Revive your skin with these 4 Reviva Lab products (and enter the giveaway)

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs

Reviva Labs has been a favorite of Beauty Info Zone for a very long time and with these newer products it not only remains a favorite but is climbing the ladder higher and higher into sainthood. We received these from the company for review and we’ve both been enjoying the difference these have made in our skin. You’ll hear about the Skin Energizing Gel and 5% Glycolic Acid Cream from Lisa while Marcia will give her side about the Nasolabial Fold Multi-peptide Cream and Elastin Serum. Then at the end you’ll be able to win one of the products reviewed.

MARCIA’S PRODUCTS:

I’ve been using the High Potency Elastin Serum ($27) for months and months. My run dried up for the months I was laid up but when I got back upstairs and into my skincare regimen again I couldn’t wait to use Elastin Serum again.

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

Our bodies contain a supply of Elastin but sadly we start to use up that supply when we’re about 25. To replenish it and the firmness of your skin, Elastin Serum comes to the rescue. You can test the elasticity of your skin with a pinch, the looser your skin is the more you need this!

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

High Potency Elastin Serum from Reviva Labs

As with all Reviva Labs products the ingredients are great. I use this all over my face and throat but it can also be used as a spot treatment on just the areas you want to see less sagging (crow’s feet, sides of lips, and under eye bags are examples). It’s recommended that you alternate this with DMAE Serum. When I pinch, I notice that my skin is firmer and more resilient than prior to use.

NASOLABIAL FOLD+ MULTI-PEPTIDE CREAM ($49.99)is a new formula and name for a prior Reviva Labs product.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

I have to tell you that I was thrilled to get this product. As I age (yikes) the folds from the side of my nose to my mouth lines are rebelling. They tell me all the time “you aren’t as young as you think and we’re going to prove it”. It’s a horrible conversation but one I’ve calmed down from a roar to a whisper now that I have Nasolablial Fold Cream in my arsenal. I love having this thick luxurious cream to apply exactly where I need it.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

The Nasolabial Folds are caused not only by using a lot of expression when we talk, smile, etc. but also by aging and loss of cheek fat. This cream is loaded with an advanced combination of peptides that will help soften and plump up the folds. Have they disappeared? Not yet but I’m planning on continuing with Nasolabial Fold+ Multi-Peptide Cream for as long as it takes. I want to keep those darn lines and my conversation with them at whisper level.

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold Multi-Peptide Cream

LISA’S PRODUCTS:

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel

 Skin Energizing Gel ($10):  Reviva Labs calls this ‘the gel that makes creams come true.’  Oh come on – you want this just because of the amazing tag line, don’t you?? I know I did! It has a very short ingredient list – basically algae extract and purified water – which help your regular night cream absorb more fully into the skin, improving the efficacy. This means it makes all of your skin care actually work better. So, it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.

Reviva Skin Energizing Gel 2

At night, after cleansing and toning I smooth a little of this on before my serum and night cream. It feels good, and my products are working great. This is a pretty inexpensive way to ensure you get the most of your skin treatments.

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

Reviva Labs 5% Glycolic Acid Cream

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

A beautiful treatment cream that makes for beautifully clear skin

5% Glycolic Acid Cream ($25) This is an awesome AHA product that exfoliates and keeps skin clear of blemishes and blackheads. It’s a great way to get your skin used to AHAs. Once this jar is gone, move up to the 10% version for even more dramatic results. What makes this treatment cream great is Reviva Labs uses full strength glycolic crystals, so it is an extremely effective AHA product. For beautifully clear skin, after cleansing and toning use the Skin Energizing Gel, then the 5% Glycolic Acid Cream, then a night moisturizer (I like their Elastin & DMAE Night Cream for Firming).

Now for the GIVEAWAY, we have an extra SKIN ENERGIZING GEL for a US or Canadian subscriber. Use the Rafflecopter to enter (be honest). This is open through Sunday January 25th at 11:59 pm EST. If WordPress gets nasty and refuses to allow comments then email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and continue on. Good luck and Good Skin.

