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Revolution Skincare

CBD Nourish Boost Cream

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 14.00
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Revolution Skincare’s CBD Nourish Boost Cream offers moisturizing properties for dry skin, but it doesn’t rank among the best CBD products available for a couple of key reasons.

Starting with the aesthetics, CBD Nourish Boost Cream is frontloaded with cocoa and shea butters that lend a rich emollience, ideal for normal to dry skin. You’ll also find beneficial nonfragrant plant oils, including cannabis sativa seed oil. Cannabis sativa seed oil is not the same thing as concentrated CBD, but it still has value for supplying skin with replenishing omega fatty acids.

The good news is that Revolution Skincare included cannabidiol, which is legitimate CBD. Research shows it has soothing properties that can help stop the triggers of irritated skin and deliver powerful anti-aging properties due to its ability to significantly minimize inflammation. There’s also potential for it to help calm breakouts and speed skin’s healing process.

The downside is that the cannabidiol is listed as the second to last ingredient here, which means you’re likely not getting enough of it to make a significant difference. Just to be sure, we reached out to Revolution Skincare to find out how many milligrams of CBD the formula contains, but they would not share that information (which is telling). For the record, it’s helpful when the milligrams of CBD are listed on the packaging, so you know exactly how much you’re getting.

Even if it were in higher concentration, the glass jar packaging exposes the water-based formula to air and light, which compromises the stability and effectiveness of CBD, as well as other antioxidants in this cream (see More Info) – not to mention that it puts this product at risk for bacterial contamination.

We had high hopes for Nourish Boost CBD Rich Nourishing Cream, but in the end, it’s not as “CBD rich” as it’s made out to be. It’s not a total loss, though—if you’re simply looking for moisturizing cream for dry skin this fits the bill. Just don’t count on it to do much beyond that.

BTW: The rosemary extract this contains may have a fragrant component depending on which part of the plant was used how it was extracted. However, in this form and given the minute concentration, we aren’t concerned about its potential to irritate skin.

Pros:
  • Beneficial blend of emollients and non-fragrant plant oils to moisturize dry skin.
  • Contains cannabidiol (legitimate CBD), which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cons:
  • Isn’t as concentrated in CBD as the name implies.
  • Jar packaging compromises the formula’s stability and effectiveness.

More Info:

Jar Packaging and Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Created with those seeking hydration in mind, this rich nourishing cream is formulated with cannabis sativa oil and cannabidiol, the cannabis derived ingredients that are being praised for their nourishing skincare properties. Also containing cocoa seed butter and shea butter, this rich formulation is perfect to nourish and soothe skin prone to dryness.

Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-20 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Olus Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cannabidiol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.

This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.

Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.

Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.

 

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