As a beauty and skincare writer, I try to cover off a lot of topics that people ponder on the internet. One of the latest is good bacteria and skincare – and using probiotics as part of your skincare (not just for your gut, which is the way most people will be familiar with!).
A brand that helped me to put this piece together is Gallinée – the world’s first skin and haircare line dedicated to the health and wellbeing of what they call ‘Planet You’. They state how our skin is made up of 1000s of good bacteria which form the protective layer called the microbiome. If the microbiome becomes unbalanced or stripped away, then our skin becomes inflamed and sensitive.
For me, my skin gets inflamed, but mainly from acne and breakouts. I’m prone to redness too, and anything harsh can cause sensitive skin.
How does Gallinee Work?
At Gallinée, the brand believe in working with your microbiome to help it to look after you. Their skincare products contain a patented complex of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics which work to nourish and support the good bacteria that make your own personal ecosystem.
The brands founder, Marie, discovered how a prebiotic and probiotic diet could improve the symptoms of gluten intolerance, and suddenly thought: why not apply this science to skin? She wrote her thesis on the enormous benefits of harnessing good bacteria, which lead her to create Gallinée formulations.
Before I go into my experience using this type of skincare, I wanted to share the brands values, and you can expect to find in each product from the brand:
- Natural origin ingredients
- Dermatologically tested, formulated for sensitive skin
- pH close to the one of the skin (4.5-5.2)
- Recyclable boxes and without unnecessary packaging
- NO: soap, colourants, parabens, silicones, microbeads, phenoxyethanol, méthylisothiazolinone
- Tyndalized probiotics
The first product I tried was one I was highly intrigued about, called Face Vinegar. I mean, lets face it, the name is very interesting and also kinda sounded a little like a new miracle. Vinegar has so many positives other than using it on your chips (and by that I’m talking about the shop version of vinegar, now please don’t put that directly on your skin!) like apple cider vinegar, and then using vinegar for various cleaning hacks. So seein this word mentioned in a skincare product actually made me feel quite intrigued and positive around this product.
So, a little more on it…
Gallinée Face Vinegar
What is it? The Face Vinegar acts as a pivot between what you remove from the skin surface when you cleanse, and what you replenish it with afterwards. I see it as a bit of a skin reset. Creating a fresh base before applying your treatment products, after cleansing.
The Face Vinegar contains Actibiome, a novel prebiotic that works to calm stressed skin and prevent it from further irritations, alongside postbiotics that allow the skin’s beneficial bacteria to flourish.
The second active is Hibiscus Vinegar (I told you, it’s not the same as the stuff you pop onto your chips!). This is extracted from the Hibiscus flower that’s native to Central America, in which the vinegar improves skin in three distinct ways. I’m going to share the science aspects directly from the brand, as they’ll explain it better than I:
As this product is rich in acetic acid, with astringent properties, it can gently dislodge dirt and unhealthy bacteria. Another important ingredient is tannins, which has been found to regulate sebum. So those with oily skin and clogged pores, like me? An ideal toner to use after cleansing to regulate that oil production.
As the product is full of antioxidants that help stop free radicals from attacking and degrading skin cells, it helps to protect against external aging factors.
As the vinegar is a recognised AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), it features a natural and gentle exfoliating action which stimulates cell renewal. For those with blemish marks, you’ll know this is great for creating a smoother, refined finish. And for those who know me (and can see the photos I’ve shared on here), you’ll know I have lots of marks from acne, so I’ve been enjoying giving this product a go.
It’s so easy to use. I apply to a cotton pad after cleansing at night, before applying my rosehip oil and eye cream. I feel it’s definitely contributing to removing my skin of pore clogging sebum, and creating a completely cleansed, balanced skin canvas. It’s also been tightening my pores and working to shed away the sluggish skin that makes my marks and scars visible. At first, I expected quite a tightening, almost stingy sensation, but it doesn’t do either. It just feels super light and refreshing.
If you’re looking for a toner that works effectively on acne prone or sensitive skin, this one will really do the job.
Gallinee Foaming Facial Cleanser
Again, if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, the Gallinée Foaming Facial Cleanser is a gentle cleanser without soap, which aims to effectively cleanse and treat your skin with its innovative biotic complex. It hasn’t aggravated my breakouts at all, and I felt it actually has had calming benefits to my usually red skin (which I notice after washing), in which this seems to have certainly eased away the inflammation.
I’m an ingredient obsessive, so when I spied it contains lactic acid, I was super happy. Lactic acid is great for those with spot prone skin, it’s one of the most popular alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) in skin care today, reducing acne breakouts at the same time as reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
It’s worth noting that Lactic acid is actually more gentle than glycolic acid, for those who get a little skeptic.
As this foaming wash contains 98% natural ingredients, it should be an ideal one for those with all types of skin concerns. Plus, you all know I love a bit of an indulgent experience when carrying out my skincare regime, and this lovely, velvet like foam gives me that luxury feeling.
For those with dry skin, I felt no dryness while using this product or the hours that followed. No tightness, and the brand say this is thanks to its pH 5 formula and it’s extra gentle cleansing ingredients. I also read up that it is one of the rare cleansers also tested on skin prone to eczema. Huge bonus as I know a lot of my readers suffer for eczema and struggle with many skincare brands.
If you have umm-ed and arrrr-ed about probiotic infused skincare, I can honestly say it’s done nothing but a world of good to me. After just a few days of use, I noticed my skin looked much brighter and plumper; but more so, I was happy that it played a part in fading those old acne dark marks that struggle to go away.
It’s not a ‘cheap’ brand, and you’ll pay for it’s ingredients, but as with most skincare these days, the smarter and effective it is, it does reflect on the price tag. And saying that, it’s still within reasonable range. Infact, I would have expected with it’s niche, it would be pricier. The Face Vinegar costs £23 and the facial cleanser around £15.
If you’re keen to try the world of probiotic skincare and are unsure where to start, I’d highly suggest starting with Gallinee. A great initiative to the skincare world, something with a positive difference.