraria lobata, a climbing vine in the pea family that is native to southern Japan and southeast China; / 2. / A coiling plant with purple flowers nicknamed the mile-a-minute-vine for its ability to grow as much as one foot per day; / 3. / A fundamental herb in traditional Chinese medicine, used to treat vertigo and post-menopausal symptoms;/ 4. / A member of the legume family used in the treatment of alcoholism and cocaine addiction; / 5. / An anti-inflammatory soothing skincare agent, particularly suited for sensitized, reactive skin, e.g., “Get on the wagon and comfort stressed skin with kudzu.”
Try it: Biologique Recherche Sérum Biosensible with Kudzu Extract, $94, www.biologique-recherche.us.
The temperatures may be hovering in the fifties this week in New York, but rest assured, a frigid dip is right around the corner. And that means big changes for your wardrobe—and your skincare routine. Just in time, old-school French brand Biologique Recherche has two botanically charged products to add to your beauty regimen. Its new Crème Dermo-RL and Serum T.E.W.L. (Trans Epidermal Water Loss) are designed to replenish lipid deficiencies that can be brought on by cold, dry air, thus protecting the skin’s moisture balance. The Crème Dermo-RL is a rich, reparative emulsion that helps even the driest types rehydrate while boosting the external skin barrier with a mix of blackcurrant butter, grapeseed oil, hyaluronic acid, walnut extract, and glycoprotein. For those who need less moisturizing support, the Serum provides a lighter, protective layer that helps prevent water evaporation with cranberry, raspberry seed, and jojoba and sesame oils, as well as sea buckthorn berry. They can be used separately or together, depending on just how parched your skin is. As for wardrobe solutions, please direct your attention here.
Biologique Recherche Crème Dermo-RL, $150, and Serum T.E.W.L., $144. Call (800)755-5270 to find spas for purchase.
Martial arts workout routines weren’t the only things on Courtney Love’s mind at last night’s Cinema Society screening of Due Date. Sporting her now signature fringe and, dare we say, demure makeup, Ms. Love had beauty on the brain. “Beauty is terror. Isn’t that what Balzac said?” she mused, as she sat in a booth at Lavo at last night’s after-party. The self-proclaimed “skin whore” was eager to share her latest makeup tricks, the skin regimen that keeps her camera-ready, and her philosophy on aging. “I am the smoker and the curser, but I am trying to learn about taking care of myself,” she said.
First things first: Love is losing the caked-on cosmetics. “I have friends that are growing old and freaking out and I am, like, getting hotter,” she said, explaining how she’d recently switched up her trademark heavy black eye makeup and red lips in favor of something a little, um, lighter. The move has been well received, though Love was tongue-in-cheek about the photos of herself at amfAR’s Inspiration Gala for AIDS research in L.A.: “I have been getting a lot of praise for looking good lately, but after the amfAR thing [the press] was like, ‘Oh, she didn’t have a facelift after all.’ I liked it when they thought I had had a facelift.”
Facelifts, in fact, haven’t entered into the equation for the 46-year-old, who hasn’t even gone as far as to have a facial this year. “I had no time to go see a dermatologist and it would have cost too much, so I didn’t do anything,” she said. So what does the Hole front woman do to keep her skin looking good these days? To start, she credits good genes. “My family, they tend to get fat, but they just don’t wrinkle,” she says. Love also uses Biologique Recherche’s famed P50 solution. “It’s really strong; it has things in it it shouldn’t have and lots and lots of alcohol.” Karin Herzog’s Vita-A-Kombi, a product that Uma Thurman turned her on to, rounds out her routine. “There’s a one, two, and three level,” she says of the oxygen-enriched face cream. “Just go for the three.”