It’s time for me to face the facts. For years, I’ve been convinced that facial moisturizers were not my friend. With my combination skin, they often made me break out or left my skin excessively shiny. But I have to say, I’ve tried some really fantastic moisturizers in the past several months, and I’m coming to the realization that it’s not moisturizer that’s the enemy—it’s that I’d been choosing moisturizers that were just way too heavy for my skin. (Duh!)
This newfound discovery that I can, in fact, use moisturizers without a sense of impending doom (OK, that might be a bit dramatic, but that’s how I felt), led me to accept an offer from Marina Volod, esthetician and founder of Avitalin, to test out her Vitality phytocell complex, which she says is good for all skin types. I’m into trying new things lately (more on that later!), so I decided to test it out. And my skin is glad I did!
What I tried: Avitalin’s Vitality Phytocell Complex, $68*
First impressions: Its earthiness. The formula is vegan, using plant-derived stem cells to rejuvenate skin tissue and boost skin health, and it smells like plants! It has a lovely, herb-y smell that’s pretty strong—so if you’re not into that type of thing, this might not be the moisturizer for you. It also has a slight green tint (see the photo above), which I assume is from all of this plant goodness:
Aloe barbarensis (aloe) juice, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Camellia sinensis (green tea) extract, Euterpe oleracea (acai berry) extract, Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice root) extract, Malus domestica (PhytoCellTec™) extract, embryonic phyto complex, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, cetyl palmitate, sorbitan palmitate, Olea europa (olive) oil, stearic acid, xantham gum, Salix nigro (black willowbark) extract, fragrance (lavender, mandarin, palmarosa, and balsam Peru essential oils)
What caught me by surprise: How much my skin loves this stuff. Normally just one application of moisturizer would give my skin a panic attack. I’ve been using the Avitalin for a week, just a dab at a time (a little goes a long way), and so far I just have smooth, happily moisturized skin. I give it a few minutes to sink in before I put on any makeup, and I’m good to go. I think those with drier complexions would enjoy it, too–just use a more heavy-handed application.
Bonus: I’m intrigued by the moisturizer’s PhytoCellTec™ complex, which is an extract of cultured stem cells from a rare Swiss apple that promises anti-aging benefits.
What do you look for in a moisturizer? Are you a moisturizer-avoider? —Aleigh