Friday, May 10, 2013

Reviva Labs Intercell Hyaluronic Acid Night Gel-- Or, Why My Skin Has Been So Happy Lately, Part 3

This item was sent for review

I recently learned something interesting about skincare.  Apparently it's optimal to change your skin's "diet" every few weeks.  I've struggled with highly temperamental combination skin for the past few years, trying to combat a normal amount of oil in the usual areas and extreme dryness in others.  For a while, I was spot treating the dry patches at night with basically whatever I thought to, from some old Estee Lauder eye cream to this extremely greasy pink stuff from Mary Kay.  Then, I discovered this awesome Reviva Labs collagen cream, which I thought had cured my skin woes for good.  While it did improve the situation, I was back to fighting dry patches again (though not nearly as difficult) within four weeks. 

Enter Reviva Labs Intercell Hyaluronic Acid Night Gel.

Since I've gotten older and my facial skin isn't the oil slick of my early and mid twenties, hyaluronic acid has been a buzzword for me.  It's interesting stuff.  It "captures" water, absorbing what's present in the air and what's present in your skin.  There's another benefit to how much water I drink-- this hyaluronic acid works with my skin to optimize my intake.  Pretty cool.  My favorite day cream contains it; I figured I could not go wrong with this night gel, and I was right.

As you can see, it's a completely clear gel.  It's not my favorite texture to work with, but when the days get warm (and oddly, they have been around here) it feels pretty refreshing and light against skin.  It has this odd way of sort of sitting atop my skin's surface, too, like it doesn't fully sink in.  This is the gel absorbing the moisture from within and without.  It makes for a little bit sticky face.  It's also why this is a nighttime use only thing.  If you can get past the decidedly non-luxurious feel of this stuff, it's an awesome addition to your skincare routine.  I've been rotating between Reviva's collagen night cream and this Hyaluronic Acid Night Gel for about three months, now, and between the two, my dry patches are kept to a minimum and I know I'm doing something genuinely good for my skin every time I put some on.

So back to why it's good to change your skin's diet-- according to Reviva themselves, " responds best to a variety of stimuli.  Skin can become lethargic in response to the same cream; particularly as skin ages.  Varying day and night creams create better assimilation and response."  I'm proof of this and now I know it's a healthy thing, not just because my skin behaves badly.

Like all Reviva products, this gel is paraben-free and has not been tested on animals.  This particular gel is vegan-friendly and fragrance-free.

Reviva Labs Intercell Hyaluronic Acid Night Gel is available for purchase here, on Reviva Labs' website, and it's currently on sale for $14.
You can follow Reviva Labs on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.

What's your nighttime routine?  Do you rotate your creams?  Loyal to a particular brand?  Tried Reviva?
Thanks for reading!  Have a fabulous Friday ☼

This item was sent for review.


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