Oct 29, 2013
01:55 PM
Health & Wellness

Bespoke Parisian Skin Care Arrives at The Delamar Spa in Greenwich

Bespoke Parisian Skin Care Arrives at The Delamar Spa in Greenwich

The entrance to the spa at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor.

See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
O, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!

―Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

A cheek to inspire such passion could be—should be—yours, no matter your age.

And it can be with the right skincare, through “a clinical approach to beauty care using intentionally pure, concentrated, raw ingredients, as well as innovative and meticulous protocols and procedures.”

That approach is the hallmark of Biologique Recherche of Paris, a premier name in “high-end personalized beauty care,” which announced a new partnership in luxury skincare with the spa at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor in a breakfast event last Thursday.

With its Mediterannean style, sumptuous l’escale restaurant (contemporary Provencale fare) and waterfront location (you can arrive by boat), the Delamar is fully, and proudly, a “luxury boutique hotel.”

Its spa is a “hushed place of elegance and refinement” that offers a range of massages therapies, facials and body treatments, incorporating Elemis products. Every aspect of the spa bespeaks sophistication provided at the highest level.

Even as the breakfast event upheld that sense of pampered refinement, there was another vibe in the air, this one courtesy of Dr. Philippe Allouche, MD, Head of Creation, co-owner and CEO of North America division of Biologique Recherche, who flew in from Paris and was joined by Rupert Schmid, co-owner and chairman, France, for Biologique Recherche, in welcoming Biologique Recherche’s lead trainer, Barbara Aquino, as the new Head Esthetician and Spa Manager for Delamar Spa.

So perfect is this new partnership, Dr. Allouche said, Biologique Recherche is “giving” the Delamar Aquino—a native of Eastern Europe who is among a select few estheticians trained personally by Madame Allouche, the Biologique Recherche brand's founder, and whose most striking feature is skin for Juliet to envy, a cheek any glove would desire to touch.

Aquino’s skin elicited praise from some friends of the Delamar spa who had gathered for breakfast to hear about the Biologique  Rechérche skincare line and the “facial treatments, combined with a non-surgical remodelling face-lift, which instantly transforms every skin type.”

But it was Dr. Allouche—reinforced articulately by Schmid’s elaborations on Biologique  Rechérche—who stole the show and created the vibe that put the theme of luxury in the back seat to drive home the homily that skincare is both (medical) science and an art.

The charismatic Frenchman called skin the body’s “roof,” and built upon the foundation of his medical knowledge a narrative of skincare myths, misguided approaches to care and then the integrated approach of Biologique Rechérche.

“To simply put it, our skin can be compared to a house,” Dr. Allouche elaborates on the Biologique  Rechérche website, saying, “If the roof is built badly and cannot guarantee protection against external aggressions, everything inside is subjected to stress and becomes vulnerable.”

“First, one needs to take a closer look at the epidermis to create a surface for youth and radiance,” he says of the Biologique Rechérche methodology. “This approach to observe how the epidermis is constantly interfacing with the skin's deeper structures is known as ‘interface cosmetology.’ It enables an understanding of how cosmetic active ingredients can act perfectly from the moment they make contact with the epidermis without needing to go through it.”

If that sounds scientific, consider this example from the Biologique  Rechérche philosophy: None of us has normal, dry or oily skin. Instead, Dr. Allouche explains persuasively, we have varying “skin instants,” or statuses, which can evolve in the course of a single day. After traveling for an extended period in the artificial air of airports and planes, for example, one’s skin would be more dry than at other times.  

“A person has not one but several skins,” Dr. Allouche says on the website. “Our skin's condition changes several times a single day as well as during the course of our lifetimes. … The artificial categorization of skins as normal, dry or oily provides a poor psychological definition of a skin's condition and only gives a stationary image of the epidermal cosmetic imbalances.”

“The same epidermis can present balanced, dehydrated zones and hyper-secretion of sebum all at the same time,” the site says. “Inappropriate treatment can easily lead to new imbalances or reactive old ones. For example, an over aggressive product for so called "oily" skins can cause epidermal hydration problems, while a comedogenous or over-rich product used on formally hyper-seborrheic, now apparently balanced skin and trigger a recurrence of the earlier condition.”

