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Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: CV Skinlabs

Beauty And Safety Without Compromise


Britta Aragon, the founder and developer of CV Skinlabs, discovered her passion for safe skincare when her father went through an 8 year battle with cancer. As a survivor of Hodgkin’s disease herself, she understood the devastating effects of cancer on the body. She tried products for sensitive skin but they were not right. Often laden with harmful chemicals that irritated her father’s fragile skin, she knew she needed something else. She founded CincoVidas.com, a blog dedicated to those who suffer from the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Her next step was to develop a skincare line to help those people suffering from skin problems. As a former skincare therapist and makeup artist, she was perfect person to do this!

CV Skinlabs is a company that has dedicated itself to making skincare products for compromised skin. That might be a number of conditions such as eczema, chronic dryness, extreme sensitivity, etc. Each of the products deliver beauty benefits and proven results. Developed with a number of dermatologists, toxicologists and holistic skincare chemists, CV Skinlabs:

  • Have developed skincare that is “luxuriously” soothing to the skin and clinically proven to repair it while restoring the natural radiance.
  • Make sure that there is an unprecedented standard of safety, this is done by examining and screening all ingredients for links to irritation, cancer or hormone disruption and conducting rigorous clinical testing..
  • Uses strict formula safety guidelines and standards, making sure to not use ingredients that are on a list of harmful thickeners, preservatives and aesthetic enhancers. These are often found in conventional skin care products.

Their goal is to always deliver beauty without compromise. All of the products are screened by a toxicologist for carcinogens, xenoestrogens and other potentially harmfully ingredients. The products are dermatologist-tested and clinically tested.

Calming Moisture



(photo courtesy of CV Skinlabs)

A super rescue moisturizer that immediately calms, hydrates and nourishes chronically dry and flushed skin while returning moisture and radiance. Designed for all sensitive skin types. Ideal for soothing skin irritated from the effects of microdermabrasion, laser treatments, retinol use, chemical peels, excess sun exposure or chemotherapy. Skin is left soft, moist and glowing.

Contains a Tri-Rescue Complex: blend of Turmeric, Bisabolol and Reishi Mushroom that together provide anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antihistamine benefits to the skin (This complex is in all the CV Skinlabs products). Other key ingredients are: Beta Glucan, Aloe Vera and Oat extract. This cream is 100% free of synthetic fragrance, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde and other harmful ingredients, it has been screened by a toxicologist. In a blind, independent clinical study of male & female panelists, 73% said skin was immediately calmed and soothed, 82% said product was very good to excellent and 73% said overall condition of skin was improved.

My experience: I waited to use this specifically after I did a peel. My skin was on fire because I had used a new brand. I have to say without any doubt that my skin was IMMEDIATELY calmed by this cream. Calming Moisture is a wonder. It works! It was like I put out a fire. Not only did it calm my skin but it took away the redness too. I was in shock because I have never seen a cream that did this before. This is one I highly recommend for anyone with very sensitive skin. I am in love with this cream. It’s amazing.

2 oz./60 lm tube $49.00

Restorative Skin Balm

restorative skin balm


(Photo courtesy of CV Skinlabs)

A rich, petrolatum-free salve that nourishes, moisturizes and helps to protect skin from environmental aggressors. It takes care of severely dry, rough and chapped skin. Lips, cuticles, eczema, cuts, scrapes, IV areas, abrasions, chaffing, new scars and any other areas needing TLC are instantly softened and tackled.

This salve is also formulated with the Tri-Rescue Complex and other key ingredients like Calendula, Sea Buckthorn oil, Arnica. Those three are anti-oxidants, fat soluble vitamins and sesquiterpene lactones (naturally occurring plant terpenoids), all of which are known for their healing, immune boosting, antiseptic and skin-regenerating properties. Carnuba and Bee’s Wax help safeguard the moisture barrier. Vitamin E aids in wound healing and is a powerful anti-oxidant. This salve is 100% natural with 15% organic ingredients. It is 100% free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde and other harmful substances. A stable preservative system approved by major worldwide natural/organic standards bodies guarantees appropriate shelf-life without contributing to environmental harm. In a blind, independent clinical study of male & female panelists, 70% saw improvement in overall condition of their skin after one week, 70% said product was confortable during application and very good at being non-irritating and 70% said they would probably or definitely buy. Described as a rich, thick salve with color coming from Sea Buckthorn Oil (slight yellow tint).

