riversol retinol treatment reviews

riversol retinol treatment reviews

This Moisturizing Concentrate from Riversol comes with a unique ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which helps retain your skin’s moisture barrier and provides deep hydration. Over time with regular use, it can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles from your face. Additionally, the moisturizing concentrate reduces the appearance of blemishes, pigmentation, and dark spots too.

Each Riversol product contains three powerful antioxidants. They ensure that your skin is comfortable, glowing, and frequently complimented. The antioxidants are:

  • Vitamin C

This powerful antioxidant helps even out your skin tone and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on your skin.

  • Vitamin E

Another very famous antioxidant, Vitamin E soothes redness and hydrates your sensitive skin. It also works miraculously with Vitamin C.

  • Beta-T

This antioxidant helps protect your skin from sun damage and reduces the look of hyperpigmentation from your skin.

My skin was never prone to breakouts, and the worst that would happen was self-inflicted – becoming obsessed with a blackhead and prying it out with a pin for instance.

How to get glowing skin and beyond: a Riversol product review

You are about to meet the ultimate skin care skeptic: me.

I’ll never forget the day that my dad told me “soap and water will do the trick.” I believed him and spent much of my teenage life dabbing my face with warm water and Dove hand soap, that would then be put back on the counter for every one else to use.

My skin was never prone to breakouts, and the worst that would happen was self-inflicted – becoming obsessed with a blackhead and prying it out with a pin for instance.

It was as I began to get older that I noticed my skin was changing, it felt more dry, more prone to the elements, if I fell asleep with makeup on it actually mattered. Suddenly dad’s regiment of soap and water wasn’t helping a thing, and it may have been doing more damage.

So I began the search for the perfect skin care system. My initial instinct was that if soap and water had “worked” for so long, anything was an upgrade. First it was regular face wash from the local Shoppers Drug Mart; one typical shelf brand after the other advertised with laughing teenagers in the morning. Lies.

Then I resorted to reminding my dad of all the money he saved over the years and that maybe it was time he invested in some proper face wash for me.

He did, and at $75 it worked for a while. It was this slimy greenish goo that I would rub into my face and when I smiled afterward I could still feel it like a thin layer of swamp film. Could this be right? For the cost I convinced myself it was fine, but when the bottle was empty I certainly didn’t miss it.

Then I got even older.

Not only was my skin beginning to show signs of my past 24 years on earth, but I knew that it was no longer time to deal with the now, but prepare for the future.

I needed something that was also a preventative and going to help combat any early signs of aging. I wanted my skin to feel hydrated, healthy and smooth.

Also, I didn’t want the feeling of chemicals soaking into my face and under no circumstances did I want it to feel like rubbing frogs on my face.

That’s when I found Riversol.

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The key ingredient in the Riversol line is Thujaplicin (thoo-ya-pli-cin), which is derived from the western red cedar tree. It has been proven in clinical studies that it has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and anti-fungal properties. I tried the three products that make up the Riversol skin care regime: a soothing gel cleanser, a protective serum and a revitalizing moisturizing cream.

I was amazed by the quick results of this product. The first time I tried it I could actually feel it working on my skin (it was a bit tingly). Then there was an almost cooling effect of the serum followed by the cream, which soaked into my skin effortlessly. I felt like I was giving my skin a big glass of water instead of scrubbing it with salt.

After a couple of uses I felt like I didn’t need to wear as much makeup, and I was feeling more confident about the feel of my skin, actually saying to my friends “touch my cheek, isn’t that amazing?” The size of my pores were significantly smaller and I felt excited to share that discovery.

I had gone for a facial the week before and my skin felt fantastic, but I was sad because I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to achieve those results at home. With Riversol, I could! After every use my skin felt just like it had when I left the spa.

For me, it’s not just about how well a product works when you’re using it, but also how well it lasts after you stop – the dependency factor!

For this experiment, I stopped using Riversol for one week, cold turkey, just to see how my skin would react. To my surprise, unlike when I have tried this with other products, my skin didn’t immediately wilt or break out or lose its glow. While I did notice a slight change (which is expected when quitting a great skincare regime) the switchback wasn’t drastic.

This is good news because there is always that crucial period between running out and buying new product. No one wants to cancel plans because they reverted back to looking like a pimply prune or the surface of the moon in between purchases.

