I’ve done a fair share of skincare reviews over the years. It’s not because I happen to be a beauty blogger or because I specialize in skincare.
It’s just that I happen to be a middle-aged woman who trying to fight the signs of it all over her face.
I suppose it could be worse. For instance, I was originally approached to do a review for the company Bio-Scriptives for a product called, Repiderm, a powerful treatment for acne, pimples and other blemishes.
I wrote back to say thanks but fortunately acne isn’t a major concern of mine at this “lifestage.” But I also threw out the “if you happen to have any anti-aging skincare, let me know” line. And it worked!
They wrote back and told me:
“As it happens, Bio-Scriptives does have an anti-aging product and we’d be happy to send it to you for review. The product is called Alo-verix. It’s a deep moisturizer for daily use without any wax, paraffin, petroleum, parabens or mineral oil. What it does contain is a unique combination of aloe vera, shea butter, fatty acids, amino acids and resveratol. It’s intended to reduce signs of aging for all skin types and formulated to be non-irritating. It retails for $40/bottle.”
Yeah. Bring. It. On.
So they sent me a bottle of Alo-verix in December. As with most of my skincare reviews, I like to make sure I’m using the product for at least two weeks before I give a review. I think it takes that long for your skin to adjust and for you to determine if it really works for you.
I had the best of intentions and the best laid plans. There were going to be lots of before and after pictures and you were going to see RESULTS!
The idea was to show you a “before” picture, an “after” picture, and a “little while later with makeup on” picture.
Instead, I discovered several things about myself:
1. I don’t want to get close enough with a camera for you to really see the results.
2. I clearly need more sleep.
3. I definitely need to wear makeup.
4. I look mad or crazed when I don’t smile.
5. I’m all set in the mugshot department.
I had a few more shots but ended up with life keeping me busy and forgetting to photograph every day. And before I knew it, it was APRIL. I was sent this stuff in DECEMBER.
So that’s about the best endorsement I can give Alo-verix. I’ve been using it as my daily moisturizer since I received it in December. I had no intention of using the product and never reviewing it. But it became so integrated in my beauty routine that I kind of forgot.
If I hated it, I would have switched back or found something new. But I’ve been using it every day for over three months.
I’ll admit, I was a little apprehensive at first. The ingredients sounded reasonable and pronounceable. And they had a clincher ingredient: resveratrol. That’s the good stuff that’s found in the skin of red grapes, making red wine good for you. Mostly.
But the directions on my bottle said “Apply after aesthetic procedures. May be used on a daily basis.”
All of the sudden, I felt like an old Hollywood star in hiding after the latest chemical peel. Turns out it simply means it’s meant as a deep moisturizing cream.
If I had really, really dry skin, I’m not sure if this would be rich enough for you. Maybe you’d just have to use a lot more than me. I don’t like to be heavily moisturized and prefer to stay on the light side. That’s the real advantage for me. I felt properly moisturized but didn’t feel like I had just put heavy creams on my face.
It’s light enough for people who don’t want heavy moisturizers. It’s heavy enough for older skin that may tend to be drier in the winter.
As for the anti-aging? Well, there’s no real way for me to tell if the state my skin is in is directly attributable to the moisturizer but it’s clear that my skin doesn’t look worse than when it started. I think it’s doing a great job for my skin and, at $40/bottle, runs at a price I would expect to pay for an anti-aging cream.
Will I order it again? Not yet. I’m still using my current bottle (it lasts me a long time!).