Old to New

By Melinda Aissani

Have you ever wondered how the oldest civilizations cared for their skin? Did you even know that the world of skincare actually started with the Ancient Egyptians, using things like mud? Fortunately, thanks to technology and science, skincare products have changed for the better. Medical advancements were the key to achieving goals and now it is science mixed with often nature that brings us the best care we have ever had. Find out more in Old to New

Skincare products today have improvements thanks to the latest technology and latest science and it keeps evolving in order to offer solutions for all different types of skin.

Classically skincare was simple. To cleanse, tone and moisturise. That was it, sun tan lotion was not at this point included in skincare. Isn’t it incredible to know that ancient civilizations like the Egyptians already knew the harmful effects of the sun’s rays on the skin? Or that lotions and potions aided the very look of their faces and bodies?

Interestingly they used olive oil and clay mixtures to cleanse their skin, milk masks to moisturize, and dead sea salts to exfoliate. Items, not so far away from what we use now, only now we have the technology and science to back them up.

The Ancient Greeks and Romans borrowed from the Egyptians also placing a high value on skincare and makeup. Honey was used as a moisturizer, and oil and sand were used as natural sunscreen.

China, first recorded skin care began in 1760 BC during the Shang dynasty. They valued a natural pale look. At the time pale skin was very important in society as it defined your rank. If you had pale skin it means that you came from royalty, whilst dark skin meant that you were poor; a peasant or a servant. So they use makeup to cover up via face powders frighteningly made from lead and skin lighteners.

They are not the only ones because in Europe they had the same thoughts about pale skin. So women, including Queen Elizabeth I, used lead mixed with vinegar to make a whitening foundation to remove freckles: So harsh.

During the 1700s, the idea of skincare changed. It wasn’t related to protecting the skin or proving your rank in society. But globally skincare was reflected as a form of art. Many people believed beauty products were most beautiful when painted and layered on. Yet the most popular skincare treatments during this time were saunas, sweat cleansing, and milk baths.

By the 1800s, skincare was again a privilege. It was seen as vital for those in higher classes to participate in, made only for the elite. For the majority of this century, skin care products were hard to obtain and expensive. Using products to lighten the skin was popular again. People from elite societies used harsh cleaners, moisturisers, and tonics with oatmeal and lemon juice.

Fortunately for everyone, from the 1900s skincare really exploded and this century saw the birth of countless skincare products. For example, sunscreen was created in 1944. This also means that beauty products stopped being a privilege and became readily available no matter their economic and social status.

Now, although we focus on using natural ingredients like the civilizations before we have science behind us meaning we can take the §good parts forward with certified, vegan and bioproducts, leaving harsh damaging products behind.

We understand all the problems that daily life impacts on our skin. Much of this is thanks to several types of research linked to the practical implementation of technology and specialist doctors researching things like burns.

The RéVive brand is the perfect example of science, research and technology coming together.

Founded in 1997, RéVive™ this luxury skincare brand was developed by Dr Gregory Bays Brown, a plastic and reconstructive Surgeon. Each product has been scientifically formulated with Bio-Renewal Technology, inspired to heal burn victims. It was this understanding that allowed for products to be created for all.

Dr Gregory Brown

Dr Gregory Brown graduated from the University of Louisville and studied surgery at Harvard University. He became a fellow in plastic and reconstructive Surgery at Emory University, spending years researching a healing process for burn victims.

Indeed, years later, he applied that same Nobel Prize-winning technology to find a remedy for anti-ageing. His studies were published in numerous medical journals, and he published a book, About Face. He lent his support to a wide range of charitable and cultural initiatives. Including arts in education and the cultivation of new and emerging artistic talent.

In 1997, he reached a new next step by creating his own brand; RéVive. Initially, they launched only one product exclusively with Neiman Marcus. A Moisturizing Renewal Cream, this nightly retexturing moisturizer quickly became popular and pushed the brand into the luxury skincare spotlight. 

More products came soon, with each product in RéVive™ scientifically formulated using bio renewal technology to speed the cellular turnover process and restore skin. RéVive™ offers a collection of products across seven distinct collections, Renewal, Intensité, Perfect, Supérieur, Sensitif, and Peau.

They integrated ingredients such as collagen and we know the good effect of collagen on the skin it to revitalise and bring elasticity.

As a celebration of the 25 years in business and for the next 25 years, they are reinvigorating iconic products. The brand is combining the heritage and the contemporary with more innovation.

In 2022, revive introduced the first of two new additions to the core renewal collection. The moisturizing renewal day cream spf30 and in May the moisturizing renewal lotion dual-acid nightly retextured.

First launched in 1997 at department store Neiman Marcus. But also considered the first-ever product. RéVive’s Moisturizing Renewal Cream is an iconic night cream that works overnight. So you can wake up with glowing, younger-looking skin. Inside, the Glycolic Acid helps to retexture the skin, by removing dead skin. Effectively treating fine lines, dullness, and oiliness while promoting healthy skin. But also, Glycerin and Sunflower Seed Oil, help to fortify and moisture the skin, to looks younger.

But that’s not all, RéVive will continue to introduce innovations in the collections this fall. To have glowing skin, and if you want to diminish the sign of fine lines and restore facial fullness. Let me introduce you to some interesting products.

Such as PEAU MAGNIFIQUE SERUM, the only product in RéVive’s roster to combine all 3 Bio-Renewal peptides. Including Bio-Renewal, Bio-Firming and Bio-Volumizing peptides. An innovative Quad-Drone Technology helps to improve the skin barrier and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restores skin clarity and radiance. Combines with retinol and Enzymes for improving the skin texture. And mixed up with antioxidants with  Superfruit Blueberry Extract to neutralise daily oxidative stress. There is also a fascinating study that showed that 97% of subjects saw a reduction in fine lines, deep lines, and wrinkles after 4 weeks of use.

Furthermore, Masque des Yeux, eye mask helps to hydrate, plump and firm your eye area to reduce the look of puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines. Apply for nighttime after cleansing and use 1 or 2 times per week as an overnight eye treatment. Composed with hyaluronic to firm and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But also with natural probiotics and Natural Yeast Extract to puff the skin around the eye area.

RéVive™ products are made to bring with science and technology, helping with ageing and just because they are ageing doesn’t mean your skin needs to.

Find out more about Revive Skincare on their website here.

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