If you are a skincare savvy/fanatic person like I am, you will definitely want to check out this skincare set from Precision MD that I am reviewing for you today. There is a lot that I really like about it, and then some things that I am not super thrilled about. I love that tons of dermatologists and medical spas sell this because it means that it is approved by skincare professionals. This skincare line also reminds me of my Obagi skincare set, except for it is far less expensive.
Okay, let’s get started.
In this Precision MD Vivitia Kit you will get a Gentle Cream Cleanser, Active Repair Complex, Brightening Complex, and a teeny-tiny Restoring Moisturizer Sample. I will go through each of the products and explain what I like and don’t like about each one.
What I like first about this kit is that it comes in an awesome box that holds everything together, keeping it really organized. I don’t like having a million thing’s on my counter (but lets me honest…I have a million things on my counter), so having this case is perfect for storing under my sink.
Precision MD Vivatia Gentle Cream Cleanser
Brand Overview: “Ultra-gentle, non-foaming cream cleanser helps clear away dirt, impurities and makeup while it hydrates and restores the skin barrier. It is the perfect cleanser to use when first starting a retinoid program. Unlike traditional cleansers, this cleanser hydrates the skin and actually helps strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier by delivering essential fatty acids and moisturizing nutrients to the skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy. Why you’ll love it: -Cleanses away dirt and impurities -Moisturizes and hydrates the skin -Protects the skin from dryness and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier”
My thoughts: While cleansers only stay on the skin for a minute, it is important to have a good one! I had a great experience with the Precision MD Vivatia Cream Cleanser. There was no stripping of my skin, it did leave it feeling fresh and still moisturized.
Ingredients:Water, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate Acrylates/Aminoacrylates/C10-30 Alkyl PEG-20 Itaconate Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Panthenol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.
Price Tag (when sold alone): $27.50
Precision MD Vivatia Active Repair Complex 0.5% Retinol
Brand Overview: “A unique retinol treatment that combines stabilized retinol with a proprietary mix of anti-aging ingredients that accelerate and improve results. Available in 3 levels- .5%, .75%, 1.0% retinol. Proprietary foam enables us to combine ingredients like retinol, peptides, niacinamide and antioxidants and keep them pure and effective. It is formulated to deliver highly effective ingredients gently to the skin to maximize results and minimize irritation. The formula has been clinically proven to deliver visible results that match prescription tretinoin.* Why you’ll love it: -Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles -Smooths and softens skin for a more supple texture -Improves skin radiance for a more luminous complexion -Evens skin tone for a more consistent complexion.”
My Thoughts: I have been using the 0.5% Retinol which is the lowest retinol percentage in this product, but still very strong for my skin. If you are not use to using a retinol, like stated above, you seriously need to build up a tolerance. I only use mine every 2 days because my skin can’t handle anymore. If you use more than you probably should, the retinol will make your skin red and raw (I only know from experience with other retinols). As far as my experience with the Vivatia Active Repair Complex, the first few weeks were interesting as it pulled all of the gunk up from the blackhead, block party on my chin in the form of zits. But after those two weeks, besides some flakiness which is typical for me when I use a retinol, my chin area (major problem area) was nearly 100% clear. My only hang up with this product is that it is a foam in a can instead of a gel or cream in a tube. It certainly didn’t effect how well I liked what it did to my skin, but personally I really like to get the last drops out of my skincare by squeezing the love out of it. With that said, I have been using it for a few months now, and it has yet to run out….so not bad.
Ingredients:Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/ Polyglyceryl- 3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Algae Extract (and) Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, PEG-75 Stearate, Retinol, Polysorbate-20, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Carbomer, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Chia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fructose, Glycine, Hexyldecanol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosphingosine, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Urea, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, BHA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate.
Price Tag (when sold alone): $112.50
Vivatia Brightening Complex
Brand Overview: “A unique combination of 10 brightening ingredients including 2% hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin C helps even skin tone and fade dark spots for more luminous-looking skin. Proprietary foam enables the combination of unique ingredients to maximize results. Brightening Complex has been shown to match performance of 4% hydroquinone at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.* Why you’ll love it: -Helps fade the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation -Brightens skin and improves skin radiance -Helps even skin tone.”
My Thoughts: First off, I appreciate that this doesn’t just have hydroquinone in it as a brightener. Above you can see that is also has kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin c! This is such a killer grouping of great ingredients all in one spot. Right now in my life I don’t have a ton of brown pigmentation to reduce since I have been an avid sunscreen user. But, I do have some on my nose and I saw a significant reduction of those hyper-pigmented spots. Besides this once again being a foam…I really like this product and what it did for my skin a lot.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononoate, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydroquinone, Alpha- Arbutin, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Kojic Acid, Panthenol, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-75 Stearate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Brassica Napus Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate)Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Hexapeptide-2, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate Dextran,Sodium Hyaluronate, BHT. Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.
Price Tag (when sold alone): $86.00
Precision MD Restoring Moisturizer
Brand Overview: “A super hydrating, non-greasy lotion with vitamins B, C, E, CoQ10 and green tea helps restore the moisture barrier for healthier-looking skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy, this nourishing moisturizer helps build the skin barrier to improve the performance of the retinoid and reduce irritation. Why you’ll love it: -Moisturizes and calms the skin -Helps soothe stressed skin -Protects against free radical damage.”
