StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
1.7 fl. oz. for $109
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

StriVectin finally has a retinol product and, not surprisingly, it's a very expensive one. Is it worth the investment? We don't think so, because despite containing several very good ingredients for aging skin, it doesn't distinguish itself from lots of other well formulated moisturizers with retinol for normal to dry skin. Plus, it's at a disadvantage due to the fragrance it contains (many moisturizers with retinol are fragrance-free, which is always preferred for skin).

This earns its positive rating for its combination of cell-communicating myristyl nicotinate (a form of niacinamide) along with antioxidant-rich shea butter, emollients, other antioxidants, and of course retinol. These delicate ingredients are kept stable thanks to opaque tube packaging, another plus. Still, you can get what's best about this product from others that cost less (though at least with this one you're getting a larger-than-average size).

StriVectin claims this retinol product works without the irritation often experienced with prescription retinoid products. Although you may think that claim hinges on some special technology or formulary know-how, it could be said of any retinol product when compared to prescription options. Simply put, the prescription retinoid products are stronger and, therefore, more likely to irritate skin (you may see redness or flaking and your skin will be tender to the touch). Retinol can have results equal to prescription retinoids, but because it's a weaker ingredient, results take longer to show up. However, many people that cannot tolerate prescription retinoids don't mind this trade-off because they can use an over-the-counter retinol product without incident.

In the end, StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment is a good product but whether or not you should buy it depends on how comfortable you feel spending more than is needed for an effective retinol product. The fragrance issue makes this a no-go for sensitive skin.

  • Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients, including retinol.
  • Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Moisturizing formula helps ease signs of dryness (and could negate the need for a separate moisturizer).
  • Expensive yet the formula doesn't really justify the higher price.
  • Contains fragrance whereas many moisturizers with retinol are fragrance-free.
A midnight multi-tasker that works harder and smarter to fight all the major signs of aging. This retinol treatment refines and smoothes skin texture without the irritation caused by prescription products.
Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Propanediol, Myristyl Myristate, Steareth-2, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Stearyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Bisabolol, Sodium Ascorbate, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Hexapeptide-3, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Resveratrol, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol, Silica, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Limonene.
Brand Overview

StriVectin At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and a couple of worthwhile moisturizers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; The original (and now the "improved" StriVectin-SD product (and every other product sold under this brand name) is absolutely not better than Botox; some of the products contain irritant peppermint oil; the Deep Wrinkle serum is terrible.

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.

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You are about to experience a miracle. One use at night time with Strivectin ar is all you need. Your skin will look so beautiful you will question yourself if you really need to wear makeup.It lifts, tightens, firms, and gives your skin glowing results.

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Very pleased with results

Love this product! Does what it is supposed to do

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Thom V
best night cream I've ever used

I bought this product from TK Maxx for a fraction the price it's meant to be, but it's so amazing, I'd be tempted to pay full price for it. I've only been using it for about 2 weeks and already my skin looks brighter, fine lines are noticeably reduced and sun marks are also disappearing. Ive used it on my neck, which was starting to show signs of ageing like loose skin and wrinkles and they've already started to disappear and my neck looks noticeably firmer. Absolutely recommend this cream.

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Love it

I can't say enough about this product. I've been using it for 2 weeks and already notice a difference. This is about the quickest results I've ever seen. My face looks so much smoother. I can't wait to see what happens with my fine lines and wrinkles after long term use.

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Mrs. LMG
I like this product

I have only been using this product for a month. I bought the sample tube and it is almost gone. Because of the high cost, I am trying to make a decision on whether or not to buy again. According to Paula's reviews, there are lower cost products that are just as effective. This product is very creamy so you don't need much, especially during the warmer months. My skin is very dry so it works perfect for me. It absorbs well and is not greasy.

Reviewed by
Dawn J.
BEST night cream!

I did not want to like this retinol product, as it is absurdly expensive. However, after rationing a free sample for a very long time and noticing a big difference in my skin's texture and tone as well as diminishing pores and hyperpigmentation, I took the plunge and purchased it. It's very hydrating overnight and I awake with deliciously smooth skin. It's texture is very almost greasy on initial application, but it absorbs well. Highly recommend for maturing skin.

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Jaimee H
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