According to the claims for this product, it’s not a traditional moisturizer, but the description from there states what any well-formulated moisturizer does: Works on the surface of skin and in the underlying uppermost layers to add and help keep moisture in skin, thus reversing the look and feel of dryness. And that is exactly what you get, an impressive moisturizer for normal to dry skin. It contains a broad complement of ingredients skin needs to repair its barrier, resist moisture loss, and be able to function in a more normal, healthy manner. The opaque tube with built-in pump dispenser works great to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. This would earn a Best Product rating if the formula did not contain fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Their presence is minor compared with the wealth of helpful ingredients in this moisturizer, but without question the formula would be better off without it. Oh, and about those claims, ignore them, and just enjoy a well-formulated product for a change.
Instant Moisture Repair is not a traditional moisturizer; it is a clinically proven reparative formula that targets the sources of dehydration, working above and below the surface, to reverse a dry, deflated complexion. Results are immediate and long term; within the first hour, moisture increases up to 30 percent, to levels found in healthy, young skin. With continued use, oligopeptides and tetrapeptides stimulate the production of new derm-elastic fibers to rebuild skin’s natural moisture cushion. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, and youthful.
Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isododecane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Unsaponifiables, Dimethicone, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Allantoin, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Phospholipids, Glycolipids, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Panthenyl Triacetate, Homarine Hcl, Isohexadecane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Erythritol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Linoleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Chloride, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool
We had previously written about the original StriVectin-SD, when a reader asked about its ability to repair stretch marks. That was StriVectin's initial claim to fame, though the fame was all self-promoted, as there is not a single independent, peer-reviewed study to prove that StriVectin is an effective option for repairing stretch marks. The studies that do exist about StriVectin's benefits for stretch marks were paid for by Klein-Becker, the company that distributes StriVectin (and is associated with Bremenn Research Labs, which has a growing history of trouble with the FDA and various watchdog advertising organizations).
According to the company's ads, they were surprised to find that not only was StriVectin-SD getting rid of women's stretch marks, but also that somehow their facial wrinkles were going away, too. This discovery lead to the astounding "antiwrinkle breakthrough of the decade." What followed were the now-famous magazine ads that posed the question of whether StriVectin was "Better Than Botox?" Not surprisingly, this ad captured the attention of millions of people concerned with mitigating signs of aging "without painful injections".
Regrettably, no supportive research needs to be available to sell this kind of hyperbole. All it takes is to promise women that a product will get rid of their wrinkles and they will buy it in droves, no matter how many other product lines, infomercials, advertisements, or cosmetics salespeople pledge the exact same thing. StriVectin isn't and was never "better than Botox"!
Of course, now the original, lauded StriVectin-SD product has been replaced by what the company describes as a "super-charged comprehensive skin repair cream for stretch marks, wrinkles, and aging skin". It seems there's no aging skin concern this product cannot address, but as it turns out, the updated formula presents the same drawbacks as the original, although it is arguably a better formulation (just not for stretch marks).
As for the rest of the StriVectin line, it contains proportionately more misses than hits. It isn't the anti-wrinkle answer and in fact some of their products contain the type of irritating ingredients that hurt your skin's ability to look and function in a younger manner.
For more information about StriVectin, call 1-800-430-0227 or visit www.strivectin.com.