SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks
The original StriVectin-SD product made a huge media splash not only for its alleged ability to eliminate stretch marks, but also for its infamous ads that asked whether this skin-care product was "Better Than Botox?" Of course, it wasn't, and the company never published any peer-reviewed research proving otherwise, but that didn't stop millions of consumers from rushing out to see if StriVectin really worked as claimed.
Not surprisingly, it didn't work on wrinkles even remotely like Botox does, and now the company is on their third version of what was once touted as a formula that rivals one of the most popular (and safe) cosmetic corrective procedures. Despite that disappointment, we're pleased to state that the latest version of StriVectin is an anti-aging powerhouse that contains a very good mix of beneficial ingredients for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. It contains a great mix of emollient moisturizing agents, cell-communicating ingredients, repairing ingredients, and antioxidants, all packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
The previous formula's weakness was the inclusion of skin irritant peppermint oil, but it's gone from the latest version, hence our revised rating. You can now consider StriVectin as a formidable moisturizer to add to your anti-aging routine, although it remains on the pricey side despite its larger-than-normal size.
What keeps SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles and Stretch Marks from earing our top rating is the inclusion of fragrant ginger root extract along with fragrance ingredient cinnamic acid, both of which pose a risk of irritation, although these potentially problematic ingredients are outnumbered by the good ingredients (Sources: Chemical Research in Toxicology, February 2014, ePublication; and www.naturaldatabase.com). Ginger root is one of those plant extracts with research showing it has benefits and risks for skin; oddly, the chief benefit is reducing inflammation—something irritation causes.
One more comment: Despite the name, this product cannot treat or improve stretch marks. The claims of targeting collagen are all well and good, but stretch marks are not about stimulating collagen; rather, stretch marks are about broken bands of elastin beneath the skin. Sadly, these elastin bands cannot be repaired once snapped.
- Emollient but non-greasy moisturizer.
- Loaded with beneficial anti-aging ingredients.
- Several of the helpful ingredients this contains have solid research supporting their use.
- Cannot eliminate or even moderately improve stretch marks (which are not about collagen damage).
- The ginger root and cinnamic acid pose a slight risk of irritation.
Formulated with Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex, this hydrating moisturizer harnesses the latest advances in skincare science to target Collagen III, also known as youth collagen, for even more powerful anti-aging results.
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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