Harvard and Caudalie Teamed Up To Make the Smartest Skin-Firming Super Serum on the Market

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Whether you’ve been using a wrinkle-reversing skin-care lineup for years, or are looking to incorporate a more potent product into a pared-back routine, this newly reformulated super serum from Caudalie (that's backed by Harvard researchers) could be a great addition for you. Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Instant Firming Serum ($79), a revamp of their original best-selling serum that launched in 2001, features a patented trio of ingredients that is as sciencey as it is effective.

Before we get into this innovative targeted trio, it’s important to note that Caudalie has been formulating with Resveratrol for many years. Their superstar ingredient is extracted from grapevines, known for their strength and ability to survive harsh environmental conditions, and has been show in studies to provide firming and lifting skin benefits.

Caudalie’s love of Resveratrol was cemented when the brand first filed the patent for its stabilization in 1997. They later went a step further and collaborated with David Sinclair, PhD, a Harvard geneticist, to file a patent combining Resveratrol and hyaluronic acid, a duo that increases skin’s own production of hyaluronic acid for a more youthful appearance. And now, the hyaluronic acid-Resveratrol duo has gotten another upgrade via a vegan collagen alternative, for a three-pronged approach that delivers the most powerful results yet. So, to recap: The new Resveratrol-Lift Instant Firming Serum is formulated with Resveratrol, plus natural hyaluronic acid, plus a vegan collagen alternative to yield visibly firmer and lifted skin, with a reduced look of wrinkles.

In partnership with Dr. Sinclair, Caudalie found that the formula is purportedly two times more effective than retinol to visibly firm skin, meaning if you’re searching for a gentler way to get anti-aging benefits, this could be a great, non-irritating option for you. The serum doesn’t stop there, though. It also features peptides to improve elasticity and quinoa extract to de-puff, while visibly lifting and firming. It moisturizes and nourishes with organic shea butter, grape seed oil, and olive-derived squalane.

The new version of the serum is made with more than 97 percent natural origin ingredients. Plus, it’s oil-free and absorbs quickly without leaving any heavy residue. The refreshingly light scent has notes of basil, lemongrass, chamomile, thyme, and orange blossom, making it a sensorial experience. Use it in the morning and evening, massaging into skin in an upward motion before applying your moisturizer. The complete Resveratrol-Lift line with this newly updated trio of patented ingredients includes an Eye Firming Gel-Cream ($59), Firming Cashmere Cream ($65), Lightweight Firming Cashmere Cream ($58), and Firming Night Cream ($69), so you can round out all the stages of your routine.

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