I don’t frequently have issues with dry skin (except maybe on my feet). But this time of year my skin is definitely at its driest, and I find myself slathering on an extra-soothing facial moisturizer at night, a more generous amount of body oil post-shower or bath, and taking extra care of my lips so they don’t become chapped or parched (the horror!).
There are two new-to-me products that have been helpful in this year’s Operation Stay Moisturized that I want to share with you. Both are from CV Skinlabs*, Britta Aragon’s line of soothing products—the entire line is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
First impressions: I went for the Restorative Skin Balm first. It’s very emollient and instantly soothing, perfect for dry skin on feet, elbows, and knees—but with CV Skinlabs signature blend of turmeric, bisabolol and reishi mushroom, plus carnauba and beeswax, it’s also a great healing salve for cuts and scrapes. Just put a dab on your skin and top with a bandage! I’ve also used it on my lips, on a stubborn patch of dry skin on my palm, and on my ankles. And I’m pretty sure there are many more uses for me to discover.
What caught me by surprise: I tend to shy away from using products on my face that are meant for dry skin, since my face tends to be on the oily side, which made me a little nervous about testing out CV Skinlabs’ Calming Moisture. But I’ve been surprised by how my skin responds to this product. It’s strong enough to be a good option for skin that’s raw or healing from a chemical peel, but it’s also gentle enough to moisturize my skin without causing breakouts or leaving my skin looking dull.
Bonus: Lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time for me to start thinking seriously about adding some anti-aging products to my routine (wrinkles, boo!), but finding a product like this that’s lightly moisturizing and contains ingredients like beta glucan, which helps promote collagen production, has made me re-think my need for a dedicated anti-aging product in favor of multi-taskers like these two.
Have you tried anything from the CV Skinlabs line? What do you look for in a moisturizer this time of year? —Aleigh