Reviva Labs new Vitamin C+ serum with Emblica – review and giveaway

logo_reviva-blkIf you’ve been hanging around Beauty Info Zone for any amount of time you’ll know that we are big fans of Reviva Labs. For over forty years Reviva Labs has brought us wonderful cruelty-free skin care that use natural ingredients. But they don’t stand on their record which is proved by their new improved ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA.

The BIZ ladies were each sent a bottle of this in anticipation of Reviva Lab’s 43rd Anniversary and we’re excited that they are offering 2 US subscribers the chance to win one to celebrate our anniversary too.

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

REVIVA LABS ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA

ULTRA POTENCY VITAMIN C+ ANTIOXIDANT SERUM WITH EMBLICA does so many things that are good for your skin and we’ll be talking about them but let us first talk about Emblica which is their newest ingredient and one Reviva Labs is excited to be using in this serum. Emblica is from the Indian Gooseberry plant; it attacks both oxygen and nitrogen free radicals. Other plant antioxidants are added to this by Reviva including Sunflower, Blueberry, Cranberry, Fig and Aloe extracts. But the most important of these ingredients is Emblica. This unique ingredient has a longer life than other antioxidants thereby protecting us for the entire day.

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica is derived from this)

It helps to fight pollution, help with skin discoloration, wrinkles and collagen loss. This super antioxidant is great for those of us who need and want anti-aging skin care.

Marcia and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

The first thing I noticed about Reviva Lab’s improved serum is that it has no fragrance whatsoever. I know many people enjoy the lift that a fragranced product can give them but I don’t happen to be one of those people. Therefore I can use this Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum day and night without concern.

Lisa and I reviewed the original Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream way back in April of 2012 so it’s fitting that 4 years later we’ve had the opportunity to try the new improved version. This is loaded with so many more terrific ingredients like Vitamin E, CoQ 10, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), and more. We love the airless pump that protects the serum from light, bacteria, and air. The potency remains the same through the life of the product.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The result I’m seeing for the weeks I’ve been using this serum is brighter skin. My skin looks and feels softer, less lined, and brighter. I was in a group discussion about the effects of Vitamin C prior to receiving this and I wasn’t able to tell people what I saw but I can now. But Reviva Labs is more than just Vitamin C since emblica raises it to a new level.

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

Reviva Labs Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with Emblica

The first product I apply after cleansing is this serum. I massage it onto my face and give my skin time to absorb all the goodness that this brings. After my eyes are done I apply my moisturizer/SPF. I love that this never balls up under foundation. I recently gave up on a serum that did so it was one I could only use at night but Reviva Labs came through, as usual, and makes it a breeze to look my best.

Lisa and Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica:

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I love a bargain…and at just $32, this very effective Vitamin C serum is definitely a bargain. The Ultra-Potency Vitamin C serum is not just an antioxidant fighting off free radicals, it also neutralizes nitrogen free radicals. Nitrogen is the nasty stuff in the air from soot, pollution, traffic exhaust…you know, the gunk that turns white snow into gray ick.

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Even teenagers need the Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+Antioxidant Serum with emblica

I am impressed with the addition of Emblica to the already fantastic ingredient list. Emblica is a perfect partner with the Vitamin C for combating pollution and car exhaust. Ultimately, this doesn’t just mean less wrinkles – it means less skin cancer. That is something to really get excited about. It’s never too late to start, but just think what it could mean if teenagers started using this serum under their sunscreen and makeup or just by itself? My teens are getting a bottle and I am starting them on this regimen immediately.

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Thanks to Reviva Labs for offering two US subscribers of Beauty Info Zone a chance to win Reviva Labs Ultra Potency Vitamin C+ Antioxidant Serum with emblica. We have two requirements to enter our giveaways: be a BIZ subscriber and comment on the post. The rest of the options give you more ways to enter. You can tweet daily too to boost your chances. If comments close please email us at [email protected] with Reviva Labs as your subject and comment that way, then continue on. Good luck – we know you’ll love this.

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Purified Water, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C Ester), Aloe Leaf Juice, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Laurate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, Rosehip Oil, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Amodimethicone, Lecithin, Sodium Alginate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cocoa Butter, Allantoin, Steareth-2, Borage Oil, Emblica Extract, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Retinyl Palmitate and Ergocalciferol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Fig Extract, Blueberry Extract, Cranberry Seed Oil, EUK-134, Flaxseed Oil, Xanthan Gum.