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Hydration = happy skin with Derma MD Replenish Hydrating Gel

Derma MD Replenish Peptide Serum

Derma MD Replenish Peptide Serum

If you have dry or ‘mature’ skin (what a nice way to put it!) then Derma MD Replenish Hydrating Gel ($139) is probably exactly what you need.  My combination skin is slowly going over to the dry side as I get older, and bitter winter cold doesn’t help at all.  Derma MD sent me this serum to test, and it has been absolutely perfect as nighttime hydration for my skin.

Just looking at this moisturizing serum makes my skin feel happier.

Just looking at this moisturizing serum makes my skin feel happier.

This is a beautiful, thick gel-like serum that leaves skin a bit tacky after application.  I like it best for evenings after cleansing and toning so it doesn’t interfere with makeup application.  The key ingredients are peptides including Matrixyl 3000 and hyaluronic acid.   There are plenty of antioxidants too, like Vitamin C, grape seed extract, and fennel seed.   I have found this serum improves the texture of my skin, making it much more smooth and soft.  It also helps tighten skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  All that hydration really plumps up the skin and gives a younger appearance.

Every night, I smooth this on over my face, neck, and decolletage, and my skin is happy, happy, happy.  If you are in the market for a truly hydrating serum that works, I definitely recommend you check out Derma MD Replenish Hydrating Gel.  Right now there is a special code for BIZ readers – enter dermamd40 to receive 40% off at checkout on their site!  – Lisa

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Derma MD Replenish Serum Ingredients

Ingredients:  Aqua (water), niacinamide, saccharide isomerate, palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, perfluorodecalin, glycosaminoglycans, hydrolyzed marine collagen, palmitoyl tetarapeptide-4, silanetriol, glutamylamidoethyl imidazole, fructose oligossacharides, alteromonas ferment extract, algae, glycerine, punica granatum extract, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, ahnfeltia concinna extract, foeniculum vulgare (fennel) fruit extract, magnesium sulfate, panthenol, xanthan gum, glycerety-7 methoxides, aminomethylpropanol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate, crosspolymer, phenoxyethanol, iodopropynyl.

Venox Anti-Aging Serum – worth the splurge

Venox Serum by Beverly Hills MD

Venox Serum by Beverly Hills MD

Venox Anti-Aging Serum is a product made by Beverly Hills MD. I’ve been testing it for the last month since it was sent for review. It’s the first product I put on my cleansed face and I feel like it’s making a difference in the way my skin looks. I’ve grown to really appreciate what a good serum can do for me.

Venox Serum was created by two cosmetic surgeons (hunky dudes) who strive to make people look and feel their best. While I may not be able to fly out to Beverly Hills for their services I’m happy to indulge in their products. There are 6 products in their line and Xenox Serum is the most expensive at $149. The more you buy though, the more you can save on it.

Venox Anti-Aging Serum

Venox Anti-Aging Serum

The serum has a thin consistency but it’s not watery. It sinks into my skin quickly. At first I notice a fragrance but it dissipates so quickly that I’m reluctant to even mention it. But if you are a fragrance-phobe you need to know not to worry.

Venox Anti-Aging Serum

Venox Anti-Aging Serum

The goal of the serum is to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines. I happily don’t have deep wrinkles but I certainly do have fine lines and I’m glad to see how this works on those. It promotes collagen production to help with smoother and younger looking skin.

Venox Serum ingredients

Venox Serum ingredients

What especially pleases me is that this is not a silicone product plus it is cruelty free.

The benefits according to Beverly Hills MD:

  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces facial muscle cell contractions to target deep expression lines
  • Boosts collagen levels to increase skin elasticity
  • Gives skin a tighter, firmer look
  • Deeply hydrates skin

You can get Venox Anti-Aging Serum on their website where they have a money back guarantee. I think you’ll be pleased with the results. — Marcia
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The fountain of youth? Nutriganics Drops of Youth Serum and Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop

Do you remember when you actually wanted to be older? When I was in my teens, there was no bigger compliment than someone thinking I was even one year older than my actual age. And if someone assumed I was in my twenties…now that was the ultimate! It’s certainly a different story now. I cringe at the thought of someone ‘guessing’ my age. Well, I suppose someone guessing my weight would be worse…but the age thing is definitely a bummer too.

