If there were ever a skin-care product worthy of an eye roll, it’s essence. For starters, figuring out what the hell one actually does isn’t so straightforward: Is it like a serum? Toner? Micellar water? In short, no, no, and… definitely no. In Korea, it’s part three (or is it four?) in the expansive 30-step routine, meant to hydrate your skin like a swig of Gatorade. Only recently, however, have I discovered the magical essence of… well, essences. All thanks to Caudalie.
First, let me just state that my daily regime is generally pretty simple. By the time I get home from work, pour myself a glass of wine, cook dinner, change into sweatpants, pour another glass, and binge-watch 13 Reasons Why, I can only muster up enough energy for a 2-step routine (wash and moisturize). As you can probably guess, my skin often looks dull and bleh , like something you’d expect from someone with a vitamin D deficiency. But now that hibernation season is over, it’s harder to blame that fact on the weather, and thus my hunt for a brightening elixir began. And I was surprised to find it in Caudalie’s new Vinoperfect Essence.
But, it’s not just another fancy water that feels good and doesn’t do anything. The essence boasts some heavy-duty ingredients to back up its brightening claims, too. Glycolic acid whisks away dead cells sitting on the surface, without me so much as looking at a face mask or scrubby cleanser. And, after using it twice a day for a week straight, something major happened: My face looked healthier — glowy, even — than it has in months, with a texture that actually looked like it was even.
In other words, this shit is like magic in a bottle. Who knows, maybe I’ll crack it open before my wine tonight.
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