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Reviva Glycolic Acid Renaissance Cream may be an alternative to IMAGE

Reviewed by Marta August 31, 2009 14 Comments

Being a tiny, wee bit of a snob at heart, I am usually well disposed towards a product that sets itself up to be exclusive. But not when it used to have humbler origins. Let's face it, Lindsey will never be Angelina. And so it is with IMAGE Skincare's Ageless. While I am still fond of this product and recognize it to be a very good skin brightener, I had to admit that where once it was great value and not that well distributed, it is now to be pretty expensive and plain hard to get hold of - readers have been following my recommendations and trying to buy it only to find it is about double (at $80) what I think I was paying a year or so ago (sorry everyone) and IMAGE refuses to allow its products to be sold online (what? is there any other way to shop?). This is getting a little too exclusive even for my inner Wallace Simpson. An alternative had to be sought and with Reviva Labs I may have found one.

Reviva Labs is one of those lines that is hard to beat at balancing quality and price. We have been impressed by a number of their products including the non-chemical peel and the collagen eye pads ($38). The Glycolic Acid Renaissance Cream (on sale at Vitacost for $14.99), looks on the face of it to be remarkable. When I saw the list of ingredients, I refused to believe it was complete - no fillers or nasty chemicals and preservatives - and so checked it out on several other websites. So far, this is the most complete list that I have found and it may well be that Glycolic Acid Renaissance Cream is sans anything other than what you'd want from a brightening potion.

There is a 5% concentration of glycolic acid that has been obtained from sugar and rhubarb. Glycolic acids are exfoliators that help the skin shuck of dead cells, but in doing so are more gentle than alpha hydroxy acids. According to Renova, they use actual strands of glycolic that enter the skin's own natural polymer structure, supposedly to penetrate more effectively to induce better exfoliation.

There are also extracts of vitamin packed pumpkin, peach, a handful of herbs and vitamins including D. And that's more or less it. Naturally, I had to order it. At fifteen bucks, there's not much risk and it might even give IMAGE a run for its money.

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Purified water, 5% glycolic acid polymer (extracts of sugar and rhubarb), extracts of pumpkin, peach, sage, comfrey, chamomile, witch hazel, vitamins A, D, E, safflower oil, sunflower oil.

  • October 14, 2009

    by NYCEsthy

    Full disclosure, I am an esthetician that works with the Image line. I would like to address Image being hard to find... They prefer that purchasers work with someone who can evaluate the skin and decide the best course of action and product for different skincare needs. It is a strong line, so it's important that you get the proper products that match your particular needs. I won't sell over the phone unless it's a reorder. I need to evaluate the skin first.

    Image is a terrific line--and actually much more cost effective than other pro lines I have worked with. Plus, all of my clients see results. Can't say that about too many of the other pro lines I have worked with...

  • September 4, 2009

    by Shannon

    I have very oily skin that's quite breakout-prone (and I live in the desert – go figure). I'm also 40.

    You know the drill: Because of the oil, lines aren't my biggest worry. Texture (porous) and finish (splotchy) are. How do you think this product would behave on my face?

  • September 3, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Sarah,
    I find that about three times a week is sufficient. It doesn't to over exfoliate.

  • September 3, 2009

    by sarah


    Can someone tell me how long to use this for? Is it a short term thing, every now and again or is it more beneficial to use it every night continuously? Thanks.

  • September 2, 2009

    by Ella

    Has anyone had any experience with the iS Clinical range? I was thinking the active serum might be a product that could rival Image's Ageless (which I currently use but find tricky to get hold of). I haven't used iS Clinical myself, I think its a bit pricey, but would be interested to hear if anyone has...

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