Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 Review | Finally a glycolic cream with SPF!

reversa anti wrinkle cream with spf 30 review

As all my regular readers know, I've been heavy into the chemical exfoliants lately. Sorry scrubs, but I'm going #teamchemical lately. They just make my skin feel so good! Yet another entry into my chemical arsenal: this Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30.

Now, the name Reversa may not be familiar, but you may recognize their sister brand, Ombrelle for their popular suncare products. Both Reversa and Ombrelle are owned by Dermtek Pharma, a Quebec based beauty brand specializing in anti-aging and glycolic products. In fact, Dermtek was among the first companies in Canada to incorporate glycolic acid into their products!

The Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 is just one of five products in Reversa's line of anti-aging and UV protecting products. Others in the line also include an eye cream and an anti-dark spot treatment cream that I'm very curious about! The Anti-Wrinkle Cream contains 8% glycolic acid and claims to gradually reveal smoother, brighter and more even skin, while also hydrating and protecting skin from further sun damage.

The Guts
The primary sunscreen ingredients in the Anti-Wrinkle Cream are:
  • Octinoxate (7.5%)
  • Oxybenzone (5%) - another UV blocker that helps other sun-protecting ingredients from degrading once you're out in the sun. Studies have shown that children should probably avoid this ingredient since it is easily absorbed by the body, but the jury's still out on whether it's harmful for adults as well. Some studies have also shown that oxybenzone could be harmful to ocean life, such as corals. The FDA has approved concentrations up to 6% in products in the US. 
  • Octisalate (5%) 
  • Avobenzone (2%)
Non-sunscreen ingredients include:
  • Water
  • Glycolic acid - an acid that helps to gently exfoliate skin
  • Octyldodecyl neopentanoate - an emollient (helps seal moisture into skin)
  • Arginine - an antioxidant 
  • Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate - a mattifying ingredient that can help boost a product's SPF

Price & Packaging
A 50 ml tube of the Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 retails direct from Reversa for $45 and is also available at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

As I've noted previously, AHA products tend to sting on me more than BHA ones and the Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 is no exception. There is definitely some mild stinging when I first apply this cream, but it goes away very quickly and doesn't cause any redness or further irritation. 

One of the biggest selling points of the Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 is that it's unusual to see a glycolic product with SPF built-in. Having SPF is always a huge bonus for me as I like the two-in-one convenience, but I do wish the SPF was 50 instead of 30. I don't mind SPF 30 during the winter, but now that summer is approaching and also because glycolic acid makes your skin more photo-sensitive, having a higher SPF would be really nice. That being said, I still appreciate the effort! 

The Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 applies easily and has a medium thickness that leaves my skin feeling nicely moisturized, but without any heaviness. After a minute, the Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 dries down to a just shy of matte finish and provides a smooth surface for makeup. 

Since I'm still using my Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant while using this cream, it's a little hard to tell if there's any significant difference in my skin. I don't really notice it looking any brighter or more even. The Reversa Anti-Wrinkle Cream with SPF 30 fit seamlessly into my routine in that it didn't break me out, didn't dry out my skin or otherwise disrupt its condition in any way. Does that mean that this cream is working? I'm not sure. My overall impression is kind of underwhelming, but I'd still recommend trying it out if you've never tried glycolic acid before.

Final Verdict
Ditch - a decent enough product, but I wish the SPF was higher and I found this cream kind of underwhelming for its price and claims.

* This post contains PR samples

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