StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
StriVectin finally has a retinol product and, not surprisingly, it's a very expensive one. Is it worth the investment? We don't think so, because despite containing several very good ingredients for aging skin, it doesn't distinguish itself from lots of other well formulated moisturizers with retinol for normal to dry skin. Plus, it's at a disadvantage due to the fragrance it contains (many moisturizers with retinol are fragrance-free, which is always preferred for skin).
This earns its positive rating for its combination of cell-communicating myristyl nicotinate (a form of niacinamide) along with antioxidant-rich shea butter, emollients, other antioxidants, and of course retinol. These delicate ingredients are kept stable thanks to opaque tube packaging, another plus. Still, you can get what's best about this product from others that cost less (though at least with this one you're getting a larger-than-average size).
StriVectin claims this retinol product works without the irritation often experienced with prescription retinoid products. Although you may think that claim hinges on some special technology or formulary know-how, it could be said of any retinol product when compared to prescription options. Simply put, the prescription retinoid products are stronger and, therefore, more likely to irritate skin (you may see redness or flaking and your skin will be tender to the touch). Retinol can have results equal to prescription retinoids, but because it's a weaker ingredient, results take longer to show up. However, many people that cannot tolerate prescription retinoids don't mind this trade-off because they can use an over-the-counter retinol product without incident.
In the end, StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment is a good product but whether or not you should buy it depends on how comfortable you feel spending more than is needed for an effective retinol product. The fragrance issue makes this a no-go for sensitive skin.
- Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients, including retinol.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Moisturizing formula helps ease signs of dryness (and could negate the need for a separate moisturizer).
- Expensive yet the formula doesn't really justify the higher price.
- Contains fragrance whereas many moisturizers with retinol are fragrance-free.
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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