It actually does exist!!

It actually does exist!!

The Body Shop has come a long way from its initial incarnation as a specialty body product store. Now it has a cadre of skin care items that promise a more youthful appearance. They recently sent two products from the Nutriganics line with names that would be right at home in Ponce de Leon’s shopping cart:  Drops of Youth Serum ($36) and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate ($30).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum

Drops of Youth is a serum housed in a glass jar with dropper applicator. It smooths the surface of skin, making fine lines look less noticeable.  In addition, the serum:

  • Helps enhance surface skin condition
  • Smooths skin
  • Instantly moisturizing
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

There are some great ingredients that skin just loves, like aloe leaf juice plus lots of emollients and skin conditioning ingredients. However, it does contain alcohol as the second ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin, as well as fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the fountain of youth for you.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop’s answer to those pesky eye wrinkles is their Drops of Youth™ Eye Concentrate ($30), a eye serum with Edelweiss plant stem cells that smooths out wrinkles and reduces puffiness. I love the applicator, a ‘cooling’ roller ball pump that is easy to use and so soothing. This is a great eye serum that does three main things:

  • Smooths the appearance of lines around the eyes*
  • Appearance of eye bags seems reduced*
  • Eyes appear less tired*

It may not make wrinkles disappear, but it certainly feels great and makes me look younger. At my age, taking even one year off my appearance is a bonus!

You can find The Body Shop at most malls as well as online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ or http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/.  – Lisa

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Great things in small packages: MIYU Beauty Merry Mini Ornament

MIYU Mini

There is something about drinking tea that feels special. It seems more indulgent, more refined than coffee, probably because tea sets are delicate and the intricate ceremonies for drinking tea are fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great cuppa joe. But tea…every time I drink it I feel pampered. So I was intrigued with MIYU Beauty, a Canadian line that launched in 2013. This line is based on beauty from the inside out, pairing artisanal teas with skin care products. Lifestyle, not skin type, is the determining factor when choosing products. MIYU is meant to give yourself some ‘mi’ time.

MIYU Mini Hydrate Mi

MIYU sent us one of their special holiday sets to try, and it was a great introduction to this beauty line with such an intriguing concept.

The Merry Mini Ornament with the Hydrate Mi Mini pairing ($15, the retail value is $20) is a large acrylic ornament that houses a 30 ml Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 sachets of Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea.

Inside the ornament - Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea Sachets

Inside the ornament – Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and 2 Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea Sachets

The Hydrate Mi Essence is a spray mist serum. Shake the bottle first, spray on and pat into skin.  As a spray it is extremely hygienic, and the opaque bottle ensures the efficacy of the Asian botanicals inside. It works as a primer for moisturizer, as well as a primer for makeup, too. I am impressed with how hydrating it is and it really smooths skin, creating an optimal canvas for makeup application.

The Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea is the matching tea blend for the Hydrate Mi Essence. It makes an elegant, citrusy tea that smells as delicious as it tastes. I couldn’t put my finger on which fruit it tastes like, which turns out to be the snow pear – I’ve never tasted a snow pear so no wonder I was having trouble! I used the steaming tea as a quick pore treatment just for kicks and saved the two tea sachets afterwards. I put them in the fridge and then used them as a de-puffing eye treatment later!

Full sizes of both the Hydrate Mi Essence and the Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea are available online, along with De-stress versions. Tea lovers will really enjoy the unique Merry Mini Mi pairings.  MIYU Beauty is an elegant, interesting niche line that is worth checking out!  – Lisa

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MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Gel

MDSUN Skincare, the cosmeceutical line created by Dr. George Sun, is an intriguing line that features some of the most effective skin care ingredients available.  They recently sent us their Super Hydration B Serum ($85) and Intensive Eye Gel ($105) to test, which proved to be an impressive introduction to this line.

