My New Obsession: Reviva Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Gel

I have sensitive, redness-prone skin, so I’ve always been extra-careful about which skin-care products I use. However, after using the same cleanser for two years straight, I got a little bored. I decided to branch out and try something new—perhaps something with charcoal?

I had been dying to try more charcoal-based skin-care after reading about how popular the ingredient has become a few months back. After a not-so-great experience with a DIY charcoal face mask, though, I knew I needed to find a less-aggressive way to incorporate charcoal into my routine. So, when I discovered Reviva’s Bamboo Charcoal Pore Minimizing Cleansing Gel, I knew I had to give it a go. I figured the gel consistency and more soothing formula would be gentler on my skin than a traditional charcoal face mask.

Chelsea holding Reviva Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Gel

Giving Charcoal A Try

Looking to clean up my routine an avoid potentially irritating ingredients, I was excited to learn that the Reviva cleansing gel does not contain sulfates! (My previous cleanser couldn’t say the same.)

The bottle also claims that the formula minimizes pores while deeply cleansing—definitely a bonus. I have pretty prevalent pores around my T-Zone, so I felt eager to see if this cleansing gel would minimize their appearance.

After receiving the cleanser from The Vitamin Shoppe, I decided to go home and try it for the next month. The instructions suggested I use it twice daily, so I did. I had never used a gel cleanser before, so I didn’t know what to expect from the consistency—but was pleasantly surprised! The formula felt very lightweight (and not sticky at all)—perfect for my skin.

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When I washed off the cleanser, my skin felt very soft and a little tight. After my usual toner,I immediately applied moisturizer, which definitely helped with the tightness. After long days of wearing makeup, I loved that this product made my skin feel refreshed and clean. I was anxious to see if the formula would irritate my skin in any way, but I never experienced any redness or irritation while using it!

After about a week using the Reviva cleanser, I really started to notice a difference in the appearance of my skin. Though I couldn’t really tell whether my pores were smaller and less noticeable, I did receive a few compliments from friends about how clear my skin looked. I was breaking out less, and I loved that my skin looked brighter!

I also loved that a little bit of this cleanser really went a long way. Since I only needed a small amount each time I used it, I knew the bottle would last,

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am so happy that I decided to get out of my skin-care comfort zone. My sensitive skin usually makes trying new products challenging, but Reviva’s cleanser really worked wonders for my complexion.

I found that using this product along with my other skin-care essentials, particularly my moisturizer and toner, was the best way to go. Combining these steps with the cleanser truly helped boost my confidence about my skin! I will happily continue to use this product moving forward!

Chelsea Spell is a Social Media Intern at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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