Serums! What miraculous, wonderful things they are! I am seriously addicted to serums. Antioxidant serums, anti-aging serums, brightening serums, vit-c serums, resurfacing serums, hydrating serums…I can’t get enough! Some of you might think that serums are a superfluous, unnecessary additional step to your skincare regime-but I have to stop you right there! Serums really are a much needed step in anyone’s routine-no matter how old you are.
Take, for example, vitamins.Vitamins provide your body with a much larger and more concentrated dose of vitamins and nutrients than your average healthy meal. Think of serums as vitamins for your skin-they’re more potent and concentrated than your moisturizer and they’re meant to pack a mean facial punch. According to completeskintherapy.com “facial serums contain anywhere from 10% to 70% active ingredients, whereas most facial moisturizers and lotions usually contain less than 10%”. Which brings me to the review of the day: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.
Caudalie’s serum is “a highly concentrated oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance”. The main star in this silky serum is Viniferine, a patented molecule that Caudalie states is 62x more effective than vitamin C (for more information, visit their website at www.caudalie-usa.com). Found in the sap of grapevines, it is “the most effective natural molecule against dark spots.” Viniferine is said to reduce existing dark spots/pigmentation, prevent the appearance of new dark spots, and even and brighten the complexion while providing superior antioxidant protection. This serum is oil-free, paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and sulfate-free. It does, however, contain fragrance-which I would’ve preferred it not to-but the scent is extremely light and unoffending. It also contains vitamin e and squalane. I do like that the ingredients list doesn’t read like a novel-there are much fewer ingredients than in most serums.
The serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper top. The bottle is thick and sturdy and the dropper works very well. It’s well-made and would look beautiful on anyone’s vanity. However, I do wish the the bottle was colored or opaque so as to protect the antioxidants and other ingredients within it from oxidizing (antioxidants will begin to oxidize when exposed to sunlight, heat, and air).
It has a thick, liquid-y consistency that is easy to apply and easy to spread over the face. I found that the longer I used it, the faster and more easily it absorbed into my skin. This is especially true if you apply it to damp skin (on dry skin, the 4 drops I use don’t spread out as evenly on my face and neck). Once applied, your skin may feel a little tacky to the touch but don’t worry, after a minute it completely absorbs and your skin feels smooth and soft. This serum is actually quite moisturizing and sometimes I don’t even feel the need to apply a moisturizer afterwards.
When it comes to zapping dark spots, this serum is surprisingly effective. Obviously, it’s no hydroquinone-but after a month of using this product, I could definitely say that my skin was looking much more even-toned and radiant. Plus, I like the fact that the Caudalie serum is more natural and not at all harsh or irritating like hydroquinone can be. I had a lot of acne scarring on my face, made worse by the fact that I didn’t start regularly wearing sunblock on my face until about a year and a half ago. Definitely not pretty. But this serum slowly faded all the discoloration I had on my face-whether from sun or acne. And it really gives my skin a glow-it was not an accident when they named this the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. My complexion truly looks vibrant and luminous and healthy. I love it! And I’ve been using it regularly for months now-my face has never looked better! I’ve tried many, many serums-some that contain more antioxidants, some more expensive, some from “bigger” brands-but I keep coming back to this one. There’s really something about it that makes my skin look and feel really nice.
Pros: evens skin tone, fades dark spots, lightly moisturizes and plumps the skin, absorbs quickly, adds a certain radiance to the skin, contains antioxidants, mostly natural
Cons: I wish it had just a few more antioxidants in it-that, or it contained a little more Viniferine (listed as Palmitoyl Grapevine Shoot Extract in the ingredients-it’s the 7th ingredient), glass bottle and dropper does nothing to protect the antioxidants inside
»»Pricing: $79/1 oz. bottle
»»Availability: Nordstrom (online only), Sephora, and caudalie-usa.com
»»Recommended for: best for normal/combination/oily skin; those looking for a natural serum; anyone who has pigmentation issues; anyone who is looking for a serum to give their skin a healthy, radiant look
»»Overall Rating: A-