Hey guys, Stef here branching out from my usual media reporting to talk about skincare! We were offered the opportunity to review Exuviance’s SkinRise Bionic Tonic, and I was pretty excited when Julie asked if I wanted to try it.
When I heard “tonic,” I thought it would be a liquid or solution. The package is actually this opaque jar with 36 damp, textured pads. The Bionic Tonic is marketed toward people looking to enhance and illuminate their complexion. If you have issues with texture or want to firm your skin, consider this product.
Once you open box and jar up, I first noticed the crisp, cucumber scent. Besides this fruit, there is green tea extract for texture and moisture. There are also oils like peppermint and eucalyptus. Since the tonic is for renewal and anti-aging, there are vitamin ingredients that work as antioxidant protectors against free radicals.
If that sounds like a lot of jargon, free radicals are basically unstable and highly reactive atoms. It’s believed that when they interact with oxygen, it ages or negatively affects cells. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and C are thought to be able to mingle with radicals and prevent the negative reaction process.
Personally, I don’t have wrinkles or age spots, so I wasn’t really able to test SkinRise in this area. But I do feel like I saw the slightest bit of firming in my chubby cheeks! Anybody else probably wouldn’t notice, but perhaps if you have less cheek going on, you could swipe a pad before you take a selfie to highlight your bone structure.
The Exuviance brand was created by doctors Van Scott and Yu who claim to have patented the first glycolic peel. Again since this toner aims to rejuvenate skin and encourage new cells, it’d make sense to have acid and derivatives. Bionic Tonic boasts that it has the formulated PHAs gluconolactone, glucoheptonolactone, and lactobionic acid. PHAs are acids with larger molecule pieces that restrict how much they can get into the skin. This might seem contradictory to what you might want a product to do, but this can be helpful if you have sensitive skin.
I haven’t used that many masks, but these pads remind me of them. You know how after you peel off a mask and your skin is shiny and kind of not sticky but a little tacky? The directions say to smooth over a cleansed face, so I’d apply after taking a shower. There’s a bit of that refreshing and tingling sensation. For me, it was especially around my lips. Then, if your face is still kind of wet, you can massage that extra bit into the skin.
Because of the acids and their harsher change on skin, Exuviance recommends following the Skinrise Bionic Tonic with a SPF moisturizer. This tonic costs $45, so if that’s a bit of a splurge for you, try pairing it with drugstore items like I did. Some products that I just happen to have in my arsenal are e.l.f.’s Tinted Moisturizer, Garnier’s BB cream, and from a Birchbox: Supergoop’s CC Cream. Otherwise, Exuviance also offers an SPF for $42.
One of my bad habits is messing with pimples and other stuff on my face. I know, ugh. I don’t have a lot of acne, but I do get the scars and redness associated with stressing out my skin. I also have dark circles under my eyes. Unfortunately, the toner didn’t magically erase them. The redness was actually pretty reduced after use, but I still feel like I’d have to use makeup.
I think this is a very nice spa-quality item. It isn’t a miracle product, but if you’re looking for what it’s offering, it’s certainly a viable option. I would recommend if you want something firming and to smooth your skin texture or perhaps if you think your skin is dull or tired. The smoothing is quickly noticeable! And that’s a fantastic help for keeping from messing with your skin and making it more healthy.