On my trip to Spain, I managed to take an excursion out to Rioja, the commanding wine region where Frank Gehry designed hotel Marques De Riscal is home to Conde Nast rated #1 Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa. Obviously, grapes are a major highlight in the brand, plucked from within the resort's own vineyards. It would have been wrong to leave without a world-famous Gran Facial Caudalie, which includes the use of Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream ($35), an exciting facial scrub that eliminates impurities, dead skin cells and stimulates cellular renewal.
The facial itself was divine (equally indulgent to the signature crushed cabarnet scrub, which uses actual grape seeds, grape seed oil, honey and brown sugar). Up to this point, I had never tried Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream (or Caudalie in general) but I know the brand's presence in the beauty industry exceeds expectations and they garner a large following with their range of products that utilizes vinotherapie.
According to in vitro tests (Publication, The Lancet, 1993), the grape seed OPC molecule is 10,000 times more powerful than Vitamin E in combating free radicals. It was also recently discovered that viniferine, an extract of vine stalks contained in their Vinoperfect formula, helps promote radiance and treats dark spots. The grape seeds used in Caudalie (and any brand for that matter) contain polyphenols
, which—when stabilized—are incredibly potent free radical traps in the plant world.
After two weeks of galavanting around Spain, my skin definitely needed exfoliation and the dullness captured from late nights of fiesta. When slathered onto my face, the scent was nicely aromatic of... well, grapes (!) and other fantastic extracts (lemon, sweet orange, vetiver, limette, and more). Grape seed oil, the highlight here, is mildly astringent and has antiseptic qualities. The jojoba microbeads are great for exfoliating and honey, nature's most powerful humectant, which helps moisturize to the max. I like the licorice extract, which acts as an anti-inflammatory in case it might be too harsh for your skin (which it shouldn't, as it's very mild). Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream also contains a bunch of emollients and preservatives, but it's good enough to make your face shine afterward, and the dull glow disappears almost immediately.
Water, hexyldecyl stearate, cellulose, hydrogenated jojoba oil, glycerin, grape (Vitis vinifera) seed oil, sorbitan stearate, glyceryl stearate, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, xanthan gum, C13-14 isoparaffin, butylene glycol, tocopherol, methylparaben, licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra )extract, isobutylparaben, butylparaben ethylparaben, Laureth 7, chlorhexidine digluconate