Advanced Acid Rehydrate + Replump Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum
We really wish this dual-phase serum didn't include two types of problematic ingredients because they negate all of the good that's also here, including the hyaluronic acid alluded to in the name.
Housed in an opaque pump bottle that "fuses" both serums per use (which is more of a packaging contrivance than formulary necessity), the water-based formula feels silky-smooth and is laced with several proven anti-aging ingredients. As good as hyaluronic acid and its other forms are, these ingredients aren't all skin needs, so we're glad to see a form of niacinamide along with antioxidants and ceramides.
The problem is the inclusion of two forms of menthol, both of which pose a risk of irritating skin. Their cooling tingle is evidence your skin is being sensitized, not refreshed. You're also getting fragrance and added fragrant ingredients that compound the risk of irritation the menthol derivatives have. See More Info for the full story.
How unfortunate, because this serum has a lot going for it. Minus the irritants, it would be an outstanding option for all skin types showing signs of aging. You can find impressive formulas without problematic ingredients on our list of Best Serums & Boosters.
- Silky-smooth texture.
- Contains hyaluronic acid and other anti-aging ingredients.
- Hydrates with a rich mix of ceramides and niacinamide.
- Contains two menthol derivatives that pose a risk of irritating skin.
- Fragrant formula can promote further irritation.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don't get lulled into thinking that if you don't see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Hyaluronic acid, a powerful hydrating molecule, can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Paired with NIA-114, this dual-action serum visibly plumps skin with moisture to bring dehydrated skin back to life. Chamber 1 contains 6 unique forms of hyaluronic to visibly plump skin with immediate and sustained hydration. Chamber 2 combines NIA-114 and ceramides to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. At the push of a button, the dual-phase formula fuses into the ultimate moisture treatment.
StriVectin put itself on the skincare map with its original StriVectin-SD cream, designed to treat stretch marks. The product took off and became the cornerstone of skincare collection whose focus is now on anti-aging. Its main selling point is its use of myristyl nicotinate (called NIA-114 in brand literature), which is related to and has many of the same properties as niacinamide.
Overall, the brand has some worthwhile products and for the most part theyre in packaging that will protect their ingredients from light and air. Unfortunately there are a number of options that include fragrance and other potential irritants, which are noted in our individual reviews.
As of 2019, StriVectin no longer sells in mainland China and is now cruelty-free. For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.
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