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Révive Hand Cream

Révive Sells a $500 Hand Cream: Insane or Sublime?

Reviewed by Marta November 22, 2013 3 Comments

Pros

Contains peptides that boost collagen

Cons

The main ingredients are preservatives and thickeners
An ineffective product with a huge price tag

When I saw Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit with the audacious price tag of $500, I had to take a closer look. Is Dr. Gregory Bays Brown, the man behind Révive, justifiably making money hand over fist from his latest hand cream, or is this one of beauty’s biggest rip-offs?

Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit is quite shockingly bad. So bad, I wouldn’t find it compelling even if the price tag lost a zero. Talking of price, one month's supply of Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit costs $500. The main ingredients seem to be preservatives and thickeners, with neurotoxic preservative phenoxyethanol fourth on the list, which is then followed by plenty of corn starch. Most other preservatives known to man are here, and phenoxyethanol even shows up twice!

After passing over several controversial paraben preservatives and another neurotoxin, chlorphenesin, we get to the first peptide, Matrixyl 3000. This is, it has to be said, an effective anti-ager that boosts collagen. Nevertheless, one would be pinning a lot of hope on it as it is the 39th ingredient on the list.

The second peptide in Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit, oligopeptide-24, acts as an epidermal growth factor. My hunch is that it is similar to the oligopeptide used in Medik8 Growth Factor Youth Activating Serum. However, Medik8 has a blissfully pared formula that focuses on the growth factor and hyaluronic acid and is a much better value at $160.

And that’s about it for Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit. Although, to be fair, there are a handful of botanical extracts. Madecassoside, an anti-inflammatory derived from the medicinal plant gotu kola, looks interesting, and antioxidant Agrimonia Eupatoria Extract is also included (source).

Révive deploys the same peptides in Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit, but don’t expect any savings. These vials cost $1500 for a month’s supply. Anyone out there willing to raise their hands for that?

Ingredients in Révive Peau Magnifique Les Mains Youth Recruit: Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-33, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, PEG-14, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Agrimonia Eupatoria Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Acetate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Lauryl Laurate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Madecassoside, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cellulose, Methylparaben, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Propylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Disodium EDTA, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Oleate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Oligopeptide-24, Limonene.  Ingredients: Water/Eau/Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-33, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin, PEG-14, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed

  • December 3, 2013

    by SummerStorms

    Marta, I'm always on the look out for products that might help with my fiftysomething-looking hands (I'm in my 30s!) but perhaps not this one, lol!

    Madecassoside is *said* to stimulate Collagen type III, and Asiaticoside (another part of gotu kola, also sometimes seen in skin care) I think is said to stimulate both types I and III - according to your old friends, the Melbourne Dermatology mob :)

  • November 24, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Michele, I've asked Helix-D to send an ingredients list. The website is very cagey about what's in the products - with the exception of nano water, which just sounds silly. Anyway, I'll post if get any more information.

  • November 24, 2013

    by Michele

    hi Marta

    The buzz here in the media is about Helix-d I can't find much on the web re user reviews so I wondered if any of our readers have tried it. Supposed to be an anti-ageing breakthrough. Have just signed up for yet another year of Discover boxes which is exciting!

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