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Double Cleansing 101

With a brand heritage of over 80 years, Gatineau began its journey as a professional skincare brand offering serious results-driven anti-ageing treatments using the very best formulations developed with bio-chemists and dermatologists.

With its huge success Gatineau launched a retail portfolio inspired from these salon grade formulas and today we consider homecare regimes to be an extension of a professional salon facial.

Cleansing may be the first step in your skincare routine but it can tend to be either left out or considered a last priority for some. Yet the skin cannot function properly in the day or night if it is waterlogged with make-up, dirt, toxins and sunscreens, all able to resist removal with ‘one quick cleanse’. Poor cleansing leads to a build-up of dead skin cells, pores clogged with dirt and toxins (which can lead to premature ageing) and a dull, lifeless complexion.

Enter ‘double cleansing’ - the cornerstone of every good skincare regime. Introduced by Jeanne Gatineau back in 1932, this ‘double cleansing salon secret’ was designed to ensure maximum efficacy of the facial and ensure immediate and visible results. By performing two consecutive facial cleanses using two different types of cleansing products the skin surface is left completely clean - a blank canvas.  Dead skin cells are effectively removed leaving a smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin, whilst pores are stripped of impurities and toxins.  This allows your facial serums and moisturisers to be able to penetrate more deeply into the skin and you will see maximum results in minimum time.

It doesn’t have to be time consuming and if time poses a threat to this proven homecare method then choose the night time to perform your double cleanse, as this is when the skin is most receptive and can intensively repair the skin.

The Double Cleanse method:
Step 1:   Apply a small amount of Gentle Silk Cleanser to a dry skin and massage over the face and neck in circular motions.  Remove with a damp Gatineau mitt. Blot the skin dry.
Step 2:  Apply a small amount of Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream in the palm of your hand.  Add a little water and lather up with the Gatineau brush.  Apply to the face and neck with the brush in circular motions paying particular attention to the chin, nose and forehead. Rinse off with water or remove with a damp Gatineau mitt.  
Results: Skin is left squeaky clean both on the surface and in depth whilst your anti-ageing products can work much harder and more effectively.  Skin appears luminous, radiant and the complexion even.


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