The original StriVectin-SD product made a huge media splash not only for its alleged ability to eliminate stretch marks, but also for its infamous ads that asked whether this skin-care product was “Better Than Botox?” Of course, it wasn’t, and the company never published any peer-reviewed research proving otherwise, but that didn’t stop millions of consumers from rushing out to see if StriVectin really worked as claimed.
Not surprisingly, it didn’t work on wrinkles even remotely like Botox does, and the number of Botox procedures continues to increase year over year. For example, in 2003, the year the first of StriVectin’s “Better Than Botox?” ads debuted, there were 2.2 million Botox procedures done. Five year later (2008) that number increased to almost 2.5 million! By 2009, with Botox and competitor Dysport available to the public, the number of procedures shot up to almost 4.8 million! You’d think if StriVectin worked on wrinkles as claimed that we’d see fewer Botox procedures—clearly, that’s not the case (Sources: www.cosmeticplasticsurgerystatistics.com; and www.drepsteinmd.com/nonsurgical-cosmetic-procedures-statistics.php).
Those Botox statistics aren’t going to change with this reformulated StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate. It adds some beneficial ingredients the original lacked, and although those make the reformulated version a better formula overall, the same weaknesses of the original carry over into the “improved” formula.
The major weakness is the inclusion of irritants such as peppermint oil. You will feel the tingling sensation as soon as you apply this emollient, slightly greasy cream, and it doesn’t dissipate. That’s not good news because it means your skin is telling you loud and clear that it is being damaged. This type of irritation causes collagen breakdown and hurts the skin’s ability to repair itself.
On the other hand, this formula does contain several beneficial ingredients that would help stimulate healthy collagen production.
Another issue is that in addition to the problematic peppermint oil, this also contains clary and bergamot oils. The latter is capable of causing a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight.
All of the anti-aging ingredients, proven or not, mean little if to get them on your skin you’re exposing it to irritants that hurt its ability to look and act younger. The bottom line is that despite adding some intriguing extras that the original StriVectin-SD lacked (meaning it wasn’t as special as originally touted), the replacement isn’t going to net the improvements you’re trying to achieve.
New StriVectin-SD is a super-charged comprehensive skin repair cream for stretch marks, wrinkles and aging skin. This leading wrinkle and stretch mark fighter is now powered up with a new clinical formula for even greater results. More Science. Less Wrinkles.
Water, Myristyl Nicotinate,Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isocetyl Stearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Stearyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Arachidyl Glucoside, Mica, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Synthetic Wax, Tetrasodium EDTA, Menthol, Chlorphenesin, Resveratrol, Titanium Dioxide, Aminomethyl Propanol, BHT, Urea, Sodium PCA, Ceramide 2, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, C20-40 Pareth-10, Rutin,Lecithin, Iron Oxides, Polyquaternium-67, Triacetin,Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrapeptide-21, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phospholipids, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Seed Extract, Lepidium Sativum (Sprout) Extract, Hexamethylindanopyran, Citrus Aurantium (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Homolinalyl Acetate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, P-Menthanone, Dodecahydro-tetramethylnaphthofuran, Salvia Sclarea Oil, Methyldihydrojasmonate
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.