I love Caudalie skincare, I really, really do. I first came across it when I worked at Conde Nast Traveller, because of the launch of their spa Les Sources de Caudalie, which opened in 1999 opposite Chateau Smith Haut Lafite at Martillac, near Bordeaux.
Then when I was at The Wall Street Journal, Caudalie opened their frankly obscenely luxurious spa at the Plaza. There I met with founders Mathilde (whose family happen to own Chateau Smith Haut Lafite) & Bertrand Thomas who charmed me with both their passion and their patents.
Of course all this back-story would be as naught if I thought the products didn’t work for me. But they do, oh they do. My poor skin was so frazzled half way through London Fashion Week that I began to think it beyond redemption, yet Caudalie got it back to better-than-normal overnight.
I think it’s easy to forget that the skin is an organ too, and four consecutive nights of fours sleep, followed by four days of basically not eating (&, no, Vitamin Water doesn’t count as nutrition), really started to show on my face. My eyes were red; my skin felt hyper-sensitive, tingly and sore.
I’ve long been a fan of Caudalie’s Pulpe Vitaminee Energizing Concentrate, 15ml £26, which I first wrote about here, but I’m finding that layering all three products together is producing remarkably hydrated & plump, soothed skin, with not a trace of red or blotchiness, and absolutely no blocked pores, roseacea bumps or flaky skin
The blurb for the Serum says that it is highly concentrated in anti-oxidants (that’ll be Caudalie’s patented, ultra-concentrated grape polyphenols) and promises the user more supple and incredibly luminous skin. Of course it does contain hyaluronic acid which always plumps the skin, but I’d say that it delivers on its promise to also fight first signs of ageing and fatigue, fine lines caused by dehydration and a tired-looking complexion in the morning
Often anti-aging products are way too heavy for women with only fine lines, or a little sun damage. The Caudalie 1st Wrinkle line is specifically designed for women in their thirties who are getting to grips with the concept of an anti-aging regimen, and I think you could do a lot worse than to try out Caudalie for a first foray into this arena.
SpaceNK have a pretty wide range of Caudalie products here