Also, it’s a sign that the product is having lasting positive effects on the skin when it can self sustain if you miss a few days or forget to pack it when going away for the weekend.

My skin looks smooth and healthy and I actually feel like it glows and has that “dewy look” that comes so naturally to babies and Kate Bosworth.

This is far better than soap and water.

My boyfriend told me that my face smelled funny. I think he is accustomed to my very lackadaisical skin care habits so because my face didn’t smell like face he found it strange. I explained that it smelled like nature and the almighty red cedar tree, so get over it.

The price is a tad steep, however with such a little amount needed, its lasting effects and noticeable and nearly instant results, it’s worth it.

I would suggest first giving this product a try to see and feel the effects yourself. Sample kits are available.

Hydration Peptide – 3.0%
To synthesize and maintain the skin’s optimal level of hyaluronic acid

New: Retinol Treatment

Hassle-Free Returns
Made for Sensitive Skin
Cruelty Free and Vegan

Results – Before and After

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About these results

Study participants tried the Riversol Retinol Treatment without any other topical or procedural skin treatments for a total of 10 weeks. Each individual package lasts for 6 weeks on average with suggested use.

Product Overview

In direct response to patient requests, Dr. Rivers has released his first-ever retinol treatment. Made for sensitive skin, the Retinol Treatment delivers proven anti-aging results. Dr. Rivers answers his most common customer questions about the science behind retinols and using the Riversol Retinol Treatment in this short video.

Optimal Ingredient Concentrations

Made with 0.5% pure retinol, advanced peptides, and the highest concentration of Beta-T ever formulated, this is a concentrated anti-aging treatment with proven results. At 0.5% pure retinol, it achieves maximum results on fine lines and dark spots without excess irritation.

Improves Radiance and TextureImproves radiance Age RewindAnti-aging formulated with sensitive skin in mind

What’s Included?

This 30mL Retinol Treatment lasts on average 6 weeks with suggested use.

We can help! Our sensitive skin care specialists are on duty, we even have medical doctors on staff to help with your skin concerns over the phone. When you contact us, we’ll make sure you get exactly what you need. 1.866.774.8377


Beta-Thujaplicin (Beta-T)
Dr. Rivers signature ingredient to help reduce pigmentation without causing skin sensitivities. This is the highest concentration we’ve ever formulated within the portfolio.

Hydration Peptide – 3.0%
To synthesize and maintain the skin’s optimal level of hyaluronic acid

Booster Complex
A combination of vitamin C, which helps Retinol penetrate more deeply, and a gel delivery system that keeps the active ingredients next to the skin throughout the day.

Retinol – 0.5%
Addresses the look of hyperpigmentation, pore size, and fine line reduction

Aqua, Caprylic/capric Triglycerides, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Retinol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Butyrospermum Parkii, Butylene glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglucuronic Acid, Lecithin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Hinokitiol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

How To Use

How to Apply Retinol

  1. Wash your face and wait a few minutes until your skin is completely dry. This is important.
  2. If you’re using a serum such as the Riversol Anti-Aging Serum or the Corrector, apply this before the retinol. Allow the skin to dry completely before proceeding.
  3. Apply a pea-size amount of retinol to your face with your fingertips in upward and outward motions, starting at your chin.

Add Retinol to Your Routine

To get the most out of adding retinol to your routine, please put use in this order:

  1. Cleanser (including Micellar Water)
  2. Serums
  3. Spot Treatments (Acne Treatment)
  4. Retinol
  5. Moisturizer

Remember to use sunscreen the following morning.

Retinol Schedule for New Users

Week 1
Apply the retinol for 1 hour before bed every evening. Wash off with a gentle cleanser, then moisturize.

Week 2
Apply the retinol for 2 hrs before bed every evening. Wash off with a gentle cleanser, then moisturize.

Week 3
Apply the retinol for 3 hrs before bed every evening. Wash off with a gentle cleanser, then moisturize.

Week 4 and Beyond
Apply before bed, then moisturize. Leave retinol on overnight.

If any irritation develops, reduce the application time by 50% and start the step again. E.g. If irritation in week 2. Reduce the application time to 1 hour (instead of 2) for a full week, then move to 2 hours in the next week. Proceed until you can comfortably wear it for 3 hours with no irritation for a full week.

