Say Bonjour To Great Skin With Votre Vu
Since the dawn of the “green” revolution, numerous botanical skincare lines have emerged to lure environmentally conscious consumers — and yet few have gone beyond bread-and-butter ingredients that smell like a combination between a barnyard and a hemp festival (substances like lavender, chamomile, oat extract, olive fruit extract, etc.). Skincare brand Votre Vu, however, relies on luxurious Parisian botanical ingredients when developing its formulas through a combination of both European and American techniques. Each product smells like a dew-covered flower garden or a tropical orchard — think avocado, papaya, tomato extract, lemon oil, white lily, bilberry, grapefruit extract, evening primrose oil, cornflower water, and more. By maximizing the appeal of its products’ scent and texture, Votre Vu has transformed the notion of a skincare routine into an indulgent, sensuous experience — instead of approaching washing your face and applying lotion as hum-drum chores (like brushing your teeth or flossing), you’ll actually look forward to these moments when you can pamper your visage.
Among my favorite products is the Tragic Magic Rescue Creme, which contains ingredients like: lime extract, which brightens the skin and helps with hyperpigmentation issues; vitamin E, which hydrates and protects the skin from free radicals; rose hips oil, which rejuvenates the skin by helping to repair damaged skin cells; softening jojoba oil; avocado, which soothes irritated skin and delivers a surge of moisture; and callophyllum oil, which calms even the most sensitive skin. As someone with sensitive skin, this cream has been an absolute life saver! It has a velvety soft texture, gliding right onto the skin with more ease than churned margarine (and sans any greasiness), and you’ll experience visible results in as little as a day (which is beyond uncommon). I first tried this product after suffering through a rather allergic reaction to a serum containing vitamin A — I’d been assured that this particular product was extremely gentle and yet, as soon as I patted it onto my cheeks, my skin felt like it was on fire. Redness and peeling ensued, and I felt beyond self-conscious, whining that I was starting to look like a Freddy Krueger protégé. Desperate for some relief, I slathered on a teaspoon amount of the Tragic Magic cream onto my face — and, the next morning, I could already see some of the redness dissipating. Since then, I’ve been glued as to this product as Linus is to his blankie. It’s richly hydrating and even helps to alleviate breakouts and to minimize the appearance of dark spots and acne marks.
Another standout: the Sweep Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, which has skyrocketed to my list of all-time favorite makeup removers. This oil-free formula not only removes dirt, grime and stubborn makeup, but it does so in the most painless manner thanks to a combination of ingredients like: moisturizing and toning rose water; antibacterial and deeply purifying boric acid; and bluet water, which boasts anti-inflammatory properties.
Whenever you need to give your skin a boost, reach for the Fleur Blanc tonic, which smells like a lush bridal bouquet thanks to its star ingredient, white lily, which moisturizes and softens the skin. I could literally smell this tonic all day long — that’s how gorgeous it’s scent is.
For those of you who, like me, have sensitive skin, check out the Attentive range of products, which includes a milky cleanser, lightweight serum, and both day and night creams. The Attentive Serum Délicat Pour Le Visage is particularly impressive, featuring such ingredients as: horsetail extract and zinc to reduce inflammation; milk proteins to nourish the skin and gently exfoliate; soothing green macro-algae extract; biosaccharide gum to help the skin retain moisture; hydrating sodium hyaluronate; and moisturizing vegetable glycerin. Combined with the moisturizing shea butter and seaweed extract in the Attentive Creme de Jour, you can kick your days off with relaxed, replenished and dewy skin.
It’s time to chercher Votre Vu, mes chéries!
Votre Vu “Tragic Magic” Rescue Creme, $39; Votre Vu “Sweep” Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, $25; Votre Vu “Fleur Blanc” Tonic for All Skin Types, $25; Votre Vu Attentive Lait Pour Le Visage, $29; Votre Vu Attentive Creme De Jour, $39; Votre Vu Attentive Sérum Delicat Pour Le Visage, $64. All available at VotreVu.com