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StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
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1 fl. oz. for $65
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This product replaces StriVectin’s former StriVectin-SD Eye Cream. Notice that the new version adds the words “concentrate” and “wrinkles,” so the message is clear that this is an eye cream those concerned with signs of aging should take seriously. As it turns out, the formula for the original eye cream was better.

This “concentrated” version omits or contains much lower amounts of most of the impressive ingredients that were present in the original. Instead, you’re asked to pin your antiwrinkle hopes on a derivative of the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. This derivative is myristyl nicotinate, a derivative of nicotinic acid, which is a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). Technically, it isn’t the same 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).

Having said all that, there isn’t any research indicating myristyl nicotinate is a critical ingredient for the eye area, nor is it a boon for those struggling with dark circles or puffy eyes. Also, there are lots of products containing niacinamide that don’t cost as much as this one.

There are several other beneficial ingredients present, but none in a significant amount that would justify the claims on the label. At best, this is an OK, but overpriced, option for normal to dry skin. It contains fragrant plants and fragrance chemicals that make it ill-advised for use close to the eyes.

Last, don’t forget that most eye creams aren't necessary! There is no research showing that eye-area skin needs something different from skin elsewhere on the face. No one in the world has ever identified ingredients that the eye area needs and the face doesn’t when it comes to dry skin or wrinkles. Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on your face, eye, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye cream is a smaller amount of product (often half the size of a face product) that is twice as expensive, and the label on the eye cream doesn’t tell you anything about the product’s formula.

Claims

This intensive treatment-plus-hydration complex, featuring 7.5% NIA-114 + Peptide Actives, is the ultimate eye-area treatment. This blend is even more powerful than the original, with four-times more peptides and patented NIA-114™ technology. It is clinically proven to visibly diminish lines, creases, dark circles, and puffiness in 2 - 8 weeks.

Ingredients

Water, Myristyl Nicotinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isocetyl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Isohexadecane, Caffeine, Behenyl Alcohol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Bisabolol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Synthetic Wax, Steareth-20, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Algae Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, BHT, Sodium PCA, Urea, Ceramide 2, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Pullulan, Resveratrol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, C20-40 Pareth-10, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Lecithin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Polyquaternium-67, Triacetin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrapeptide-21, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phospholipids, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Chrysin, Lepidium Sativum (Sprout) Extract, Tetrahydro-Methyl-Methylpropyl-Pyran-4-Ol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Alpha-Methyl-Alpha-Ionone, Isopropyl Myristate, Hexamethylindanopyran, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract

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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08.12.2013
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I am an Esthetician. I have used many products. I went to a plastic Surgeon and had a TCA chemical peel. Wonderful results however there was one spot under my eye. Nothing seemed to help. Until I used the Strivectin. It's been a couple weeks now and the redness is gone and the texture has smoothed out. I hope in a couple weeks the mark will be gone. The moisturizer should be used for only dry skin.

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