RIVERSOL FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: TRY IT FREE!

Dermatologist Jason Rivers on sensitive skin, why Riversol is different, and how you can get a two-week supply for just the cost of shipping – in Canada and the USA
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Sponsored post  •  I've been meaning to write about Riversol again for ages, since I mentioned it years ago in a newspaper piece on dermatologist-created skincare. Developed by Vancouver-based Dr. Jason Rivers (he's board-certified as a derm in Canada and in the US) for his patients with sensitive skin, Riversol is unique in that it spins on a Pacific Red Cedar tree molecule that seems to have multiple benefits. 

In the decade or so since its debut, the line has found success with thousands of Dr. Rivers' patients. Now 10 items strong and in fresh packaging, Riversol's primary focus is on boosting skin's natural moisture barrier, and includes options for anti-aging as well as reducing the redness typical of rosacea.

Worth noting: Riversol skincare is pH balanced, fragrance-free (huzzah!) and, where relevant, formulated with stable and effective versions of Vitamin C. Except for one or two products, the range is also silicone- and paraben-free (see ingredient lists at the end of this post). 

I've been testing the Anti-Aging combo over the last month. In addition to excellent textures, they get along easily with my occasionally-kvetchy skin. I love the sinks-right-in serum; the lotion is nice for hot, humid days; and the cream is good for nighttime in air-conditioning (in winter I'd use it during the day, too).

I'm most delighted by the Riversol Exfoliating Glycolic Peel – glycolic acid is one of my skin's superheroes. That Dr. Rivers has included a gentle chemical exfoliant expressly formulated for sensitive and rosacea-stricken skin is brilliant. (The how-to recommends 15-minute sessions every two weeks; my skin can handle more frequent use.)

I spoke at length with Dr. Rivers recently. Here's what he says about sensitive skin concerns, the Pacific Red Cedar molecule – aka thujaplicin, Beta-thujaplicin or Beta-T, or hinokitiol – and how residents of Canada and the USA can try a two-week supply for only the shipping cost.

normal skin vs sensitive skin

"Normal skin can tolerate many different compounds, whether fragranced, exfoliative, or certain types of preservatives, because the barrier function of the skin is normal.

However, there are people with normal skin, in the sense that they don't have any skin conditions, whose skin is unable to tolerate those types of products.

Some people's skin is sensitive because their barrier function is compromised somewhat, either by aging, or environmental issues such as winter weather or sun damage, or topical treatments such as Vitamin A.

And then we go into conditions like rosacea or eczema, where the skin intrinsically has a reduced barrier function – it's not working properly. Water loss increases, which dries out the skin, induces inflammation, and things get into a vicious circle.

With sensitive skin, whatever the reason, you want to restore the natural moisture barrier."

thujaplicin – aka beta-t – aka hinokitiol

Riversol Anti-Aging Serum, Moisturizer, Cream

Riversol Anti-Aging Serum, Moisturizer, Cream

"What distinguishes us is a molecule called thujaplicin, or Beta-T – hinokitiol is the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name for it.

Beta-T has an effect on reducing sun damage in skin, at least on an experimental basis – that's what initially caught my attention. The molecule is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial. It may also inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in pigment cell formation. We don't have a lot of data about this yet, but it may reduce the appearance of brown spots and age spots on the skin.

When I first became interested in this molecule, there were maybe 10 or 12 peer-reviewed papers on thujaplicin – peer-reviewed means they have to be scrutinized by multiple people with related scientific backgrounds to say, 'Yeah, this science makes sense.' All those papers relate to the biologic effects of thujaplicin on skin and other cell systems. And now there are more than 150 papers that have been written about it.

The reason more companies haven't used Beta-T thus far is that it's an expensive molecule. It's also not that easy to stabilize in a product – it took us eight years."

effective vitamin c and vitamin e

"In Riversol skincare, we've combined Beta-T with Vitamin E and a stabilized form of Vitamin C (Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate or AAP) that is highly effective at lower concentrations. 

