Stabilised Active Collagen Skin Firming Solution
Stabilised Active Collagen Skin Firming Solution from Revolution Skincare banks on collagen as being the ingredient to restore elasticity and youthfulness to all skin types. Although the amount and quality of collagen plays a pivotal role in how young, healthy skin looks, the inconvenient truth is that topically applied collagen cannot restore the natural collagen we lose due to age and sun damage.
Collagen facts aside, this water-based, fragrance-free serum definitely hydrates skin thanks to its silky-feeling mix of propanediol, glycols, glycerin, and, yes, collagen. No question collagen is a good water-binding (hydrating) ingredient; it’s just not the anti-aging wonder many brands claim it is.
As with many other serums from Revolution Skincare, this is packaged in a frosted glass bottle topped with a dropper cap for dispensing (the formula does not need to be stored away from light due to the lack of light-sensitive ingredients). It’s easy to apply, spreads well, doesn’t feel greasy, and leaves skin velvety-soft without a trace of tackiness. If only such great aesthetics were combined with an equally-impressive mix of skin-beneficial ingredients (like antioxidants, repairing ingredients, or peptides) to back up this serum’s lofty claims, this would rank among today’s best serums.
- Hydrates skin.
- Leaves skin feeling velvety smooth.
- Fragrance free.
- Collagen in any form isn’t an especially exciting topical ingredient.
- Applying collagen to skin cannot shore up what’s lost with age and sun damage.
- A missed opportunity for a product that really could help repair and stimulate collagen as claimed.
This lightweight solution is formulated with collagen, an essential protein that gives skin its elasticity and youthfulness. As we age, collagen declines, creating fine lines, loose skin and dryness. Used daily, our solution helps to hydrate and firm the skin, leaving it looking healthier and smoother.
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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