Biologique Recherche's methodology also addresses such external factors as climate, temperature, air-conditioning, tobacco, and pollution, along with internal factors like stress, sexual hormones and hygiene. “Biologique Recherche professionals are trained to analyze all these variables and advise the women and men on the treatment that is best suited to their ‘Skin Instants,’ the site explains.

At last Thursday’s event, Dr. Allouche wasn't focused on Biologique’s impressive and growing success—the exclusive brand, with products made only in Paris, is now available in more than 50 countries. Instead, his passion was the medical science and methodology of skincare, a “holistic approach to the skin as an organ directly interconnected to all the other vital body functions,” and the proper clinical approach that results in creating a “surface for youth and radiance.”

And that means giving Aquino to the Delamar—and, therefore, giving her knowledge and talent to Connecticut and beyond.


Aquino began her relationship with Biologique  Rechérche in 2002, while at the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa  in New York City, the Delamar explained in a message on the web page for the spa, whose director, Georgette Mallory, welcomed Aquino last Thursday.

Five years later, Aquino trained and worked with Aida Bicaj at the Institute de Beauté on New York's Upper East Side, according to the Delamar, which said, “There, Barbara’s passion deepened for the method and the brand.  She thrilled clients with her extraordinary results. In 2008, [Biologique Recherche] courted Barbara to become the Comprehensive Biologique  Rechérche National Trainer for all new and existing accounts worldwide. Barbara regularly attends professional training at the headquarters in Paris. She is one of a select few estheticians to have been trained by Madame Allouche, the brand’s founder.

“Barbara's commitment to education and training in beauty provides her with the tools to create a result driven, bespoke skin care protocol tailored to individual skin conditions, ages, and genders. The Delamar Spa is thrilled to introduce Barbara to lead our facial team.”

In addition to the Biologique Recherche Facials, guests at the Delamar’s spa can also enjoy a full-service nail salon by Beautiful Nails, the website says, adding, “Our newly renovated relaxation room offers comfortable, elegant furnishings to inspire rest and reflection before and after treatments.”

The Spa at Delamar is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., however after-hours treatments can be arranged with advance notice. For treatment reservations call (203) 413-3520 or see the website, where reservations can be made.

Be sure to check out l’escale restaurant , which promises to “transport guests to the Côte d'Azur with the highest-quality seafood and shellfish, seasonal vegetables, regional herbs and spices.”

If that’s not “authentic” enough, the Ambassade de Beauté, Biologique’s flagship beauty institute, is located at the prestigious 32 Avenue des Champs-Elysées—and there’s plenty of great restaurants and hotels in the extended neighborhood known as the City of Light.

From the Bioligique Recherche website: Authenticity and harmony are the spirit and essence of Biologique Recherche skin care products which all boast the following specific characteristics :

- High concentration (over 20% in most products) of botanical, marine and biological extract.

- No artificial fragrances to preserve the integrity of the formulas and try to avoid allergic reactions.

- Respects the original structure of the active ingredients and most are therefore cold formulations.

- Contain high quality of their composition and active ingredients justifies the brand's value

- Formulated to work together using unique, original gestures and Remodeling Face Machine for immediate, outstanding, almost magical results.


The Assessment Stage:

Using a specific physiological, behavioral and tactile approach, each person's "Skin Instant" is assessed so that the most appropriated tailored beauty treatment can be recommended.

The Initialization Stage:

Like many skin specialists, Doctor Allouche believes that the epidermis is central to skin care. It is the skin's outer layer and the ultimate barrier which protects the integrity of our inner world. The epidermis' noble functions must be respected and it should receive customized treatment applied according to a precise and rigorous ritual. At Biologique Recherche we believe this stage is essential.

The Treatment Stage:

During this stage, products containing the highest concentrations of active ingredients are applied to "recondition" the epidermis and help activate both its regeneration properties and those of the skin's deeper structures. The skin is a complex organ designed for protection and communication which regenerates miraculously every month throughout our entire lives. The unique benefits of these cutting edge, customized skin care treatments are both instant and lasting, even for particularly imbalanced "Skin Instants."


Bespoke Parisian Skin Care Arrives at The Delamar Spa in Greenwich

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