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Today it’s the Gallinée Face Vinegar Review.
I’m a big fan of Gallinée as a brand since their focus is on protecting the skin’s microbiome, of which I’m all about lately! The microbiome of your skin is important because it plays a protective role and is an integral part of the barrier function of our skin. If it’s disrupted it can lead to all sorts of skin issues such as acne, redness, dryness and sensitive skin. Learn more about the skin’s microbiome HERE.
I’ve also used and reviewed Gallinée’s Foaming Facial Cleanser of which I love! You can find the review for it HERE.
Before we dive in, I just wanted to say that a toner is by no means an absolute necessary in your routine! A lot of people don’t believe in them or use them but for me personally, I really enjoy using a toner! It’s one of my favourite ‘skin things’ alongside double cleansing. I also like changing my toner depending on how my skin feels, so it could be a strong acid toner to exfoliate my skin 2-3 times a week, a mild acid toner to use every day or a hydrating toner to give extra moisture to my skin. I think you can find one to suit all skin types and concerns, if you want to.
PRODUCT: Face Vinegar Toner
INGREDIENTS: See bottom of page.
- Physiological pH: All of Gallinée’s products are made to match the optimal pH of the skin and the microbiome.
– HIBISCUS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Known for its astringent, exfoliating and soothing properties.
– ALGAE PREBIOTICS: A brand new ingredient using extracts from green and brown algae, sea water and marine polysaccharides. Together they act against signs of stress on the skin.
– PREBIOTICS: A mix of ultra-gentle fibres and sugars that feed your skin’s good bacteria and help support the skin’s barrier, with an antibacterial action against bad ones.
– LACTIC ACID (1%): The gentlest of AHAs, lactic acid helps the skin to stay at its optimal pH level and has hydrating and softening properties. Gallinée uses a slow-release form to suit even sensitive skin.
I’ve Got *Insert Skin Type Here* Skin, Can I use It?
This toner is suitable for all skin types – even sensitive skin due to the slow-release lactic acid and microbiome-supporting ingredients.
My Experience With This Toner
First off, I love Gallinée as a brand because of their desire to support and strengthen your skin’s microbiome. So when I read about their cult-status ‘Face Vinegar’, I was desperate to try it – especially after my success with their face wash (reviewed HERE).
So the first thing I noticed when it came to using it was the smell! Yes, it really does smell like vinegar but not like the type you put on your chips and once applied onto your skin the smell dissipates really quickly! The next thing I noticed was that once applied onto a cotton pad and wiped around your face, it’s not as ‘slippy’ on the skin if that makes sense? It absorbs very quickly on my skin from the cotton pad compared to my nighttime toner which is very thick in consistency and very hydrating, almost leaving a layer on my skin.
This didn’t bother me however as I like my morning toner to feel a bit more clarifying on my skin, which this one does. Once used, my skin feels clean and fresh but not stripped. I’ve also never experienced any dryness with this toner or stinging – even with my tretinoin use! I honestly think that’s down to the very small percentage of lactic acid, which is a very gentle acid anyway, and because it’s of a slow-release nature. This means it slowly exfoliates and brightens the skin throughout the day rather than right there and then as you apply it.
For me personally, this is my dream morning toner as I’m unable to use acids right now with my tretinoin prescription. It very gently exfoliates and brightens whilst also protecting and strengthening the microbiome of my skin. I genuinely think this toner has helped to keep my skin from peeling and becoming irritated as I introduced tretinoin to my skin for the first time.
If you are looking for an acid toner to exfoliate your skin, this isn’t it, it’s too gentle for that. However, if like me you’re unable to use acids because of tretinoin or just because they don’t work for your skin type, then this one might be perfect for you! It might also be great for you if you’re looking for a gentle, brightening toner that also strengthens your skin barrier to use in between the days that you use your stronger acid toner/pad etc.
Likewise if you’re looking for a super hydrating toner, I don’t think this would be enough for you. My skin never feels tight or stripped after use but neither does it feel super hydrated compared to how my nighttime toner leaves my skin feeling (review coming on that one soon!). So something to bear in mind depending on what you’re looking for from your toner.
How Do I Use This Toner?
This toner can be used morning and night. It can also be applied with a cotton pad or your fingers.
I personally use this toner in my morning routine, every day, and sometimes in my PM one! However, as mentioned, I tend to go for a more hydrating toner at night to use with my tretinoin. With this toner containing lactic acid (even though it’s only 1%) I try to avoid using it at the same time as my tret. However I have accidentally done this before and my skin was absolutely fine!
So on to how I actually use it. I apply some of the Face Vinegar onto a cotton pad and apply straight after cleansing and before using my vitamin C serum.
If you prefer to spray your toner onto your face (rather than using cotton pads) you can purchase a mist version directly from HERE. Otherwise you could always decant the toner into an empty mist bottle to use!
Gimme The Deets…
£7 for 50ml
£23 for 200ml
If you want to purchase this product, you can find them over at Look Fantastic (as well as other places) HERE and use code ‘LFTFSKINACIDTRIP‘ for 20% off! That would make the large bottle only £18.40 and the small bottle only £5.60 – bargain!
I started off on the little bottle to see if I liked it (which I did) and then I went on to purchase the larger bottle! It’s a great way to try out new products, I love it when brands offer smaller sizes of their products. It reduces the chance of us wasting our money.
It’s actually handy having the little bottle around for when we ever get to go away again – I can just decant some toner from the bigger bottle to take away with me!
POA = 6 months
No special storage required
Stick Or Spin Again?
Well I’ve purchased this twice already and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase it again! I am concerned however that with my tretinoin prescription increasing in strength, I might find that this toner isn’t hydrating enough for my skin but I will be sure to keep you all updated on here!
In conclusion, a beautiful gently exfoliating toner that works to smooth, brighten and strengthen your skin’s barrier! Perfect for those who are unable to use acids but want something a bit more ‘active’ and those who are looking for a toner to use in between stronger acids.
Have you tried this Face Vinegar from Gallinée? Have you tried Gallinée in general? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Love & Knowledge,
S A M A N T H A
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INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Propanediol (absorption enhancer – good), Glycerin (skin-replenishing/restoring – good), 1,2-Hexanediol (preservative – good), Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (emollient – best), Pentylene Glycol (texture enhancer – good), Inulin (prebiotic – goodie), Lactic Acid (AHA acid, exfoliant – best), Acetum (Vinegar) (astringent – no rating), Maris Aqua (Sea Water) (humectant/moisturiser – no rating), Arginine (antioxidant – good), Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin-restoring – good), Laminaria Digitata Extract (antioxidant/thickener/texture enhancer – good), Chlorella Vulgaris Extract (antioxidant/texture enhancer – good), Saccharide Isomerate (emollient/skin-replenishing – good), Sodium Hydroxide (cleansing agent – average), Phenethyl Alcohol (masking – no rating), Sodium Benzoate (preservative – good), Potassium Sorbate (preservative – good).
*ratings allocated according to Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary and Incidecoder.