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I heard recently that RevaleSkin was being discontinued. What do I use now?
It’s sad but true; Stiefel Laboratories has made the decision to discontinue RevaléSkin products, as stated in an official announcement in 2012. Known for reporting the “highest concentration of CoffeeBerry available on the market,” RevaléSkin is no longer being manufactured, and retailers will not be able to replenish it once it is gone.
Derived from the coffee cherry of the Coffea arabica plant when it is still green and “sub-ripe,” CoffeeBerry has highest antioxidant potential of any ingredient measured to date, based on its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity Score (ORAC) — a method developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the standard to measure the antioxidant capacity of natural substances.
In plain terms, this means CoffeeBerry is a better antioxidant than green tea, white tea, vitamin C, vitamin E, grape seed extract or idebenone. In fact, CoffeeBerry Extract has ten times the antioxidant power of green tea (Cosmetic Dermatology, 2007).
Why is CoffeeBerry such a potent antioxidant? CoffeeBerry contains an extremely high concentration of compounds called polyphenols, particularly chlorogenic acid, which serve as potent antioxidants. CoffeeBerry may be so effective because of its mechanism of action in the cell. Unlike other antioxidants, CoffeeBerry combats free radicals throughout the entire skin cell, unlike many other antioxidants, which are limited to specific areas of the cell.
Furthermore, CoffeeBerry contains exfoliating polyhydroxy acids, which help the user see almost immediate improvement. According to clinical trials by the company, the texture and tone of the skin treated with CoffeeBerry extract showed 46% improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, 64% in overall skin smoothness, and 79% in skin hydration.
However, no studies to date have compared the effect of CoffeeBerry alone to combinations of other antioxidants, which may act synergistically to sustain their levels in the skin.
Other Products with CoffeeBerry
Priori has also bought the patented rights to CoffeeBerry in skin care, resulting in their Priori Day Cream ($72.76, amazon.com); Priori CoffeeBerry Night Complex ($73.79, amazon.com); and Priori CoffeeBerry Tightening Serum ($59.00, amazon.com). The Priori CoffeeBerry line has the advantage that it is natural and organic, unlike RevaléSkin. It also has a lower price point than the RevaléSkin line.
Unfortunately, the Priori line does not list the concentration of CoffeeBerry in its products like RevaléSkin. Considering RevaléSkin regularly touted having the most concentrated CoffeeBerry on the market, I have a feeling Priori doesn’t list their concentrations because they fall well short. At any rate, limited quantities of RevaléSkin products are available online. Some have already begun a steep discount – on Amazon.com, for example, the once $40 cleanser is now just $14.
Are there alternatives to CoffeeBerry?
The happy part, however, is that it is very well possible (and highly likely) that combinations of antioxidants may be more potent than CoffeeBerry used alone. For example, there are antioxidants called “network antioxidants,” which enhance the power of one another when used together. They do this by sharing electrons between them.
How exactly do network antioxidants work? Let’s use an example. Say you are wearing a cream with vitamin E and walk past a dirty truck that is heavy on the emissions, resulting in free radicals everywhere. (Ew.) The vitamin E in your cream can come in and “disarm” the free radicals by giving up its own electrons. However, vitamin E is now void of electrons. That’s where using another “network antioxidant” can help, as they can donate electrons back to vitamin E, returning vitamin E back to its antioxidant state.[Related: Why FutureDerm CE Caffeic is Better Than Skinceuticals CE Ferulic]
So, what are network antioxidants? According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, there are two major sets:
- Vitamin C or CoQ10 can recycle vitamin E, donating electrons to vitamin E to return the nutrient to its antioxidant state.
- Vitamin C and lipoic acid can recycle vitamin C and glutathione, donating electrons to vitamin C and glutathione to return the nutrients to their antioxidant states. And no, that is not a typo – vitamin C and lipoic acid can restore vitamin C!
Yes, it is definitely a loss to the skin care community that RevaléSkin is gone. However, you have three options to pick up the pieces and move on with your life:
- Replace with Priori products with a lower concentration of CoffeeBerry
- Stockpile as much RevaléSkin as you can, keeping in mind shelf life is likely less than 2 years
- Start using products with network antioxidants, which strengthen the power of one another. While it is true it is not proven that either of these networks are stronger than CoffeeBerry on its own, I suspect this may be true. These networks include a.) Vitamin C or CoQ10 “recycling” vitamin E; and b.) Vitamin C and lipoic acid “recycling” vitamin C and glutathione.