Christine’s Question: Tell us about Revitol, “The beauty secret of the stars!” Their moisturizer is supposed to contain an “uninjectable” Botox. The before and after pictures are amazing but I’ve learned that before I buy ANYTHING else I am checking it out with you! The Right Brain’s Revitol-izing reply:
You’re wise to be skeptical, Christine. Before and after pictures are not always credible proof of efficacy. And looking at the information provided by Revitol for their Moisturizing Skin Treatment Cream, we see that some of it is technically misleading and some is blatantly untrue.
For example, they say: “Hyaluronic Acid has been found to help maintain healthy collagen and to keep the skin moisturized. Reduced levels of Hyaluronic Acid are associated with a wide range of diseases, including premature wrinkling, osteoarthritis, Marfan syndrome and detached retinas.”
We Say: It’s true that hyaluronic acid is a good moisturizer (it binds moisture to the surface of skin when applied topically.) But the diseases they attribute to reduced levels of HA are genetic conditions. NOTHING applied to your skin will affect those diseases. To imply that rubbing HA on your skin can affect damaged genes is pure rubbish.
They Say: “Argireline is a safer alternative to Botox. It works by relaxing facial tension because it reduces excessive release of the neurotransmitters, called catecholamines, that make your facial muscles tense up. It’s as simple as that: reduce muscle tension, avoid poison and maintain skin shape.”
We say: It’s not as simple as that at all! First, you have to get the Argireline down to the muscle tissue. To get to the muscle you have to pass through a thick layer of skin, then fat, then connective tissue. (That’s why Botox requires injection!) Second, even if the chemical could penetrate that deeply, if it’s going to reduce the release of neurotransmitters it has to get inside the neuromuscular junction. And that requires a specific biochemical transporter to move the chemicals into the neurons. Finally, even IF it could work, it would be a drug that is regulated by the FDA.
We could give you more examples, but you get the idea. This Revitol product may be a nice moisturizing cream, but The Beauty Brains think their technical credentials are dubious at best.