Biologique Recherche P50W
Best for: Gentle exfoliation, refining pores, smoothing texture and subtle brightening
Skin type: Sensitive
Review: While the Biologique Recherche P50W is the gentlest of the Biologique Recherche P50 toners, as someone with sensitive skin, I still found the toner to be a tad strong for every day use as directed. There was no burning or itchy sensation, but after three days of daily use, I started to get tiny red bumps all over. Aestheticians well versed in Biologique Recherche products advised me that this was part of the “purging” process associated with the first month of using a P50 toner and that after a month the bumps would dissipate. But I could tell my little breakouts were not purging but a result of irritation. I scaled back to using the Biologique Recherche P50W every other night and was able to achieve great results without the irritation bumps.
The results I saw: smoother skin, fading of sun spots on my cheeks and an overall smoothing of the texture of my skin. It helped get rid of the little blackheads on my nose and decongest the hollows of my cheeks where I often get clogged pores.
This is a fantastic product, but I would advise to tread lightly if you have sensitive skin. Patch test first and then use it only 1-2x a week, slowing increasing amount of usage until you find the best frequency for your skin. And also be very careful when going out into the sun. I noticed that the Biologique Recherche P50W toner made my skin very sensitive to sun exposure. If I went outside without sunscreen, my pigment spots quickly darkened.
And you might want to be careful not to combine this product with other acids, skin resurfacing agents or retinol derivatives.
*The pH of this produce is 3.0 – great article breaking down the pH of products and why it matters.
Scent: Mild vinegar scent
Ingredients: 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, Capiscum Frutescens Fruit Extract,Arnica montana flower extract,Sulfur, Allantoin, Sodium Salicylate,Serine, Urea, Sorbitol, TEA-Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate
Price: $28 for 1.7 / $67 for 5.1 / $101 for 8.4
Written & Photographed by Amy Chang