Tightening Neck Serum Roller
There's no question that the neck shows signs of aging which can be more noticeable than the face, but the truth is you don't need a special product to treat this area. In fact, the entire notion of a special serum for this area is silly. StriVectin's Tightening Neck Serum Roller is no exception to the rule; it's simply a lightweight moisturizer containing ingredients that can benefit skin anywhere on the body.
This product's packaging dispenses a thin moisturizer from a rollerball applicator. You're directed to massage it on the neck using upward and outward motions, a process that can feel nice but won't lift sagging skin or make lines on the neck go away in any way, shape, or form.
This serum contains several film-forming and similar types of ingredients that, when dry, make skin feel tighter. Don't mistake this sensation for neck skin actually becoming tighter—it's only a temporary cosmetic sensation.
As for anti-aging, you're getting a good mix of water-binding and replenishing ingredients for smoother, softer skin. StriVectin's preferred form of niacinamide (myristyl nicotinate) is included, but this ingredient doesn't offer special benefits for the neck over niacinamide. A well formulated facial moisturizer and serum, plus any other facial anti-aging treatments you use, can and should be applied to the neck area, too.
This serum didn't receive a higher rating not because it's unnecessary to your routine (although it is); rather, it rated lower on our scale because it contains fragrance ingredients that can cause irritation. It's not as fragrant as some of StriVectin's other products, but the risk remains and that's a risk we don't want you to take, as we explain in the More Info section. See our list of Best Serums for brilliant options to use on the neck—and don't forget to protect the skin on your neck with a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
- Lightweight, hydrating formula results in smoother, softer skin.
- Good mix of water-binding and replenishing ingredients.
- Niacinamide-derived ingredient helps skin retain moisture as claimed.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritating skin.
- Doesn't contain anything to actually tighten loose skin on the neck.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's barier, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the visible effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1-43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446-475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798
This lightweight, non-greasy neck serum leaves the neck area feeling instantly firmer. The formula helps strengthen the skin barrier to retain vital moisture for a hydrated, more supple feel. Applied with an innovative massage roller applicator, the serum absorbs immediately into skin. Over time, resiliency and elasticity are improved, visibly enhancing neck and facial contours for a more defined and youthful appearance.
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.
For more information about StriVectin, visit www.strivectin.com.
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