Here is a short  "good news and bad news" story for quality-savvy TIA readers.

Proving that I have not yet learned my lesson regarding the purchase of cheaper "imitation"  versions of  recommended products,  I bought an inexpensive and  utterly worthless Avon facial product on eBay in early February.  The Avon product was supposed to be "just as good" as the original/recommended product, but at a much lower price. More to come about that regrettable purchase in a upcoming post, but suffice it to say  I ended up tossing the Avon "knock off" product in the garbage bin 10 days later, almost entirely  unused. Actually, the product was WORSE than just left my normally healthy skin looking and feeling tight, dry and chapped.  That would be the "bad news" portion of my story.

The "good news" portion of my story is that as part of my Avon transaction, I received a small free sample of something called Anew Rejuvenating Night Revitalizing Cream. Despite my initial inclination to vengefully toss the Revitalizing Cream sample into the bin while calling it nasty names and making faces at it,  I later (and I might add tentatively) tried the Night Cream sample on one side of my parched face and found I really liked it.  Enough so that after a week of usage I purchased the full size pot, and after just 30 days it is indeed working well for me.   The Revitalizing Cream has a delightful texture, and while it is perhaps a little too heavily scented for my tastes, it has a deeply moisturizing effect without being too greasy.  I slather on a large amount of the Revitalizer at night to my face and neck, it sinks in before I have even finished brushing my teeth,  and I awaken in the morning with soft and nicely hydrated skin. It is marketed to also reduce pore size, but I wasn't able to detect any changes in that area. The relatively few fine lines around my eyes seem to have "plumped" up and disappeared, but the deeper wrinkles across my forehead are largely unchanged.  All in all, it was a good product, at value price point ($32).

The list of ingredients is as long as my arm and I cannot pronounce more than six of the items, but I am guessing the magical ingredient might be the squalane! (Click here to read Marta's excellent October 06,2008 tutorial on squalane).  I  was also quite pleased with what I DIDN'T" see on the list... the ever present evil parabens.   The product is also available as a day cream with an SPF of 25, which I might try because it uses PHYSICAL sunscreens instead of the CHEMICAL sunscreens I am trying to avoid.   Both versions of the Rejuvenate product are relatively inexpensive, and can of course be purchased easily through an Avon representative or on-line.

If the change of seasons has left your skin dry or if you are want to "plump up" (without gaining an ounce) at night..... Avon Anew Rejuvenate Night Revitalizing Cream might just be worth trying.

Ingredients in Avon Anew Rejuvenate Night Revitalizing Cream:

Water/eau, peg-8, ethylhexyl palmitate ,dimethicone ,isocetyl stearate, tromethamine ,acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate,crosspolymer, dilauryl thiodipropionate,thiodipropionic acid, chlorosalicylic acid, eclipta prostrata extract, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) extract , palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, tocopherol, sodium hyaluronate, squalane, silicadi-ppg-3 myristyl ether adipate , hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, lauryl peg-9polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone , caprylyl glycol, isoceteth-20 Peg-100 stearate , cetearyl dimethicone crosspolymer, peg-40 stearate polysorbate 60 , glycerin , peg/ppg-20/23 dimethicone , butylene glycol steareth-20, parfum/fragrance, phenoxyethanol, mica/ci 77019, titanium dioxide/ci 77891