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RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream- reviewed and rejected

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Sagging Skin
May 4, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
I have been using RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream ($160) for five weeks and have seen no results. Absolutely nothing. Nada. I was contemplating giving at a bit longer to be sure that it was getting a sporting chance and then went to the RéVive websitte, where I read this:

“Two weeks after applying this ground breaking treatment cream, you will experience dramatic improvement in skin tone and sport the trademark RéVive® glow.”

Two weeks! After five, I haven’t seen any improvement – dramatic or otherwise and the “trademark RéVive glow” is utterly illusive. I have given RéVive more than a sporting chance and, much as I can hardly bear to part company with $160 worth of potion, I have had enough of nothing.

I’m not completely surprised. When I wrote about RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream’s ingredients back in March, I noted that many of them are mediocre and that the star of the show recombinant EGF, an epidermal growth factor, is preceded by a good deal of them.

For example, the second most dominant ingredient is diisopropyl dimer dilinoleate, a vegetable oil and gives the skin a feeling of softness, but it barely penetrates at all (one of the reasons why it is used a lot to make lipsticks). I think this, plus cyclomethicone, are responsible for the overall blandness of the texture.

Worse, sodium hydroxide gets higher billing than the recombinant EGF. And why is it that every time I write recombinant EGF, I am tempted to see the word recumbent. All I can say is that this growth factor seems to be asleep on the job. Even the glycolic acid, the fourth ingredient, doesn’t seem to be doing much. I had imagined that its exfoliating effects would be responsible for the RéVive glow, but there wasn’t even the faux glow of polished skin. Ultimately, RéVive is a no go.


Water (Aqua), Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Glycolic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, DEA-Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Isostearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Squalane, Sclerotium Gum, Recombinant EGF, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil.
  • May 5, 2011

    by Junko

    Purchased way too many samples of this on ebay and used it for 4 weeks at night and stopped because it was making my face feel dry. After 2 weeks I wouldn't say I was 'glowing' but my face was looking brighter and fresher likely due to the gylcolic. If your face is in good condition like Marta's, then it may do nothing other than to dry it out. It's an expensive exfoliator and I'd much rather exfoliate with La Vie Celeste's Exfoliating Gel Mask a couple of times a week and sleep with wrinkle fighting serum.
    If anyone wants to buy some samples....I have plenty!

  • May 4, 2011

    by Timothy Artinger

    This is the most expensive single item with the least ingredients.. Using, like I said above, the water soluble form of Vitamin C.. I just cannot fathom that this can provide any sort of improvement that crushing a vitamin C can't provide, for much less than $300..

  • May 4, 2011

    by Timothy Artinger

    THIS is basically the product of a company who's main goal is to promote useful ingredients to consumers and make a profit. BUT many customers will most likely not take the time to do some research on ingredients and strengths and will fork over huge amounts of money on something that would provide less improvement than a $5 generic moisturizer!

    I do believe that EGF does offer some improvement and glycolic acid, but the problem is, they aren't high enough on the list to even do anything to your skin.... It actually seems that a lot of high priced cosmetics use ingredients that are very common among it's fellow moisturizers, and yet are overly priced because of the name..

    Of course the company IS smart enough to have built this company and create high priced products that people are willing to buy,.. Some of which are over $1,000!!

    Also in their glossary they list this :

    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): A powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals and is instrumental in evening out skin tone and clarity.

    While I do believe that Vitamin C does combat free radicals, Ascorbic Acid is also the WATER soluble form of Vitamin C.. Your skin repels water.. Get the picture? It can't penetrate as well as a fat soluble form!!!

    EGF IS expensive, no doubt..

    But at the amount they're using, is it really worth $160?

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