As a top facialist for 15 years, Aida Bicaj is one of the world’s foremost experts on skincare. Her clients include celebrities, the international elite, and Fortune 400 CEOs who trust their faces and bodies to her skill and extraordinary hands.
An oasis of calm in the bustling city, Aida’s Upper East Side spa boutique uses the highest quality European made facial machines and products from the French company Biologique Recherche, Valmont from Switzerland, and Future Cosmetics Boutique, a new brand from Israel.
With over a decade of industry experience, I turned to Aida to chat about the hot-button topic of hydrafacials and cult beauty brand Biologique Recherche.
Choupette Social Girl (CSG): Who is the hydrafacial beneficial for?
Aida Bicaj (AB): Any skin type from 15 and up. The 15 year-old today is not the same as before because the food, pollution, and stress are different. A lot of dairy is consumed now, which leads to clogged pores. When you do a hydrafacial at that young age you are really deep cleaning the skin.
The hydrafacial machine has different options: you can do just a cleaning and then you can do a vitamin C infusion, an anti-aging infusion, or other add-on options. I love it for the deep cleaning because then, anything you do to your skin works better like applying makeup.
CSG: What are the steps of the hydrafacial?
AB: First you clean with a milky cleanser not a gel or foam. Even when you are young, you prevent signs of aging later by cleaning with a milky cleanser that doesn’t strip the protective oils your skin produces.
Then we use Biologique Rechereche’s P50 Toner, which I helped bring to the US in 1994. The P50 is not just a toner! You are preparing the skin with P50 and opening the pores. The skin is then ready to absorb what you are going to do next.
After, you do added treatments on top using the Hydrafacial [Remodeling Face Machine]. You can do a manual lift, molding, or the newest Biologique Rechereche product: the VIP Booster. The [Remodeling Face Machine offers] a workout for the face. The good thing about this machine is it doesn’t have a probe while many others do. I can use it for brightening, lifting, and molding.
Then, I show clients one side of the face and then the other and compare the two. I then repeat the first steps on the other side as well. Finally, I follow with a cream depending on the type of skin.
CSG: Why did you choose to use Biologique Rechereche in your facials?
AB: When I came to the US, I really wanted to work with skincare [products] that were not just “any” skincare products. At that time, all you had was Chanel, Clarins, and YSL.
Someone I knew from back home came to visit and when I saw her skin, I said, “Oh my god. Your skin”. She replied, “Biologique Rechereche and they just moved here [to the US].”
After trying it, I saw the difference on my skin and that’s why I recommend it and use it [myself].
CSG: What are the responses your clients get after using Biologique Rechereche products?
AB: When I worked for Biologique Rechereche and trained the spas, I treated a client, Danuta Mieloch, who years later opened her own Spa “Rescue”. After the treatment, she walked down Madison Ave and said she had people stopping her on the street asking what was on her face. She was devoted since then!
If you have good skin, [people] are going to respect you more. It means you take care of yourself.
CSG: How has Biologique Rechereche‘s P50 Toner become a cult product and changed the stigma about toners?
AB: It is the only product on the market, which you see such a dramatic difference so quickly. Most toners people use once/day but when used 2x/day you see results after 1 week. It’s a balancing lotion and it makes the skin more even, less blotchy.