A beauty buzzword we’re hearing an awful lot of these days is the skin’s ‘microbiome’. The microbiome is the name for all good bacteria and microorganisms that live in harmony on and in our bodies. They play a protective role and are an integral part of the barrier function of our skin (we are always trying to maintain the integrity of our skin barrier). More often than not, these good bacteria are damaged by modern lifestyles, pollution and overuse of antibacterial products and detergents. This can then lead to dry, irritated and stressed sensitive skin.
To help us take care of our skin’s microbiome, French skincare brand Gallinée created the La Culture Range, producing an incredible patented complex of Prebiotics, which feed your skin’s good bacteria and also help protect against bad bacteria. Probiotics, a powerful cocktail of bacteria from the Lactobacillus and Lactococcus families that are extremely gentle on the skin and help to support the microbiome and stimulate cell renewal and lastly Lactic Acid, which is a very gentle AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and has hydrating, brightening and softening properties.
If you are looking for a range that results in brighter, softer and healthier skin and is suitable for sensitive skin, then this is definitely one to check out. I was lucky enough to be gifted three of their products from the range (there is a lovely selection to choose from and I’ve heard amazing thing about the Face Vinegar! they also have a haircare and scalp range). All three products scooped a Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence Beauty Award 2019 and deservedly so!
First up is the Youthful Serum which helps to stimulate cell renewal, improve skin texture and skin radiance while reducing the appearance of signs of ageing. Anything that uses the word ‘youthful’ I’m in. This has a water-based texture, formulated with skin-friendly bacteria, fern prebiotics (great for improving loss of firmness and giving protection against free radicals) and radiance-boosting lactic acid. I have been using as part of my morning skin care routine for the past few weeks and it has worked really well to soften and brighten my skin. It’s hydrating, +62% hydration after 8 hours! and skin feels healthy and nourished. This is an ideal serum to get your skin on track, €60.
I love a two in one product and this Face Mask & Scrub is an exfoliant but also acts as a mask, as you can leave it on for a few minutes after applying. I use once a week as part of my evening skincare routine after my first cleanse. Like the Youthful Serum it contains lactic acid which helps to smooth the skin, prebiotics again to nourish your skin’s microbiome and also purifying kaolin white clay, revitalizing sea minerals and antioxidant vitamin E. It leaves skin super smooth and bright, €26.
Lastly the Body Milk. I love body products and I use body lotions, creams, scrubs on a regular basis. For some though, the skin on our bodies can be an afterthought. If the skin on your body is need of some nourishment, this body milk will soothe, repair, and hydrate. Perfect for all skin types, especially dry skin. It’s a light and creamy texture that melts into the skin and the pump packaging makes application a breeze. Absorbs quickly, no sticky residue or waiting around for it to sink in before you dress, this is great too if you experience bumpy skin on the backs of your arms, €32.95.
Gallinée skincare products can be bought online from Meaghers Pharmacy. If you do try them be sure to let me know how you get on.