When I got my hands on Revox Line Relaxer ($145), a tool in Revision Skincare’s arsenal of anti-aging skin products, I couldn’t wait to use it on my mature complexion. After all, the research behind it pretty much screams, “You’ll get results!” And that’s pretty hard to resist.
Revox is designed to target fine lines and reduce wrinkles. Its key ingredient, acetyl hexapeptide-8, relaxes muscle contractions similar to injectable wrinkle reducers, earning the formula the reputation of “Botox in a bottle” among estheticians. Clinical studies conducted by the brand show that 97 percent of users reported significant improvement in expression and under-eye lines within 15 minutes of application, and after eight weeks of use, those same lines were reduced by 29 percent. So the product fills in the lines for immediate results, but over time, it improves the overall appearance of the skin with some lasting results.
Given that, I thought, Go ahead!
Revox’s packaging looks like a black highlighter in both shape and size, so it takes up minimal space in a drawer, purse, or cosmetic bag. Removing the cap exposes the oval titanium applicator that is cool to the touch and allows for ultra-targeted application. Squeeze the pump and the applicator fills with serum. The first time I used Revox, the applicator felt wonderful gliding over my skin, but I wasn’t sure how much serum was depositing, so I used my finger to dab the product into my creases.
I quickly found that a pump provided more than enough coverage for my entire face. It took longer to dry than my typical serum (it stayed sticky for about two minutes), but I didn’t mind, because I could really feel Revox tightening and firming my skin. It had a slight cooling sensation, which felt like sheer luxury, and after applying my daily moisturizer I noticed that my skin immediately looked smoother than usual. It instantly seemed to sink less, and I felt confident and hopeful about what the formula could do over time.
For the next several weeks, I faithfully applied Revox every morning and continued to notice smoother skin with fewer fine lines. Reading about the product, I discovered that it was originally designed to be combined with a neuromodulator; in other words, to complement the results of injections like Botox. The injectables do the heavy lifting and Revox fills in what’s left.
In the interest of science, I decided to test that theory. A bit of Botox in the corners of my eyes left some residual fine lines, so I focused the product on those spots. And this is where it really shined: it strengthened the crepe skin in the area, giving it some weight, and added an additional plumping element with hyaluronic acid. While the results are subtle when Revox is used alone, in combination with Botox, it’s a powerhouse.
After four weeks of use, I see a smoother face looking back at me every time I look in the mirror. And whether or not you choose to pair Revox with injectables, this product delivers on its promise of line relaxation.
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