Milk your cleanser for all it’s worth

Do you find that your skin feels tight, reddens or tingles after you wash it? Many people assume that they have an allergy if they experience any of those sensations. But that may not necessarily be the case – most times, it’s just that they’re not using the right type of cleanser for their skin.

While we’re all familiar with gel and foam formulations, milk is a great alternative. These are extremely popular abroad, especially in France, the spiritual home of luxury skincare. Which is why we sat down with Gatineau’s Rachel Givoni, for some expert insider tips…

Why use a milk cleanser? What makes it different to other sorts of cleansers?
In France, cleansers are predominantly milk cleansers, as they are more gentle and nourishing for the skin. Using a foaming cleanser in the shower this can dry and dehydrate your skin, and should only be used for combination/oily skin.

Are they best suited to a particular skin type?
Milk cleansers are suitable for all skin types from dry, to oily and even combination skin types. However they are particularly good for those with sensitivies.

Tell us a little bit about Gatineau’s milk cleansers. Any special ingredients, techniques, or instructions?
Gatineau’s cleansers are thorough yet gentle milks, to gently remove make-up and deeply cleanse and balance the skin. Our best seller contains almond oil to refine, smooth and soften the skin.

Why is it so important to cleanse morning and night?
Cleansing is an essential part of a skincare regime, whether you wear make-up or not. It is the first step to maintain a healthy and clean skin, preparing the skin for the application of your day and night treatment cream.


Which milk cleanser is for me?

My skin is sensitive: Gatineau Purifying Almond Cleanser. Contains nut oils to melt away impurities and re-balance the skin.













My skin is dry: Napoleon Perdis, Auto Pilot Hydrating Milk Cleanser. It contains organic donkey milk, but don’t be put off. Cleopatra was reportedly a fan of bathing herself in this ingredient, and we all know what a beauty she was!













My skin is oily: Thalgo Pure Freshness Cleansing Milk. The ultra-lightweight formulation invigorates and cools, with grapefruit extract acting as an antiseptic.













My skin is normal: Decleor Aroma Cleanse Essential Milk. Suitable for all skin types, this cleanser is enriched with essential oils, fruit waters and moisturisers to effectively clean the complexion, including make-up.













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