Reviewed by Noel
I was hoping for beautifully transformed skin after my 12 week trial of the Exuviance Age Reverse line (by NeoStrata). Their claim is that, used synergistically, this line would "reverse all signs of aging such as sagging skin, the look of deeper wrinkles and discoloration, improve skin clarity, and restore a smooth, youthful surface texture." This line contains PHA's (see Marta's great post on this newer generation of AHA's
, and botanicals, with silicones
, some preservatives and other potential irritants added into the mix.
My experience: Nothing dramatic.
I have aging, drying skin (which has transitioned from oily/combo skin over the past 5 years or so) that tends to be acne prone, has a few broken capillaries and discolored spots, has large, easily congested pores, and is developing lines around the eye and mouth area. After using this line faithfully on one half of my face, I have noticed only slightly smaller, less congested pores around the nose area, slightly softer skin, and perhaps a slight reduction/plumping of lines around the eye area.
The BioActiv Wash ($35) is a soap free, exfoliating wash that is touted to be suitable for all skin types. I found it to be drying and definitely had to use a moisturizer afterward. It comes in a plastic pump, has a creamy-foamy texture and a delightfully light, clean scent. To effectively remove makeup, I had to massage this onto a slightly damp face for a minute or so before easily rinsing off. I would not purchase this cleanser as I have found others that I like just as well that are not as drying.
The Night Lift cream ($72) contains AHA's, PHA's, peptides, and antioxidants. It comes in an airless pump tube (love) that stands upside down on its lid and delivers a controllable amount with each pump. It is a rich, but quickly absorbed cream that has good "slip" (contains dimethicone) and an almost imperceptible fragrance that fades quickly. This is the only product in this line that I would consider for future purchase since it moisturizes without leaving my face greasy and it did not seem to cause breakouts. I even used this as a day cream at times and it worked well under makeup without feeling heavy.
The Day Repair cream ($60) contains peptides, retinol, antioxidants, "patented NeoGlucosamine" (to increase cell renewal), and has SPF 20 provided by avobenzone
. It comes in the same airless pump delivery system as the night cream. This lightweight cream takes longer to absorb, feels a bit tacky, and has a light chemical sunscreen odor that fades, but doesn't totally disappear. While this initially seems to be moisturizing, my skin later felt dry and I often needed to apply the night cream to give added moisture. The day cream alone has a tendency to ball up under makeup (liquid or cream) and cause a dry, patchy application. I was having trouble with breakouts during the first couple of weeks of using this line, so I stopped using this day cream for a week to see if this was the cause and used the night cream in place of it. The pimples cleared up. When I resumed using this cream, my skin again reacted with small breakouts (perhaps related to the chemical sunscreens). Nevertheless, I continued to use the day cream to see if I would experience any benefit from it. I will not be purchasing this product in the future.
The Eye Contour cream contains PHA's, Gluconolactone, hyaluronic acid, and caffeine. This also comes in an airless pump, is a light and easily absorbed cream, and is very lightly fragranced. It provides a smooth base for applying under-eye concealer and does not cause it to later "melt" into lines. I have noticed a smoother under-eye area and perhaps slight softening/plumping of lines. I had no issues with watery eyes or burning when using this, but did occasionally develop milia (never a problem with other eye creams I have used). I will not be purchasing this product primarily because it caused milia and I did not see enough results with reduction of lines, puffiness, or dark circles.
Ingredients in Day Repair
Active: Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) 3.0%, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate) 6.0%, Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate) 3.5%.
Inactive: Aqua (Water), Acetyl Glucosamine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol, Corn Starch Modified, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Retinol, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Coffea Arabica Fruit (Coffee Bush Berry) Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Arginine, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethiconol, Caprylyl Glycol, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, BHT, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Polysorbate 20, Triethyl Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Ethylene Brassylate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 17200 (Red 33).
Ingredients in eye cream
Aqua (Water), Caprylyl Methicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Gluconolactone, Maltobionic Acid, Batyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isocetyl Stearate, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethoxydiglycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PEG-75 Stearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Bisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 17200 (Red 33).
Ingredients in Bioctiv Wash
Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, PEG-8, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Ammonium Hydroxide, Maltobionic Acid, Arginine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Triethyl Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Ethylene Brassylate, Sodium Bisulfite, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.
Ingredients in Night Lift
Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Isononyl Isononanoate, Maltobionic Acid, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Stearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Triethyl Citrate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Ethylene Brassylate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Bisulfite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 61570 (Green 5).