Revitol: Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream
Revitol says their anti-aging moisturizer can erase decades off your face...but there's a catch.
- Contains shea butter, an effective moisturizer
- Matrixyl helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Contains a next-gen moisturizer (Ritapro 165)
- Possible problems when trying to cancel trial
- Company might sue you if you dispute the charge
- Ritapro 165 is an emulsifier and doesn't address wrinkles
- The cream's full list of ingredients cannot be found online
Overview: A Promising Cream (With a Dark Secret)
Their website features before and after pictures of women who appear to look decades younger after using this particular cream. The product has many 5-star reviews, both on their own website and Amazon. But this formula, and the company which sells it, has a dark side. If you'd like to know more, keep reading to find out about Revitol Anti-Aging Moisturizing Cream.
A Closer Look: Ingredient Inconsistency and Legal Threats to Your Wallet
As far as the active ingredients go, Revitol lists Matrixyl, Shea Butter, and Ritapro 165 as their wrinkle-fighting compounds. The first two are common ingredients in most wrinkle creams, but Ritapro is a new blip across our radar. According to Rita, the manufacturer, it's a new and revolutionary emulsifier, but not necessarily a wrinkle reducer.
Always read the fine print when signing up for trials.
As far as customer service goes, Revitol engages in a business practice that rang our alarm bells loud enough to make a fireman jump. If you read the Terms & Conditions carefully (which you always should, by the way), it alludes to a "trial" period, but doesn't give details on exactly how long it lasts. Sure, there's a 90 day money back (partial) refund policy, but there's no specific legal language connecting the 90 day guarantee and their "trial" period.
Why is this important? Well, here's the thing: many beauty product manufacturers, especially those who sell their products exclusively online, enroll their customers into a convenient auto-ship program by default. Some customers who end up being unhappy with the product and cancel after a certain amount of time may end up getting charged for extra product by accident. Most companies are understanding, and don't pursue any chargeback refunds (a refund issued by your bank as a result of a disputed charge) any further than that. But Revitol is not most companies.
If you try to get a refund after their "trial" period has expired, and you end up getting a refund via chargeback, Revitol will come after you. And that isn't an exaggeration. In the fine print of their T&C, they explicitly state that they will pursue "collection efforts plus all costs of collection including reasonable interest, reasonable attorney's fees (if suit is filed) and reasonable collection agency fees." Call us crazy, but we think it's a little extreme to have to end up in court over a beauty cream. Ironically, the stress of going to court over a wrinkle cream purchase could make your aging skin look much worse than it was before.
- Contains shea butter, a proven moisturizer.
- Contains Matrixyl, a known wrinkle-reducer.
- Contains a next-gen moisturizer (Ritapro 165).
- The company might sue you in court if you try to get your money back.
- Ritapro 165 only seems to be a moisturizer, not a wrinkle reducer.
- The cream's full list of ingredients cannot be found online.
Conclusion: Objection - Sustained!
To be fair, Revitol has a few good things going for it. The additions of Matrixyl and shea butter are huge plusses in our book, and the advanced chemistry behind the Ritapro 165 moisturizing ingredient sounds promising. However, it is bothersome that the Revitol site hypes up this particular ingredient to be more than it really is.
Furthermore, their desperation to claim your money at all costs is a little frightening. If an unhappy customer wants a refund, that company should be willing to work with them towards an amicable solution, not drag them into a courtroom. If refunds/chargebacks are such a common problem for Revitol that they have to get The Law involved, then maybe their product isn't as effective as they claim it is.
For a list of products that won't drag you in front of a judge, check out our other reviews.
Senior Editor & Skincare Expert
Rebecca Austin is a well-established aesthetician with over 20 years experience in skincare. She has researched over 5,000 products over the past decade, striving to help her readers fine-tune their skincare routine so they can get the results they want.
HOW DOES REVITOL COMPARE?
- Supports smoother, younger looking skin.
- Clinically shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Rescues and protects skin from damage.
- Deeply moisturizes to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Versatile, all-inclusive, anti-aging skincare
- Restores youthfulness and radiance for the long term
- Contains Ritapro 165, a next-gen moisturizer.
- Helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
- High-end European company with spa-quality products.
- Uses Padina pavonica algae to boost collagen.