Friday, September 1, 2017

#FrenchFriday : Caudalie Grape Water, like a glass of red wine for your skin


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I'm a strong believer in the benefits of wine. I don't know if the antioxidants it contains will really help me live longer, but at least it makes me happy while I drink it! Abusing good things is never a good idea, but Caudalie has you covered with their Grape Water if you want to enjoy the positive effects of grape goodness on your skin without the hangover. Keep reading to hear my thoughts!

The Grape Water comes in a spray bottle that you're supposed to spritz on your face to refresh, hydrate and soothe the skin. It sounds very much like one of those mineral water sprays that are so popular in France, but instead of being plain spring water, it's a liquid extracted from grapes.

The fresh grapes are pressed and distilled right after harvest, and Caudalie uses a process involving evaporation to separate the grape juice from this pure grape water. Then they add a tiny bit of red grape juice back in to boost the antioxidant content, and that's how you get this 100% natural, certified organic fruit water. Pretty cool right?

It's fragrance free, preservative free, and suitable for the most sensitive skins. That's where it is completely different from, and much superior to, Caudalie's other best-selling facial spray, the Beauty Elixir. That one is so loaded with alcohol, fragrance and essential oils that I would consider it a cologne and I wouldn't recommend it at all for the face!




I was a little hesitant at first, thinking that any liquid extracted from grapes was bound to be sticky. But nope! It feels very fresh on the skin and there's no tackiness or residue at all. And no, it doesn't taste like grape juice - of course I had to try!

The main advantage of the Grape Water over mineral water sprays is its antioxidant content. Your typical facial spray from Avène, La Roche-Posay and to a lesser extent even Evian contains minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, but the Grape Water is also rich in antioxidant molecules coming from the plant, such as polyphenols.

Antioxidants are good for your skin because they minimize damage from the environment, such as sun exposure, so they are a must in any antiaging skincare routine. But grape extract also has short-term benefits for irritated skin, as it calms and helps diminish redness.




For me Caudalie's Grape Water does exactly what the brand claims: it refreshes the face, gives a quick hydration boost, and feels very soothing when my skin is sensitive. I use it as a toner after cleansing, during the day especially when it's hot, and after workouts when my face is red and burning. The spray produces a very fine mist that dampens your skin without annoying large droplets, so I think it would work over makeup as well, although that's not how I have been using it.


Overall

If you like facial mists, the Grape Water by Caudalie is a great option. It's 100% natural and plant-based, fragrance-free and organic, making it perfect for sensitive skin, and it provides that little bit of extra help to your skin compared to mineral water thanks to the beneficial antioxidants it contains.


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