Révive Hand Cream

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