There is a new Matrixyl 3000 kid on the block called Giovento Multi-vitaminRevitalizing Cream ($56.25). As well as our favorite power peptide it has plenty of vitamin C – three types, in fact – and some useful botanicals. I was beginning to feel tempted to try it out, but three things kept nagging at me:

1. What kind of cosmetic confection has fructose, glucose and sucrose?

2. Isn’t triethanolamine something I’d rather avoid?

3. Why does Giovento Multi-vitamin Revitalizing Cream look so familiar?

To answer the third question first, this is another of our product twins, formulas that are made by a third party and ‘white labeled’ to brands to put their own name and price on it. In this case, the formula is made by Rayalab Cosmetic Manufacturing Company and as well as Giovento it is also marketed by Skinscope as Theraderma Vita-Silk C ($58). However Skinscope or Giovento sugar-coat it, this product is not unique.

Talking of sugar. There are eight essential saccharides with all sorts of beneficial healing powers. They are: glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose (not to be confused with fructose), N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, and N-acetylneuraminic acid. This potion has one of these – glucose – and two others (fructose and sucrose that seem to serve little purpose), plus some non-essential amino acids alanine, glutamic acid and aspartic acid.

I was right about triethanolamine. This is an amine produced by reacting ethylene oxide (considered highly toxic) with ammonia (another known toxin). It is used as a buffering agent, masking and fragrance ingredient, and surfactant, in addition to its primary use as a pH adjuster. Triethanolamine is FDA approved as an indirect food additive (aka it can be used in packaging) and CIR approved with concentration limits. The CIR determined that triethanolamine providing it is followed by thorough rinsing from the surface of the skin. In products intended for prolonged contact with the skin, the concentration of triethanolamine should not exceed 5%.” There is a strong evidence that Triethanolamine is a human skin, immune system and respiratory toxicant.

Despite the sugar, this cream leaves a bitter taste.


Aloe Vera Gel, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sweet Almond Oil, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and L-Ascorbic Acid and Ascorbyl Palmitate, (Vitamin C Complex), Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Aquas Extracts of Chamomile, Ginseng, Cucumber, and Ginkgo Biloba, Triethanolamine, Citrus Extract, Glucose and Fructose and Sucrose and Alanine and Glutamic Acid and Aspartic Acid and Hexyl Nicotinate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, d-Penthanol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Essential Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit.E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vit.A), Cholecalciferol (Vit. D) Pantothenic Acid (Vit B5), Carrot Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid.