The New Antioxidant Combo To Protect Skin From Pollution

by Gio

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:

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:

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).

Hyaluronic 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.

3-In-1 Moisturizer

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.

Price & Availability: Serum, £36.00/$55; Moisturizer, £32.00/$46.00; Eye Cream, £27.50/$40.00; Facial oil, £30.00/$50.00 at Cult Beauty and SpaceNK


Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum Ingredients Aqua, Squalane*, Butylene Glycol*, Glycerin*, C14-22 Alcohols*, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Glyceryl Stearate SE*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside*, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phenylpropanol, Picea Abies Extract*, Propanediol*, Acacia Senegal Gum*, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate*, Citric Acid* (193/031) * plant origin

3-In-1 Moisturizer Ingredients: Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Glycerin*, Silica, Hexyldecanol*, Hexyldecyl Laurate*, Hexyldecyl Stearate*, Shorea Robusta Seed Butter*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract*, Methylpropanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol*, C12-16 Alcohols*, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Behenyl Alcohol*, Parfum, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Arachidyl Glucoside*, Lauryl Glucoside*, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate*, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Hydrogenated Lecithin*, Palmitic Acid*, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Picea Abies Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid*, Phenylpropanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Phytate*, Biosaccharide Gum-4, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Arginine*, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool (196/075) * origine végétale / plant origin

Energizing And Smoothing Eye Cream Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin*, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Cetearyl Alcohol*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, PEG-20 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol*, Tocopheryl Acetate*, Palmitoyl Grape Seed Extract*, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine*, Cyathea Cumingii Leaf Extract*, Escin*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate*, Caprylyl Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Picea Abies Extract*, Tocopherol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Phytate*, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Caprylate*, Cinnamic Acid*, Levulinic Acid*, Sodium Levulinate*, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Citric Acid* (194/002 ) * plant origin

Overnight Detox Oil Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf/Twig Oil*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol (07-49-05) * Organic origin

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The Sunday Mode May 19, 2017 - 10:43 am

I’ve been testing out some bits from this range as well and I’ve found the moisturiser to be my favourite, although now reading up on the serum I’m going to start using that more too because I didn’t know it’s main purpose was preventative!

Julia // The Sunday Mode

Gio May 21, 2017 - 9:48 am

Julia, I like the moistuirzer, too. It’s so lightweight, it makes a great base for makeup.

Trin May 23, 2017 - 1:24 pm

Hi Gio,

Would you recommend this serum over the Timeless 20% C + E Ferulic? What is the main difference in terms of what they do?

Thank you!


Gio May 27, 2017 - 6:37 pm

Trin, this is a difficult question. Vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid (the combination in the Timeless serum) has been proven to fight free radicals and boost sun protection.

I haven’t seen any studies on the combination of Vitamin C + vitamin E + resveratrol (the combo in the Caudalie serum) yet. But I still recommend it because resveratrol is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there as it can destroy the most damaging type of free radical there is. Unfortunately, very few products contain reveratrol because it’s difficult to formula with.

So, the answer to your question depends on what your main concern is. But, if you can afford it, I’d go with both!

trin May 30, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Thanks! My main concern is some dark spots that have shown up on my skin after sunbathing… even though I had SPF 50 on! I’m very frustrated as I like to sunbathe in the summer (I don’t overdo it) but it seems like I’m gonna have to keep my face in the shade. I’m trying to get rid of those dark spots, I just turned 30!

Gio June 3, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Trin, how annoying! I’d go with CEF then. But you may also want to try a more powerful skin lightener, like azelaic acid.

Maya June 19, 2017 - 11:24 pm

Hi! Do you think the serum can be used in the AM? I’ve been looking fort a good anti-oxidant serum for mornings, this might be it! Thanks!

Gio June 24, 2017 - 8:19 am

Maya, yes, it can. I use it both in the morning and at night.

Sandy May August 8, 2017 - 5:30 am

I love Caudalies vinactiv 3 in 1 moisturizer from b-glowing but haven’t plucked up the courage to try the overnight detox oil yet. Did you notice significant changes from it?

Gio August 12, 2017 - 7:22 am

Sandy, mostly moisturization. When my skin is on the dry side, the extra moisture really helps in making it soft and smooth again quite quickly.

Lana September 24, 2017 - 8:55 am

Hi, Gio!
I bought the whole line of Caudalie Vine Active and after 1 week of applying it I started to notice break-outs. I totally stopped using detox oil (I applied it every other day), but acne is still with me. Could it be some specific ingredient in these products which could provoke break-outs? I have ageing acne-prone skin, but before Caudalie my skin was in good condition.

Gio September 29, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Hi Lana, sorry Caudalie isn’t working for you. I know the moisturiser has Shea butter. It’s a godsend for dry skin, but it can make oily skin breakout sometimes. 🙁

Dee December 4, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Were you paid by Caudalie for this post?

Gio December 10, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Dee, of course not! If it were sponsored, I would disclosed it. I attended the launch event and was given samples to try for review but all opinions are 100% my own.

Amanda January 19, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Do you know if the 3 in 1 moisturizer has an SPF, or would I need to use a separate sunscreen? I prefer moisturizers with spf that allow me to skip a step!

Gio January 27, 2018 - 10:46 am

Amanda, no it doesn’t. But I recommend you use a separate sunscreen anyway. You have to apply several layers of moisturiser to reach the spf on the bottle.

Cher February 3, 2018 - 4:03 am

Thanks for this post! I was gifted a Vine Activ set for Xmas. Can you tell me if the products (serum, moisturizer, eye) are strongly scented? I dislike chemical/perfumey smells, but fruity is ok.
Thank you!

Gio February 11, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Cher, I finished the products a long time ago so I don’t remember how they smell. But I don’t think it was very strong. If they had a strong chemical scent, I would remember!

Renata March 19, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Thank you for the review. I agree with your choice of products: higher potent serum+oil and no point for an eye cream.
I love your style of writing.

Gio March 23, 2018 - 7:35 pm

Renata, thank you so much for the support. So glad you like it. 🙂

Sofie November 27, 2018 - 11:08 pm

Hi Gio,
I got the moisturizer as a gift, and have not started using it yet, because I want to use it correctly. Is it only for daytime wear? Would it be a waste of active ingredients to use it as a night creme as well? I usually wear The Ordinary NMF moisturizer or rosehip seed oil at night over my active serums – depending what I have underneath, because some of them start to pill up when I apply oil on them.

Thank you for taking the time to answer questions like this. Your advice is so great!

Sofie November 28, 2018 - 11:37 am

Hi Gio 🙂

Is the moisturiser only for daytime wear? Would it be a waste of active ingredients to use as a night creme? I usually wear The Ordinary NMF moisturiser or rosehip seed oil on top of the active serums (glycolic acid, granactive retinoid, vitamin c or salicylic acid – i use them on different nights).

Gio December 7, 2018 - 10:09 am

Hi Sofe, go ahead and use it at night. It’s not a waste. Your skin can fight free radicals at every hour of the day or night. 🙂

Lorna May 5, 2019 - 4:12 pm

Hi Gio,
I recently discovered your blog and I’m loving it 🙂
I have dry sensitive skin and my early signs of wrinkles have started to show. I wanted to start using the Caudalie vine collection. I wanted to use the serum and the detox oil, but instead of the 3-IN-1 moisturizer, I thought to include in my morning routine the Caudalie Vinosource Intense Moisture Rescue Cream. Is it OK if I try this combo for my skin?

Gio June 4, 2019 - 4:41 pm

Lorna, yes it’s ok. It’s more moisturising than anti-aging, but if that’s what you’re looking for, go for it.


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