Have you ever heard of prebiotics? You probably have, in the context of digestive health. Prebiotics are dietary fibers that can be found in foods like yogurt, green vegetables, legumes, and cereals. They feed the “good bacteria” in your gut and support the health of your digestive system; but did you know prebiotics are also great for your skin? French brand Gallinée is all about prebiotic skincare, and you’re going to like what they have to say.
Let’s dive in!
What is prebiotic skincare?
More than just dietary fibers, prebiotics are, essentially food for the good bacteria (we call those probiotics, with an “o”) that live in your body. The benefits of prebiotics for the gut are well documented. Now, there is growing evidence that prebiotics can also benefit the skin when applied topically, directly to what we call the “skin microbiome”.
The skin microbiome is the sum of all the microorganisms that live permanently on our skin. It is an integral part of the barrier function of our skin, since it plays an important protective role. Unfortunately, a modern lifestyle and an aggressive approach to skincare can severely compromise the skin microbiome and knock the whole thing out of balance; good bacteria are overrun by bad bacteria, and the skin begins to show signs of sensitivity, redness, and inflammation.
This is where prebiotic skincare comes in. By applying prebiotics to your skin, you are actively feeding the good bacteria and fueling their development. This, in turn, stabilizes and rebalances the microbiome.
Those with sensitive skin or a compromised skin barrier have the most to gain from prebiotics, but the truth is, everyone can benefit from this new approach to skincare. After all, who doesn’t want a healthier, more balanced skin?
Enter Gallinée, the French answer to bacteria-based skincare
Launched in 2016 by the hand of Dr. Marie Drago, Galinée is the world’s first skin and hair care brand to focus on the health and well-being of the skin microbiome. At Gallinée, the belief is simple: you should feed your skin bacteria in the same away you feed your gut bacteria.
As a young French brand, Gallinée believes that skincare should work with your skin, never against it. As such, every Gallinée product contains a patented complex of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics, which support even the most sensitive skin types, all the while promoting a glowing, healthy complexion. Moreover, the products are also formulated with a physiological pH, dermatologically tested, and vegan.
Let us tell you about our favorites:
Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar
One of the brand’s most iconic products, the Gallinée Prebiotic Cleansing Bar was launched in 2017. It is a soap-free cleanser that looks just like a soap and works just like a soap—but isn’t!
Unlike regular soaps, which have an alkaline pH, this cleansing bar is formulated with a pH of 5.8 in order to respect your skin’s natural pH levels. It also features a patented, scientifically-formulated complex of prebiotics and lactic acid which not only nourishes and protects your skin’s “good bacteria”, but actively works to remove the bad.
The result is soft, smooth, supple skin that feels perfectly cleansed and purified, without any tightness of discomfort.
Gallinée Prebiotic Face Vinegar
In 2018, Gallinée followed with another hit, the Gallinée Prebiotic Face Vinegar. Like a toner, but so much better, this product purifies, soothes, and repairs the skin, thanks to its unique cocktail of active ingredients.
One one hand, it contains Actibiome, a novel prebiotic that not only soothes stressed skin, but also helps prevent further irritation; on the other, it contains hibiscus vinegar, a natural ingredient that gently buffs the skin, creating a smooth, refined appearance.
Natural and high-tech all at the same time, this toner is a true powerhouse!
Gallinée Probiotic Hydrating Face Cream
If you’re looking for an absolute essential, Gallinée Probiotic Hydrating Face Cream is the way to go. Formulated with a light, creamy texture, this moisturizer has something to offer to offer to every skin type; drier skin will benefit from its incredibly hydrating properties, while oily skin will feel perfectly at home with the light, barely-there texture.
More than just a moisturizer, this cream exists to hydrate, tone, and restore luminosity and radiance to your skin.
A patented complex of probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics (compounds that destroy “bad bacteria”) supports your skin in the most gentle and effective way possible. Add in the antioxidant properties of organic myrtle extract, and you get a versatile, high-performance daily care cream. It will not only hydrate, but actively work to enhance the beauty of your complexion, even if you have sensitive skin.
What do you think? Would you try bacteria-based skincare?
Beauty Writer & Editor