Dark spots? This brightening moisturizer contains an ingredient 62 times more effective than vitamin C

Alyssa Tria
Shopping Editor

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CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer with Niacinamide

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Let’s face it, dark spots are the worst. Not only do they tarnish the appearance of healthy, youthful skin, but they can also take weeks (even months) to heal fully. But rather than opting for a generic brightening vitamin C complex, there’s one product we swear will effectively reduce the look of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and discolouration — and in half the time.

What is it?

Enter one of the newest product by Caudalie: the Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer, a lightweight formula made with pigment-distributing ingredients and natural pearlizers to address the look of dark spots, visibly even tone, and give skin a glowing appearance.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer

SHOP IT: Sephora, $75

How does it work?

Enriched with Viniferine, a key ingredient 62 times more effective than citamin C in reducing the look of dark spots, and Niacinamide, (better known as Vitamin B3), this moisturizer works double-duty to regulate cell turnover and break up the melanin that is causing the dark spot.

Its gel-like texture sinks into the skin and hydrates without feeling greases. Packed with white peony, it also works wonders at reviving the skin’s radiance and delivering an instant brightening effect.

According to a clinical study self-assessment on 20 volunteers, 95 per cent of users reported that they saw an instant natural radiance in the skin. While 90 per cent said they noticed more even complexion after three months of application.

And because Viniferine isn’t photosensitive, it is safe to use in the morning! For the best results, apply to the face and neck at least once and day.

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This moisturizer is specially designed for those who are looking to correct or prevent dark spots, whatever the cause.

“There are a couple of different variables that can lead to dark spots. We can refer to that as inflammation, post-inflammatory inflammation which can be a result of acne or eczema and breakouts,” explains Liz Kwitman, Caudalie’s Vice President of Education. “There is melasma which we often associate with hormones and we definitely see this in our clients that are on a birth control pill, that are pregnant or post-pregnancy or are dealing with PCOS or other hormonal variations. And probably one of the biggest triggers is the sun.”

While Kwitman says that using products with Viniferine will expedite your results, she also suggests going deeper.

“You still need to fight through layers of dead skin cells so you have to exfoliate,” she explains. “I suggest doing a chemical exfoliation with glycolic acid. It’s critical to bring these key ingredients together! It takes you from seeing results in two months to a month — it really cuts your time in half.”

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What are people saying?

So far, the Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Moisturizer is backed up by 7,600 “loves” on Sephora’s website and a 4.7-rating out of five stars.

“I was given this product complimentary to try for myself in exchange for my honest review and opinions. I've been using this product daily for almost a month now and, although it is a bit pricey, I feel that it's worth every penny. I've noticed a significant difference in the appearance of my skin's tone and texture. I am rather self-conscious about some areas on my face in which are lacking the normal range of pigmentation and are therefore very different and highly noticeable,” says one Sephora shopper. “This product has really helped my self-confidence as it's given my tone a more even and radiant glow.”

“This oil-free cream goes on smoothly to give you that natural brightening glow! I have age spots and dry skin and after using this once a day in the morning on my face and neck there is remarkable and noticeable difference on how rough my skin would feel before I ever used it. I have had people even ask me what moisturizer I use on my face because of how light and airy my face looks,” echoes another. “My face looks full of lustre and radiance!”

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