Gagnon Essentials is an exclusive skincare range consisting of just five highly rejuvenating and healing products. They were created by health and beauty visionary Beth Gagnon, starting with The Gel at her kitchen table in 1984. I use these exceptional products regularly, in fact I use The Gel every single day, so I can personally recommend them to anyone interested in smoother, suppler, more youthful skin.
1. The Gel
This miraculous product is at the heart of the range and I am never without it. It’s a unique blend of homeopathy, caesium salts, and acupuncture without the needles – yes really!
The formula is based on research by Dr. Zhen Lin, a surgeon who practised both Chinese and Western medicine. Through extensive research (here’s the science bit!) he discovered that much of the power of acupuncture lay in the activation of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme found in the muscles and nerves. He went on to create topical formulations which activated the enzyme without the needles. They were found to be effective at relieving pain and helping to heal a wide range of other conditions, including skin problems.
You can The Gel every day as a facial rejuvenation treatment for any skin type. It’s particularly good at soothing and healing irritated skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
After cleansing, apply a thin layer of The Gel to the whole face and neck, including the side and back of the neck, as well as the chest and shoulders. It’s light, unscented, non-oily and easy to use.
Next apply a few drops of Gagnon’s The Light oil, or any good facial oil. It’s important to do this immediately, because The Gel works best when it is moist and in an active state. So the oil seals it in and keeps the ingredients activated.
You can also use The Gel to heal cuts, bites, burns, stings, bruises and sore joints. In these cases, apply a generous layer over the area. Again, it works best when it’s kept moist and active, so if possible cover the area with cling film. If this is too difficult (and it can be!) then apply a layer of The Light on top.
2. The Light
Plant based people look away now, because The Light is not for you! It is quite simply emu oil – in fact it’s the most potent emu oil on the market.
Emu oil is a traditional healing product, first discovered by Australian Aborigines around 40,000 years ago. For centuries it has been used by many cultures to treat skin conditions, inflammation, nerve pain, sore joints, hair loss and other conditions.
It is also highly prized for its skin rejuvenating properties, because it contains the essential fatty acids omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, which are vital for cellular regeneration. It is non-allergenic, non-greasy and doesn’t clog pores, so it’s ideal for all ages and skin types.
3. The Rich
The Rich has a heavier consistency than The Light (as you’d expect) so it leaves a fine surface residue. This makes it perfect for dry and mature skins or for extra protection in harsh weather conditions. It’s brilliant at soothing and protecting red, dry, irritated skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema.
4. The Cream
This rejuvenating daily face cream has a non-oily lightweight texture yet is highly hydrating. It contains anti-inflammatory and regenerating emu oil, anti-aging ginseng, deep healing vitamins, replenishing calendula, and soothing aloe vera and chamomile. Ideal for all skin types – and again, especially good for rosacea and eczema.
The emu oil used in The Light, The Rich and The Cream is 100% ethically sourced, FDA approved and independently regulated to ensure safety, quality and effectiveness. However, if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or plant based, you can still benefit from The Gel because I’ve found that a good quality plant oil also works well on top of it to seal in the active ingredients.
5. The Balm
This lip balm contains another highly prized healing oil, which is one of my personal favourites.
Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor oil plant. It has been used as a traditional cure-all for over 3,000 years. In early herbal medicine it was known as Palma Christi (‘Palm of Christ’) because it was known to have so many healing properties.
It is rich in the natural moisturiser and antioxidant vitamin E, and the essential fatty acids omega 6 and 9 – including ricinoleic acid, a humectant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is also naturally anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, so ideal if you’re prone to cold sores. As well as soothing, healing and protecting dry, sore lips, this little roller ball of oil is also ideal for nourishing and conditioning eyebrows, nails and cuticles.