My Ultraceuticals RVR90 Skin Brightening Experience

My Ultraceuticals RVR90 Skin Brightening Experience

Ultraceuticals is an Australian cosmeceutical skincare brand with a strong focus on scientifically-backed, effective products. I was invited to take part in their RVR90 program where I had to commit to using their products and treatments for 3 months (fellow beauty bloggers will know how crazy this is). I’m excited to share my results with you today!

Ultraceuticals was founded in 1998 by Dr Geoffrey Heber, a cosmetic physician was the first to bring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to Australia. As well as take-home products, they offer in-clinic treatments at a variety of spas and salons around Australia.

RVR90, which stands for Real Visible Results in 90 Days, involves 3 steps. First, you discuss your skin concerns with a skin technician and decide what you want to work on. Next, you receive an RVR90 starter pack for your skin type, containing cleanser, lotion and sunscreen, plus an appropriate serum ($199). Finally, you’re prescribed a treatment and homecare plan to address your specific concerns. Ultraceuticals believes that 70% of results are achieved through homecare while 30% is from in-clinic treatments, so if you don’t like in-clinic treatments you can still get most of the benefits.

I decided to target my hyperpigmentation, since I have some pigmentation happening on my cheeks (yay Asian genes), and the treatment would also help with congestion and acne as well. I was prescribed the Oily/Normal pack (surprise!), and was given the Ultra Brightening Serum to start with, then the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum a bit later on.

My Ultraceuticals RVR90 Skin Brightening Experience

I was given three 30 minute Radiance Plus+ in-clinic treatments over the 90 days by Tracey Beeby, the Head of Global Training at Ultraceuticals. This consisted of:

  • Double cleansing with the Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser and Pre Peel Skin Preparation, using the UltraSonophoresis machine
  • 15 min mask using the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Concentrate and Ultra Brightening Accelerator Mask, which contain 8 skin brightening agents that act on hyperpigmentation, dark spots and blotchiness
  • After removal of the mask, application of Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex and sunscreen

I was initially a bit skeptical that I’d see much of a difference in 90 days since my skin was already pretty good and the treatments were pretty painless (slight prickling and heat but nothing close to burning), but when I saw my before-and-after photos and skin analysis I was very impressed.

Here are the photos, with Day 0 on the left and Day 86 on the right (I couldn’t make it in on Day 90). I look a bit like I’m going into surgery with the hair net…

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How to Get Started on At-Home Chemical Peels

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If you’re like me and you love chemical exfoliants but want to take it to the next level, then you might be interested in trying out some chemical peels. Dermatologists and some beauty salons perform all manner of peels, but you can easily and safely do light chemical peels at home.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel involves applying a chemical on your face for a short period of time, which will kill the outer layers of skin. Once these layers slough off, you’re left with fresh skin. They can good for treating a smorgasbord of skin problems, like hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and acne.

Peels are usually classified by how much skin is affected – how deep does the peel go? We’ll be talking only about the most superficial peels here, because the deeper peels are dangerous to do at home. For more on the finer differences between different peel depths, see my earlier post on chemical peels.

Why do we need to exercise caution?

Chemical peels are controlled chemical burns. We’re talking about burning off your skin here – the chemicals we’ll be using can potentially blind you if they get into your eyes, or scar you permanently if you leave them on too long. Going too quick is particularly bad for people with darker skin – you can end up with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is where your skin gets dark patches after damage (if your knuckles are darker than the rest of your skin, you’re probably susceptible to this). Don’t let these warnings put you off though – with sensible safety precautions, you’ll be right as rain.

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