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Revive International

Naturally Healthier Skin

by Barbara Bowman

Maintaining healthy skin is something most women and many men strive for. There are a plethora of products on the market, but many are a waste of money. However, we have discovered a line of products that are beneficial to the skin and not harsh on the pocketbook: Revive International. Headquartered in Encino, Calif., Revive International works with labs from all over the world to combine the most refined natural ingredients to make products that increase the health of skin.

For the trial, we were given four specific products for dry and sensitive skin: the Gentle Chamomile Cleanser ($20), the Rejuvenating Lift Toner ($16), the Rejuvenating Moisturizer Cream ($25) and the Rejuvenating C Eye Cream ($35). All of Revive International’s products use natural enzymes, vitamins and oils that nourish, not strip or punish, the skin (see "Ingredient Highlights" below).

Ingredient Highlights:

Gentle Chamomile Cleanser
- French seawaters
- Rosemary leaves and chamomile extracts
- Seaweed
- Sugar exfoliants

Rejuvenating Lift Toner
- Aloe and cucumber juices
- Witch hazel and horse chestnut extracts
- Chlorophyll
- Carotene

Rejuvenating Moisturizing Cream
- Sodium PCA and Hyaluronic Complex (moisturizers)
- Collagen
- Elastin
- Seaweed extract
- Sweet almond oil
- Silk amino acid
- Botanical extracts

Rejuvenating C Eye Cream
- Shea butter
- Almond, safflower, olive, hazelnut and peach kernel oils
- Arnica, ginseng and calendula extracts
- Vitamin C derivatives

We began the regimen. The cleanser was creamy and had a faint hint of vanilla. After washing, the skin is fresh and clean without feeling “squeaky” or tight as with some cleansers. Next, we used the toner with aloe vera and cucumber juices. Our skin felt refreshed, and the scent was softly pleasant. We then moisturized with the cream that's scent is reminiscent of simple rose water and glycerine. We were amazed. The moisturizer gave our skin an instant healthy glow as if we had just finished doing a yoga class. Final step was the eye cream that we carefully tapped around the delicate skin of our eyes.

The next day, our skin was still rosy and glowing. Must have been the seaweed extract and arnica, which increase circulation. Over the next couple of weeks, we continued the trial, morning and night. At the end of the two-week period, our skin was more supple and healthier-looking. One editor even got the ultimate compliment from a friend she hadn’t seen in a couple of weeks with, “Wow! You look really good! Your skin is so clear and healthy!"

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Revive International also offers other products such as a hand cream and micro-dermabrasion revitalizing cream. To purchase skincare products, visit BB Beauty Center in Encino, CA, and receive a free consultation to find the best products for your skin type. BB Beauty Center, 17401 Ventura Blvd., #A41, Encino, 818-789-6761.

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(Updated: 07/19/13 RD)


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