It’s not every day you find yourself breezing through Jardin du Luxembourg on your way to get a facial at the iconic Biologique Recherche Spa in Paris. It was a treat—in honor of a big-deal birthday I was celebrating en vacances with a friend—but also an appointment that I’d booked with extra urgency given the feeling that advancing in age called for a more advanced skincare routine.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m no stranger to investing in beauty products. But I wanted a timely assessment, conducted by the best of the best: A French aesthetician. After all, it takes nothing more than a quick stroll around Paris to find yourself desperate for the skincare secrets of the women who live there. Their smooth complexions, minimal makeup and skill at playing up their natural beauty tell me that there’s either something in the water or they know something we don’t.
That said, Biologique Recherche (which just opened an L.A.-based location) is also a cult favorite brand that’s beloved by French women. After being told it’s one of their best-kept secrets by a French friend, I was more than ready to get their credible take on my skin. (It didn’t hurt that the Ambassade I visited, which sits along the Southern bank of the Seine, looked like it was straight out of a movie.)
After my treatment, my skin actually glowed. I went makeup-free for the rest of the day and willingly posed for pics with my friend. It was our final day in Paris, so we dined al fresco, drank wine and gave up sleep and still, my normally-dehydrated skin remained flawless. I was thankful that before departing the boutique, I had gotten the product rundown from my beautician. Of all the products she recommended investing in, she said the one with a special je ne sais quoi (my words, not hers) was the P50 Lotion.