#5 The GelCrème
#5 The GelCrème
#5 The GelCrème
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Step 5: Clarity
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This collection delivers a proprietary a suite of Hydroxy Acids and Peptides to recalibrate the skin’s pH—for a refined, clear complexion.

#5 The GelCrème

50g

$222.00

This clarifying hydrator recalibrates skin pH balance with a Complex of Hydroxy Acids, evening out skin tone and texture while delivering intense hydration.

Use in the PM.

Benefits
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Hydrates
Evens tone
Visibly smooths
Restores clarity
Targets
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Blemishes and congestion
Dryness
Fine lines and wrinkles
Ingredients
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Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, P-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool

Complimentary Calming Milk Essence 20ml gifted with orders $500+*

Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, P-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium Edta, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool

The Ritual

Dispense 2–3 drops into palm.

Gently smooth over face, neck, décolletage and backs of hands. 

To discover how to introduce this formulation into your RATIONALE Ritual, connect with our Team of Online Skin Consultants. 

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The Research

Acidic skin pH plays a critical role in optimising cellular differentiation (cellular function), desquamation (cell turnover) and the synthesis of vital skin lipids.

Environmental skin damage caused by the sun, pollution and temperature extremes results in skin pH shifting from acidic to alkaline. This can cause the downregulation of enzymes vital to barrier lipid synthesis and connective tissue regeneration (collagen and elastin).

The outcome of this is the typical pathology of premature ageing, including dryness, sensitivity, pigmentation and skin laxness.

Topical application of hydroxy acids can recalibrate skin pH back to a desirable acidic levels, refining texture, smoothness, hydration, tone and clarity.

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The Clarity Actives

A Complex of Skin Identical Alpha Hydroxy Acids (including Lactic + Citric Acid) refines skin tone and texture while enhancing skin radiance by encouraging optimal desquamation processes to reveal a clearer, more balanced complexion. By recalibrating skin back to acidic levels, AHAs support cellular renewal and connective tissue synthesis, while amplifying skin firmness and hydration.

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Opposite: ‘Salicylic Acid’
Illustration by Jessie Milligan

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool.

The Clarity Actives

Salicylic Acid is a lipid-soluble Beta Hydroxy Acid which enhances skin clarity and texture by decongesting pores and calming irritation and redness.

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Opposite: ‘Salicylic Acid’
Illustration by Jessie Milligan

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool.

The Clarity Actives

Amino Acids solubilise and thoroughly remove oil, dirt, debris, sunscreen and makeup residues from the skin’s surface, eliciting a calming effect on skin while boosting hydration and fortifying barrier function.

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Opposite: ‘Salicylic Acid’
Illustration by Jessie Milligan

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool.

The Clarity Actives

Acetyl Hexapeptide-37 + Hexapeptide-10 are proteins that support skin moisturisation by reducing Trans-Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and increasing hydration levels in the Stratum Corneum. In hyper-sebaceous skin, they calm the appearance of redness for a more radiant tone and texture.

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Opposite: ‘Salicylic Acid’
Illustration by Jessie Milligan

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool.

The Clarity Actives

Skin Identical Ceramide Complex replenishes the skin’s lipid matrix to fortify barrier function and resilience while preventing TEWL and increasing surface hydration.

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Opposite: ‘Salicylic Acid’
Illustration by Jessie Milligan

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Laureth-23, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf, Mentha Australis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Laureth-4, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Ceteareth-25, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Citrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Behenic Acid, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Copper Gluconate, Ceramide NS, Glycine, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-37, Hexapeptide-10, Limonene, Citral, Linalool.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a GelCrème?
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RATIONALE’s GelCrèmes are a combination of water and lipids with a higher concentration of water-based ingredients, resulting in a lightweight consistency.

What makes the GelCrème formula unique to RATIONALE?
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RATIONALE GelCrèmes act as a gentle hydrator, seamlessly infusing the skin with active ingredients for enhanced effectiveness.

What makes the delivery system of a GelCrème different from Crème?
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The GelCrèmes have a lightweight texture, enabling faster absorption into the skin compared to the heavier texture of traditional crèmes, which are designed to be absorbed more slowly into the skin.

Which skin types are best suited to a gel Formulation?
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Combination skin types can benefit from using a gel Formulation to address both hydration and oil flow simultaneously. If you're new to active ingredients or experiencing redness, RATIONALE’s GelCrèmes can be a gentle introduction that is less likely to cause skin sensitivities.

What is the difference between #5 The GelCrème and #6 The GelCrème?
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The primary differences lie in the active ingredients: #5 The GelCrème gently recalibrates skin pH with a Complex of Hydroxy Acids, whereas #6 The GelCrème supports skin renewal with a Botanical Retinol Alternative (Bakuchiol) Complex—a botanical alternative to Vitamin A.