StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Cream
This hand cream is one of the better StriVectin products! Although it's pricey and the claims aren't entirely accurate (more on that below) the lightweight cream formula contains an impressive mix of repairing and restorative ingredients that work to make hands smoother, softer, and (as long as you're being good about applying sunscreen during daylight hours) younger-looking.
We mentioned sunscreen above and that's critical to ensuring success with any anti-aging hand cream. It's unfortunate this hand cream omits sunscreen, because as is we can only recommend its use for evening. Without daily sun protection with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater, this hand cream's anti-aging promises won't come true. But with daily sunscreen use this is a winner. It does a beautiful job moisturizing hands and the niacinamide-like NIA-114 ingredient it contains (listed as myristyl nicotinate) has some compelling research behind it. Beyond that, your hands will benefit from the emollient (and antioxidant-rich) oils this contains. Arbutin is also on hand to help lighten dark spots, though we're skeptical the amount is enough to make be of much help. That's not so disappointing because the myristyl nicotinate should help lighten dark spots, as long as you're good about applying sunscreen (we know, we keep harping on this).
In terms of this "volumizing" skin, it can help plump it with moisture, but this isn't dermal fillers in a tube. Dermatologists can use dermal fillers (such as those made with hyaluronic acid) to minimize the appearance of "vein-y" or bony hands when skin has lost its plush look due to aging and sun damage. This hand cream won't restore lost volume, so that portion of the name is a bit misleading. Still, this earns our top rating and although it's fragranced, the amount is tiny and it doesn't contain fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
This hand treatment protects against loss of firmness, crepiness, dull tone, uneven texture, and dryness. Patented NIA-114® rebuilds skin's natural barrier while a host of hydrating ingredients restore needed moisture. Dark spots are reduced with an active skin-brightening complex and additional ingredients soothe skin and provide critical antioxidant protection to keep hands youthful and ageless.
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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