In phosphate form, Vitamin C lasts longer in terms of benefit to your skin. L-Ascorbic Acid will work pretty hard for 15 minutes or so, but AAP's phosphate form will work for several hours. It also has an effect on improving wrinkles and brown spots, and stimulates collagen production.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well, and works well with Vitamin C; they sort of replenish each other."

the riversol regimen

"I wanted to keep the Riversol concept simple. At nighttime and in the morning, you wash your face, use a serum, then use a moisturizer. 

We did our own study, too, about our patient experience with the products over three months. Subjects had to use just Riversol – no cosmetic procedures, no additional topical treatments, no laser treatments, no device-based treatments, no skin supplements. And they reported reduced irritation and inflammation, and improved skin tone and texture."

get a free 2-week supply of riversol samples

Riversol skincare is available at riversol.ca and via select dermatologists, medspas as well as retailers. Full-sized items range from $29 to $79; regimen trios start at $129.

You'll find an incredible amount of information at riversol.ca, from sensitive-skin causes and care (not just in relation to the skincare line) to rosacea education to patient reviews of the products.

One of the best parts is that you can order a free 15-day supply of either the Anti-Aging or Redness Control regimen – all you pay is $3 in shipping. Another best part: the Riversol sample program is open to residents of Canada and  to residents of the USA.

Sound good? Click RIGHT HERE for your Riversol Sample kit!

What do you think, lovelies? Intrigued? Dealing with sensitivity issues, like persistent flaky dryness and redness? Still looking for your HG skincare? Inclined to try Riversol?

Riversol Skincare for Sensitive Skin: Exfoliating Glycolic Peel, Lightweight Moisturizing Lotion, Anti-Aging Reparative Serum, Daily Moisturizing Cream, Eye Repair Treatment.

Riversol Skincare for Sensitive Skin: Exfoliating Glycolic Peel, Lightweight Moisturizing Lotion, Anti-Aging Reparative Serum, Daily Moisturizing Cream, Eye Repair Treatment.

Riversol Anti-Aging Reparative Serum ($79) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, PVM/MA Decadiene Cross Polymer, Xanthan Gum, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Hinokitiol, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid.

Riversol Anti-Redness Serum ($69) ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Hinokitiol (Beta-Thujaplicin), Disodium Lauriminodipropopionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Xanthan Gum, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetra sodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4.

Riversol Eye Repair Treatment ($59) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hesperidine Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Hydroxysuccinimide, Crysin, Pamitoyl Oligpeptide, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Hinokitiol, Tocopheryl Acetate, L-ascorbic Acid, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Riversol Lightweight Moisturizing Lotion ($49) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Absorbic Acid, Disodium Lauriminipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Xanthan Gum, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Hinokitiol, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide

Riversol Daily Moisturizing Cream ($49) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Sodium Hydroxide, Hinokitiol, Tetrasodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ploysorbate 60, Tocopheryl Acetate, L-ascorbic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Specially Denatured Alcohol.

Riversol Moisturizing Concentrate ($49) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hinokitiol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Laurel Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

Riversol Exfoliating Glycolic Peel ($55) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycolic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ploysorbate 60, Ceteth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Hinokitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Xanthan gum, Actylates/ C10-10 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Sodium citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbic acid, Sodium hydroxide, Citric acid

Riversol Hydrating Antioxidant Mask ($49) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Zinc Oxide, Ceteth-20, Dicetyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Hinokitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Actylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid

Riversol Hydrating Cream Cleanser ($29) ingredients: Aqua/Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Hinokitiol, PVM/MA Decadiene Cross-Polymer, Benzophenone-4, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid.

Riversol Refreshing Gel Cleanser ($29) ingredients: Sodium C 14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PVM/MA Decadiene Cross-Polymer, Allantoin, Specially Denatured Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Hinokitiol, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

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