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Gatineau: The French Skincare Secret

Gatineau: The French Skincare Secret
Lydia Woodward
The Queen Of Curls6 years ago
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We all need to take advice from the French when it comes to skincare, because a recent study found that French women look, on average, 3.4 years younger than us Brits by the time we hit 40 and 4.8 years at age 50. Ooh la la - this simply won't do!

So inside some of your June French Riviera inspired GLOSSYBOXes we've put two products from Gatineau - a classic French brand founded in Paris nearly 85 years ago by a woman with a true passion for beauty, Madame Jeanne Gatineau. You may have also received a Strategie Jeunesse Firming Throat Gel, £49 or a Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, £21 in your June box.

Firming Throat Gel

The neck and décolleté is an area that’s seriously overlooked when it comes to skincare and it often falls into no-man's land!

French women consider their necks and décolleté (your chest area) to be a striking extension of the face and look after this area from a very young age. It just goes to show that it's never too early to start preventative measures against signs of ageing!

With a complex of powerful vitamins, this Strategie Jeunesse Firming Throat Gel, £49, visibly tightens the delicate neck and décolleté, leaving it instantly smooth. Jeanne Gatineau originally launched this product in 1666! 50 years and some product refining later, this Throat Gel still remains one of their best-selling products because it is so effective.

How to apply the throat gel

Always apply Gatineau’s Firming Throat Gel morning and evening after cleansing (but before you moisturise). For the best results we recommend starting at your décolleté and working your hands in gentle upward strokes towards your jawline. By moving your skin upwards and encouraging increased circulation, you optimise any potential firming and lifting results!

Gatineau Firming Throat Gel


Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Did you know that the skin around our eyes is up to 10 times thinner than the rest of the face and is therefore one of the most delicate outer areas of our body? I love dramatic eye looks, waterproof mascara and a lot of liquid eyeliner, which is all well and good but removing this gently is the problem.

I have always searched for a gentle eye makeup remover and was so impressed with Gatineau's Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, £21. With added extracts of cucumber and aloe vera, it cools and soothes dry, tired eyes, intensively hydrates delicate skin and leaves a sensation of softness to the eye contour. You'll be pleased to know that it's also oil freehypoallergenic and suitable for contact lens wearers too!

A fabulous multitasker, it also fights signs of ageing in the process; the green tea extracts within offer protection from anti-oxidants by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation to help reduce dark circles and puffiness.

It's also perfectly handbag and travel sized, so you can correct any eye makeup disasters on the go with a Q-Tip.

How to use the eye makeup remover

I like to apply the eye makeup remover onto two cotton pads. I then hold a pad on each eye for 15-20 seconds, which starts to dissolve your eye makeup without harshly scrubbing. I then gently swipe away any residue and cleanse the rest of my face afterwards as normal.

Gatineau Gentle Eye Makeup Remover


Best-selling Tan Accelerator

Because I am off on my holidays very soon I also tried the rest of their amazing range including the Gatineau Tan Accelerating Lotion, £49.

I have very fair skin, use high factor sun cream on holiday and tan slowly and cautiously so I was excited to try it. This lotion helps to prepare, boost and prolong tanning before and after sun exposure while encouraging the skin's natural self-protection through melanin production (what makes you tan). It also helps to avoid prickly heat (something that I have had a few times on holiday before) so it'll be a lifesaver on holiday.

I will be abroad when you all read this, so I've already started applying this at night as recommended (2 weeks before jetting off). I love the texture of this cream because it's not greasy or heavy. Instead, it feels lightinstantly absorbs and it smells gorgeous! Gatineau also recommend using this as an after-sun, so I am looking forward to taking this with me on holiday and applying it each day.

Beauty passport scheme 

Gatineau also offer a loyalty programme called the Beauty Passport scheme! With every full-size Gatineau product you purchase you'll receive a token and once you have 12, you can get 1, 2 or 3 complimentary full-size products. Wow!

Fancy getting your hands on these Gatineau products? Join us here to receive our latest beauty edit of five chic products delivered to your door (which may include either the throat gel or the eye makeup remover). We also have some exclusive Gatineau discounts coming for our lovely subscribers to keep an eye on your emails!

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Lydia Woodward
The Queen Of Curls
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I am always searching for future trends - beauty, fashion, hair, you name it! I’ve tried every foundation under the sun and love trying up-and-coming makeup brands to compare them with the big names. Variety is the spice of life and my makeup bag is definitely wide-ranging.