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Read the Label: Gallinée La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser

Contact Author Katerina Steventon, Ph.D., FaceWorkshops LLC
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Gallinée La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser is a gentle cleanser with what is claimed to be an innovative biotic complex, containing lactic acid to help smooth the skin and prebiotics to nourish skin’s protective ecosystem, the microbiome. The formula contains 98% natural ingredients and produces “incredibly fine and creamy” foam for an indulgent experience. Perfect for daily use, the cleanser purifies the skin without drying, is suitable for sensitive skin and is an ultra-gentle, soap-free formula.

Claims include a visibly smoother, clearer, brighter and fresher complexion. This product is formulated at physiological pH to protect skin microbiome and uses prebiotics, gentle alpha-hydroxy lactic acid with hydrating and softening properties in a slow release form for sensitive skin. The formula does not contain colorants, SLS, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, microbeads, phenoxyethanol or methylisothiazolinone.

This column will review the ingredient listing for claims substantiation and functionality.

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A water based foaming cleansing wash, the surfactant system contains mild surfactant mix of cocamidopropyl betaine*, sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate and lauryl glucoside. Styrene/acrylates copolymer and tetrasodium glutamate diacetate act as an opacifier and chelating agent, respectively. Sodium chloride thickens the surfactant system, while citric acid and sodium hydroxide regulate pH.

The active ingredients include glycerin, a humectant, and lactic acid, which helps gently cleanse and exfoliate with its skin hydrating and keratolytic properties. Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide allows for the prebiotic skin protectant claim, reducing skin redness and irritation, calming and soothing the skin. Inulin, a fructose-based polymer, acts as a humectant, improves the foam texture and conditions the skin. Arginine also helps with skin conditioning. The formula contains fragrance and is preserved by sorbic acid and sodium benzoate.

In my view, the ingredients in the cleanser formula support its claims of a mild foaming, cleansing function that maintains physiological skin pH and with hydrating properties. More research into the benefits of prebiotics in washable cleansers is required.

Ingredients: Water (aqua)*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Glycerin*, Lactic Acid*, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide*, Inulin*, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride*, Citric Acid*, Fragrance (parfum), Arginine*, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide*, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene.

*Ingredient from natural origin.


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