Lumavera 24 Hour Moisturizer

Reviewed by Emily on January 23, 2014

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Lumavera offers a concise line of products that feature a produce department’s worth of botanical ingredients (and a plant-derived stem cell technology it calls PhytoCellTec Argan). Its Glycolic Night Cream and Anti-Aging Eye Cream earned positive reviews from TIA readers last month, so I was happy to try the Lumavera 24-Hour Moisturizer ($65) when it was offered.

My overall verdict: this is a welcome, multi-talented, mid-priced AM and PM cream. Lumavera says the 24-Hour Moisturizer “restores skin cells and offers abundant hydration for luminous skin” and touts its firming and anti-wrinkle properties as well as its moisturizing, brightening, and soothing qualities. In short, it promises major multi-tasking and the ingredients – from what I could tell – seem to run the gamut of anti-aging concoctions (peptides, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, etc).

I used it as suggested both day and evening for the last several weeks, and indeed I found it extremely hydrating, even as the seriously cold weather set in here in the Northeast. It’s soothing, smoothing, and nourishing, and I when I went away for a few days over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was glad to throw just one facial cream into my zip-lock bag. It’s reasonably lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy under makeup; it has a nice feel on application and smells, very faintly, like grapefruit. I can’t say I thought it provided any impact in terms of skin brightening, firming, or impact on wrinkles, though.

Still, simplicity is a good thing, and I think that at $65 for 1.7 oz (50 ml) Lumavera 24-Hour delivers and compares well with similarly priced moisturizers. Perhaps for me (at 58) it’s a better day cream, and those of us over 50 need more potent serums and creams for night – but it might be a terrific all-rounder for those in their ‘40’s or younger people with particularly dry skin.

Because Lumavera does stress its use of natural and botanical ingredients, I found it frustrating that their website doesn’t provide a specific ingredients list. Rather, it describes the “key ingredients” and their roles. While this is useful, I always feel that the detailed list, in order, provides a brand with more credibility. But with that proviso, this is one worth considering.