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.