My experience: Luckily for me, when I did this peel recently I ended up burning a tiny area on my nose a little bit. I used this salve on it to help heal the area. When CV Skinlabs means salve for Restorative Skin Balm, they are not joking. It is a very thick ointment. I applied a small amount to the area a couple of times a day for 2 days. The area cleared up and there was not the general peeling I would have expected from the usual chemical peel. It’s not something I would use very often but if I had eczema, I think this would be a great thing to have on hand. Also, if you had a baby that was prone to severe diaper rash it would be wonderful to keep in the diaper bag. I used to have a horrible problem with diaper rash and the zinc oxide ointments didn’t work for my baby. Calendula is a great anti-inflammatory, as is Arnica.

5 oz./15 ml $26.00

Body Repair Lotion



(Photo courtesy of CV Skinlabs)

An ultra-soothing, fast absorbing and deeply hydrating lotion that replenishes dry, inflamed skin while restoring radiance. For all skin types. Great for eczema, dermatitis and radiation burns. Also great after laser hair removal, waxing and shaving. Skin is left nourished and with a soft glow.

This lotion also contains the Tri-Rescue Complex as well as Beta Glucan, St. John’s Wort, Calendula and Aloe Vera. This lotion has 99.4% natural ingredients and 58.5% organic ingredients. It is completely free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde and any other harmful substances. CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion has a stable preservative system that has been approved by a major worldwide natural/organic standards bodies that guarantees it to have an appropriate shelf-life without contributing to environmental harm. In a blind, independent clinical study of male & female panelists, 83% said the lotion was excellent to very good at being non-irritating and comfortable during application; 76% said that it was excellent to very good at immediately moisturizing and being comfortable throughout the day; 73% said it was excellent to very good at making skin less ashy and 72% said the overall feel/texture of skin was improved in just one week.

My experience: I found this lotion to be extremely rich and and moisturizing. After using it my skin felt great. I mean very soft. My hands felt so much better than they usually do compared to they do with any other body cream. I also used this on my feet, then covered them with socks and left them on overnight. In the morning they were so nice and felt amazing!!!! I think this body lotion will be great for anyone with severely dry, irritated skin. The ingredients are all great for healing.

6 fl. oz./175 ml. $36.00

Rescue + Relief Spray

CV-Skinlabs-Primary-Rescue Relief-Spray


(Photo Courtesy of CV Skinlabs)

This is a refreshing milky emulsion that provides deep, hydrating moisture while calming and soothing flushed sensitive skin. A multitasking formula, it brings instant cooling relief to itching, burning, irritated and inflamed skin caused by sun exposure, rosacea, eczema, rashes, laser treatments, chemical peels, shaving, waxing, minor burns and radiation treatments. Formulated with the Tri-Rescue Complex, Chamomile, Cucumber, Water Lily, Valerian and Comfrey. All of these ingredients are here to soothe and heal irritated and burned skin. This product has 99.4% natural ingredients and 84% organic ingredients. As with the other products in the CV Skinlabs line, 100% of product is free from synthetic fragrances, dyes, parabens, formaldehyde and other harmful ingredients. It has a stable preservative system that has been approved by a major worldwide natural/organic standards bodies that guarantees it to have an appropriate shelf-life without contributing to environmental harm. In a blind independent clinical study of male & female panelists showed that 70% said the product was extremely to very comfortable, reported moisturized skin and saw an improvement in overall condition in just one week. Eighty-six percent rated the product good to excellent on an overall basis.

I did not get to test this product but I have heard good things about it. It has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Organic Spa magazine and US Weekly.

6 fl.oz./175 ml. $34.00


CV Skinlabs has created a great line of products that work for a number of different situations and for a number of different people who suffer greatly. They can be used for post laser treatment skincare, for post waxing irritation, for eczema, in hospitals for burns, for chemical peels, for shaving irritation, for skin after chemotherapy treatments and for radiation burns. This is the first time I have seen a line that has such a large range of abilities to treat skin with a number of different problems, yet has only a few ingredients. The ingredients are almost all natural and organic too! Also, they are completely harmless to the skin! The line is so versatile and can be used in home, salons, doctor’s offices and hospitals. It’s about time that this kind of line is available.

All of the CV Skinlabs products are available at www.cvskinlabs.com.


(Products were sent for consideration)

1 comment:

  1. Are these available in the UK?




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