- True or False: Wrinkles & stretch marks have the same root cause.
- T or F: Niacin is a beauty supplement only (reduces cholesterol & boosts metabolism).
- T or F: You have to pay through the nose for creams & potions that deliver airy promises, but no real results.
A: All False! And as a StriVectin Insider - one of the lucky elite chosen to sample their newly pumped up & rebranded skincare lineup - we now know better ourselves.
Based on a patented form of the skin nutrient niacin (nicotinic acid) - a molecule discovered in skin cancer prevention research by Drs. Myron & Elaine Jacobson - NIA-114™ is one of the most active forms and features a molecular structure that enables the maximum concentration of niacin to be delivered into the skin. Active peptides further penetrate the skin's layers, encouraging collagen to grow and plump out those pesky lines and stretch marks (both caused by different factors but dealt with the same way), replace lost moisture, calm & soothe, and fight further damage. Interestingly, the product actually stimulates the repair of sun- and environmentally-created DNA damage, boosting the cell turnover rate and addressing hyperpigmentation.
In English: StriVectin-SD repairs skin damage and rebuilds skin layers, creating a much better-looking complexion.
Unlike skincare companies that rely on self-assessments, StriVectin measures their results clinically and by medical researchers. To date, they have amassed a good 2+ decades worth of scientific study, and 30 global patents. Formulated to work cumulatively when applied twice daily for a minimum 2-8 week period, the StriVectin-SD packaging outlines exactly what results to expect when, with increased smoothness & less puffiness (Week 2), firmer & more even skin tone & fading age spots (Week 4), and noticeably fewer wrinkles and better elasticity (Week 8).
How to use:
After cleansing your face in the morning & evening, apply a small dollop of the Intensive Concentrate and massage into areas needing less of what you don't want. Follow with the Eye Concentrate, patting it around the orbital bone. 2-3 times weekly, use the Instant Retexturizing Scrub (put some on your wet hands and massage gently). The signature peppermint fragrance was something we had to get used to initially, but now don't really notice it. Also, if you have a fragile skin barrier like we do (about 5% of women), go easy on the scrub and the first few times you apply StriVectin-SD, don't be surprised to feel a small rosy tingle; it's actually good news: your barrier is being repaired & built back up as you tingle.
The longer you use it, the better your results. Which is probably the reason it's #1 in Sephora Europe, is sold out in China, and after 6 million tubes sold - it's the largest indie skincare brand on the market.
- Lesley Scott
(NOTE: StriVectin provided us with full samples of the skin care regimen as well as a Flip Cam to shoot relevant video blogs - which are coming soon, so please do stay tuned - but rest assured that the words and opinions are 100% ours.)