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.