Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 claims to "help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles." The good news is that the formula includes antioxidants vitamin C and retinyl palmitate, which can potentially help with those with issues. The bad news it that it also contains skin-aggravating fragrance in even greater concentration—shame! See More Info to learn why daily use of highly fragrant products is not the path to healthier, younger, or brighter-looking skin.
Were it not for that issue, we'd applaud Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 for its broad-spectrum sun protection and cream texture that absorbs pleasantly for normal to combination (slightly oily or slightly dry) skin. The nearly imperceptible non-greasy finish is another nice attribute of the synthetic sunscreen formula.
As for the highly touted glycolic acid and its ability to help reveal brighter skin, the pH is outside the range needed for this effective leave-on exfoliant to work so don't expect much help there. The benefit looks good on paper, but doesn't translate to visible results.
Considering that this moisturizer's noticeably fragrant formula is questionable from the perspective of great skincare and its superstar ingredients won't be able to function all that effectively in this blend (due to the lower than optimal concentration and higher than optimal pH), we're suggesting you pass on this one.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
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Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202