StriVectin Overnight Facial Resurfacing Serum (Discontinued)

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$59 - 0.9 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
10/18/2012
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No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This product is sold as a liquid exfoliant that differs from harsh scrubs because it gently dissolves dead skin cells while you sleep. But are you going to wake up to beautifully smooth skin with smaller pores? Unfortunately, no. That’s because none of the ingredients in this water-based fluid are capable of exfoliating skin. The formula contains some good anti-irritants and antioxidants, but some are of the fragrant variety so aren’t as stellar as many others. (Fragrance isn’t a skin-care benefit, but it can be a skin-care detriment because fragrance can cause irritation, which has a negative effect on collagen and hurts skin’s ability to heal.) The only ingredient that comes close to functioning as an exfoliant is willow bark extract, and here’s why: Willow bark contains salicin, a substance that when taken orally is converted by the digestive process to salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid). The process of converting the salicin in willow bark to salicylic acid requires the presence of enzymes, and is a complex digestive process; because skin doesn’t have a digestive system, it is unlikely that salicin applied to the skin will be converted to salicylic acid. Further, salicin, much like salicylic acid, is stable only under acidic conditions. The likelihood that this product can mimic the effectiveness of salicylic acid is at best questionable, and in all likelihood impossible—and the pH of this serum wouldn’t keep the willow bark in the acidic environment it needs to work.

Dull and Uneven Skin? It’s like a gray cloud over your face, hiding your radiance. Try this super exfoliating serum and wake up to smoother, more youthful skin—overnight. Use it every night to even out rough texture, smooth away dry patches, reduce pores and recover from dullness.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Red 40, Fragrance, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, 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.

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