I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Caudalie.
On one hand, this teetotaller loves to know where to go to get her fresh dose of resveratrol. This antioxidant is a pain in the butt to formulate with, so kudos to Caudalie for taming it.
On the other hand, why let resveratrol play alone all the time? The lack of other antioxidants in their creams and serums has always bothered me. Resveratrol is super powerful, but it can’t destroy all free radicals on its own.
Resveratrol, now it’s got diva status, must have made some demands too because in the Caudalie‘s new line Vine[Activ] it finally gets to play with other antioxidants. Vitamins C + E, to be precise. How awesome is that?
What’s The Deal With Caudalie Vine[Active]?
What made Caudalie change their mind and grant mine and resveratrol’s wish?
Pollution. It relentlessly attacks your skin every single day, especially if you live in a big city like London. Add sun exposure, too many late-night cocktails with friends and sugar-laden, ready-made meals and it’s no wonder your skin’s produces nasty free radicals faster than it can knock them out.
That’s when antioxidants step in. They kick those free radicals away before they can do any real damage, such as giving you crow’s feet and dark spots.
Ever wondered how the French can indulge in a glass of red vino without getting wrinkles?
Resveratrol. It’s a powerful polyphenolic antioxidant found in red grapes and wine. It’s there to protect grapes from mold.
In skincare, resveratrol is a multitasker:
- It destroys the free radicals that cause premature aging
- It helps protect the skin from environmental damage
- It soothes redness and irritation
Isn’t it incredible how much a small antioxidant can do?
Vitamins C + E
Two more powerful antioxidants that fight unwanted free radicals. Vitamin C goes a step further:
- It boosts collagen production, keeping your skin firm
- It brightens skin and gives the complexion a radiant glow
But it’s when you use them together that they really shine. C + E boost each other’s effectiveness (it means they can get rid of even more free radicals) and the photoprotection of your sunscreen.
Mind you, I didn’t say they are a substitute for your sunscreen. I said they boost the protection your sunscreen gives you. There’s a difference.
Layers this combo under your sunscreen and you’ll be better protected from sun damage. Skip the sunscreen and those wrinkles will still get you fast.
P.S. Caudalie uses ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, a fat-soluble form of vitamin C that can penetrate the skin better than pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid).
This isn’t an antioxidant. But it’s a key ingredient in this range so here’s the lowdown.
Hyaluronic acid attracts water from the environment into your skin and locks it there. This little fella is able to bind up to 1000 times its weight in water!
It’s a godsend for dry skin because it infuses it with the waterfall of moisture it badly craves. It’s just as awesome for oily skin because it hydrates it without adding more oil.
Whatever your skin type, you need this.
The Caudalie Vine[Activ] Range
This anti-pollution range features a serum, a moisturizer, an eye cream and an oil. Can you guess what my favourite product is?
Let’s see if you got that right. 😉
Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum
This white serum has a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture that resembles more that of a lotion for oily skin than a serum. It’s the product with the highest concentration of antioxidants in the range. If you can only get one thing, make it this one.
It takes a while to see results when you use an antioxidant serum. That’s cos they prevent, not reduce, wrinkles. But, in the short term, it makes skin softer and smoother and a little brighter.
I don’t know how Caudalie does it but all their moisturizers are super lightweight yet super moisturizing. This one is no exception. It goes on so smoothly, absorbs immediately and leaves no residue behind.
I put it on in the morning and it keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day long. I admit I haven’t tried it in the depths of winter but it makes my skin very happy at this time of the year.
Plus, it makes the perfect base for makeup. My foundation goes on smoother and doesn’t ball up or anything like that. If you’ve been struggling to find a day moisturizer that lends itself to layering well, give this one a go.
Energizing And Smoothing Eye Cream
Some people swear by eye creams. Others think they’re useless. I’m in the second camp. You see where this is going already…
First, the good stuff: this lightweight cream sinks quickly into the skin and keeps it soft and supple all day long. It also has a bunch of antioxidants that helps prevent wrinkles.
Now, the bad stuff: that’s all it does. This cream didn’t do anything for my dark circles or puffy eyes. Call me a scrooge but I’d rather get only the moisturizer and apply it all over. I did and got the same results.
Overnight Detox Oil
Is it bad that I love this stuff just for its beautiful herbal scent?
Ok, it has other things going for it:
- It’s an oil, but it’s lightweight
- It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue behind
- It keeps skin soft and moisturized all night long (I use it as a night moisturizer)
- It gives skin a radiant glow
- It didn’t give me pimples
I don’t think facial oils are a must have, but if your skin’s on the dry side, it will give it the extra burst of moisture it needs to be healthy and soft again. Or you can do what I do and use it as a night moisturizer. Works like a charm.
The Bottom Line
If you can only get one product, go with the serum. If you can get two, add the oil. If you fancy trying the moisturizer, too, you won’t be disappointed. The eye cream? Sorry, I still don’t see the point for one.