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Reviva Glycolic Acid Renaissance Cream may be an alternative to IMAGE

August 31, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 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...

  • September 2, 2009

    by Anna

    Thank you both very much, Marta and Michelle.

  • September 1, 2009

    by Michelle

    lol, okay..I confess that I am 23 years old; sadly, I'm turning the double dozen in November. -_- In regards to Ageless, I asked the rep who has been working with me on IMAGE's products, and she says it's aggressive, but meant for 40 years +. She's sending me a sample to test out. I also think it's cheaper if you buy it through the reps. I think she told me it was about $30 for Ageless. Try contacting IMAGE so they can direct you to a rep near your area! =P hope that helps! oh, and they're sending me a bunch of samples along with Ageless as well.

  • September 1, 2009

    by Jennifer Hollman

    I've used Image for a couple of years now and wouldn't dream of putting anything else on my skin! They have a product for everything and it actually works! Not to mention I can still afford to buy the products in today's economy. I know everyone loves the convenience of online shopping--but what I love about this company (Image) is that they want to make sure you are always treating your skin correctly. This is so important because the products are medical grade and if they are not used appropriately they can do more harm than good. I want to spend my $$ with a company that looks out for my well-being--not to mention they are manufactured in the United States!!!!

  • September 1, 2009

    by marta

    I'll let Michelle confess to her youth. In the meantime, Image or Reviva would be perfect for a 30-something in need of brightening up. And, Anna, thank you for your kind words.

  • August 31, 2009

    by Anna

    I recently ordered Ageless serum from Marta's aesthetician, and together with the Clarisonic brush and Suki's brightening masque have seen the most gratifying change in my 36 year old skin. Thank you for such a wonderful website- I have spent years and a lot of money on department store skincare products, but now finally feel I understand what I am buying, and why it should work. However, I am just slightly concerned about Michelle's comment that Image Ageless can be too aggressive for younger skins, youth being relative- do you mean in your twenties, or below forty? Thank you!

  • August 31, 2009

    by Michelle

    okay, nevermind, I guess it's just not posting on here. I'll try and e-mail it to you Marta!

  • August 31, 2009

    by Michelle

    Hi Marta,

    I'm so glad you found a possibl alternative to IMAGE! I love how you always promptly respond to our requests and suggestions! =P I actually contacted IMAGE, and it is minimally distributed, and a bit difficult to purchase as they only distribute to licensed doctors and/or estheticians. They actually have a main call center that redirects you to a rep near your area, then that rep directs you to another rep near your area, who then helps you choose and purchase your items from IMAGE. They can actually do a mini-phone consultation of your skintype to recommend the product they think would be best for you. The good thing is, they're happy to send samples of each product, and all you have to do is pay the $5 shipping fees. I'm not sure of the actual price yet of the full sized products though, as they said it varies depending on what supplier I'm purchasing it from. O_o I'm not sure if you've tried any of the products she recommended for me below, but let me know what you think if you have. They insist that Ageless is VERY active, and may be too aggressive for younger skin. This is what they wrote me back in an e-mail (I'll include this is a second comment since it might be too long for this one):

  • August 31, 2009

    by Michelle

    hm...okay, this is a tester comment because I tried posting a comment to this twice and it didn't show up. I'm not sure if it just contained too much information. It was regarding my experience with trying to purchase IMAGE.

  • August 31, 2009

    by aerwin

    I can't wait to see what you think. BTW, I am using Reviva Labs Alpha Lipoic Acid Vitamin C ester & DMAE Cream that you suggested a while back. Great alternative to Alpha Derma CE.

    What about Derma E products? Anyone tried those?

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