StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum
This water-based, somewhat runny serum contains a range of ingredients that can improve brown spots and an uneven skin tone. Chief among them is a form of niacinamide (myristyl nicotinate, what StriVectin refers to as “NIA-114”) and ascorbyl glucoside, a form of vitamin C that shows up in numerous other skin-lightening and brightening products. Both of these ingredients have some solid research proving their worth for discolorations—and this formula appears to contain an efficacious amount of them, too.
We like that StriVectin included some skin-repairing and soothing ingredients, yet wish they hadn’t thrown fragrant orange oil and fragrance ingredients into the mix. It is particularly ironic that one of the fragrance ingredients (D-limonene) is known to cause skin discolorations when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Between the limonene and citrus oil plus other fragrance ingredients, this serum becomes difficult to recommend. All of these ingredients can cause irritation that hurts skin’s healing and ability to repair damage. Given the number of skin-lightening products that omit these problematic ingredients (and cost less) there’s not much reason to go with StriVectin’s contribution to the fray.
This face serum evens and brightens skin tone, reduces the appearance of age and dark spots, and improves skin clarity and radiance. Its silky, lightweight texture absorbs quickly.
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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