Revelage Age Spot Brightening Day Cream has its strong points: It provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for UVA (think anti-aging) screening; it has a lightweight, silky texture that's compatible with normal to combination skin; and it contains several antioxidants with solid research behind them.
What's not so great is the jar packaging, which not only presents a hygiene problem for this water-based day cream but also hinders the effectiveness of all the antioxidants. See More Info for a more thorough explanation of the problems jar packaging presents.
In terms of being able to brighten age spots (more accurately described as brown spots from sun damage), if you're protecting your skin every day (rain or shine, cloudy or sunny) with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you're going to see some improvement in brown spots—or at the very least you won't see them get worse. So, Arbonne's claim of this preventing age spots is true of any well-formulated sunscreen, and there are many that not only come in better packaging, but also cost less, too! You'll find them on our list of Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen.
- Provides broad-spectrum protection.
- Lightweight, silky texture works well under makeup.
- Contains several antioxidants.
- Jar packaging won't keep several of the key ingredients (such as the antioxidants) stable once opened.
- Contains some fragrant ingredients that may cause irritation, and that tendency to irritate increases when you're using a product that also contains active sunscreen ingredients.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Lightweight, protective daytime moisturizer ensures bright, comfortable skin with a beautiful luminous finish all day. Shields skin from harmful UV rays with SPF 30 to prevent further signs of premature skin aging, age spots and skin discoloration.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 10.0%, Octinoxate 3.7%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.79%, Oxybenzone 6.0% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyethylene, Sucrose, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Barium Sulfate, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PVP, Ferula Foetida Root Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenyl Resorcinol, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Lecithin, Phytostearyl Canola Glycerides, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Triolein, Polysorbate 60, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Dodecahydro-3a,6,6,9a-tetramethylnaphtho(2,1-b)furan, Hexamethylindanopyran, Isopropyl Myristate, Oxacyclohexadecenone, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil
Founded in 1975 with the goal of providing skin-care products with "unparalleled quality and effectiveness," Arbonne International is a direct-sales line many of my readers have an intense curiosity about. There must be lots of assertive Arbonne salespeople out there, because no other line with this type of business structure has generated the amount of email we receive, all asking if Arbonne products are worth it and whether or not many of the company's outlandish claims are true. More than many other lines, Arbonne is big on playing up the alleged evil of many benign cosmetic ingredients. Topping this list is mineral oil, which the company maintains interferes with skin functions and delivery systems. Cosmetics-grade mineral oil is not a problem for skin and is in fact one of the mildest and most effective ingredients for making dry skin look and feel better. It doesn't have the best texture or finish, but its effectiveness is indisputable (Sources: Journal of Burn Care Research, May-June 2006, pages 345–351; Contact Dermatitis, June 2003, pages 293–299; Cosmetics & Toiletries, January 2001, page 79; Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2000, pages 44–46; and Dermatitis, September 2004, pages 109–116).
We have also been asked about whether it is true that all mascaras except Arbonne's contain bat excrement. Yes, you read that correctly. It seems many Arbonne salespeople are telling potential customers that all mascaras (except for Arbonne's, of course) contain this substance. We also found that many of the Arbonne representatives we spoke to love sharing the false rumor about lipsticks containing road-kill remnants (except for Arbonne's, of course). We wouldn't mention these tall tales if these were a few isolated incidents, but dozens upon dozens of women have contacted us asking for the truth behind these ludicrous claims. Just to be clear, cosmetic chemists are not venturing into dark caves to collect bat excrement or picking up carcasses of animals on the side of the road all in an effort to save money and create harmful cosmetics. And you have to wonder: If Arbonne products are so wonderfully effective, why do they need to sell themselves using scare tactics about what every other company's products supposedly contain?
Arbonne also advertises the fact that their products don't contain chemical fragrances because of their potential for causing allergic contact dermatitis. We agree with that stance, but it would give Arbonne more credibility if they didn't replace "chemical" fragrances with a slew of irritating plant extracts and volatile oils, several of which are well-known for their potential to cause skin problems. It is their overreliance on such ingredients that makes a disproportionate number of their products impossible to recommend.
we could go on, but to sum it up, despite my reservations, Arbonne has some good products to consider. However, the rather misleading marketing language is not convincing. None of the natural-sounding ingredients in the world can keep you from reacting to an irritating preservative or fragrance, or from breaking out due to cosmetic waxes such as stearic acid or myristyl myristate.
For more information about Arbonne International, call (800) 272-6663 or visit www.arbonne.com.
Arbonne's makeup is known is divided into two main groups, About Face and Virtual Illusion, and in contrast to its skin-care products, the claims are somewhat tempered. The color palette presented is divided into warms, cools, and neutrals. Although we don't agree with all of Arbonne's classifications, this system can be helpful for making your selection. Regrettably, this collection has seen very little change over the years. Instead, Arbonne focuses heavily on skin care while their latest makeup fails to approach the benchmark standards being set by dozens upon dozens of other companies. The average to poor products are particularly distressing because, for the most part, Arbonne's makeup is overpriced.
Despite this, there is some good news. The makeup categories to focus are blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, gloss, and brushes. You should know that contacting an Arbonne representative to purchase makeup (you cannot purchase it via the company's Web site without having being assigned a representative) will result in more than just a monetary transaction. The Arbonne representatives we encountered were on a mission to recruit anyone who buys (or expresses interest in) their products. Dealing with this company demands patience or a strong resolve. You will need to refute not only the employees' fervent belief that Arbonne products and philosophies are superior to all others, but also the assertion that joining the company is a life-altering experience on par with the most profound spiritual journey you can imagine. Speaking as a consumer, this sort of selling is not appealing, but we are sure there are others looking for just the financial opportunity and lifestyle change Arbonne offers. Those who agree with me should know that the About Face and Virtual Illusion collections include nothing that can’t be found elsewhere, from companies that make it much easier to obtain products than Arbonne does. One more point: Returning products to Arbonne is incredibly frustrating. You must contact your consultant to obtain her information, and then call the company to obtain a return merchandise authorization number. If your consultant doesn't step up, you're stuck with the products unless you want to deal with the company directly, which is about as pleasant as a root canal.