Everything you want to know about vernix and my full Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix review.
I first learned about the powers of the natural substance vernix and the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix during my interview with in-demand Bay-area aesthetician and founder of Spa Radiance, Angelina Umansky.
At the time, I was seven months pregnant (I’m now 39 weeks!) and she was raving about the rejuvenating powers of vernix for the skin. She even suggested I might want to take some once my baby is born and apply it to my own skin – which I will undoubtably be doing.
What is vernix?
“When you have your baby,” Angelina explained, “there is gong to be a little white film on the baby – that is vernix. Back in the day, they used to wash the baby right away after the baby was born, but studies show now that this powder is so healthy for the skin, since it’s what protects the baby when it’s inside the womb, they are leaving it there for longer. Biologique Recherche has created a product where the ingredients mimic vernix. They’ve created a synthetic that mimics what the vernix does for the skin.”
So what exactly does vernix do for the skin? Well, according to this study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology in 2008 it does A LOT.
Benefits of vernix
- Prevents TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss)
- Hydrates the skin surface better than petrolatum, aquaphor and eucerin
- Encourages healthy bacteria growth to develop the skin’s microbiome
- Antioxidant rich properties (vitamin E)
- Increases wound healing abilities
- Acts as an epidermal barrier
- Stimulates epithelial cell growth of the various layers of skin
- Helps to regulate body temperature
Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix Review
As Angelina mentioned, the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix contains a synthetic of vernix. And it also contains amniotic fluid, which I found interesting.
The mask has a yeasty scent and slightly yellowish color. It has the consistency of a thick cream that spreads easily on the skin.
When applied after cleansing and toning on healthy, happy skin, I didn’t notice many improvements. My skin felt hydrated and nice, but nothing drastic could be seen. The real show stopping abilities of this mask were only visible when applied on inflamed skin. After testing out a strong vitamin C serum one evening, my skin broke out in a nasty contact dermatitis rash around my chin and mouth the next morning. I immediately applied the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix that same morning and again in the evening before bed choosing to sleep in the mask. The following day I awoke to see my dermatitis rash completely healed and the surrounding skin soothed!
If you are someone who has persistently inflamed skin, rosacea, dermatitis, or eczema, you would benefit greatly from this mask. But if your skin is healthy and happy, I would say pass on this mask since the main benefit you’ll see is increased hydration and barrier function and honestly, I think you could easily achieve those goals with various masks, like this one from Patyka or Marie Veronique, both I love and come at much more reasonable prices.
Ingredients: Water, amniotic fluid, lecithin, lanolin oil, propylene glycol, pentylene glycol, sodium acrylates copolymer, glycerin, alcohol denatured, ethylhexyl palmitate, squalane, raspberry seed oil, palm oil aminopropanediol esters, hydrolyzed placental protein, hydrolyzed gelatin, yeast extract, hydrolyzed ceratonia siliqua seed extract, phenoxyethanol, sodium laurel lactylate, sodium dehydroacetate, luffa cylindrical seed oil, tocopherol, dimethylmethoxy chromanol, embryo extract, sunflower seed extract, ethylhexylglycerin, ceramide 3, cholesterol, potassium sulfate, ceramide 6 II, phytosphingosine, papain, xanthin gum, carbomer, carylyl glycol, diaminopropionoyl tripeptide-33, ceramide 1.
Written and photographed by Amy Chang, founder + editor