I am a certified Francophile, meaning you can convince me to try anything at least once by telling me that the French ladies support it. They are too cool for school, and I am naturally cool at almost nothing so I take every chance I get to tap into their ways in the arts of fashion, beauty and life. So when The Peninsula Chicago Spa told me they are currently offering a French lady-approved spa treatment, I had to check it out. Now introducing, my Biologique Recherche facial experience…
The Peninsula Chicago is the first and only hotel spa in our Windy City to offer Biologique Recherche in their roster of services, so your experience there will be truly one-of-a-kind. The Biologique Recherche methodology is based on a clinical approach to beauty using intentionally pure and raw ingredients to totally treat your skin. All their products have high concentrations of active ingredients, are perfume-free and micro-brewed in Paris (oui oui!). Treatments at the Peninsula include everything from the European Deep Cleansing Facial to a Healthly Glow Facial (which I tested to great effect), and even a Gentleman’s Facial.
After my soothing and cooling experience at the spa, I spoke with Spa Director Susie Jankowiak about the beauty behind Biologique Recherche and why we should all be getting facials more often…
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF FACIALS?
Facials are an opportunity to have a deep cleansing and treatment of the skin. Your esthetician will examine your skin and establish what treatment areas your skin needs. Treatment of the skin includes slowing down signs of premature aging, treating dehydration, and rejuvenating devitalized skin, however, a facial isn’t a magical cure. It is important the you take the recommendation of the esthetician for continued at home care with the recommended products.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM A BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE FACIAL EXPERIENCE?
The Biologique Recherche experience is hyper-customized to your skin. You can expect a facial specifically to you and your skin type. There are over 100 Biologique Recherche products to accommodate the individual needs of each of our guests. Your facial experience will be ever changing to accommodate the changing needs of your skin.
WHY ARE NATURAL INGREDIENTS SO IMPORTANT?
Biologique Recherche products have a high concentration (over 20% in most products) of botanical, marine and biological extracts. The products are free of artificial fragrances to preserve the integrity of the formulas and lower the chance of allergic reactions.
IF SOMEONE HAS NEVER GOTTEN A FACIAL BEFORE, IS IT TOO LATE TO SEE RESULTS IF THEY START NOW?
It is never too late to start getting facials! You will absolutely see results after your first service. After receiving a Biologique Recherche facial, our guests notice a visible lift to their features. Their skin also feels tighter and more hydrated. When a guest receives one of these facials, they leave with what we call “The BR Glow.”
HOW SHOULD OUR FACIAL REGIME CHANGE OVER TIME?
Your skin is constantly changing. Your skin is different in the morning, afternoon, and in the evening. It is important to change the products you use with the changing needs of the skin.
Biologique Recherche believes in establishing what they call “The Beauty Program.” You work with your esthetician to establish the needs of the skin and what products to use for at home care. These products change as your skin evolves and adapts to the products. Biologique Recherche recommends revisiting your regime every 3 months.
HOW SHOULD WE CHOOSE THE FACIAL THAT’S BEST FOR OUR SKIN?
Everyone has targeted areas that they want to focus on. Especially as women, we may look at our face and see a tiny wrinkle that no one else may notice. Your esthetician will do a consultation with you to decide which products and techniques are best for your service. They will listen to you regarding your concerns of any problem areas.