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Skin Nutrition Moisturizer- reviewed and recommended

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Sagging Skin, Face Care for Men
September 14, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

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

  • May 3, 2011

    by Shelley

    My question re: hydrogenation and topical oils is does the addition of hydrogen change the molecular structure of the oil and render it less effective - or worse ineffective? Is the the hydrogen released when the oil is applied to the skin? If it's not released is it absorbed? How does hydrogenation effect absorption of the oil?

    I ask because I am trying to decide between buying squalene or squalane and it is my understanding that the latter is hydrogenated.

    Thank you,


  • September 17, 2010

    by marta

    So Melinda and Sean, here's what I can tell you about hydrogenated oil and a tentative conclusion regarding its use in cosmetics.

    Hydrogenated oil is the result of hydrogen gas to oil, in order to preserve it. The process results in good fatty acids being converted to trans fats. These trans fats increase bad cholesterol (hence are banned from foods in New York restaurants). These fats do have a propensity to oxidise and cause free radicals, but the only investigations into this have been into dietary fats. And the bad stuff happens after they has been absorbed into the blood stream. I can't find anything relating to skin or topical use. My tentative conclusion is that assuming that topical hydrogenated oil is bad because dietary hydrogenated oil is bad may be putting two and two together and making seven. But I will keep this in on my radar in case I can find any new information. In the meantime, I feel OK to continue using this moisturizer.

  • September 15, 2010

    by jc

    disregard my previous message, went to the source, skin nutrition's website....seems dermstore might have the wrong ingredient listings....this product sounds fantastic!

  • September 15, 2010

    by jc

    i was curious about this product so was checking it out on ingredient list they show for skin nutrition moisturizer is quite different:

    Purified Water, Isopropyl Myrisrate, Octyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccana) Nut Oil, Glycerin, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Copolyol,Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester) , Lipoic Acid, Tyrosine, D-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Citric Acid

    i'm just curious if i'm looking at the wrong product?

  • September 15, 2010

    by marta

    Sean and Melinda, thank you for raising this. I have to admit that I hadn't really thought about hydrogenated oil in cosmetics. There are certainly issues when used with foods. I am going to have to research this and come back to you.

  • September 15, 2010

    by Melinda

    Yes, I second an investigation of hydrogenated oils in skin care products. I recently purchased some items that all contain a hydrogenated oil of some type. I haven't noticed an increase in oiliness but am curious/concerned if they are bad for the inside of use why not the outside of us?

  • September 14, 2010

    by Sean

    Marta - I'm fairly certain that consuming foods containing hydrogenated oils is really, really unhealthy (they create free radicals or something).

    The Skin Nutrition Moisturizer sounds good until I see hydrogenated oils in the ingredients. Can you address putting them on the skin?

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