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Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl’s and Vitamin C

Ten years of powerful results with Kiehl's
Kiehl’s has been around for a long time – since 1851! – but did you know that it is the 10 year anniversary of the popular Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate? Kiehl’s sold its 3 millionth bottle of this award-winning formula. 3 million? There must be something great about this skin care treatment!

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

The Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is an excellent Vitamin C serum. The packaging is perfect, with an airless pump so the product isn’t exposed to the air. The other great thing is this is fragrance-free, which can be challenging to find in a Vitamin C serum. Considering Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants available, it’s no wonder this is such a big seller for Kiehl’s. I use this by itself every morning and evening after cleansing and toning and I also like to use it as an add-in with other serums so I always get my daily dose of Vitamin C.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl’s recently released a companion product for the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate,  the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate. This is a lightweight eye cream that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and decreases darkness under eyes. It also has perfect packaging to keep the Vitamin C stable, as well as Haloxl to brighten dark circles. This isn’t a super rich, highly moisturizing eye cream – it’s more of a treatment for anti-aging concerns. If you are looking for an eye cream that gets rid of wrinkles and dark circles, it’s definitely one to consider!

Both Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate ($79) and the NEW Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate ($44) are available for purchase on Kiehls.com and in retail stores nationwide.  – Lisa

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Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Fight wrinkles with vitamins! Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches

Eat!  You need your vitamins!

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Your skin needs vitamins too, especially Vitamin C. It’s easy to get a full dose with Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches (box of 12 Treatments $48). I have all kinds of issues with vertical lines above my lips as well as crows feet so I couldn’t wait to try these out when Osmotics sent this for us to test.

Here is what is so great about topically applied Vitamin C: It increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure. Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants available, if it’s packaged correctly.

Osmotics Vitamin C patches

Visible wrinkle reduction up to 50%

Visible wrinkle reduction up to 50%

Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches are an overnight treatment full of that Vitamin C that skin loves. These patches reduce discoloration and collagen breakdown, and improve facial wrinkles up to 50%! That is a big number and when I tested these patches I found it to be absolutely true.

the patches with accompanying oil for removal

the patches with accompanying oil for removal

the individual packets keep the Vitamin C stable and effective

the individual packets keep the Vitamin C stable and effective

So here is something else you need to know: I found that while the patches dramatically reduce the appearance of my wrinkles, the effect is definitely temporary. It lasts about a day, maybe a day and a half. To get the same effect, I need to do another application of the patches. But over time, wrinkles do improve, so there is a both a short-term and a long-term benefit with these babies.

the actual patches - good for both crows feet or upper lip line

the actual patches – good for both crows feet or upper lip line

The patches are actually pretty big, so I trim them into four pieces that treat my upper lip and the corners of my eyes. The patches stick really well to skin. Just put them on before bed, then sleep tight knowing those wrinkles are disappearing. In the morning, I shower and the patches come right off. There is also an oil included if needed to help remove the patches but I have never needed it.

Recommended use is three times per week, twice a week if you have highly sensitive skin. Definitely don’t use these if you plan on getting frisky under the sheets…they do not enhance your attractiveness while on, nor do they make for comfy kissing.

If you are interested in a Vitamin C treatment (and given what it can do, why wouldn’t you be?) then this is a product to try. The ingredient is effective, the packaging keeps it stable, and it’s easy to use.  Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches get a huge thumbs up – and a wrinkle-free lip line – from me.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches Ingredients:

Patches: Sodium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid.

Oil Solvent: Sweet Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol, PEG-4 Dilaurate, Propylparaben, Lemongrass Extract, Ginseng Extract

Giveaway alert! Make your 2014 resolution perfect skin with YBF Skin Care – plus an awesome coupon code

ybf shop_logo400wFor 2014, why not make it your goal to get perfect skin?  The BIZ and YBF Skin Care are here to help with a fantastic coupon code for YBF as well as an unbelievable giveaway.  YBF Skin Care has some of the most amazing skin products around, truly innovative products that are not only made with love, they are also highly effective.  What better way to celebrate 2014??  We have FOUR chances to win – two BIZ readers will win one Clarity 5 pack ($40 value each), and two winners will win one full size Advanced CE Concentrate each ($50 value each).

Win one of these great products!

Win one of these great products!

