Recently, I received an innovative idea in skincare to try out: Exuviance Illumination Duo.
Exuviance is a brand that has recently come onto my radar screen. However, the two doctors who started the brand discovered the skincare benefits of glycolic acid, and they invented the glycolic peel. Woo hoo! That got my attention, big time.
Now, I am all about vitamin C. I’ve been using 3 vitamin C serums in succession over the past year, and I love them. Vitamin C has been clinically shown to brighten skin and reduce hyperpigmentation, and I’ve seen results for myself. In addition, it helps address signs of aging by strengthening the skin’s matrix to help increase firmness and smooth wrinkles.
So what is new about Exuviance Illumination Duo? It’s two products that work in tandem to reduce the signs of aging: Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex and Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster.
Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster is the 100% pure active formulation of vitamin C, and it comes as a powder. I have never seen that before!
At bedtime, I shake a small amount of the powder (usually about 2-3 shakes, and Exuviance provides a measuring spoon if you want to be exact) into my hand and mix it with the Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex cream and apply as usual. So unique!
Exuviance promises the following benefits:
- Evening Restorative Complex is clinically proven to improve overall skin texture, tone, and appearance
- 90% saw smoother skin after 4 weeks of using Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex
- Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster amps up the effects of the Evening Restorative Complex, helping to fade the look of dark spots while improving firmness and smoothing wrinkles
Let me tell you a little bit more about each of the products in the duo.
Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex is a gorgeous, rich cream that comes in a pump to protect the effectiveness of the ingredients. Just a little bit of the cream goes a long way. It is very luxurious. Although it is an American brand, made in the US, for some reason, it signals European luxury to me. Maybe it’s the well-made packaging, the pale aqua (my favorite color) shade of the cream itself (that matches my Milani Mint Crush Nail Lacquer),
and the light floral fragrance that make it seem like it’s from somewhere else.
On the scientific side, Evening Restorative Complex contains state-of-the-art ingredients, two of which are new to me:
- Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gluconolactone in Evening Restorative Complex decreases lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and improves roughness and texture.
- Lactobionic Acid – a potent antioxidant – inhibits wrinkles from forming, plumps and firms the skin, and enhances clarity.
In addition, Evening Restorative Complex contains the more familiar antioxidants – vitamins A, C and E – along with botanicals to deliver anti-aging benefits without dryness or irritation even to sensitive skin like mine.
What about Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster? And why is it a powder, you ask?
As a powder, Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster does not contain water or any fillers. Instead, it is 100% active ingredients:
- vitamin C
- Aceta-C, Exuviance’s patented ingredient that enhances the natural anti-aging action of vitamin C, making it work harder.
Exuviance is sold at Ulta which is where I was first introduced to the brand. You can also buy it on exuviance.com. The price for the Duo is $77, while it would be $120 if purchased individually. Exuviance Illumination Duo includes: Exuviance Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster, 0.35 oz, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, 1.75 oz.
I have only been using Exuviance Illumination Duo for about a week so it is too soon for me to see results that are specific to these products. They recommend using the product for 4 weeks to see results. But because of the reputation of the brand’s well-respected cosmetic dermatologists and the uniqueness of the products themselves, I am eager to see what will happen.
As I mentioned earlier, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex is a rich cream, appropriate for nighttime use. I think I will love it more once the cold, dry winter is upon us when I prefer to use a heavier cream. The only thing I wish I could change is the fact that it has a light floral scent. I prefer unscented facial skincare products, but fortunately the scent disappears once it’s on my skin so it’s not a deal breaker .
As those of us in the Northern hemisphere head toward fall and winter, it’s time to think about changing our skincare routines toward a different kind of protection that can help undo any damage from spending more time outdoors in the sun during the summer. Also, I know many of us have been using vitamin C serums, and it is fascinating to learn that the powder form of vitamin C, amped up with a super-antioxidant, is available. Check out Exuviance Illumination Duo!
Vitamin C+ Antiaging Booster: Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Gluconolactone, Acetyl Cysteine, Zinc Gluconate, Arginine.
Evening Restorative Complex: Aqua (Water), Gluconolactone, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Ceteareth 20, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ascorbyl (Vitamin C) Palmitate, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric/Stearic Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Ammonium Hydroxide, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phosphatidyl Choline, Polyacrylamide, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, Myristic Acid, Laureth-7, Disteareth-100 IPDI, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexenecarboxaldehyde, Butyl Phenyl Methylpropional, CI 42090 (Blue #1), CI 19140 (Yellow #5).