Revolution Skincare claims their Cica Tonic has a calming effect on skin, but irritants in the formula tell a different story.
This liquid “tonic” is housed in a clear, plastic bottle which allows you to see right through to its green hue. We’re guessing that Revolution Skincare would like you to believe the color comes from its cica leaf and green tea extracts, but as the ingredient list indicates, it’s more likely the yellow and blue colorants added to the mix.
Where things really go downhill is with the inclusion of witch hazel water and the wafting amount of fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk of irritation (see More Info for the repercussions). It’s concerning that these irritants come in higher concentration than the superstar cica (Centella asiatica) ingredient.
Centella asiatica and Camellia sinensis (green tea) are soothing antioxidants that can help calm reactive skin, but again, you’re not getting them in noteworthy concentration here… and there’s not a much else to brag about in this formula.
If you decide to give Cica Tonic a shot (despite our warning), be sure to store the clear bottle out of direct light to protect the stability of its antioxidants. But we think you’re better off reaping the benefits of our top-rated toners, tonics, and essences that omit the irritants.
- Cica and green tea offer soothing and antioxidant properties.
- Irritants in the formula override the skin-calming effect.
- Front-loaded with mostly lackluster ingredients.
- Clear bottle needs to be stored out of direct light to protect its antioxidants.
Revolution Skincare formulated this skin calming Cica Tonic with Cica leaf extract (otherwise known as tiger grass), a popular Asian herb known for its calming and hydrating properties, and green tea extract, a skin soothing antioxidant.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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