StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment earns its broad-spectrum sunscreen stripes with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen (and the avobenzone is stabilized by tried-and-true octocrylene). This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has a silky, light texture that hydrates without feeling thick or greasy, making it great for those with normal to combination or oily skin—and it wears well under makeup.
Along with sun protection and its considerable anti-aging benefits, you also get retinol, antioxidants, and several cell-communicating ingredients, including peptides and a form of the B vitamin niacinamide that StriVectin terms NIA-114. That ingredient's actual name, as listed on this product, is myristyl nicotinate. Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient 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). In short, just like niacinamide, it's a good ingredient to see in skin-care products, but it's not an anti-wrinkle miracle worker nor do you need to spend this much to reap its benefits.
Although there is much to like about this product, including the mica added for its soft glow effect, it missed our top rating due to the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. The amounts of these ingredients, which include eugenol, citronellol, linalool, and geraniol, are likely too low to be problematic, but no question this product would be better without them. Not only is fragrance-free best for all skin types, but when fragrant ingredients are combined with retinol and active sunscreen ingredients, the risk of having a sensitized reaction is increased.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Chockfull of antioxidants and other proven anti-aging ingredients (including retinol).
- Light, silky texture hydrates without heaviness.
- Contains fragrance ingredients (particularly, eugenol) known to be irritating.
- Price may discourage liberal application necessary to get the stated level of sun protection.
Our daily multitasker has broad spectrum SPF 30 protection and fights the major signs of aging, including texture, firmness and wrinkles. Combining StriVectin’s patented, scientifically proven NIA-114 molecule, this breakthrough Retinol cream harnesses the potency of Retinol, the gold standard in anti-aging, without the Retinol side effects – including skin irritation, peeling, redness and sensitivity.
Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 4%. Inactive: Aqua (Water, Eau), Myristyl Nicotinate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Butylene Glycol, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Plankton Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Lecithin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sorbitan Oleate, Carbomer, Ergothioneine, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylamide/-Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, BHA, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, 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.