“Nature gave you the face you have at 20. It is up to you to merit the face you have at 50”- Coco Chanel.
When it comes to skincare, the earlier you start the better. After all, your skin is going to stay with you for a long time. Though healthy eating, exercise, stress relief and sun protection do play their own roles in maintaining the youthfulness and beauty of your face so does a good skincare routine. It takes time and a lot of failed attempts to find what works best for you but in the end it will all be worth it. I had a hard time keeping breakouts at bay during my teen years. I tried almost every acne related product in the market without paying attention to the harsh irritants that were present in them – none of which showed any results. By this point my skin was in need of pretty intense repair. That’s when I decided to go for gentler more eco friendly skincare and I began to see drastic improvements with natural ingredients.
When I was on a shopping spree in San Francisco, the friendly ladies at Sephora pointed me to this french skincare line called Caudalie. What got me interested is that all of their products are based on one powerful plant – the grape vine- which is known for it’s powerful anti-aging properties (No wonder french women look so youthful – it must be all the wine they drink 😉 ). So I went ahead and splurged a little to see what this brand was all about. Fortunately, it worked for me! They have everything from cleansing, toning and moisturizing products to detox face masks, nourishing creams, lip balms and anti-aging elixirs. Not only do they contain natural ingredients that benefit your skin but they also don’t contain any parabens, mineral oils, phthalates sodium laureth sulfate and other such harsh chemicals. They are also animal testing free and eco-friendly 🙂
3 basic skincare steps – Cleanse, Tone & Moisturize
The Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk is a great start to taking the day off with the Instant Foaming Cleanser and the Moisturizing Toner being great follows. The cleansing milk is very moisturizing and melts on your skin taking off most light makeup and the cleanser + toner combination gets rid of any remaining traces.
On most mornings you can get away with cleansing, toning and misting the Caudalie Beauty Elixr. It’s a refreshing burst of freshness formulated with essential oils and extracts of rosemary, mint, grapes and rose. Not only can you use this elixr on bare skin but you can also use it as a makeup setting spray to combat oily skin!
Their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum contains viniferine – an ingredient from vinesap. This is one of my favorite of all. I found that this worked wonders with healing my acne scars and getting rid of sun damage to get back to my clear(ish) skin.
The Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is a great moisturizer to layer on as the next step. It is packed with grape seed polyphenols that help combat free radical damage throughout the day.
Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream – With a tag line of “Don’t let fine lines turn into wrinkles”, this one was hard to resist. It claims to block 100% of free radicals while boosting collagen production with Vitamin C. I found it to be quite moisturizing as a lip and eye balm.
Day Serums and Detox masks
The Vitamin C Defense Serum like most of the other Caudalie serums, it is moisturizing but what makes it stand out is the high concentration of their Vitamin C ester. It claims to defend against UV rays, pollution and smoking damage. This most definitely is the showstopper of this set. Barely 10 days into using this serum, I noticed that it gave my skin a very youthful glow.
I got the Caudalie Detox mask in a set with the vitamin C serum. It’s enriched with coffee, grape, pink clay and papaya extract. A little bit most definitely goes a long way. It’s a refreshing mask and does a nice job at making your skin feel fresh and soft.
If you tried and loved any products by Caudalie or other similar brands, leave a comment below with suggestions! 🙂