For today's episode of Skinacare Sunday, I have a small assortment of facial treatments sent to me for review by the folks at Reviva Labs. Reviva Labs is a natural and organic skincare line that can be found at Whole Foods and Ulta. All products shown today were made in the USA. I love mud masks and facial treatments, so I tried each at least a few times before writing this review.
The Reviva Labs Problem Skin mask was my favorite of the three. It's a mask formulated for oily and blemished skin. The mask itself has a noticeable smell because it contains natural antibacterial / acne fighting ingredients like camphor and sulfur. However, I'm happy to wear a smelly mask it's a clear means to improving my skin. The mask should be left on for at least 20 minutes before washing off. Last month was stressful for me and I suffered from a number of breakouts and bad skin in general. I wore the mask a few times when my skin was especially irritated and it actually did a good job of calming my skin and drying out / shrinking my blemishes.
Problem Skin Mask Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol, 39c, Zinc Oxide, Sulfur, Camphor, Sorbitol, Carboxy Methyl Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid
The Reviva Labs Mud Mask is a regular mud mask designed for normal to oily skin. It has both spring water and mud from the Dead Sea (which reminds me of AHAVA). I also noticed it has a little Retinol in the ingredients list. It's a good mud mask with a smooth consistency that's not overly drying. It seems pricey, for 1.5 oz. of product, however I've noticed that the product is quite thick and you only need a small amount for each application. In general, I think better quality masks do tend to be thicker and less watered down.
Dead Sea Mud Mask Ingredients: Dead Sea Spring Water, Dead Sea Natural Mud, Kaolin, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Cerostearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Carbonate, Wheat Germ Oil, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Eucalyptus Oil, Citric Acid, Methylochloroisothiazolinone, Methyliscthiazolinone.
The Reviva Labs Non-chemical Light Skin Peel is a non-chemical peel. It contain salicylic acid which is a commonly used ingredient in acne treatment, brightening products, peels, or skin turnover products. The peel has a custard-like consistency which is much more 'goopy' than the masks above. You apply it to your skin, wait a few minutes for it to dry, then peel it off. Again, only a small amount of product is required. When I applied it to my face, there was a very noticeable Thyme scent (which is due to the Oil of Thyme in the ingredients). It was strong, but as I mentioned above, I'm happy to put up with scents if they have a purpose. Thyme is known to have antibacterial properties. The mask is a bit tricky to peel off; it has a paper-like consistency as opposed to a more plastic consistency. I did wash it off by accident, once, and found that I preferred washing to peeling. Peeling is the intended method, but I don't like rubbing or scratching at my face, plus you have to wash off little particles anyway. Washing directly will probably miss out on some of the skin-peeling action, however I found that my skin was not irritated afterwards and I still benefited from the brightening effects. Despite not using this in 'peel' format, I still like it; when I'm having an irritated/blemished skin day, this does seem to reduce the infllammation.
Ingredients: Purified water, SDA Alcohol, Crushed Almonds, Vegetable Oil, Zinc Oxide, Kaolin, Starch, Glycerin, Chamomile, Methylcellulose, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Papin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Oil of Thyme
|Closeup of the products: Problem skin mask, non-chemical peel, and Mud mask (Left to Right)|
Overall, I'm pleased with my experience with the Reviva Labs products. They do seem to work well on reducing acute irritation or blemishes in my skin. Also, as you may know, I'm a big fan of more natural-based skincare for both health and environmental purposes. Thanks for reading!
What are your favorite mask or facial treatment products? Do you find that some 'natural' ingredients seem to work well for you?