Caudalie is a really lovely French pharmacy beauty brand, that I first encountered when my bestie Jo brought back a bottle of the aptly named Divine Oil from her travels. (Depending on how long you’ve been reading the blog you might recall it from my very blurry early YouTube video!).
The brand draws on the anti-oxidant rich properties of grapes and grapevines, and is happily much more widely available on Irish shores than it used to be – Arnotts and Space NK are stockists, along with caudalie.com – which is good news for me, as I’ve incorporated two lovely Caudalie products into my regular skincare routine.
I love a good clay mask and the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, €25, is now a firm favourite. It’s packed full of goodies to draw out toxins, keep breakouts under control and improve the look and feel of your skin: key ingredients include pink clay, naturally exfoliating papaya enzymes, zinc to regulate oil production and grape-seed oil.
It can also be used as an overnight blemish treatment, dabbed on to any particularly persistent spots. I like it a lot: it’s nice and gentle but very effective, and leaves my skin feeling smoother and clearer.
At this time of year, the combined forces of falling temperatures outside and central heating inside can make my skin feel uncomfortable, tight, and drier than the norm.
Introducing a facial oil into your routine is a good way to combat these issues and Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Elixir is a gorgeous choice. Ok, it’s quite spendy at €53.95 here but it feels wonderful – silky, moisturising and not greasy at all – and is packed full of antioxidant rich ingredients – including five plant oils and three of Caudalie’s signature patents (resveratrol, viniferine, and polyphenols) that promise to slow down the effects of aging on the skin. Plus, it smells fabulous.
I use both products about once a week and my skin has been loving them: both are suited to all skintypes and I think most women will benefit from adding them to their autumn routine. If you’ve never used a facial oil before, check out this post on how to give yourself a face massage at home.
Let me know if you've tried these and what I need to pick up next!