When it comes to skin health, dark spots are a telltale sign of damage. They’re the radiance foe that French pharmacy favourite Caudalie, pioneer of clean, plant-powered formulas, is devoted to nixing. The skincare house developed its newest dark-spot-defying cream – Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer – to coincide with the 15th anniversary of its long-revered Vinoperfect line. Containing 97 percent natural ingredients and a potent blend of actives, it’s a holistic approach to hydration, hyperpigmentation correction and a luminous complexion, creating a healthy glow and radiant base for makeup. Here, we decode the moisturizer’s four key ingredients, specially selected to help you achieve your glowiest skin ever.


Much like fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots develop easily and are a chore to get rid of. With Caudalie’s patented ingredient Viniferine, which has lifted the brand to cult status, stubborn spots meet their match. Extracted from grapevine sap, Viniferine was first developed after women working in vineyards noticed benefits from applying the sap to their hands and faces. The exclusive hyperpigmentation- correcting molecule works to regulate tyrosinase, an enzyme that activates the overproduction of melanin. Viniferine is 62 times more powerful than vitamin C, and it one-ups its potentially-more-skinirritating ally in another important way: It actually has the ability to prevent dark spots from forming in the first place.


A skincare stalwart for decades, niacinamide – better known as vitamin B3 – is the ultimate ingredient for targeting uneven skin tone. By thwarting undesired pigmentation and promoting cell turnover, it leaves you with more luminous skin. Plus, niacinamide works double-duty in fortifying the skin barrier to ward off dullness-producing stressors, like air pollution. Best yet, it has earned a gentle-on-sensitive-skin reputation, so fresher-looking skin won’t come at an uncomfortable cost.

White peony

In the world of beauty-boosting botanicals, the white peony has a long history of proven performance. For centuries, the lush bloom has been revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – the tickets to a brighter, more radiant complexion. It works by protecting the skin from free-radical damage caused by UV radiation, making it especially ideal for outdoorsy types and those in sunny locales.

Mineral pearlizers

Sourced from a 100 percent natural origin, Caudalie’s pearly particles are a bonus dose of radiance. By inviting light to the skin and then reflecting it outward, these barely-there pearlizers bring about an instant glow that lasts all day.


Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer ($79)