My Thoughts: I have no complaints about the Vivatia Restoring Moisturizer. It did a great job of hydrating my skin but wasn’t overwhelming at the same time. I also liked that it didn’t have any scent, and didn’t leave any grease residue once rubbed into my skin.
Price Tag: What I received in this box was a small sample that would be great for traveling. If you were to purchase the full size item, it would be $38.00
1 Week After Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit
Honestly, my skin looked awful. It was flake city, zit city, and blah city. But since I am a licensed esthetician and worked for 7 years at a medical spa, I know that you really have to go through this skin process to see the good skin. I call this the ugly zone, and it lasts a few weeks. So, just expect that if you are someone who has clogged skin, using this product will make them come up and it won’t look pretty in the beginning.
p.s- These picture are frightening. Sorry if you experience night terrors after looking that up-close and personal with my nose/nostril. Gross.
1 Month of Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit
I definitely still have some flaking going on, but my chin area looks significantly more smooth, soft, and clear. I also noticed how much having the gunk out skin made my pores more tight. Also, you can really see on my nose how the brown pigmentation went down and the overall clarity of my nose (pore size etc) looks so much better.
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Thoughts. Opinions. Review
Besides the foaming can situation, I really liked what the Precision MD Vivatia kit did for my skin and the professional results it gave me. I am guessing the reason they used a can was to prevent oxidation of the product which helps it sustain it’s consistency and quality. I would definitely recommend this product if someone was looking for a professional skincare line that carried a really good retinol and was a great price. Personally, this is a product that I would re-purchase…I just would have to get over the foam situation which makes me feel like I am putting shaving cream on my face.
Price of Set: $198 and if you were to buy everything separately it would be $226.00. So you are getting a nice savings when you purchase the entire kit.
Rating: I really like you (4 points since I can’t get over the foam which makes not be an issue for you)
note* This product was provided to me for an honest review by a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.
Wow, these seem like great products. I seriously need a new skin care routine and these sound like just what I need.
Oh wow!! This sounds great. I love that you showed the whole process of even the flakey skin, so many people get that and stop using the product. Awesome post!!
Wow I can definitely see the difference in your skin between the photos you posted. I love Vitamin C for my skin. I’m staying away from retinols since I’m TTC
I can definitely see a difference!
The cleanser looks nice.
Wow! I can definitely see a difference too. While it seems like an amazing product, my husband would fall out if I spent $200 on skin care.
These seem like very good products and they actually work!
Fantastic review, I’d like to try this line some time down the road!
I love it when you can see a difference after using a product!
i wanna try that brightening complex.
I can see a difference. I’ve never been able to get through the flaky stage when I’ve tried retinols but my skin loves Vitamin C.
This looks like good, efficacious skin care. You had some very nice results from it. 🙂
I love you taking us through the progress of this product. I have to always use the very lightest amount of Retinol because I have such sensitive skin – but I’m always looking for a product that works. I hate the “ugly time frame” and I try to avoid changing up products for that reason though I know it is needed to keep up and have the pretty glowing skin later. Awesome post – thank you.
These all sound awesome! Thanks for sharing your results!
Looks like some interesting stuff! 😀
Wow, this seems like it works really well. I am going to have to try it!
A girl can never have too many skin pampering cosmetics.
I like how you showed the month later picture. I’m glad it’s working for you.
Great in depth review. I also appreciated the tips on retinol use too.
Interesting line of products! I remember using some kind of foam treatment to fade acne scars on my back, and I wasn’t thrilled with the whole aerosol thing. By the time the gas ran out, there was still probably half a bottle left in the can.
I’d love to try this, I’m having so much crazy skin right now
That retinol product looks like some type of alien ooze! But really- I hope you’re liking the results! I already have dry skin so I’d be scared to try this set!
Trying out new skincare is probably my favorite thing to do, specially when a new love comes out.
These are pretty good results after a month!
I usually get a little breakout when I switch skincare, but a month of flakes and zits… It’s a good thing you knew it was going to happen! I’m not sure I’d keep using it for that long. I have to admit, though, aside from the flakes on your nose, everything looks flawless, and pores do look smaller and your dark spots are lighter. Pretty amazing results!
I have used retinol in the past (and once in a while) so I don’t have flakiness anymore. Never heard of Precision MD, I should look into this brand more.
looks like they really work and the kit has everything you need.
This is a fantastic review!! I love the before and after pics, you can totally see a difference.
That cleanser sounds AWESOME!
This sounds like a great little system!
My mom would love this
It looks really fancy and the result before/after images are enticing
Wow those results look great! I may have to look into this.
A little pricey for me, but I’m glad they worked out for you!
Great review! I started this kit about 3 weeks ago and just over the last week (I had dryness at first like expected) but now all of a sudden my face is breaking out like crazy! Like worse than it ever has in my entire life 🙁 I know you mentioned breakouts? Can’t tell if it’s part of the process or my skin reacting poorly or something completely separate? I hope it’s helping my skin and that it will go away!
Depending on what system you are using, if there is a retinol involved, it will post likely cause you to break out for a few weeks. It’s basically just purging out all of the yucky stuff. I always say it takes about 2 weeks for your skin to go through the ugly stage. Let me know how it goes for you! xo
I used this product for hyper pigmentation
skin and it was great. My skin tone is much much better. My dermatologist doesn’t carry it anymore, so now I am on Obagi, and it doesn’t work as well to me, but cost a whole lot more.