Revolution Skincare AHA / BHA + Vitamin C Body Care [First Impressions + SWATCHES!]

Hey guys!

I am going through the PR sent by Revolution Skincare as I previously posted my First Impressions of the Vitamin C Range (For the Face) HERE

  • These are Body products meant to either re-texturise, brighten or help improve acneic skin. I’ll be giving my honest thoughts, swatching and providing my first impressions!

I’ve also already started using a product so I look forward to seeing the results!

(Also – not a fan of not knowing the % of any of the active ingredients??)

  • The Skincare Revolution Body Category Website Link is HERE

NOTE: All of these are Vegan + Cruelty Free

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1. Revolution Body Skincare Salicylic Balancing Moisture Gel

Price: £8.00

Volume: 200ml


What is it: A Gel (leave-on) meant to help prevent blemishes. This is also ‘loaded’ with moisture (which I like the idea of, to prevent drying out the skin, which is what many BHA-based products tend to do (as Salicylic Acid can be quite drying on the skin). Intended to remove the build up of sebum and grease, to prevent blemishes.

Key Ingredients: Glycerin + Betaine (moisturisers + humectants) + Allantoin (skin soothing). Inulin (a prebiotic) tries to keep the skin’s microbiome balanced to reduce the chance of breakouts.

Directions: For Daily Use.

FRAGRANCE-FREE

Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Alcohol Denat., Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Betaine, Inulin, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Allantoin, Fructose, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid.

My Thoughts: Not a huge fan of Witch Hazel as I tend to find it drying but I know some people are big fans of it. I like that the company thought to add hydrating / moisturising ingredients. In terms of the smell of this – it doesn’t smell of anything except the ingredients, it’s a slight scent (compared to the other products below). I like that it is fragrance free, but that’s just a personal preference.

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Swatch / Texture:

All of these products have the same / similar textures – where they’re a gel or a cleanser. They’re all quite thin + fast absorbing + non-sticky! I don’t have much complaints.

My Thoughts: When swatching, this is quite cooling on the skin! It’s easily spreadable and I don’t need to wait ages for this to dry down / absorb. No tingling sensation or irritation so far. As said previously, I’m not a fan of Witch Hazel but I do appreciate that Hydrating + Moisturising ingredients were included in this product – to try and prevent skin dehydration / dryness while tackling acneic skin.

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2. Revolution Body Skincare Salicylic Balancing Body Blemish Cleanser

Price: £6.00

Volume: 200ml


What is it?: A ‘soft cream’ cleanser (agreed on the soft part). Contains lipids to help prevent the skin from drying. Containing Salicylic Acid – this aims to ‘penetrate’ the pores + loosen any dead skin + help prevent sebum build-up.

Directions: Can be used daily. Massage and rinse off.

Key Ingredients: Glycerin – to help bring moisture into the skin. Sweet Almond Oil (moisturising) + Inulin (like the cleanser) to help prevent future breakouts by aiming to keep the skin’s microbiome balanced.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water, Eau), Isopropyl Palmitate, Alcohol Denat., Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Inulin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Betaine, Fructose, CI 42090 (Blue 1).

My Thoughts: Once again, not a big fan of Witch hazel, but nice to see Betaine as well as Allantoin in there (soothing + moisturising). Not sure why a colourant was needed when to me, this doesn’t seem to have a colour. Also in terms of the smell – I don’t get any offensive smells from this.

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Swatch / Texture:

All of these products have the same / similar textures – where they’re a gel or a cleanser. They’re all quite thin + fast absorbing + non-sticky! I don’t have much complaints.

My Thoughts: Just like the gel – this looks lightweight, easily spreadable – not sticky and easy to use.

I must say – none of these cleansers lather up. They do not lather up and apply like cream on the skin – all very similar in texture to the ordinary squalane cleanser! (review HERE)

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3. Revolution Body Skincare AHA Smoothing Body Cleanser

It’s the product right in the middle – very similar in appearance to the Balm

Price: £6.00

Volume: 200ml

What is it: Cleanses the skin + also aims to remove rough and flakey skin.

Directions: Can be used daily – Massage into the skin + then wash off

Key Ingredients: Lactic Acid (AHA) and Glycolic Acid (AHA) + Sodium Lactate – we don’t know the % though. I’m guessing it’s not too high if this can be used daily? These help soften the skin while aiming to keep it hydrated. Glycerin helps moisturise the skin. Sweet Almond oil (conditioning) + Inuline (prebiotic) to help maintain the skin’s microbiome.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water, Eau), Isopropyl Palmitate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Inulin, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glycolic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Fructose, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract

My Thoughts: I really like that both Lactic Acid + Glycolic Acid (a Combo / Duo) is included instead of just depending on one or the other.

NOTE: The smell of this is baaaad. The smell really reminds me of Hair Removal Cream. So no, it’s not a pleasant smell (much preferred the BHA products in terms of smell) – but I will continue to use as I really want to use this and see if it helps with the bumps on the back of my arms and helps soften my knees + elbows!

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Swatch / Texture:

All of these products have the same / similar textures – where they’re a gel or a cleanser. They’re all quite thin + fast absorbing + non-sticky! I don’t have much complaints.

My Thoughts: Just like all the other products – this feels lightweight and easy to spread. I would say – because the cleansers DO NOT foam up – it’s much more preferable to massage this onto the body instead of using a loofa/body scrubbing glove etc – because I find that if I use a scrubbing glove – I waste a LOT of product, whereas I use a lot less simply applying the product straight onto the skin with your hands. This is probably my favourite product from the lot (despite the smell) and what I tend to do is massage this onto the skin, do whatever else I need to do in the shower (while letting this work and do its job) and then wash off. I don’t apply and immediately wash off as I feel like that could be a waste, I want the actives to get into the skin and do their work.

