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A Closer Look at Robin McGraw Revelation

Reviewed by Marta May 1, 2014 71 Comments

Dr. Phil’s wife and a daily presence on his show, Robin McGraw, has launched her own anti-aging skin care line called Robin McGraw Revelation. The four-piece 30-day kit costs $89.90 and is a fairly basic regimen of cleanser, scrub, serum/moisturizer and oral supplements. I really don’t like the business model, which puts any takers on an automatic monthly renewal program. But leaving that aside, Mrs. Dr. Phil has come up with products that bear some scrutiny.

What's In Robin McGraw Revelation?

The four Robin McGraw Revelation skin care products are Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser, Total Renewal Micro Polishing Scrub, Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment and Jewel Drops Anti-Aging Serum Capsules. Personally, I don’t regard scrubs and supplements as essential to a daily anti-aging skin care regimen, and for this reason alone, I would not commit to the kit. Unfortunately, only the supplements can be bought separately. Nevertheless, I thought it worth taking a closer look at the Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser and the Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment to see if they pass muster.

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The short answer is they mostly do. The good ingredients outweigh the bad, and there are even a few interesting ones among the good. Don’t expect cutting-edge peptides, but there are some useful actives and botanical extracts.

Robin McGraw Revelation Absolute Glow Purifying Facial Cleanser has been formulated to exfoliate and lighten skin tone (another reason not to bother with a scrub) with sugar cane, from whence glycolic is typically derived, and bilberry extract, a source of skin whitening arbutin.  Edelweiss extract is included, as it is in the Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment, and at least one study demonstrates that it is an anti-inflammatory. Another good ingredient is moisture-retaining phospholipids.

The surfactant (which makes suds) is coco betaine. This is generally considered safe, although there have been reports of allergic reactions (thought to be due to it being contaminated with amidoamine and dimethylaminopropylamine, two impurities commonly associated with skin sensitization and irritation. Other ingredients to be aware of are PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate, as PEGs should be avoided on damaged skin, and the potential neurotoxin, phenoxyethanol.

Robin McGraw Revelation Vital Hydration Serum Infused Moisturizing Treatment also has some ingredients to be leery of. Adipic acid/neopentyl glycol crosspolymer is an anti-caking agent that can be a skin irritant and cause environmental damage. There are several silicones, chemical fragrance and potentially irritating preservatives, such as ethylhexylglycerin. But I have to admit, I have seen far worse in much more expensive department store potions and lotions. There are also a couple of ingredients in Robin McGraw Revelation Vital Hydration Serum that are worth a call out. Lentil extract is supposed to control sebum and eliminate nucleated cells from around the pores for a more refined complexion. Watermelon extract is also included — reminding me of Cindy Crawford’s signature “rare melon” ingredient in her much inferior line.

The Lowdown on Robin McGraw Revelation Skin Care

While I’m not going to sign up for a regular monthly kit, mostly because I don’t regard the scrub or supplements as necessary to my life, I do think that the two core products in Robin McGraw Revelation — the cleanser and moisturizer serum — are decent. Not remarkable, but certainly decent.

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  • December 13, 2016

    by becky

    I received free samples of the face anti wrinkle cream and the eye serum for free to try. Well now I have been charged for both this month. I did not order any after I got the free product. I have been trying to call the toll free number to cancel and future orders and no answer. What do I do? Can't afford the product.

  • December 13, 2016

    by Keisha

    Read her book, she has laser therapies and other things - you will NOT look like her by using these products, she looks the way she does due to the laser treatments etc (she goes into detail in her books on these things)

  • December 7, 2016

    by Jo-Anne

    I need to know if the skin care line was tested on animals and if there are any animal products in the ingredients. Thank you

  • December 7, 2016

    by Alice

    I am 75 and need advice on what products to order!

  • December 7, 2016

    by Laurance

    Before I order anything I need to know if these products have any odor? I have allergy to perfume smells! Could you please answer my question?

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