In the meantime, here’s a killer deal for any other YBF Skin Care products you’ d like to order!  Your coupon code: BeautyInfoZone.  This code is limited to one per customer, and it runs through 2/14/14.  With the purchase of a full size Advanced CE Concentrate OR a Clarity Matcha Mask 5 pack, receive free shipping, two Prep Microdermabrasion Cream/Mask samples and two Clarity Matcha Mask sachets (retail value is $38.)

I tested both the Advanced CE Concentrate and Clarity Matcha Masks, and here is the scoop on these great products.

Advanced

Advanced CE Concentrate

Advanced ingredients

Advanced ingredients in Advanced CE Concentrate

Advanced CE Concentrate ($50)  This is, no question, one of the very best vitamin C products on the market today.  The packaging is perfect, an airless pump tube that doesn’t expose the product to light so it keeps it completely stable and effective.  It’s a light lotion that works great on its own, and it also plays well with other moisturizing products.

swatch of Advanced

swatch of Advanced CE Concentrate

Vitamin C, when packaged correctly, is a bit of a skin care miracle because it does these things:  it’s an amazing antioxidant and it’s extremely effective for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.  It increases collagen production, evens skin tone, reduces inflammation, and overall is the bomb in the anti-aging ingredient arena.  YBF co-creator Darrell says, “I threw out the idea of using the usual irritating and unstable Cs commonly used: ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate and used to a lesser extent, ascorbyl phosphate. I also knew I wanted to use at least one stable oil soluble and one water soluble form of C. Eventually I landed on three Cs I loved and we developed this wonderful, potent and yet still gentle formula using some of the more novel and costly new Cs available. The addition of a specialized form of vitamin E and the skin calmer, alpha bisabolol was icing on the cake.”  This is a fantastically elegant formula that should be a staple in your skin care routine.

Clarity

Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask 5 pack

one packet of Clarity

one packet of Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask

Clarity Matcha Green Tea Facial Mask ($9 to $40) comes as a powder in a single use sachet, and you have the choice of purchasing individual single use packets or sets of five.  I love powdered masks because they stay fresh and keep their efficacy for a long time, unlike masks in an open jar which have a limited shelf life.

Green tea is one heck of an anti-aging ingredient as it’s both an anti-ager and an anti-carcinogenic.  French green clay absorbs impurities that clog pores and create blemishes.  It also tightens skin and gives it a more youthful appearance.  Other terrific ingredients in this mask include spin trap, Lipochorman-6, vitamin E succinate, vitamin B%, vitamin C, alpha bisabolol and thyme.

all you need

all you need to make a fantastic mask for gorgeous skin

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of honey

adding the powder mask to the water and honey

adding the Clarity powder mask to the water and honey

Clarity all mixed up and ready to apply

Clarity all mixed up and ready to apply

To prepare this mask, I mixed 2 teaspoons of water with 1 teaspoon of honey then mixed well with a fork.  I let it sit for about 15 minutes, then I applied with a synthetic brush.  My daughter Annie and I decided to have a ‘girls night’, which consisted of getting great skin and lots of goofing around!!  We let our masks soak in for about 25 minutes, then used a hot towel to soften the mask then remove it.  Our skin felt unbelievable after – even Annie, who already has baby soft skin, has even softer and smoother skin afterwards.  This is a TOTAL winner.

Goofing around on our girl's night

Goofing around on our girl’s night

Two thumbs up for this terrific mask!

Two thumbs up for this terrific mask!

Take advantage of our wonderful promo code BEAUTYINFOZONE while you are also entering for a chance to win one of four great prizes.

Entering is easy, so enter now and enter often!  Lucky for us, this contest is open to all of our readers worldwide.  Happy New Year everyone!!  – Lisa

*Products tested and giveaway items courtesy of YBF Skin Care

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Advanced CE Concentrate Ingredients:  (total vitamin C, 8.7%) reverse osmosis water, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate/ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate), meadowfoam seed oil, vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate/MAP), vitamin C (aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate/AAP), ethylhexyl palmitate, vitamin e succinate (d-alpha tocopherol succinate), Leucidal (leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate), alpha bisabolol

ClarityMatcha Green Tea Facial Mask Ingredients:  French green clay, matcha (japanese ceremonial grade green tea), dl-panthenol (vitamin B5), meadowfoam seed oil, epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG), sodium alginate, vitamin C (magnesium ascorbyl phosphate/MAP), spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), vitamin e succinate (d-alpha tocopherol succinate), alpha bisabolol, thyme ct. linalool