Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum

I was recently contacted by Reviva Labs and was offered to try a few items from their skincare line. One of the items I chose was the Hyaluronic Acid Serum. One of my biggest issues is throughout the day my skin soaks up whatever product I have on my face and I get large areas of dry patches which can get flaky. Rich moisturizers are great but very few go the distance and last throughout the day so I thought a serum might do the trick.

The Hyaluronic Acid Serum retails for $19 and comes with 1floz of product, housed in a really nice pump bottle. The pump makes it very easy to control the amount of product you dispense.

I'm not a scientist by any means but I think all of the binding agents and the silicone in the product just don't play well with my skin. If applied under foundation, the foundation starts to pill on top and eventually rubs itself off (many but not all). I feel as though it doesn't truly sink into my skin, it's as though there is a thin layer of the product covering my skin but not really moisturizing it. I think it may be the simethicone. I can tolerate -scones but I nearly always have to wash them off at the end of the day unless I want to break out. Something about them almost seems suffocating. So as a skincare item, this just doesn't work for me. I would have almost preferred it to just be the few main ingredients and maybe 1 binding agent. But it seems those agents almost overwhelm the active ingredients. I don't know. Again, I'm not a scientist but I think those and the -scones are the culprits.

Which is a shame since I really wanted to love this product.

Back to the drawing board.

I'll probably continue to use this as a primer for the foundations this works with, but I'm always going to wash it off at night.

Ingredients: Demineralized spring water, glycerine (vegetable), hyaluronic acid, polysorbate 20, hydrolyzed mucopolysaccharides, green tea extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, simethicone, carmelized sugar, methylparaben, propylparaben.

Disclosure: The item was sent for review from Reviva Labs.