My interest in growth factors
began when I first used E'shee's Serum Cellular Repair
to soften the crows feet around my eyes. This interest grew into a 'must have' obsession after I reviewed ReLuma's Anti-Aging Moisturizer
and used two bottles of ReLuma's Anti-Aging Serum.
All these products worked so beautifully for me that any serum or moisturizer I buy now, needs to have growth factors in them. E'Shee and ReLuma are really, really good but I never seem to be satisfied. Even after I've used a product that performs, my mind always wonders if there isn't something better? Looking for something better is the reason why I purchased Revive's Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15.
Revive's lotion starts out by being highly appealing to the senses. Heavy frosted glass bottle with a sturdy and well functioning pump. The lotion is strikingly bright white like fresh fallen snow with no odor which to me, implies purity. It's amazingly silky, with a light, slightly whipped texture that smoothes effortlessly across the face. Revive's patented, bio-engineered EGF is supposedly made up of 53 amino acids, and according the Revive website, makes it a pure protein molecule of EGF. Revive has put together some nice humectants and moisturizers with tocopheryl acetate
(vitamin e), allantoin
, hyaluronic acid
, laminara saccharina extract (a humectant from sugar kelp) and glycolipids (molecules that contain sugar and fats).
As lovely as my last paragraph sounds, Revive will start to loose some appeal with its use of two chemical sunscreens. Avobenzone and octinoxate both degrade in sunlight with avobenzone
helping to degrade octinoxate
even faster. Really...SPF 15, why even bother? Cyclopentasiloxane is the ingredient that makes Revive's lotion so silky, but it's a moderately hazardous silicone that sits fairly high up in the ingredient list. I do like the inclusion of bisabolol
and disodium EDTA
as they help other ingredients penetrate better, albeit scary to have the last 3 mentioned and 3 parabens penetrate even better. Even with this penetration assistance, Revive's Sensitif Oil Free Lotion seems to sit on the surface of my skin, making it look oily and shiny. I can correct this with a dusting of finishing powder but then wonder if this expensive lotion is being sucked up by powder instead of my skin.
After a month of daily use, I say that Revive's Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF15 is just okay. A bit disappointing for such an expensive product. It does moisturize and it doesn't cause me to break out, which is nice, but it does little else. ReLuma's Moisturizer improved texture and color for half the price. A 2 ounce bottle of Revive's Sensitif Oil Free Lotion SPF 15 retails for $195 and at the moment, I should be happy that I won't have to raise our family's yearly debt ceiling, in order to repurchase this.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%)
. Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Diisopropyl Sebacate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Recombinant EGF, Laminara Saccharina Extract, Glycolipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Cetyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Fruit) Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.