I first heard about Pevonia Spa Clinica from Christine at 15 Minute Beauty. She had received a trial regimen and had great things to say about it.
What caught my attention was the *free* part. Pevonia Spa Clinica had a limited time offer where if you bought a sample regimen, you could get your money refunded once you filled out a survey 3 weeks later.
Sort of. I signed up to get reimbursed once I completed a survey about the product. I have yet to receive the reimbursement, but I did finish the survey and get confirmation of a refund. Unfortunately, this offer is no longer available.
A few days after I put in my order, I received a box:
It’s a really nice box made from very high quality cardboard. I am a sucker for nice packaging.
The contents revealed 4 small products with a personalized letter and an instruction card.
Basically, the regimen is to use all 4 products twice a day, every day. Cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. My Products were all from the Skin Perfecting Group, designed to fight sun damage and age spots.
Skin Perfecting Cleanser Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Ascorbate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Beta-Carotene.
Skin Perfecting Toner Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 20, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.
Wrinkle Plus Serum Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Sorbitol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose.
Skin Perfecting Moisturizer Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Squalane, Glycerin, Collagen (Marine), Octinoxate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Elastin (Marine), Calcium Ascorbate (Vit. C), Sorbitol, Retinol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Ascorbate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Beta-Carotene.
As you can see there are a lot of humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol) as well as retinol and it’s pre-cursor, Beta-Carotene.
Retinol is one of the gold-standard ingredients that every dermatologist and even Dr. Oz recommends. Retinoids (both the OTC varieties and the stronger prescription-only types) have been definitively proven to improve the cellular function of the skin. Retinoids improve skin texture, lessen the depth of wrinkles, and fade brown spots.
Pevonia Spa Clinica says:
The Unique Power of Retinol
- Promotes cellular regeneration to brighten the skin
- Smoothes fine lines and reduces deep wrinkles
- Evens skin tone
- Improves skin texture
- Reduces the appearance of enlarged pores
In addition, the retinol in Pevonia Spa Clinica products is a micro-molecule which means it absorbs more efficiently for better results. In additon, Pevonia uses a unique enzymatic process to further enhance the efficacy of its micro-retinol.
These are good sized samples, and even after 3 weeks, I still have plenty left.
The cleanser is a lovely pale yellow gel with a citrusy scent. It lathers nicely and does an excellent job of removing dirt and make-up (although I still did my first cleanse with a a makeup removing wipe first to get the waterproof mascara).
I am not a toner girl. Toners make me think of Bonne Bell’s Ten-O-Six and other similar products that are more akin to paint thinners than skincare…but this was part of the routine, so I used it. The spray pump seemed a little strange, but it was pretty easy to get the exact amount I needed on my cotton wipe. It didn’t tingle, but left my skin feeling soft.
The serum is just delightful. I love the pump applicator which gives just the right amount with no waste. It, too, has a light citrus scent that disappears quickly. The serum absorbs right in and makes my skin feel velvety.
The moisturizer is in a traditional pot container, which raises my bacteria contamination barometer. But I got over it. This has the same citrus fragrance and also absorbs quickly. Despite being a rich cream, it did not leave my skin oily at all and I was able to use it when we had a heat wave without any trouble.
My skin was not in great shape when I started the regimen. I was over-oily in my t-zone and had small white heads on my nose and under my chin. After 3 weeks of using the Pevonia Spa Clinica Skin Perfecting products, my t-zone has cleared up and is no longer over-oily. Plus, the fine lines around my eyes have softened.
One of the things that sets Pevonia apart from other companies is its Professional Support via Video Chat, Text Chat or over the phone. You can send their esthetician pictures of your “raw” skin before makeup and get a detailed analysis from a real person about which products will work best for you. I did not take advantage of this, but Christine from 15 Minute Beauty did and found her recommendations to be both accurate and helpful.
I really liked this regimen. I appreciate the hygenic (for the most part) packaging, the light fragrance that doesn’t linger, and the results. My skin did well with these products. I had no signs of sensitivity, dry patches, or over-oiliness. My skin which was over-oily to begin with calmed down and cleared up with use.
I would definitely purchase this again — even without the promotion.
Have you heard of Pevonia Spa Clinica? Any thoughts?