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VIVITE® vs. SkinMedica – Two Allergan Products


Just a year ago Allergan finalized it’s acquisition of SkinMedica, expanding its role in the aesthetic skin care industry. Now, you may be thinking, ‘But Allergan already has VIVITE.” So did Allergan simply double down on its products, or is there a significant difference between the two?

Let’s find out.

The Science Behind VIVITE® and SkinMedica

They are both aesthetic facial treatments that fight free radicals and address the issues that come with aging, but what goes into VIVITE® and SkinMedica isn’t exactly the same.

VIVITE® uses the patented formula matrix known as GLX Technology™ to create products that replicate the way that the skin naturally rejuvenates itself. GLX Technology™ helps to deliver the glycolic compound and antioxidants deeper in the skin. VIVITE products also use partial neutralization to maximize the amount of the glycolic compound that is delivered while minimizing the potential for irritation. The end result is an increased production of hyaluronic acid and collagen that helps to add volume and smoothness to skin while softening fine lines and wrinkles.

Almost 20 years of research have went into SkinMedica products. The line was developed based on the skin’s natural healing abilities and how it repairs itself. SkinMedica primarily utilizes growth factors, retinoids and antioxidants to improve the look of skin. They have become well known for their TNS® ingredient, which is a mix of protein growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins.

Promises of VIVITE® and SkinMedica Products

VIVITE® and SkinMedica are both geared towards helping people recapture their youth appearance with daily treatments. That said, there are plenty of ways to go about improving skin. Here’s what both have to offer:

  • Improves the exfoliation process
  • Restores skin volume
  • Smoothes skin
  • Softens wrinkles and fine lines
  • Protects skin from free radicals
  • Improves elasticity
  • Prevents free radical damage
  • Enhances texture and tone
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Luckily for consumers, both products have clinical studies to back up their results as well as before and after pictures that show real improvements.

Product Lineup for VIVITE® and SkinMedica

Both VIVITE® and SkinMedica are available only through a physician, however, you can get them online from an approved vendor.

VIVITE® Products

Glycolic compound and antioxidants pair together in these VIVITE® products:

SkinMedica Products

The SkinMedica line contains both non-prescription and prescription products. Growth factors, retinoids and antioxidants are combined to create the following:

  • TNS Essential Serum
  • Lytera Skin Brightening Complex
  • TNS Eye Repair
  • Vitamin C+E Complex
  • TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 Sunscreen
  • Retinol Complex .25
  • Retinol Complex 0.5
  • Retinol Complex 1.0
  • TNS Body Lotion
  • TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream
  • Purifying Foam Wash
  • Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30+
  • Purifying Toner
  • Ceratopic Replenishing Cream
  • Ultra Sheer Moisturizer
  • Skin Polisher
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Sensitive Skin Cleanser

There are a total of 41 SkinMedica products, but the ones above are the best sellers that are used by thousands of people.

While VIVITE® and SkinMedica are similar in their end results, the science that goes into the products and the ingredients used are far from carbon copies. For now, Allergan plans to keep the two lines as completely separate businesses that compliment the company’s other offerings of BOTOX, JUVEDERM and LATISSE.

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