After months of snow, slush, and freezing cold temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon.

It’s quite an exciting prospect – packing away the Winter woolies…. gone are the sheepskin boots, fur-lined hoods, and loading up your skin with thick creams and serums to help fight off the wicked winter weather. With the season slowly turning, skin needs to recover from the ravages of the awful cold and drying temperatures, so it’s a temporary goodbye to the heavy formulations, the nourishing “comfort blankets” of winter and hello to the lighter, fresher more luminous complexion …which I’m sure is lurking somewhere under all that dull skin that has built up over winter!

So, first things first…. to achieving beautiful, hydrated and radiant skin is to remove all of the dead skin that has built up in the last few months of cold weather. Enter, Exfoliators! And at Gatineau we are the masters of exfoliation… let’s face it, you don’t win a Gold Industry awards for having the BEST FACIAL Exfoliator for nothing!

Pro Radiance Anti-Ageing Gommage… is the ultimate Gatineau “go to” or “desert island product” to achieve an instant skin transformation. It’s always important to exfoliate but there’s no time more necessary to slough away the dull, parched skin than after the winter. Quite simply, if you’re not exfoliating, your skin just isn’t as healthy as it could be!

As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When the old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. When your skins blocked it can’t breathe, it can’t absorb nutrients and it certainly struggles to stay hydrated as the water can’t filter down into the skin cells. There’s no way of looking fresh faced, and getting ”Spring Clean” if you don’t start with exfoliation!

Once you have lifted the lid off your skin (so to speak) you can get serious with a deep clean…. Think about it as a “Reboot” for your skin. A way of removing the toxins and debris of winter and flooding the skin with micro nutrients to transform and boost its energy levels. The skin needs a little TLC after a season of overindulging and using heavier products – plus we know that air particle pollution is at an all-time high.

The Melatogenine AOX Probiotic Beauty Serum is a hugely impressive product. A little bottle of skin perfection, and a sure-fire way to bring your skin back to optimum wellness. This anti-ageing super serum is powered by Gatineau’s own youth activating molecule Melatogenine™ and works to significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles whilst improving radiance and luminosity. It is packed full of ingredients such as Marine Elastin to restore much needed elasticity to the skin and Marine Collagen to plump the skin from within and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Sorghum Juice Extract works to provide an immediate tightening effect which instantly lifts the skin. As we transition our skin from winter to spring, a serum like this will help to repair and refresh the appearance of the skin, boosting circulation and defending the skin against free radical and pollution damage, essential to our skin’s overall health and wellness.

The next step in the glow game is swapping your winter moisturizer for something a little lighter. Luminosity is key!

As we age our skin finds it harder to retain moisture in the uppermost layers and therefore the fresh, “just out of the shower” look is no longer as easy to achieve. Pick up any magazine, check out every red-carpet event and somehow, everyone has that “Lit from within” radiance.

Well, with the right products it’s quite easy to achieve that delicately dewy finish, and it is a perfect look for spring and summer. Gatineau’s combination of Perfection Ultime Complexion Cream SPF 30 (available in 3 shades) mixed with Perfection Ultime Radiance Perfecting Drops gives an instant pick me up, and exactly the effortless, minimal make up look to suit the spring months.

Mixed together they make the most glorious Illuminating skin Perfecter. This combination is Gatineau’s secret to subtly radiant skin. Both products have strong skin protection properties and help build resilience and strength in the skin’s protective barrier. Toxin-free skin equates to youthful and healthy skin! The products of course can be used separately but when mixed they create something special… a perfect partnership!

The result? A gorgeous luminous primer that gives an instant “Soft-Focus” effect to the skin. The light / medium coverage from our SPF 30 CC cream disguises and evens- out a maybe not so perfect skin, giving a very natural make up finish. Blend this with the Perfecting Drops that deliver their ultra-fine light diffusing particles, creating a pearlescent veil over the skin to instantly illuminate. The blurring microspheres smooth over wrinkles and any imperfections to create an optical illusion of a flawless and pore less complexion.

Skin immediately looks plumped, radiant and youthful, lines are blurred, and it immediately brightens a dull complexion. Who doesn’t want that?

Spring Skin Care sorted…. bring on the sunshine!!

Nicola – Gatineau Skincare Expert