Sometimes the best test of a product comes not after the weeks you have been diligently using it, but the day or two after that you stop — when you start noticing all of the subtle flaws and imperfections that the product has been camouflaging (or treating) slowly begin to start creeping up again — that you realize, "Hey, this thing really works!"

That's my experience with RareMinerals Skin Revival Night Treatment ($49.95, 0.15 oz). I stopped using it recently, and I must say that my newly unclogged pores have return to being clogged, and that my skin has re-textured into being its more bumpy, uneven, untextured self.

"Bedtime will never be the same again," at least that's what RareMinerals wants you to realize with this product. And perhaps there's something to be said with this night treatment.  Indeed, it's a night-time ritual unlike any you've ever tried before.

Take a look at it: it's a completely different animal from the other types of night creams on the market, complete with its very own "Pillow Puff" applicator.

I've been using the clear powder variation, and have been applying it onto my face ten minutes or so after I have added all of the other goodies (serums and moisturizers, etc...).  Although it's supposed to replace your night-time cream, I've been using it in addition to whatever else I've got in my beauty chest.

In my mind, it seems to work perfectly and complementary to whatever else I've got going on.  Wrong- or right- thinking-ly, I layer it on believing that it adds an extra layer or protection, sealing in all of the other ingredients and moisturizers I've added to my face.

And you know what?  I awake the next morning to nicer, newer-looking skin.

But how does it work? The claims are that: Naturally activated by your own skin, it gently exfoliates the skin to promote faster skin cell renewal, delivering clearer, brighter, smoother-looking skin while you sleep.

How so, you say? Well, they've got an answer for that as well:


"We’ve extracted a non-aqueous from of pure mineral concentrate from Jurassic, virgin soil that consists of a perfectly-balanced blend of 72 organic macro and micro minerals that exist in nature to deliver your skin remarkable results while you sleep.  Our organic soil mineral concentrate is capable of delivering numerous benefits to the skin, including exfoliation effects.  In doing so, it makes other skin care ingredients work better.  How is this possible?  The non-aqueous form of our organic soil mineral concentrate is the perfect nutrient carrier for vitamins, antioxidants and botanical extracts."

I agree, there is something to be said about the increased benefits of a non-aqueous nutrient carrier. Certain ingredients, Vitamin C specifically, can become unstable when exposed to water, and so can function much better in a solution such as this.

According to the product literature: "Independent" clinical studies (where they are, I can't say, however) have concluded that after using RareMinerals™ Skin Revival Treatment women reported the following (% of women who expressed an opinion after using RareMinerals™ Skin Revival Treatment for eights weeks.):

-68% saw a reduction in facial lines and wrinkles.
-89% felt their skin was firmer and more resilient.
-82% saw clearer skin.
-80% agreed their skin felt healthier and renewed.
-81% saw fewer discolorations.
-83% saw fewer imperfections and less visible pores.
-85% felt their skin texture had improved.
-75% agreed their skin appeared to glow and looked more radiant.

Those are some results.  But until I see the white papers, it's all circumstantial to me.  Nevertheless, my own experience with the treatment, along with a look-sy into the ingredient list, is making me a believer. Here's the breakdown:

Vitamins. Vitamins C, A and E, in the forms of ascorbic acid, retinyl palmitate, and tocopheryl acetate, bring with them the usual anti-aging benefits of increased collagen production, hyperpigmentation and dryness control, plus increased cell turnover.  And (I suspect) work much better here than in other products because of the non-aqueous formulation.

Antioxidants. As for added antioxidants, RareMinerals gives four: Rosemary extract, white tea extract, honey bush extract, and rooibos extract. Rosemary, in addition to being a natural antioxidant, possesses some nice astringing capabilities essential for acne control. White tea extract works pretty much the same way as green tea extract does, although with lesser results. Honey bush extract lends some nice antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.  And finally, the funny-named rooibos extract has scientifically demonstrable anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and regenerative effects, and is (not to forget) a key player when it comes to minimizing any transepidermal water loss.

Natural calming extracts. Emblica, or indian gooseberry, extract, is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with proven skin-brightening effects thanks to its inhibitory control on melanin synthesis. Wheat germ extract (which contains 23 nutrients, more per ounce than any other vegetable or grain) is also another nice skin soother that works by supressing enzymes known to trigger skin inflammation.

Humectants. As always, there's the inclusion of the trusty aloe vera leaf, plus ectoin extract: a natural moisture binder that also protects the skin from the effects of UVA-induced cell damage. Tests conducted by researchers in Germany have shown that ectoin counteracts the effects of UVA-induced and accelerated skin aging at different cell levels.

Natural antibacterials. And finally, in addition to the numerous ingredients listed above with added antibacterial effects, there's also french green clay, which exists here in a highly-micronized molecular state. This meaning that it is able to penetrate deep down in the skin to aid in the absorption of whatever impurities might be found there.

Ingredients:

Mica, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Organic Soil Mineral Concentrate, Illite, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Ectoin, Cyclopia Intermedia, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis Extract, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract.  May contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides.