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CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture- reader reviewed and recommended

CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture 2.0 oz


Effective moisturizing for all skin types including sensitive


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January 17, 2013 Reviewed by Emily 4 Comments
Terrific - delivers on its claims

TIA left a real gem in my stocking this holiday season – I tested a product that I can applaud and recommend without reservation. I suspect it will appeal to many in the TIA community. The product is the CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face, Neck, and Scalp ($49). It is a modestly-priced, effective, unassuming and terrific moisturizer that delivers on its claims. It’s made me curious about the whole line – new to me – and I’m liking the philosophy as well.

Britta Aragon, founder of CV Skinlabs, is described on CV’s site as a “safe cosmetics expert, author, and makeup artist.” She was inspired to develop her products based on her experience caring for her father during his cancer treatment. Her approach is to stress safety and the development of solutions for compromised skin – with the obvious implication that any of us who live in contemporary environments are exposed to plenty of bad stuff as well.

The Calming Moisture cream is described as a day-and night-moisturizer, featuring the Tri-Rescue Skin Complex (a blend of turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom), which according to CV Skinlabs  is a “powerful combination of anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and skin-soothing ingredients that encourage repair and healing of damaged skin.”

I’ve read several reviews on TIA about the antioxidant properties of mushroom ingredients, and I am aware of turmeric (curcuma longa) as an anti-inflammatory; in fact, though I’m totally hopeless about supplements, the only pill I take every day is turmeric. Supposedly, many of the illnesses associated with aging deal with inflammation; it’s even supposed to help our aging brains. Alpha-bisabolol, according to online sources, is used in skincare for its “anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and antimycotic properties.” The other ingredients looked pretty nice, including oat kernel extract (which I know from other over-the-counter products is good for healing and reducing irritations), jojoba oil and shea butter, and ginger extract. And aloe, not water, is the first ingredient.

CV Skinlabs says that the product is good for calming and hydrating chronically dry skin and is intended for sensitive skin – particularly skin that has been irritated by dermabrasion, laser treatments, chemical peels, sun exposure – and even by chemotherapy. It was sobering to be reminded that I’m just a vain 57-year-old.

The cream, which I’ve been using mostly as a day cream is medium textured, goes on and absorbs smoothly, and is pleasant – no oiliness or greasiness, even though it’s very hydrating. It works splendid under makeup, too! (It has no scent at all, as you’d hope for a product formulated for chemotherapy patients.) As winter has settled in earnest over the last four weeks, I’ve found my (always dry) skin to be well-hydrated and not remotely red or irritated. I bet it would be soothing after a day outdoors – whether in the sun or wind.

And… not least… the cream comes in a (big) two-ounce tube, priced at $49. I would gladly stack it up against significantly more expensive creams. In fact, I don’t think I’ve run into anything at a similar price per ounce that even begins to compare, period. This is an unpretentious, well-performing, nourishing moisturizer that should work well for many individuals with dry or sensitive skin, and represents exceptional value as well.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triolein, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Laurate, Squalane, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidium (Mushroom) Extract, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera), Silicon Dioxide, Water (Aqua), Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin *Organic

  • January 19, 2013

    by Emily

    Hi Julie Kay! I took a look at the CV Skinlabs website again ( to confirm and CV has a very focused list of only five products. This face cream is, according to that, the only face product. I think their focus is generally on healing/soothing/hydrating, and not on anti-aging per se, like peptides. So I guess I would try it as an adjunct to those kinds of products.

  • January 18, 2013

    by Julie Kay

    Emily! I love the ingredients of this cream. And I'm happy it performs so well for you. Do you know if CV has a cream similar including peptides; particularly Matrixyl 3000? including this active would make it perfect for me. Thanks so much for the review! ~jk

  • January 17, 2013

    by Emily

    Thank you, Charley, I'm so pleased if this was helpful. Yes, I was really taken with this brand -- and I wrote this review even before Marta posted her review of the body lotion, which is definitely on my wish list.
    I'm glad you asked the question about using it on scalp -- I meant to mention. I did try it. It is really not greasy; not at all, compared with various oils, etc. I've tried for scalp treatments. However, my impression is (and I might be wrong, perhaps we can check with CV Labs) that the "scalp" usage is intended for bald scalps. I agree, hair gets in the way. So I didn't try it again. But I'd like to know what they recommend. Thanks!!

  • January 17, 2013

    by Charley

    Thanks for a great review, Emily. I'm very excited to see this brand in TIA. I have intensely dry skin--flaky, itchy, raw. None of the super-rich moisturizers I've tried are helping much. I, too, have read studies on the amazing curative powers of turmeric, but perhaps I don't add enough in my morning smoothies...

    I was wondering if you tried applying this on your scalp, and if it gave you greasy hair? It's one part of my body I have trouble moisturizing because of my long hair.

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