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I bought this essence because I wanted to incorporate glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliator, into my routine. For reference, I have normal skin with dry spots due to eczema (“combo” skin, as I am prone to minor acne). As such, I always aim for more moisturizing products.
Benefits of Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is a great chemical exfoliator that encourages cell turnover — the process that removes dead skin cells to reveal brighter-looking skin, and prevent build-up causing breakouts. It is a gentle exfoliator, so it’s a great choice for those of us who have issues such as dry skin, sensitive skin, acne, hyperpigmentation, etc.
Essentially, you’re exfoliating your face as usual, but you’re not being as rough as you would be with a manual exfoliator.
Manual vs. Chemical Exfoliation
There are plenty of benefits to choosing chemical exfoliation over manual exfoliation. As mentioned above, if you are dealing with issues like sensitive skin or eczema, it would be to your benefit to avoid scrubbing at your skin as you may cause irritation. Harsher face scrubs containing things like nuts can be particularly abrasive.
This is not to say that all manual exfoliation is harmful; the key is in finding a face scrub that is gentler. For example, I like using the Eminence Lactic Acid Dermafoliant; this is a powder that turns into a paste when combined with water. This is a gentler physical scrub compared to, say, an almond scrub.
Point being: manual exfoliation isn’t all bad, but if you have sensitive skin or greater skin problems, manual exfoliation can be a major source of irritation — a source that can be entirely avoided.
About the Caudalie Vinoperfect Essence
The Vinoperfect essence is free of sulfates, parabens, silicones, and alcohol. It unfortunately does contain fragrance (linalool and limonene) so keep that in mind if you have sensitive skin.
Its ingredients include glycolic acid (exfoliating) and grape water (hydrating, soothing).
This essence is a great pick for those who want a gentler way to exfoliate and brighten their skin.
My skin type: Mostly normal to dry (eczema flare-ups); prone to acne.
Firstly, incorporating this essence into my routine was fairly seamless. I have been using it every night for about 2-3 weeks.
I splash it on after my toner; 1-2 splashes is enough for my entire face. The bottle seems never-ending as this stuff lasts such a long time.
I normally follow up with my hyaluronic acid serum from The Ordinary. I avoid putting on anything else besides moisturizer as I personally don’t like to put on too many powerful products in one go.
If you are using products like vitamin c serums, make sure you look into how to properly use them with glycolic acid products. With vitamin c, typically, you’d want to put on the glycolic acid product first as it is more acidic and helps prep your skin better for other products.
I find that the essence has helped to give my complexion an overall brighter look. As somebody with dry patches/eczema and other normal skin, I think it’s a great addition to my regular routine. I am prone to minor breakouts and this hasn’t created any issues for me.
I do think this essence is gentle enough for sensitive skin BUT if you’re experiencing any active irritation and redness on your face, I’d probably skip out.
Overall, this is a really great product to introduce you to glycolic acid and chemical exfoliation. I highly recommend it — it’s a favorite!
Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
The Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence (150 ml) is available at Caudalie for $56 CAD.
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