Gentle Cleanser Face And Eyes, For Normal To Dry Skin

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$28 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
5/28/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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Gentle Cleanser Face and Eyes, for Normal to Dry Skin would be better classified as “gentle” if it didn’t contain fragrance, but it is still an effective, detergent-free cleansing lotion for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes. It will remove makeup and rinses fairly well, though you may find you need a washcloth for complete removal. This cleanser does not protect your skin from free radicals—that is impossible. Even to come close to achieving that, you’d have to be in an environment without oxygen, which would mean you couldn’t breathe, and that wouldn’t be good! There isn’t any product anywhere that can stop free-radical damage; at best we can only reduce the impact. Further, in a cleanser, any ingredient that is going to provide any protection from free radicals is just rinsed down the drain.

This fluid, velvety cleanser leaves the skin clean, soft and protected against free radicals.

Water, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, PEG–8, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ceteareth–20, Cetyl Alcohol, TEA Cocoyl Glutamate, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Methylparaben, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Water, Carbomer, Sorbitol, Urea, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Chlorphenesin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Palmitic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool

Let's pour ourselves a glass of wine before we begin this review. Okay, now that we am adequately prepared we can, in effect, review this line without smirking. Why wine? Because Caudalie is a skin-care line whose ambience is intended to evoke the importance and value of grapes for your skin. Are you ready for this? Caudalie is in fact a term used in wine tasting; it is an actual measurement used to indicate how long the taste of a wine stays on your palate: 1 caudalie = 1 second. So, if you can still taste the wine in your mouth 1 second after swallowing it, that's 1 caudalie; 2 seconds after swallowing, that's 2 caudalie, and so on. And, supposedly, the more caudalie the wine has the more elegant and superior it is.

What does any of that have to do with skin care? From Caudalie Paris's perspective, everything, because clearly they think the grape is the cornerstone for formulating any skin-care product. After reading their information you could easily assume that Welch's Grape Juice could be used as a toner. But of course that's not what Caudalie has in mind, because it's their formulas they want you to count on, not Welch's juice.

It turns out that grape extract, grape oil, and other parts of the grape do have mounting research proving that they do have benefit for skin when applied topically. Red grapes (stem, seed, pulp, and especially the skin) contain proanthocyanidin and resveratrol, naturally occurring compounds that are considered very potent antioxidants. There is also impressive research showing how helpful these compounds are for reducing the sun's damaging effects, and that topical application plays a role in wound healing. (Sources: Photochemistry and Photobiology, March-April 2008, pages 415–421; Journal of Medicinal Food, December 2007, pages 636–642, and June 2007, pages 337–344; and Free Radical Biology and Medicine, October 2002, pages 1089–1092).

The research is significant, but (excuse me while we take another sip of wine) what's ludicrous—and disappointing—about the Caudalie products is that most of them don't contain a significant amount of grape extract, and resveratrol (the most potent compound in the grape) is entirely absent. Without question, Caudalie could have formulated products that included a larger amount of grapes and their beneficial compounds—at least it would have given more resonance to their story that the grapes in their products offer long-lasting antioxidant protection to every cell.

Getting back to the research on grapes, what's important to keep in mind is that while grapes are a great source of antioxidant protection, there are also hundreds of other plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals with potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties. No single ingredient has achieved the coveted status of "best" when it comes to skin (or health) care. Almost all antioxidants appear to have some benefit for skin, and while some are indeed more stable or more potent than others, there is still no reason to get wrapped up in any single ingredient, any more than your diet should have only one food group for adequate nutrition. Plus, skin needs more than one single antioxidant; thinking otherwise is like believing you can subsist on drinking wine or eating grapes and nothing else. For skin, cell-communicating ingredients, skin-identical ingredients, sun protection, and exfoliants are all fundamental to superior skin care, yet in Caudalie's narrow view, each comes up short.

Although almost all Caudalie products contain a small amount of grapes in one form or another, they don't offer much else for skin, and several of their products contain irritating plant extracts that not only hurt skin but also work against the beneficial compounds from the grapes. In addition, no antioxidant stands much chance of helping skin if you're not protecting your skin from sunlight.

As much as Caudalie would like you to believe that their botanical cocktails are the sought-after fountain of youth, for the most part, you'd be far better off spending your money on fresh grapes, grape juice, or a vintage bottle of Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon!

For more information about Caudalie Paris, call (866) 826-1615 or visit www.caudalie.com.

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  1. Dee
    Reviewed on Friday, March 22, 2013
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      4 / 4
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    Gentle and Moisturizing
    • I really like this cleanser though I use it mostly to remove my eye makeup. I find it gentle and moisturizing especially for more mature eyes.

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