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Gatineau is a premium French beauty brand that I discovered on QVC.
I bought one of their product sets and although I found most of the products too perfumed I did discover a stand out exfoliator - the anti ageing gommage which I have already reviewed on Dooyoo.
So when I set out to buy some I mistakenly bought the Active Eclat Radiance enhancing gommage.
The Activ Eclat range targets dullness and tired looking skin and is designed to give radiance clarity and brightness and this review is of the exfoliator which Gatineau call a gommage.
Comes in a 75ml tube and the product is a gel formulation, which you use after cleansing your skin. It is a sticky orange coloured gel that smells really nice - I would say of oranges or some type of citrus fruit.
It contains vitamin a , c e and f, apple extract ,enzymes and moisturising agents.
Cleanse your skin and then apply a generous amount to dry skin.
Massage into the skin and the product starts to liquefy , leave for 2 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly with water.
I find this really easy to apply as the gel texture allows you to work this across skin before it becomes more liquid. I take this down my neck and décolletage and then use any residue on the back of my hands.
Usually the product has started to become more liquid without having to massage too vigorously, but if it hasn't you need to keep massaging before trying to remove.
This does not drag on my skin and feels really gentle and I love the orange/citrus smell which is really fresh. Just what you need to refresh your senses.
This is a very gentle exfoliator with no gritty bits , is quick and easy to apply and even better very easy to remove. You won't find any residue on your skin after using this .
When you rinse off the product comes off really easily. I splash my face with water to take off the product and then usually use a face cloth to make sure I have removed all the product.
I have very sensitive skin and don't get on with abrasive exfoliators, so the fact that this is gentle makes it a winner for me. My skin does look more radiant and feels really soft. I have extremely dry skin that is prone to flakiness and this product deals with the flaky skin effectively.
It does not irritate or sting and I have no problems using this near my eye area, although it is probably best to avoid using it too near your eyes, I sometimes forget and take it up the eye area.
I don't like gritty exfoliators, I find them messy and too harsh on my skin, so a gel formulation is perfect for me.
I feel this is suitable for all skin types and all ages, it is gentle but obviously works and on my skin makes it looks health and glowing after using it.
This lasts me quite a while as I don't find you don't need to apply a really generous amount to effectively exfoliate. I would say at least a couple of months using it twice a week but probably longer.
Would I recommend?
A winner for me as this can be used several times a week without stripping your skin as it is so gentle. My skin looks fresher and more alive and it deals with flakiness. I get flaky patches particularly between my eyebrows and on my nose and this deals with those successfully. My skin also feels really clean.
I have not experienced any irritation using this and unlike some exfoliators I have used in the past I don't look like I have third degree burns after using this, so a good one for those with sensitive skin, but I also think it would suit most skin types.
Winter time with the harsh cold weather plays havoc with my skin and it is much drier and prone to being flaky so I tend to use this more often and I find this really helps improve the texture of my skin. It is a real boost as after using this you see a visible improvement.
I use it on the back of my hands and it really makes a difference to the appearance and I find when I apply hand cream, I need to use less, but the best thing is my hands look much improved, more so than when I just apply hand cream.
I really like this and I use this in between using the anti ageing gommage which I use weekly. It is not messy and is quick and easy to use.
I have discovered that there is no point slapping expensive moisturisers or serums onto dull flaky skin , so investing in a really good exfoliator is essential for me. I have uses all sorts of exfoliators over the years and have had some bad experiences as most are too harsh and leave my skin feeling and looking sore. So I am pleased that I have found a gentle but effective product.
If I have time I generally apply a face mask after exfoliating as experts say this is the best time to apply and are necessary after removing dead skin cells. I don't always do that with this exfoliator as it is so gentle but I always moisturise.
Price and Availability
It costs around £30 for 75ml and QVC have a duo at £34.26 +£3.95 postage at the moment, which is a good buy. If you buy from QVC , you can use the product and if you don't like it get a refund if you return it within 30 days. Also available from other online retailors and beauty salons.
An enzymatic gommage with high-performance exfoliating virtues / This pearly gel gently removes impurities and dead cells / The exclusive Light complex brightens the skin tone while stimulating the production of anti-oxidizing enzymes, the skin's natural protection against everyday oxidation / Results: skin is remarkably soft, smooth and glowing with health / Skin tone is brighter; the complexion has regained its natural luminosity /