If there’s one thing I have to say about skincare, it’s got to relate to moisturizing. I mean, cleansing is a given. Toning I’ve got down. But moisturizing seems to be a whole other story.
Finding a cleanser to suit your skin can be taxing, but once you’ve got it, you’re good. Then, I always find that a good old toner seems to fall into place quite quickly. But, when it comes to that final step, moisturizing, it always that little bit tougher.
I’m honestly not sure why this is my experience. Maybe it’s because moisturizing is the last step in the anti-aging routine. Or maybe because it’s one of the hardest parts of the skincare routine to get right for your specific face. Either way, no matter the underlying cause, my attempts at using moisturizer always seems to lead to disaster.
When the rest of your routine is sorted, it can seem a little frustrating (to say the least) trying to get the right level of moisture into your skin. When you’re oily, you don’t want too much yet you still need enough, but then if you’re dry, you just can’t get enough. It always seems to depend on what your steps one and two are doing for you too.
Don’t even get me started on the struggles that happen when you start throwing night creams into the mix too! It gets all kinds of confusing.
I never really put a lot of time and effort into night creams before I realized that perhaps that was my problem. I wasn’t caring for my moisturizing routine in the same way that I was my cleansing and toning, purely because I didn’t understand it. But, this little mishap was soon put to rest once I started to hear little whispers about the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream.
I chose to take a different, more active approach to my moisturizing woes. Continue reading to see the research that lead me to this new direction, the specifics on the product I
Isn’t Moisturiser Just Moisturiser?
Yes and no. Imagine just using one cleaning product for your hair. You couldn’t right? Now that’s how you should think about your moisturising routine. Just like needing to condition after shampooing, you need a night cream to do a completely different thing to your day cream.
But should they use the same ingredients for extra power or should each of your moisturizing creams have different elements so you get the best of all worlds? How do you find the balance between not enough, just the right amount, and too much moisture? Is there any way to know without trying them?
Obviously, I began this process with far more questions than answers. Luckily, we can dig in together.
Day creams or daily moisturizers typically act as a protective barrier for your face during the day as you’re exposed to UV rays and other environmental factors. You want a day cream that is smooth and light enough to wear without affecting your makeup. Quality products have SPF and go on so cleanly you notice nothing except how smooth your face feels.
Night creams, on the other hand, provide opportunities for your thirsty, damaged skin to heal and grow. They’re often thicker and feel more creamy as you apply them. They may leave your skin feeling slightly sticky, as if you applied a powerful lotion to your dry hands in the wintertime. These take longer to sink in and work hard to create an environment for your skin to recover from the day and prepares for the next one.
Now that we know more about the difference, it’s time to choose a specific product to try. However, the number of different creams and serums on the market is overwhelming at best. I’ve heard all sort of good things about the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream. The company and product itself both had great reputations. Plus, as they say, you have to start somewhere. So, here we are.
Said to contain the wonder ingredient Glycol Acid, the Moisturizing Renewal Cream is pretty powerful. With the aim of not only adding deep hydration for skin renewing reasons, this little beauty is thought to exfoliate and retexture – now that’s why you need a night cream!
During the day, all we need is a little-added moisture putting back into our skin before we layer up with makeup. But at night, when the skin gets to breathe and heal way more, a little does not go a long way.
Revive suggest their Moisturizing Renewal Cream works ‘overtime’ during the night so that when we’re sleeping, it’s doing what it does best. Blemishes and imperfections are treated, fine liners are filled and we get to wake up looking and feeling just that little fresher! Sounds good right?
It was this claim to fame that really had me hooked. If I can look less tired and a whole lot more radiant in the mornings it’s definitely work the trial!
So, How Will Revive Get to Work?
Starting with a light application nightly, within two weeks I’m supposed to notice the difference. Yeah, that sold me too! I’m definitely keen to get to work on this one based on that fact alone. The Glycolic Acid is the exfoliating ingredient that helps to review the skin, as well as something called EGF that then aims to reverse the signs of again.
If this little baby can promise me deep hydrating and a youthful looking appearance, we might all be on to something here.
As it is now, my skin is probably more combination than dry, but I do have days where I feel like I’m in need of way more moisture than I’m getting. I’ve started to get the odd lines here and there, particularly around my eyes and feel like it could be something to do with the whole moisturizing error thing (which sounds so ironic and obvious now that it’s written down).
So, with that bit of background and some insight into how the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream sets to work, let’s get to it…
Does It Actually Work?
For three weeks, I’ve been applying the cream after cleansing and toning at night only. To be quite frank, I love it. It really does what it says on the tin, which I wasn’t 100% expecting. For something that is supposed to hydrate, even skin tone, reduce lines and brighten up your complexion overall, it’s a lot to ask, but it really does do it all – for me anyway.
The cream itself is quite rich feeling and definitely gets to work the second you apply it. I felt a sort of stinging sensation on first applying it, which with the Glycolic Acid you’d expect it to, but I do like that – it lets me know it’s doing its job. It just feels so soothing and refreshing on my skin.
Then, in the morning, it always leaves me looking radiant – even if I’ve not slept all that well. Which for maybe three or four nights in the past three weeks I have not!
It’s even seemed to of soothed my breakouts – it kind of clears them out. I have more of a smooth and plump feeling to my skin now compared to not using it, which definitely makes me feel more hydrated. I don’t notice the lines as much now either, but I guess that’s because of the moisture that’s soaked into my skin thanks to the cream.
And Would You Rebuy?
Of course. It is a little pricey, but when it comes to skincare, if something works for me I’ll go with it. Just like I did with LifeCell. For something that promises so much and then actually delivers, it’s really quite special. I’m now interested to look at my day cream options, as I know the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream isn’t meant for daytime at all (due to the exfoliating properties – goodbye makeup).
Have you used the Revive Moisturizing Renewal Cream before? What did you think of it?