Is P50 Worth All the Skincare TikTok Hype? - Ciel Spa Beverly Hills

Is P50 Worth All the Skincare TikTok Hype?

As a skincare enthusiast, I have surely tried a lot of buzzy beauty products. Some of them worked and some of them were quite disastrous (tbh). Nothing worked its magic like Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50. Yes, I am talking about the smelly toner that has gone skincare TikTok viral despite its unpleasant scent. After a year of using it, I see why.

About the Skincare TikTok Famous Product, Lotion P50

Before diving deeper, let me educate you on the basics of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 exfoliating toner.


It is mainly used to exfoliate your skin, reduce hyperpigmentation, clean out the pores, balance the pH of the skin, and offer conditioning benefits to your skin.


Key ingredients of the product include Lactic acid, niacinamide, salicylic acid, horseradish root extract, vinegar, and glycerin.


The texture is quite thin, almost has a watery consistency, and quickly absorbs into your skin.

Basic Overview:

Biologique Recherche has been around for decades and is often referred to as a “facial in a bottle”. The results are truly incredible. Normally, you can’t get the same effect without going to a qualified esthetician. It not only exfoliates the skin but also helps with the texture and tone. The two interesting ingredients are vinegar and horseradish root extract which are to be blamed for the not-so-pleasant scent. Thankfully, the scent doesn’t linger on your face.

Which P50 Should You Buy?

P50 comes in different formulations and strengths. Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, the choice can be quite tough. Make sure to pay close attention to the formulation and choose the right one for your skin type.

P50 1970

P50 1970 is definitely the strongest formulation of the P50s. This formulation contains phenol (which isn’t recommended for those with sensitive skin types and pregnant women). The smell is also quite pungent. This formulation is highly recommended for people with oily skin.


P50V is a vitamin-enriched formulation, formulated for mature skin which isn’t very sensitive. If your skin isn’t very oily, dry, or sensitive, this will work best for you. This formulation is suited for most skin types and is a great option to begin your Lotion P50 journey.

P50V 1970

The P50V 1970 formula contains phenol and is rich in vitamins. It isn’t recommended for people with sensitive skin types or incredibly sensitive skin.


If you have dry skin, P50W is the perfect product for you. When your skin is reactive, gets dehydrated easily, or is generally dry, other P50 formulas won’t work ideally for you. This particular formulation contains arnica which is ideal for anyone with dry and sensitive skin.

P50 PIGM 400

P50 PIGM 400 is certainly the gentlest option of all P50s and is incredible for use on a daily basis. It works wonders for anyone dealing with hyperpigmentation and works well for nearly all skin types.

How to Use P50?

If you wish to get the best results out of the product, you need to use it the right way, and trust me there is some technique involved when it comes to the usage. Estheticians recommend applying the product with the help of a cotton ball. The key is to press the cotton ball into the skin and avoid swiping it across your face. Alternatively, you can take a bit of product into your arms and press it into your skin directly like an essence. If your skin is incredibly sensitive, stick to the cotton technique.

The Results

I used the product for a year and here is how my results slowly progressed. I used to apply it to my face post-cleansing it. The product was recommended to me by my esthetician and that is where I purchased my first bottle from. Post a few weeks, my skin looked very refreshed and balanced. My skin gets really oily during the day but it looked far more balanced and I didn’t need to blot my face as much. I initially wasn’t too diligent about using it and the week I skipped it, whiteheads and blackheads started to form on my nose.

Within a few months, my skin looked and felt visibly cleaner, clearer, and brighter. A friend of mine experienced purging early on but her results were also great once a few initial weeks passed. My skin texture has improved massively over one year. If you ask me, my skin looks completely different than what it did a year back. I simply can’t go without it and that is why I keep repurchasing Lotion P50 despite the hefty tag. I am warning you that you will get addicted to it.

Where to Purchase P50?

Biologique Recherche P50 is a spicy French minx that surely is very hard to get. While you can get it through most estheticians and high-end beauty websites, it is important to know that you are getting your hands on the original product. The first time, I got it from the aesthetician. You can purchase it from Ciel Spa as well.  That is personally where I order it from every time I run out of it.  You can be sure about receiving the original product and the shipping is very quick.

Final Verdict: P50 Is Skincare TikTok Worthy and Worth Every Penny

Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 is hands down the only product that is worth all the skincare TikTok hype. Your journey can be a bit tumultuous or smooth but if you stick to it, you’ll be glad. The results I have achieved after using this product for one year are simply incredible. I will continue using it in the long hall and can’t wait to see its balancing and anti-aging effects.

The only downsides are its price (which is totally justified btw) and the pungent smell. However, the improvement in your skin will outweigh these tiny glitches. So, is it worth the hype? Yes, it is totally worth the hype, and everyone needs to try it. If you have tried it before, we would love to know your thoughts on it. If you still have any questions on which type of P50 to choose for your skin type, reach out to us.

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