As someone with sensitive skin often plagued by inflammation, I was beyond excited when I had the opportunity to try CV Skinlabs. Why? The entire line is explicitly designed to offer luxurious, soothing solutions for sensitive skin. I wanted to know if it could deliver on all these claims. Typical “sensitive skin care” generally falls into one of two camps: highly irritating despite the sensitive label or gentle yet totally ineffective (e.g., no results). For once, I wanted to find gentle and effective in the same place. With CV Skinlabs, I finally did.
For anyone with skin sensitivity, CV Skinlabs formulations are the stuff of dreams. Every single CV Skinlabs product contains Tri-Rescue Complex, a proprietary blend of turmeric, alpha bisabolol, and reishi mushroom (for detailed benefits of each ingredient, click here). Generally, a product with even one of those ingredients would pique my interest, so you can imagine how excited I was upon discovering CV Skinlabs delivers all three in a synergistic blend for ultimate healing, calming, skin-restorative, and hydrating benefits.
How does CV Skinlabs feel on inflamed skin?
When I received CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture and Rescue + Relief Spray to test, my skin was in a bad spot: inflamed an angry red, highly (and painfully) irritated, and extremely dry. Despite CV Skinlabs’ focus on sensitive skin, I was nervous to apply much of anything, never mind anything new, to my skin. Why? Because I knew from prior experience that any product I applied—no matter how “gentle” or “sensitive” it claimed to be—was going to burn, sting, and redden my face even more. Even plain water felt bad. On the other hand, there was no better time to put CV Skinlabs to the ultimate sensitivity test than when my skin was this angry. I got out the Rescue + Relief Spray, braced myself, pulled the trigger, and . . . almost instantly felt a cooling, soothing mist dance across my skin. Much to my surprise, the raw discomfort of my skin, my pain level, significantly diminished almost immediately. Rescue + Relief Spray felt amazing on my inflamed, painful skin.
I got out Calming Moisture next, hopeful, but unsure if it could match the gentle soothing power of Rescue + Relief Spray. It did. Applying Calming Moisture to my raw and angry skin gave my skin another huge wave of pain relief, plus skin-quenching hydration. Amazed, I decided to go to my skin care collection and gather up all my “soothing” products to see if any of them were either soothing or painless when applied to my compromised skin. Out of dozens of “soothing” products, three-fourths of them burned on contact and left my skin beet red, and the others offered only slight relief. Only CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray and Calming Moisture actually felt good on inflamed skin. Color me impressed.
To tell you more about these soothing little miracle workers, Rescue + Relief Spray offers instant cooling and soothing for inflamed or irritated skin. I literally breathe a sigh of relief when I apply it, especially when my skin is in bad shape. Unlike a lot of other mists I have tried, the spray bottle works easily and projects a nice mist rather than one narrow trickle. You can store it in the refrigerator, and then applying it feels even more amazing. It is 99.4% natural, 84% organic, and free of any irritants or potentially harmful ingredients. Along with CV SkinLabs’ healing Tri-Rescue Complex, Rescue + Relief Spray also combines Aloe and Cucumber for cooling and calming, Water Lily to reduce the heat of compromised skin, and Valerian and Comfrey to further soothe and support healing.
RESCUE + RELIEF SPRAY INGREDIENT LIST: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract (Water Lily), Valeriana Officinalis Rhizome/Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Water (Aqua), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey), Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Maltodextrin *Organic
Calming Moisture is an antioxidant-rich light lotion that glides and spreads easily on skin, leaving skin soft and supple without the heaviness of traditional creams. The contents are 99.4% natural, 57% organic, and completely free of any irritating or potentially harmful ingredients. In addition to the Tri-Rescue Complex, Calming Moisture also contains Beta Glucan (to promote collagen production, minimize lines and wrinkles, and promote healing), Aloe Vera for soothing and calming, and Oat Extract to minimize redness and itch. Although Calming Moisture is lightweight, it is incredibly healing even for truly dry skin. I have never before found a moisturizer that actually delivers instant relief to painful, compromised skin the way that Calming Moisture does.
CALMING MOISTURE INGREDIENT LIST: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triolein, Glyceryl Stearate, Sucrose Laurate, Squalane, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ganoderma Lucidium (Mushroom) Extract, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera), Silicon Dioxide, Water (Aqua), Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin *Organic
Does CV Skinlabs deliver visible results?
The first night of my trial, I applied more of both CV Skinlabs products before I went to bed. I woke up the very next morning to visibly calmer, better-hydrated skin. I am not used to seeing skin-calming results this significant so quickly, so I was impressed. I used both Rescue + Relief Spray and Calming Moisture exclusively over the next week, and my skin was completely restored within a handful of days, much more quickly than is typical for me. With the anti-inflammatory power of the Tri-Rescue Complex, Rescue + Relief Spray and Calming Moisture healed both the pain and unsightliness of my inflammation. After a week, my skin looked like it had never been angry. My skin was hydrated with a noticeable boost in radiance.
Rescue + Relief and Calming Moisture are soothing wonders with beautifying benefits. Even when I was sure that anything that touched my skin was going to hurt and burn, both products offered instant soothing and relief. I have experimented with enough “sensitive” skin care products over the years to tell you that I have never experienced anything else that feels so good to apply on inflamed skin. For me, this is huge, because when you are already in pain with compromised skin, the last thing you want to do is to apply a product that will instantly trigger more pain and irritation. Plus, Rescue + Relief and Calming Moisture do much more than just soothing on contact, they are also incredibly healing, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating; with regular use, they transform irritated and inflamed skin, bringing skin back to health. Generally, green skincare this well-formulated and high-quality would be priced far beyond the reach the typical consumer (including myself), but fortunately for us, CV Skinlabs believes in honest margins and aims to keep prices moderate in order to be accessible to as many people as possible. With CV Skinlabs, luxury skin care is finally attainable. The ingredients are amazingly safe, and I trust CV Skinlabs formulas enough that I use these products on my children whenever their skin needs soothing. These are among the best-in-industry options for sensitive skin, and I give them my most enthusiastic recommendation.