Routine Building with Retinol

Retinol routine

Unlike some RX forms of Retin-A, Retinol doesn’t increase your UV sensitivity. Under sunscreen Retinol is stable and effective.
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Vitamin E helps protect the skin’s moisture barrier and prevents dryness.
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Vitamin C fights free radicals, a process that helps protect retinol from oxidization as it penetrates deeper into the skin.
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Complementary Products

SPF 30 Sunscreen

The Riversol retinol treatment is totally safe to use in the daytime. We recommend accompanying with SPF, this will ensure the active ingredients remain effective throughout the day.

Most of these Riversol products are usually in stock at our Winnipeg retail location. Others can be brought in upon request. Online ordering is not available for these products, please contact us to confirm availability or for additional information.

Riversol Skin Care

Riversol was founded by Dr. Jason Rivers, a board-certified dermatologist in Vancouver who developed a series of products to meet the needs of his sensitive-skinned patients contending with severe sun damage. Riversol skin care products are ideal for those who tend to have adverse reactions to some of the ingredients or fillers found in most conventional skin-care formulations.

Most of these Riversol products are usually in stock at our Winnipeg retail location. Others can be brought in upon request. Online ordering is not available for these products, please contact us to confirm availability or for additional information.

Riversol Skincare

Riversol has created an entire line of skin care products suitable for even those with the most sensitive skin, including a number primarily designed to protect the skin from premature aging and to address the signs of visible aging.

The entire line of Riversol formulations features three powerful antioxidants: stabilized forms of Vitamin C (to encourage collagen growth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles); and Vitamin E (to hydrate the skin and bolster its UV defenses); plus Beta-Thujaplicin (or hinokitiol), which is derived from the Pacific Red Cedar tree). ‘Beta-T’ has antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and other properties which not only help heal the skin, improve its clarity and texture, and soothe problem conditions like eczema and psoriasis, but even help reverse sun damage, reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots.

Currently, you can choose between quite a number types of individual Riversol Anti-Aging products and associated Cleansers for Sensitive Skin that we carry here at Aviva; these include the:

– Anti-Aging Reparative Serum (For All Skin Types): To improve radiance and texture and the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or uneven skin tone, without irritation. $79

– Exfoliating Glycolic Peel (For All Skin Types): This skin peel, which has optimized to combat the look of aging in sensitive skin, stimulates the exfoliation of dead surface cells while tightening and brightening the underlying skin. It can revitalize the look of skin within just minutes, to make it appear brighter and more radiant, without producing the irritation caused by physical exfoliants. $55

– Eye Repair Treatment (For All Skin Types): To reduce puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, and other signs of aging; help repair the skin’s moisture barrier; and improve radiance and texture in the eye area. Also features Matrixyl (for collagen production) and Haloxyl (to reinforce firmness and tone and reduce the appearance of dark circles) as other key ingredients. $59

– Hydrating Antioxidant Mask (For Normal to Dry/Very Dry/Dehydrated Skin): A weekly therapy designed to protect the skin from toxins and pollutants, provide intensive day-long hydration to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier while providing antioxidants to help restore damaged skin and fight the free radicals behind many visible signs of aging). $49

The Corrector by Riversol

– The Corrector (For All Skin Types): Riversol’s most concentrated formulation, featuring four powerful ingredients (tranexamic acid, Beta-T, Tetrapeptide-30, and niacinamide) designed to reduce the appearance of age spots, dark spots, or visible hyperpigmentation and brighten and even skin tone safely and effectively. $88

– the Hydrating Cream Cleanser (For Normal to Dry Skin): is designed to provide instant, deep re-hydration, help repair the skin’s own moisture barrier, and calm sensitive skin. It also features Allantoin as another key ingredient. $29

– the Refreshing Gel Cleanser (For Combination Skin or Oily Skin): is designed to gently remove make-up and impurities, unclog pores, calm sensitive skin, and improve its radiance and texture. It, too, also features Allantoin as another key ingredient. $30

– the Micellar Water Makeup Remover was developed by a dermatologist to be calming, nourishing, and safe for All Skin Types (even dry or very sensitive skin), this clear solution can gently and effectively remove make-up without irritation — even the most stubborn types such as waterproof or long-wearing make-up (especially when used with a microfibre make-up removal cloth). $19

Riversol also offers The Two-Step Restorative Treatment Pack (For All Skin Types) – a combination of four 5ml Exfoliating Glycolic Peels and four 5ml Hydrating Antioxidant Masks – to replenish the skin’s natural radiance and improve its moisture barrier function, with powerful exfoliation and intensive 24 hour moisture therapy. $19

