StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30
StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment earns its broad-spectrum sunscreen stripes with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen (and the avobenzone is stabilized by tried-and-true octocrylene). This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a silky, light texture that hydrates without feeling thick or greasy, making it great for those with normal to combination or oily skin—and it wears well under makeup.
Along with sun protection and its considerable anti-aging benefits, you also get retinol, antioxidants, and several cell-communicating ingredients, including peptides and a form of the B vitamin niacinamide that StriVectin terms NIA-114. That ingredient's actual name, as listed on this product, is myristyl nicotinate. Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient as niacinamide, but it functions in nearly the same manner (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Just like niacinamide, there is research on myristyl nicotinate's ability to improve skin-barrier function, mitigate signs of sun damage, and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as dry skin. Niacinamide and myristyl nicotinate are both compatible with several prescription drugs used to treat various skin conditions and are believed to enhance their efficacy and/or minimize the negative side effects. Myristyl nicotinate is stabilized to prevent the release of, or quick conversion to, nicotinic acid, which can cause facial flushing, particularly in those dealing with rosacea (Sources: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2007, pages 893–899; Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, November 2007, pages 1176–1182; and Experimental Dermatology, November 2007, pages 927–935, and June 2007, pages 490–499). In short, just like niacinamide, it's a good ingredient to see in skin-care products, but it's not an anti-wrinkle miracle worker nor do you need to spend this much to reap its benefits.
Although there is much to like about this product, including the mica added for its soft glow effect, it missed our top rating due to the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. The amounts of these ingredients, which include eugenol, citronellol, linalool, and geraniol, are likely too low to be problematic, but no question this product would be better without them. Not only is fragrance-free best for all skin types, but when fragrant ingredients are combined with retinol and active sunscreen ingredients, the risk of having a sensitized reaction is increased.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Chockfull of antioxidants and other proven anti-aging ingredients (including retinol).
- Light, silky texture hydrates without heaviness.
- Contains fragrance ingredients (particularly, eugenol) known to be irritating.
- Price may discourage liberal application necessary to get the stated level of sun protection.
Our daily multitasker has broad spectrum SPF 30 protection and fights the major signs of aging, including texture, firmness and wrinkles. Combining StriVectins patented, scientifically proven NIA-114 molecule, this breakthrough Retinol cream harnesses the potency of Retinol, the gold standard in anti-aging, without the Retinol side effects including skin irritation, peeling, redness and sensitivity.
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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