StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment
So close! This eye cream from StriVectin came close to earning our top rating, but was downgraded due to the fragrance it contains (and the fragrance lingers, which is never a good sign when the product in question is for skin). Fragrance is a source of irritation, so fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go. But let's say you want some fragrance in your skin care; although that's not the best idea, if you're going to keep fragrance away from one area of the face, it should be your eyes—so fragranced eye creams just don't make sense.
Scent issues aside, there's no denying that this is a powerhouse anti-aging formula. It contains a form of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide, emollients to hydrate and plump skin around the eyes, retinol, peptides, repairing ingredients, and plant-based antioxidants. None of the ingredients are unique for wrinkles around the eye, and in fact the overall formula could just as easily work as a facial moisturizer, but no question the anti-aging ingredients will work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes—but that pesky fragrance isn't a welcome addition.
This eye cream also contains mineral pigments for a cosmetic brightening effect and a touch of radiance. Nice, but definitely more a makeup effect than genuine skin care benefit.
In terms of this eye cream with retinol not causing retinol-related side effects like peeling or sensitivity, that's debatable. Some people will find their skin is sensitive to retinol in any amount, despite any special delivery systems or the addition of anti-irritants to reduce the potential side effects. Simply put, there's no guarantee this is the retinol product to use if your skin cannot ordinarily tolerate this anti-aging superstar ingredient.
- Rich texture moisturizes dry skin around the eyes.
- Loaded with proven anti-aging ingredients, including retinol.
- Can improve wrinkles anywhere on the face.
- Contains fragrance that lingers, which poses a risk of irritation for an eye-area product.
Our multitasking eye cream fights the major signs of aging in the eye area including fine dehydration lines and crows feet wrinkles, uneven texture and firmness. 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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