It has been many years since I have used a foaming facial cleanser, finding in my early twenties that they did little but dry out my skin. I recently decided to take the plunge and add one into my skincare routine, to see if foaming cleansers had improved, and mostly, because I was really intrigued to try a new skincare brand I had been introduced to; Gallinée.
What drew me in with the Gallinée La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser was the information on the Gallinée website, as well as the pretty gorgeous packaging (always a sucker for packaging!). Before i get into the product though, let me tell you a little bit about Gallinée.
Gallinée are a brand whose main focus is Microbiome; the name for all good bacteria and microorganisms, important in the health of the barrier function of our skin. Microbiome can easily be damaged by external aggressors as well as the misuse of antibacterial products, which is why Gallinée created a range of products which aim to product our natural Microbiome. Sounds interesting, right?
The range is created using scientific research and expertise, using a patented complex of prebiotics, probiotics and lactic acid, all which help to support good bacteria and nourish skin. Their products have been formulated with sensitive skin in mind, working in harmony with all skin types and avoiding unnecessary ingredients such as SLS.
The Gallinée brand itself is fairly new, having used a start-up campaign to get the brand off the ground, with French Doctor in Pharmacy Marie Drago, the brains behind the initial idea. The brand is based on science, and I'm a big fan of products which have dedicated research and expertise behind them.
Good theory doesn't always result in great products though and after using the La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser for 7 weeks, I have very mixed views. The online product information had me intrigued by the results from product testing; 93% agreed it removed impurities, 93% agreed it removed signs of pollution, 91% agreed it gently cleanses and 91% agreed their skin was left purified, whilst 91% agreed their skin was left clearer. It uses 98% natural ingredients, has been dermatologically tested, formulated to work in harmony with your skin's natural pH and all whilst being suitable for sensitive skin.
OK so, I'll agree that it works well to cleanse skin, removing impurities and leaving my skin clean and clear. One pump is enough for my face, but I find two necessary for cleansing my neck as well as my face. Yet this cleanser fails me in the same way all foaming cleanses fail me; it dries my skin, despite claiming that daily use will purify skin without drying it out. I had to follow this cleanser up with extra hydrating products to ensure my skin's health was kept at a good level, and the dryness I began to feel after using it made me wish I wasn't using it; it's not one I'd repurchase or continue using.
That said, I have dehydrated combination skin. My skin shows signs of dehydration pretty easily, especially as I age. This could be a great cleanser for someone who gets along well with foaming cleansers and the £14 price point isn't too bad for 120ml of product.
For me, this isn't the cleanser I was hoping it would be - but it's not enough to put me off of the brand altogether.
*PR sample - Disclaimer.