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Despite my hopes to the contrary, I’m still suffering from acne as an adult. Sure, it’s not the hide-under-a-rock acne many of us experienced as teenagers, but as a woman in her late 20s, I was hoping to be past angry red pimples at this point in my life.
My skin has calmed down a lot over the past few years thanks to regular facials, but when it gets angry, it gets really angry. As much as I hate breaking out, though, I hate the dark spots those evil pimples leave behind even more.
I’m always on the hunt for my next skin care obsession, but finding products that work for my sensitive skin is never an easy task. So when I stumble across a product that rises to the occasion, like Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, I’m impressed.
The oil-free serum promises to improve the appearance of dark spots, promote even skin tone and boost radiance, so I was willing to give it a try. After all, French women swear by the brand, so I figured it must be good.
The ingredients in my skin care products are pretty important to me, and Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is chock-full of viniferine, an ingredient that comes from the grape vine sap and rivals the power of vitamin C.
Plus, it’s free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates! After a few months of use, my skin is noticeably brighter and my dark spots are a bit less pronounced. It’s not an overnight miracle cure — nothing but a trip to the dermatologist can give you speedy results in no time flat — but my skin tone is definitely more even, and my spots aren’t as bright as before.
Any serum that doesn’t give my sensitive skin a mini meltdown is worth a second look, and Vinoperfect Radiance Serum goes on light and smooth — unlike some sticky, thick serums I’ve tried over the years. I apply a few drops from the dropper applicator to both my face and my décolletage before going to bed each night, and let it work its magic overnight.
Vinoperfect Radiance Serum goes for $79 at Sephora, so it’s by no means a bargain. But when you consider its powerhouse ingredients and the 20K loves it has at Sephora, it’s definitely worth the investment. That’s coming from a gal who’s pretty frugal in general, but believes in splurging on skin care. I can’t help it; there’s just something about glowing, healthy skin that makes me feel ready to face the world.
Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, $79, Sephora
If you’re looking for your own spin on Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, Amazon has a few options for every budget!
Burt’s Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum, $15, Amazon
Channel the power of flowers with the daisy extract in this brightening serum. Used regularly, it evens skin tone and nixes dark spots.
Paula's Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum, $38, Amazon
Want your fix of antioxidants and lightweight hydration? Fight back against the first signs of aging, brighten your complexion and refine skin tone with this triple threat!
Vichy Idéalia Radiance Boosting Anti-Aging Serum, $39, Amazon
This serum from French brand Vichy offers 24-hour hydration (yes, please!) and lends your skin a rosy, just-came-from-the-spa glow. Ooh la la!
La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Dark Spot Serum, $53, Amazon
Say au revoir to uneven skin tone and bonjour to a brighter complexion with this serum that’s safe for sensitive skin.