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Serum

The Super Hydration B Serum is a skin treatment that is housed in one of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen for a serum.  Usually serums have rather boring packaging, but the silver and blue glass bottle is a stunner!  Of course, looks aren’t everything and it’s what is inside that counts.  This serum has great ingredients that hydrate and smooth skin.  Here are the benefits listed on the web page:

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum

  • Spreads easily and fast absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin for a glowing complexion
  • Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth
  • Protects against moisture loss and oxidative damage

The major ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of skin plumping hyaluronic acid; panthenol, which is another name for vitamin B5, which keeps skin healthy and blemish-free; plus gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, which are similar to AHAs but less likely to irritate skin.  These ingredients reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I use this serum morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing, and it leaves my skin looking and feeling great.  Because it helps skin retain moisture, it plumps up fine lines and wrinkles and definitely improves their appearance.  I know I will use every last drop of this serum and it is on my repurchase list.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum

MDSUN Intensive Eye Gel also has very attractive packaging.  The bottle is a cheery, sunny yellow – and so is the eye gel!  It definitely took me aback the first time I tried it.  This eye gel has lots of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.  The benefits include:

  • Dark Eye Circles – high concentrations of Vitamin K work decrease the venous condition that causes dark eye circles
  • Pigmentation – ascorbic acid works to reduce melanin pigmentation
  • Static Wrinkles/Movement Wrinkles – oat extracts for hydration and arginine for improving wrinkles
  • Puffiness – anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce swelling and soothe skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing texture is perfect for oily/combination skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Paraben free

The major ingredients include Vitamin K1, an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce dark circles; acetyl hexapeptide-8, which is a cell-communicating peptide; ubiquinone CoQ10, which stimulates collagen production and heals UV damage; and ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C that works as an antioxidant.

I use this eye gel morning and night and am very pleased with the results.  I prefer an eye cream over an eye gel, but the gel is certainly calming to the eye area and it minimizes puffy morning eyes.  I will keep using this in the a.m. and will probably switch to an eye cream for night.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum and Super Hydration B Serum

Overall, I am quite impressed with these two products.  The packaging is stellar and the product formulas are elegant with extremely effective ingredients.   I think this is a line to get excited about, and I can’t wait to try more of MDSUN Skincare.  – Lisa

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Increase the effectiveness of your skin care with Indeed Labs Hydraluron

Is it just me, or is this winter even more drying for skin than usual??  I can’t believe how quickly my skin gets itchy and scaly if I am not adding tons of hydration.

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I have been desperately needing something to put moisture back into my skin.  The product I have been enjoying that fulfills that need this season is Indeed Labs Hydraluron ($24.99).  Indeed Labs sent us this moisture-boosting serum to test, and I am loving what it does for my dry winter skin!  Check out all the benefits:

  • Reinforce skin’s natural short and long-term moisturization
  • “Plumps up” skin tissue to restore elasticity and firmness.
  • Reduces skin roughness and provides a soft, smooth and silky texture to the skin.
  • Boosts the action of your moisturizer by stimulating cell turnover resulting in an improved absorption of active ingredients to the skin.

Indeed Labs HydraluronThis clear, nonsticky serum is the purest form of hyaluronic acid available.  It helps skin self-hydrate and it stimulates cell renewal for soft, glowy skin.  I love how it instantly plumps up and hydrates my skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Smoothing this serum on before other skin care ingredients actually increases their effectiveness, making all skin care that much better.  So it plumps up skin AND increases the efficacy of my other skin products…how fantastic is that?

This is a truly beautiful serum to use on its own or with other skin treatments.  If you want to banish dry winter skin, this is a great solution!!

You can find Indeed Labs Hydraluron at Walgreens.com, Duane Read, and Us.Boots.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water , Propanediol , Sodium Hyaluronate , Carbomer , Phenoxyethanol , Butylene Glycol , Sodium Hydroxide , Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract , Disodium EDTA