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李丛 编译 Exploring Skin Secrets


An Interview with Dr. Philippe Allouche, Director of research and creation at Biologique Recherche


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orn in France, Biologique Recherche was founded thirty-five years ago and started as a research and development


laboratory whose sole aim was to develop for- mulations for professionals unsatisfied with existing products. It is a unique and visionary page in the history of skin care by Yvan, Josette and Philippe Allouche, a biologist, a physi- otherapist and a doctor respectively. Today, the Biologique Recherche Methodology has a repu- tation for great effectiveness based on a clinical approach to beauty care using pure, concen- trated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures. “Our skin can be compared to a house. If


the roof is built badly and cannot guarantee protection against external aggressions, eve- rything inside is subject to stress and becomes vulnerable,” said Philippe Allouche. A decade ago, he took over the creative side of the busi- ness from his father, Yvan. Like many skin specialists, Dr. Allouche believes that the epi- dermis is central to skin care. Now, Biologique Recherche is an international brand available in more than 50 countries. SpaChina invited Dr. Allouche to talk about Biologique Recher- che's unique philosophy and know-how in high-end personalized beauty care.


What kind of product is Biologique Recherche? “Building Better Skin” is what we are talk- ing about. Biologique Recherche is a complete system that works with the skin, not against it, to help it balance and heal itself. Our formulas and treatments work synergistically to rebuild better skin and treat specific skin conditions. Biologique Recherche is the synergy of natural ingredients, cutting-edge formulation and tal- ented hands.


How many product series does Biologique Recherche have? Biologique Recherche’s comprehensive facial care range includes 90 products: cleansing milks, balancing exfoliators, vitamin mist, daily masks and patches, quintessential serums, tar- get serums and finishing serums, balancing creams, intensive creams and specific creams for all skin types.


Philippe Allouche Biologique Recherche’s range of body


exfoliators and body oils (30 products) work together to tackle body skin issues such as cel- lulite, skin laxness, dryness and stretch marks. Biologique Recherche has also applied its


know-how on skin care to hair care as well to produce a cutting-edge range of 15 products which help to restore and recondition the scalp.


Are they created and developed in your own laboratory? All our products are created and developed in France in our new Parisian laboratory named after Dr. Allouche’s father, Yvan Allouche, the founder of the Brand. In each creation process you have the part of the intellect, the reflexion, the science but without denying the other part made from intuition, feelings, sensorial and human experiences : this is where the magic of the creation resides. For the intellectual part I have surrounded myself with a great energizing team who are helping me in researching the best ingredients we will combine in order to get results. At Biologique Recherche we select and use an extremely large spectrum of ingredients.


What is the methodology of BR? Our best assets are our methodology combin- ing powerful products and effective treatment procedures with a constant respect for skin structure and physiology. For the products, we are using a combination of various ingredi- ents, Biotech, natural, biologic, anything which


works and has clinical backup. Our manufac- turing process is different and is responsible in part for the effectiveness of our formulations: there is no mass production and every batch of product receives great attention. We combine extremely sophisticated techniques almost the same as those used by perfume manufacturers. In real life it is nearly impossible for any


complex skincare product to pass through the very selective dermo epidermal barrier of nor- mal skin and any product used will be totally transformed onto the surface of the epidermis. Only very few active ingredients may have some chance to pass through our natural shield, the epidermis. The epidermis is a gigantic platform of communication: filtering, buffering any sig- nals coming from deeper structures and from outside. It is a cellular messaging system that is extremely subtle and sophisticated: when any- thing happens on the surface of the epider- mis, dermis cells will instantaneously receive the information. This explains how by enhanc- ing the natural functions of the epidermis, a good skincare routine would also act on deeper structures without penetrating. The skin has the incredible potential to repair and regenerate itself; the healing process after an injury on the skin proves this. There are no magic ingredients or techniques, just the combination of powerful and effective tools through a precise step-by- step daily routine.


Tell us about the Remodeling Face Machine. Our Remodeling Face Machine complements the effect of hands and products. The Remod- eling Face© is a “booster” to the performance of the treatment. It works with four differ- ent currents, galvanic to improve bio-disponi- bility of actives, medium frequency current to have a longer lasting lift-up muscle effect, high frequency current with a regeneration effect at a deeper level and the electroporation which helps the active ingredients to migrate into the cells through the temporary creation of multiple wells into their surface. In short, the Biologique Recherche methodology works great without the Remodeling Face©, but hav- ing the machine in a treatment is a real plus that will accelerate the achievement of building better skin.


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