Daphne Studio NYC
Despite being religious about my skincare, I've never actually gotten a facial.
Oh I've always wanted to – oxygen facials, chemical peels and everything in between always caught my interest – but I was never certain if they really did anything other than provide a pampering experience and I was hesitant to have my face touched.
I once saw a friend after she went to get her extractions done and the resulting all over red dots horrified me and closed me off to facials.
Then this summer happened and I started dealing with the worst skin of my life – repeated acne, blackheads and blotchy-ness.
It also coincided with a slow down in my skincare regime as I've been using up my beauty products and trying to reduce the clutter on my “shelf of hoarders” as C calls it. I decided now was the time to test out the big guns once and for all.
I did some research into top spas in New York City and came across Daphne Studio – I was particularly interested in trying out their treatments as they're one of the few spas in NYC with Biologique Recherche products.
If you haven't heard of Biologique Recherche, it's a skincare line most known for the Lotion P50, an acid toner that chemically exfoliates the skin, regulates excess sebum production, moisturizes and helps to regulate the skin's pH.
P50 has been heralded as a holy grail cult beauty product for years but it's quite difficult to get a hold of outside of France.
There are very few spas in NYC that carry biologique recherche products and ever rarer to find a spa that only uses biologique recherche in its treatments so I settled on Daphne Studio readily.
Daphne Studio NYC offers both facials and body treatments specifically with P50 so I knew this would be an unforgettable experience.
On my first visit, I knew I had to try an oxygen facial (supposedly the facial of choice for the stars) and the P50 body treatment to tone and exfoliate me from head to toe.
These are the two treatments I had performed:
Daphne Oxygen Facial Pressurized oxygen increases absorption of product and naturally increases skin’s moisture levels. Delivering hyaluronic acid, vitamins and powerful antioxidants, this facial breathes new life into dehydrated, dull skin. The results are immediate, with no down time.
Biologique Recherche P50 Exfoliating and Detoxifying Algae Wrap With a unique formula exclusive to Biologique Recherche, Lotion P50 gently exfoliates as well as moisturizes the skin. The body is then wrapped with algae and essential oils in an infrared blanket for a detoxifying and oxygenating effect. Skin is hydrated, firmed and lifted. This treatment fights water retention, aging and stress.
Read on to hear about my experience!
Daphne is located in downtown New York City's Nolita neighborhood. It's a small spa with two treatment rooms and provides a calming, exclusive experience.
Upon entering, I saw two gorgeous gold mirrors and a full wall of the entire Biologique Recherche product line – skincare goals!
What's in Biologique Recherche P50
P50 is called a lotion but it might be more accurate to call it a toner as it should be used as the toner step in your skincare regimen (after cleanser, before lotion).
Biologique Recherche P50 contains a number of acid active ingredients to enable the skin to chemically exfoliate, regulates sebum production and regulates the skin's natural pH.
Biologique Recherche first debuted the product in 1970 and today there are 3 different versions of the product on the market in various strengths. Notable acid ingredients in P50 include
- Niacinamide: a form of Vitamin B3 that brightens the skin and helps lighten hyper-pigmentation
- Lactic Acid: a gentle AHA that helps strengthen the skin's protective barrier by increasing the production of natural ceramides in the skin.
- Salicylic Acid: a BHA most often used as an acne treatment – it's antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and exfoliating
The Body Treatment
Julie was my esthetician and she did an amazing job. First up was the body treatment. I'm so glad I showered before this because she first applied a lotion all over my body and massaged it in with a scrub like brush pad, which felt so soothing on freshly cleansed skin.
Then she applied P50 all over, which was cooling and refreshing to the touch. P50 is known for having a soured milk smell (as most all acid products do) but I personally didn't mind it and nearly fell asleep while she worked her magic!
On a side note: I specifically kept my phone with me on the treatment bed to try to document the entire process (and especially the facial) but after the P50 was applied I wasn't allowed to move. Instead, I was wrapped in a infrared blanket so that the P50 could be heat activated.
The heat is adjustable – Julie kindly dialed down the heat as I had a stress rash on my torso at the time. Overall, the experience felt like being fully wrapped in one of those warm towels they serve after dinner sometimes and less like a hot sweaty sauna.
The Oxygen Facial
The Oxygen Facial was up next.
During this process, Julie injected pressurized oxygen into my dull and dehydrated skin. The facial helps to deliver hyaluronic acid and vitamins to breathe new life into my face and I left the appointment glowing.
One thing I was worried about was leaving the spa with blotchy red and irritated skin but they luckily don't perform extractions at Daphne Studio. Instead, they allow the biologique recherche P50 to chemically exfoliate the skin and let the acid in the formula clear out debris rather than rely on physical extractions.
I'm a huge convert to chemical (vs. physical) exfoliators so this was yet another reason that cemented Daphne Studio as an excellent spa on my list.
Hope you enjoyed the photos and write up. I documented the experience in real time on my Instagram so be sure to add me to see future spa visits and skincare routines!
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