StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream (Discontinued)
1.7 fl. oz. for $79
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:10.18.2012
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

StriVectin claims you won’t be disappointed if you purchase this moisturizer with the goal of lifting facial contours. Looking past the fact that StriVectin’s parent has launched numerous products that make outlandish, impossible claims (remember the “Works Like Botox?” ads, which no product can do and that was challenged by the FDA with warning letters?), this moisturizer can’t help but be disappointing. Nothing in the formula is capable of lifting skin, improving a sagging jawline, or even ameliorating those bothersome “ear wrinkles” the company refers to in the claims. This moisturizer contains some helpful ingredients (though nowhere near the amount your skin deserves), but the few antioxidants won’t remain potent for long due to the jar packaging. Just in case you have dry skin and are still considering this, please know that it contains an oriental plant extract (Anemarrhenae asphodeloides) that has proven to be phototoxic (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2010, pages 11–18) and offers no benefit to skin. This also contains a form of resorcinol that increases the irritant potential. In short, there’s no compelling reason to consider this moisturizer over several others with far more beneficial ingredients that are proven to make a difference in aging skin, although not sagging, which can’t be changed with any skin-care product. If sagging or lost facial contours are your chief concern, those can be successfully remedied only with cosmetic surgery or cosmetic corrective procedures.


Not only with StriVectin’s New Instant Facial Sculpting Cream reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crows’ feet, but it also accentuates your cheekbones and jawline as it visibly lifts, tightens & tines your skin…making your face look more sculpted, youthful & defined. It even reduces the appearance of “ear wrinkles…those nasty little lines in front of your ears (you know, the wrinkles you ignore but everyone else get to see). So if you want to transform your entire facial contour, get StriVectin’s NEW instant Facial Sculpting Cream. You won’t be disappointed.


Water, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Yeast Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycerin, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isododecane, Cetyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Stearyl Alcohol, Anemarrhenae Asphodeloides Root Extract, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, Shea Butter, Rye Seed Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sweet Almond Seed Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, 3-Aminopropane Sulfonic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Ethylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben

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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