Do you ever think that you know a brand and then someone asks you more about it and you realise that you don’t know much about it at all? Maybe just me? Well that’s what happened with me and Caudalie. I’d picked up on it being a French brand (Caudalie Paris) but had never picked up on the grape connection. They use grape-seed Polyphenols -the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world; Resveratrol from grapevine stalks –
the anti-ageing revolution; and Viniferine from grapevine sap, the most effective natural molecule against dark spots. They use natural ingredients, favouring natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients and are against animal testing.
So I’ve been trialling a couple of Caudalie products recently to get a feel for the brand and to be able to let you know how it/they worked for me.
I sometimes wonder where my head is a when I’m trialling products. Might be something to do with the day job distracting me but I knew this was a product to improve skin radiance and boy can I do with some of that. I find that my skin looks really grey in the morning (that’s why I never leave the house without makeup – in fact I wear make-up when I’m staying home to so I don’t scare myself in the mirror!) but I didn’t pick up that this is a complexion corrector. I’ve said before that I try not to look into a product’s claims too much before I try it as that might influence me in seeing effects that aren’t really there – just because I’m expecting them.
So I tried the serum after cleansing and before moisturising for about 10 days and it was feeling and looking great but not really anything to be excited about and then I went to a beauty showcase and was completing a skin questionnaire with the founder of another skincare brand. I was asked questions to establish which kind of products would be the most helpful for my skin and one of them was “do you have any age-spots or sun damage?” I’ve got a few marks on my right cheekbone and on my hairline which are a bit more than freckles and not quite age spots that I always need to cover up with my concealer and base. So I answered “Yes”. Her reply surprised me – she said I didn’t have any – I pointed to where they are and she said no. You don’t have any. Don’t get me wrong, I can still see where they are but they’ve faded and what’s even better about this product is that its preventative too. I’m impressed!
So after that I looked up the Caudalie claims and I reckon that my experience fits with these pretty well:
- scientifically proven to lighten dark spots in just 4 weeks and prevents the appearance of new ones
- will brighten and renew your skin leaving it truly radiant
- perfect to use in combination with your sunscreen, this serum will encourage an even, longer lasting tan
- provides anti-oxidant and anti-ageing action by stimulating collagen and elastin production
- ideal for smokers, scar marks, sun-derived or age-related dark spots or pregnancy marks
- will give your skin a more unified appearance, leaving you with a luminous complexion
The serum costs £45 for 30ml here
I also sampled the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (that’s a trial size pictured). I had no expectations apart from that I wanted it to remove make-up cleanly without making my eyes sting – box ticked!
Again checking the Caudalie claims I found:
- removes impurities
- attracts dirt like a magnet
- intense cleansing action.
- suitable for even the most sensitive skin
- contains extracts of candeia, vegetable glycerin and mint to calm and soothe irritation
- leaves your skin feeling refreshed and nourished
The micellar cleansing water cost £15 for 200ml here
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