Green Tea, A Marvel, A Mirror & Me

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It nearly killed me to spend a massive £22.00 on a mere 60 ml of product, though I’ve spent a lot more on a face mask, it’s funny what you decide is and isn’t worth the spend isn’t it?  Even though I knew bloggers had been sent the product to review and they all came back with unbelievable claims that this indeed was a miraculous black head killer, I just had to try for myself, they couldn’t ALL be telling porkies could they?

Well, yeah as it happens, they could, that or I have particularly unresponsive skin.

green tea

Tea – We all know it’s good for you because it’s rich in those cell heroes, antioxidants. Green Tea, where the leaves aren’t fermented, is especially beneficial and in the past few years it’s been included in hundreds of beauty products. Though really, nothing’s going to beat just drinking 4-6 cups of green tea a day.

Product claims and what it really does:

Use daily (but I wonder how long is 60ml going to last if you use it every day?) or twice a week (that’s more like it) on a dry face with dry fingers. Squeeze a sufficient amount and dot on forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. Massage for about one minute. Rinse off with water or a facial cleanser.

10 Benefits of Ginvera Green Tea Whitening MARVEL GEL (blurb on back of tube)

1. Rubs away deep layers of dead skin cells.
Oooh, ‘deep layers’ is pushing it, only a chemical peel can penetrate that deeply, it’ll be superficial at best.
2. Rubs away blackheads painlessly.
No, no it doesn’t, not at all.
3. Contracts pores for refined skin (as dead skin cells have been cleaned from pores).
Well, yes it will help slough dead skin cells, but it won’t contract pores.  You can minimise the appearance of your pores certainly, but you can’t close them.
4. Lightens black spots, freckles &  scars.
5. Removes oil seeds.
6. Regulates sebum secretion to prevent pimples.
Yes! I believe it does mop up oil, but remember, there’s only 60 ml in the tube,  you’re going to have to order in a bucket load to see any real difference as you need to use the gel on a regular basis in order to see results.
7. Brightens dull complexion.
I think any decent exfoliator will do this, but to its credit, this is very gentle.
8. Changes dark, rough skin to smooth skin.
It’s a yes on this one. Even though it’s a gel, my skin most definitely felt a lot smoother after use AND unlike regular scrubs with ‘bits’ in them, this product won’t feel harsh on your skin.
9. Whitens soon as it gives way to new-born skin.
This is a bit like point seven is it not? Plus it cannot penetrate that deeply.
10. Enhances quick absorption of skin care product.
I don’t know, does it? How can you tell? I just slap products on, work them into my skin and I’m done.


Deionised Water, Carbomer, Angelica Archangelica Extract, Ginseng Extract, Lycium (Goji Berry) Extract, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Green Tea Extract, Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract, Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)  < Oh hello old friend AHA!  Methyl Paraben, Menthol, Organic Geranium.


A lot of bloggers marvelled (ha ha!) at the way the gel ‘balled’ up on their skin, declaring this was proof indeed the gel was removing shed loads of dead skin cells. I rather think it’s more likely to be a chemical reaction as I rubbed a tiny amount on my mirror and it flaked into little bits in a similar fashion. I can’t be sure, but I’m almost certain my mirror doesn’t have blackheads.


There’s a reason it’s been a cult product across Asia for years. As a gentle exfoliator for sensitive skins, it really works, you won’t break out or have any redness after use and you WILL actually feel the difference immediately with noticeably smoother skin.

I would also say that it controls oil production if used regularly. I used it every other day for two weeks and oiliness was greatly reduced plus, it didn’t dry out my skin or make it feel tight.

Sample (just pay the postage)

If you have delicate skin or maybe just want to see if it works for you without forking out the full price (don’t forget there’s always good old Ebay)  then try a 10g sample for £2.20 from Ginvera and let me know what you think of it.

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