We also offer several of those anti-aging products bundled together in combinations in the Riversol Anti-Aging Reparative Trios, which come in four variations, for each of the four major skin types (ranging from Very Dry to Oily). Each Trio variant include a 3-month supply of 3 types of items in their box – a cleanser, an anti-aging serum, and a moisturizer (more on those, below) – which all feature their signature ingredients. They vary in the concentration or format of the cleansers and moisturizers, to be more suitable for different skin type. $139

Similarly, we also carry the Riversol Redness Control Trio for each of the four major skin types. These Trios each include a three-month supply of three types of items in their box: a cleanser, an anti-redness serum, and a moisturizer, all featuring their signature ingredients. They vary in either the concentration or the format (e.g., a cream versus a lotion) of the cleansers and moisturizers, to be more suitable for different skin types. $129

Riversol Redness Control Trio

Some of the other constituents of some of these Trios are also available individually, including:

– the Anti-Redness Serum, which of course is designed to help calm the skin and reduce facial redness and flushing in those prone to that, and also to help improve the skin’s natural radiance and texture. Highly fortified with a potent blend of stabilized vitamins and antioxidants that penetrate deeply, plus phosphate-form vitamin C and E to helps strengthen and protect skin while promoting healthy cell regeneration, is safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. This amount will last an average of 4 months with suggested use. $69

– the Lightweight Moisturizing Lotion (For Normal to Oily Skin): To provide gentle mattifying hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores, reduce oil production, and improve radiance and texture. $49

– the Daily Moisturizing Cream (For Combination Skin or Normal to Dry Skin): is designed to help provide instant, deep re-hydration; replenish the skin’s moisture barrier; and improve the skin’s radiance and texture. $49

– the Moisturizing Concentrate (For Very Dry/Dehydrated Skin): A concentrated daily moisturizer to replenish hydration in dry or dehydrated skin, for instant deep re-hydration, which can also help reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines and the appearance of dark spots, sun damage and uneven skin tone over time. Also features hyaluronic acid and shea butter as other key ingredients. $49

In addition, to clear up pimples and prevent new breakouts, Riversol’s 90-Day Acne Kit provides two 30 ml bottles (a 60 day supply) of their Comprehensive Acne Treatment along with a 180 ml bottle of a pH balanced cleanser and a 50 ml moisturizer. $132

Another major Riversol product we carry is their Lightweight Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 30) (60 ml), which uses natural minerals to provide broad spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays, and also incorporates the anti-aging ingredients found in many other Riversol products and is deeply hydrating. This sunscreen includes natural pigments, so starts out light brown and quickly blends in with almost all skin tones. $39

There is also a new reef-safe and sweat-resistant SPF 40 Weightless Body Sunscreen version (140g/4.9oz). $29.

The new Riversol Retinol Treatment contains 0.5% pure retinol, coupled with hydrating peptides and the highest concentration of Beta-thujaplicin (Beta-T) available in a skin cream. This concentrated anti-aging treatment can help noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines, pore size, and hyperpigmentation or mottled patches after eight to ten weeks of use. Retinol, also known as Vitamin A1, has many benefits, including promoting skin cell renewal and collagen production, which helps brighten and tighten the skin. Riversol’s 30 ml tube should provide about six weeks of use. $88

Bonus: While supplies last, you may also be able to get the Retinol Starter Pack here for that same $87.99 price point. It includes the 30 ml tube of Retinol Treatment plus a 15 ml jar of the Daily Moisturizing Cream in the new Riversol Travel Bag, pictured here.

Riversol Travel Bag

Finally, we also carry Riversol’s professional-grade Hand Balm, which provides intensive hydration which would be welcomed either for very dry or for frequently washed hands ($22); and their new Cleansing Hand Sanitizer Spray: with a 70% alcohol content, this conveniently sized spray bottle makes it easy to thoroughly clean and sanitize your hands without water anywhere you go. This hypoallergenic formulation is made for sensitive skin, and has a pleasant sage/lemon scent. $5

Where to Buy Riversol? Aviva is your source for Riversol skincare products in Winnipeg

Most of these products are usually in stock at our retail location (Winnipeg, MB, Canada). Online ordering is not available, please contact us to confirm availability or for additional information.

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