ELLE (Canada) - - Wellness - VIC­TO­RIA DIPLACIDO

THE FIX YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE YOU’VE GOT­TEN A FACE FULL OF (SU­PER-SUB­TLE) FILLERS—WITH­OUT GO­ING ANY­WHERE NEAR A NEE­DLE. THE TREAT­MENT A HIGHLY TRAINED AESTHETICIAN DE­SIGNS A PER­SONAL PLAN TO RE­BAL­ANCE YOUR SKIN. THE SPOT 32 AV. DES CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES. When you book an ap­point­ment at Biologique Recherche’s Paris flag­ship, you don’t re­quest a spe­cific type of fa­cial—they tell you what you’re about to get. Ev­ery new ses­sion begins with a skin anal­y­sis us­ing soft­ware de­signed by the brand to mea­sure and as­sess se­bum pro­duc­tion, elas­tic­ity, li­pidic shield (how well your skin re­tains wa­ter), pig­men­ta­tion and mois­ture lev­els; the re­sults in­form the aes­theti­cians’ de­ci­sions on which of the brand’s more than 300 prod­ucts to use dur­ing treat­ment. (All Biologique Recherche aes­theti­cians must un­dergo a year-long train­ing process, plus an ad­di­tional six-month pe­riod where they shadow another aesthetician, be­fore they are al­lowed to work with their own clients.) The treat­ment begins with cleans­ing and ap­ply­ing the brand’s cult­favourite ex­fo­li­at­ing Lo­tion P50, which is fol­lowed by a mask. Cool, rather than hot, wa­ter is used to re­move prod­uct through­out the fa­cial be­cause, ac­cord­ing to the brand, it pre­vents the skin from get­ting flushed and helps to keep it firm. In­stead of tow­els, hy­gienic dis­pos­able pa­per strips are used to blot the face dry. Even mas­sage, a sta­ple of most fa­cials, is dis­tinctly Biologique: The ther­a­pist works on only one side of the face at a time, in an at­tempt to ma­nip­u­late face shape into per­fect sym­me­try. Watch out, An­gelina.

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