StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
This product replaces StriVectin’s former StriVectin-SD Eye Cream. Notice that the new version adds the words “concentrate” and “wrinkles,” so the message is clear that this is an eye cream those concerned with signs of aging should take seriously. As it turns out, the formula for the original eye cream was better.
This “concentrated” version omits or contains much lower amounts of most of the impressive ingredients that were present in the original. Instead, you’re asked to pin your antiwrinkle hopes on a derivative of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. This derivative is myristyl nicotinate, a derivative of nicotinic acid, which is a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). Technically, it isn’t the same 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).
Having said all that, there isn’t any research indicating myristyl nicotinate is a critical ingredient for the eye area, nor is it a boon for those struggling with dark circles or puffy eyes. Also, there are lots of products containing niacinamide that don’t cost as much as this one.
There are several other beneficial ingredients present, but none in a significant amount that would justify the claims on the label. At best, this is an OK, but overpriced, option for normal to dry skin. It contains fragrant plants and fragrance chemicals that make it ill-advised for use close to the eyes.
Last, don’t forget that most eye creams aren't necessary! There is no research showing that eye-area skin needs something different from skin elsewhere on the face. No one in the world has ever identified ingredients that the eye area needs and the face doesn’t when it comes to dry skin or wrinkles. Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on your face, eye, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye cream is a smaller amount of product (often half the size of a face product) that is twice as expensive, and the label on the eye cream doesn’t tell you anything about the product’s formula.
This intensive treatment-plus-hydration complex, featuring 7.5% NIA-114 + Peptide Actives, is the ultimate eye-area treatment. This blend is even more powerful than the original, with four-times more peptides and patented NIA-114 technology. It is clinically proven to visibly diminish lines, creases, dark circles, and puffiness in 2 - 8 weeks.
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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