Skin Nutrition’s Moisturizer ($70) is nowhere near as no-frills as its refreshingly austere moniker (is it just me, or are the names of some potions getting as long as a those of a character in War & Peace). With a complex blend of antioxidants, such as astaxanthin, it is a worthy sibling to the more expensive Cell CPR (a big favorite of mine) and an excellent maintenance product, especially teamed up with Skin Nutrition’s cleanser and toner.

If proof was needed that this is a very credible unisex product, note that this review has been a long time coming because Skin Nutrition Moisturizer keeps being stolen by my husband (and the only other potion he has been near in 20 years of marriage is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream when he has an itchy bug bite). So bear this in mind if someone you love needs some manscaping.

I have found (whenever I could get my hands back on it) that this moisturizer is a great daily cream and multitasker for wherever my skin needed a pick-me up – my hands especially like it, as does the back of my neck (which gets dry and itchy for some reason) and, if your serum needs some hydrating back up, this is a team player that is also contributing more than its fair share in the anti-wrinkle dept.

After several natural hydrating oils, comes the star of the show, the antioxidant astaxanthin. The source of salmon’s pink color, in this case it comes from an alga called haematococcus pluvialis. This has unusually high amounts of astaxanthin, stored in resting cells, which are produced when the environmental conditions becomes unfavorable for normal cell growth. Apparently, red stains in rock pools (or even bird baths) are caused by these astaxanthin-filled cells.

But the real food for thought for next time you go beachcombing is this: according to one scientist astaxanthin can eliminate free radicals 6,000 times more effectively than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10, 550 times more than vitamin E and green tea, 75 times more than Alpha Lipoic Acid, and 20 times more than beta-carotene.

Skin Nutrition’s Moisturizer also contains the company’s signature botanical, cactus pear. Cactus pear has plenty of antioxidants, such as ascorbic acid, carotenoids, reduced glutathione, cysteine, taurine, and flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin. It is joined by most of the antioxidant berries you could think of including acai and goji.

If your budget doesn't allow for Skin Nutrition Cell CPR ($170 in the shop), then the Skin Nutrition Moisturizer at a hundred bucks less is a very worthwhile substitute.


Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Glycerin,Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Haematococcus Pluvialis Algae (Astaxanthin) Extract, Glucose, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Opuntia Ficus-indica (Cactus Pear) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Euterpa Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Lactoperoxidase, Vitex Agnus Castus (Monk's Pepper Berry) Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Phaeodactylum Tricornutum (Algae) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glucose Oxidase, Sodium Levulinate, Citric Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract SN-NPS™ * (Proprietary Natural Preservative System) *Patent Pending