Guide Tried: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

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Guide Tried: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Beauty editors, celebrities, and even my own friends are raving about Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum and its restorative and anti-aging properties. This potent mixture of essential oils and 22 botanicals offers multi-correctional benefits: it "restores skin's balance, texture and natural radiance," according to the company.

Fans claim that Vintner's Daughter actually makes their skin glow. It's said to heal acne, prevent signs of aging, and smooth skin thanks to plant extracts and fatty acids. But it's pricey at $185 per bottle. Are you on the fence about whether or not to try this hot skincare product? Read on for my experience testing out the coveted serum for a month.

After reading all the hype about Vintner's Daughter (it's even endorsed by goop herself, Gwyneth Paltrow!) I was excited to try what sounds like a miracle product. The night I received my bottle in the mail, I washed my face, then carefully counted six drops of serum from the simple glass dispenser. I rubbed the pungent oil between my palms, and pressed it into my face as directed.

The thick gold liquid feels luxurious and absorbed quickly into my skin. The musky, botanical smell is soothing but quite strong. (I love it, but the distinctive scent is not for everyone.) I went to bed anxious to find out if I would look younger in the morning.

"The thick gold liquid feels luxurious and absorbed quickly into my skin."

When I woke up I was surprised to see that my forehead lines were significantly smoothed! I couldn't see wrinkles at all and I actually thought they might have been erased forever. Unfortunately, as the day went on, they slowly returned. But still! I was impressed. 

I've never seen my thirtysomething skin smooth out like that. As the days went on I felt like my skin was — and is — improving. It's now more moisturized and healthier looking.

It's no wonder my face looks better; the formula includes ingredients with anti-inflammatory and skin-firming properties, as well as fatty acids. Antioxidants help with skin elasticity, cellular turnover, and more. Some of the ingredients include marigold, rosehip, frankincense, rosemary, and turmeric root oil. Vintner's Daughter also has vitamins C and D, selenium, beta-carotene — what doesn't it contain!

My skin's improvement could just be in my mind, since I know about all these active oils and botanicals, but my husband has noticed as well.

"I love that Vintner's Daughter is only one product — one step."

Do I have a youthful glow? Maybe — I like to think that I do. The word I would use to describe the difference is healthier. I feel like my skin is a bit firmer and my forehead wrinkles are not quite as deep as they were previous to trying this serum. 

But the most amazing result I noticed was that an unwanted bump disappeared! I had a raised bump about the size of a dime on my forehead. A dermatologist deemed it harmless and just a result of aging. A few weeks into using Vintner's Daughter I noticed the bump shrinking, so I started applying an extra dab in the morning.

I can't be sure if it was a coincidence or if the serum actually started shrinking it, but the bump is virtually gone at this point. If the active botanicals actually healed my skin, they are definitely effective. Consider me sold!

I'm low maintenance when it comes to skin care, so I love that Vintner's Daughter is only one product — one step. I cleanse my face nightly with Pond's or Noxema cold cream, then I use the serum (pressing 6-8 drops in to my face and neck and massaging a bit). That's it!

I also enjoy the ritual and the soothing smell as a nightly routine. After a daytime shower I'll moisturize with a normal moisturizer or more Vintner's Daughter serum. It's recommended that you apply the serum one to two times per day.

Of course, using it once will make that bottle last longer. The full-size, 30 ml bottle is pricey ($185), but luckily the company lets you try before you buy. A 3 ml sample will run you $35.

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