I must say – none of these cleansers lather up. They do not lather up and apply like cream on the skin – all very similar in texture to the ordinary squalane cleanser! (review HERE)

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4. Revolution Body Skincare AHA Smoothing Moisture Balm

Price: £8.00

Volume: 200ml


What is it: A ”silky” cream containing Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid AND Fruit Acid – to help soften + retexturise the skin. Aims to remove flakey skin.

Directions: Can be used daily

Key Ingredients: Sodium Lactate (Moisturise + soften the skin). Glycerin (Moisturise) + Inulin a prebiotic (help maintain the skin’s microbiome).

Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Lactic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glyceryl Stearate, Inulin, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Isohexadecane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Laureth-7, Fructose, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Dimethiconol, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract.

My Thoughts: I like that this has 3 different types of AHAs in here. Not a fan of the addition of fragrance however.

NOTE: The smell of this is baaaad. The smell really reminds me of Hair Removal Cream. So no, it’s not a pleasant smell (much preferred the BHA products in terms of smell).

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Swatch / Texture:

All of these products have the same / similar textures – where they’re a gel or a cleanser. They’re all quite thin + fast absorbing + non-sticky! I don’t have much complaints.

My Thoughts: This is not a balm to me. When I think of a balm, I think of quite a thick, greasy texture – but that is not what this feels to me! My sister gets very dry hands and actually her absolute favourite moisturiser is from Pixi – it’s their Coconut Lotion (BLOG POST HERE) – and she has told me that this isn’t her favourite i.e. it hasn’t managed to replace her Pixi lotion (So I don’t think this is good enough for DRY skins. BUT for those who like light moisturising + lightweight textures, this may suit you better!)

(Click on the picture to get to the Blog Post – the Hydrating Milky Lotion is what my sister prefers – more suited towards DRY skins).

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5. Revolution Body Skincare Vitamin C Glow Body Cleanser

The bottle is on the far right!

Price: £6.00

Volume: 200ml

What is it: A ”Soft” Cream aimed at providing the skin with moisture / hydration. Cleanses the skin without drying it out. leaving you feeling and looking refreshed. NOTE: ”Lightly fragranced with uplifting Grapefruit and Mandarin” (to me this doesn’t smell ”lightly” fragranced, but I am quite sensitive to fragrance!).

Directions: Fine for daily use. Massage and rinse off.

Key ingredients: Vitamin C Derivatives e.g. 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid + Ascorbyl Palmitate (both quite low down the list?). Aimed to brighten the skin. I believe Grapefruit Complex is also added to help brighten the skin. Glycerin + Sweet Almond Oil – hydrate + Moisturise the skin. Inulin – to help maintain the skin’s microbiome.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water, Eau), Isopropyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Inulin, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Fructose, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Limonene, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal.

My Thoughts: Just like the Vitamin C products for the face (Blog Post HERE) – this has a candied orange smell! This definitely has the most ‘Artificial’ smell out of all the products on this post. I don’t like that fragrance is put higher on the ingredients list than the Vitamin C derivative included. I think sweet almond oil feels nice on the skin and also the addition of both fatty and hydrating ingredients means this product doesn’t feel like it’s drying out the skin.

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Texture / Swatch:

All of these products have the same / similar textures – where they’re a gel or a cleanser. They’re all quite thin + fast absorbing + non-sticky! I don’t have much complaints.

My Thoughts: As you can see – this has a creamy, white texture (I did think this was going to be tinted yellow / orange like the face collection was. First Impressions – I like the idea of vitamin C in a cleanser (to gently brighten the skin on the body) so I will definitely continue to use and hope I get some good results!

I must say – none of these cleansers lather up. They do not lather up and apply like cream on the skin – all very similar in texture to the ordinary squalane cleanser! (review HERE)

My Overall Thoughts: Not a bad bunch of products! And especially for the price! I prefer unscented products (the AHA smells unpleasant and the Vitamin C smells likes candied orange) HOWEVER I’m still going to use the cleansers because I’d like to improve the the texture and look of the skin. I’ve actually already opened and started using the Glycolic Body Cleanser!! (note – when I swatched this product on my hand…it did seem to feel a bit stingy/irritate – perhaps because the glycolic acid was already doing the work).

I would say perhaps for the cleansers (as I’m not quite sure how much work cleansers can do if you wash them off immediately) to rub them on the skin AND THEN perhaps leave on the skin for a few minutes before washing off (i.e. like using a mask). just to let the actives sort of sit there a bit and do their work.

I prefer the cleansers over the lotions because I’m lazy and it’s hard for me to remember to apply and re-apply lotions.

I like the Salycilic cleanser as I work out + sweat, so any potential Bacne could be dealt with using this cleanser (but I’m sure the effect would be doubled if you sued this in conjunction with the gel). A great IG follower mentioned that this could be used on the bumps where the bikini line is – good idea!).

  • Also, I really don’t like thick-textured products, so I’m really happy that these don’t feel thick or heavy on the skin. It does make me wonder if these would be suitable for dry skins BUT if you do have dry skin, then the balms would be more suited I think!

Note: because the cleansers DO NOT foam up – it’s much more preferable to massage this onto the body instead of using a loofa/body scrubbing glove etc – because I find that if I use a scrubbing glove – I waste a LOT of product, whereas I use a lot less simply applying the product straight onto the skin with your hands.

My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.

Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.

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