When this product was recommended to by a skin care expert and blogger (www.beautymouth.blogspot.com) I was determined to get my hands on some. It is currently not available in the UK, so I sent Mr BBB (who works in Paris) on the case to track down the Biologique Recherche salon in a courtyard off the Champs Elysee. Apart from almost fainting when he discovered Lotion P50V costs EU64 for a bottle, it was a pretty seamless operation. Biologique Recherche is a family run operation with a traditionally thorough and serious attitude to skincare. I chose P50 as it is the hero product, but opted for the lighter version P50V. Even though my choice is P50-lite, it still feels what I can only describe as ‘hardcore’ skin care. It is a water consistency, containing lactic acid, sulfur, horseradish extract, malic acid, plankton extract, lemon, onion and yeast extracts and boric and salicylic acid. Whew. On the bottle it advises P50V for skin that is uneven or devitalized. When you apply the liquid – dabbing at the skin with a soaked cotton pad – it almost instantly starts to prickle. The prickling lasts for at least half an hour or so and I’m not at all sure I like it. It really isn’t comfortable. That said, it truly does exfoliate and soften up the skin incredibly well and I felt helped other products that went on afterwards to absorb better. With the feeling of prickling, I expected my skin to react badly – in fact, it has done anything but. My complexion loves it. I’d like to try more from the (very expensive) range.
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