Home facial: masks, old & new, from Caudalie

Whether you are a high or low maintenance woman when it comes to your beauty regime, introducing a weekly mask into your evening ritual will bring benefit to your complexion and create a wonderful habit of pampering yourself in the privacy of your own home. Caudalie, a French brand based in the heart of Bordeaux, has a wonderful outpost in the heart of Covent Garden, where you can come in for a relaxing facial or just pop in to speak to one of the shop assistants who will, without pressuring you to buy,  guide you, depending on your skin types, seasonal or specific skin needs.


Just in time for spring and the rejuvenation it brings with it, Caudalie re-launched some of its best-selling masks, as well as added a new one, in the new packaging and with a better price point for the customer as well ( you paid £19 for the 50mls mask previously, now each costs £22 for 75mls).


I will start with Caudalie Moisturizing Cream-Mask which was originally developed to hydrate and sooth all skin types. The formula hasn’t been changed ( and thank god for that as many beauty brands tend to re-formulate customer favourites, leading to customer frustration & confusion ) and it still gives the skin a cocooning feel, even if you have oily skin. This mask can be used twice a week and can be applied around the eye area as well. I have also been known to massage it in at night-time and sleep with it on my skin, instead of the night moisturiser, but do see if that tip works for your skin type. The mask contains Grape Seed Oil & patented Vinolevure and has a soothing, calming smell that somehow makes you feel cocooned & protected.


Caudalie Glycolic Peel ( before it was an Enzymatic Peel Mask ): this non-irritating exfoliant was created to help activate the process of cellular renewal and make your skin fresh, bright and improve your skin tone, making it more even. The mask contains Glycolic Acid, Grapevine shoot extract and Papaya Enzyme and the clinical trial based on 23 volunteers noted a 100% satisfaction in terms of the renewed skin effect. Apply the mask to your clean face and keep it on for 10-15 minutes. I was told that this mask is safe to use on sensitive skin and can be applied to old scars. However, as with any new skincare product for you,  do a test patch first to see if it suits your skin type.


This mask can also be used as a pre-party ‘pick me up’, as it makes the skin look more radiant. It has a rich, creamy texture and a very pleasant, uplifting smell that is indulgent for the senses. After ten minutes the creaminess disappears into your skin and all you need to do is wash it off ( the mask turns into a milky consistency and when you pat your face dry your skin will feel soft, hydrated, smoother & radiant – that is my own experience with the mask ). It can be tempting to use it often when you see such a lovely effect but even though the mask itself is gentle enough, it does contain a glycol acid so don’t ‘overindulge’ or your skin can rebel.

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