About half of the most beneficial ingredients in this moisturizer are listed after the preservative, so they don’t count for much as far as “anti-aging power” goes. When it comes to sensitive skin, generally speaking, fewer ingredients per product are better, but this product has an unusually long ingredient list, which makes it riskier for someone with truly sensitive skin.
StriVectin mentions that this contains “none of the oils or fragrances that can cause irritation,” yet this absolutely contains fragrance components known to cause irritation. For example, methyldihydrojasmonate is a form of fragrance, as is the ingredient hexamethylindanopyran. These tongue-twisters aren’t commonly known sources of fragrance, but that is precisely how they function in cosmetics. This also contains fragrant rose extract, so clearly, the claim is misleading.
Knowing this product is a bust for sensitive skin, what about treating stretch marks? Sadly, just like the original StriVectin formula, the sensitive-skin version isn’t capable of improving these marks to a significant degree. Stretch marks occur when skin is abnormally stretched and expanded for a period of time. Typically, this occurs during pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss. The abnormal stretching causes the skin's support structure of collagen and elastin to break down or rupture. In fact, the visible curled ends of stretch marks beneath the skin are actually bands of elastin broken. (Think of elastin as rubber bands beneath the skin that give it spring and its ability to snap back into place.) Essentially, stretch marks are scars that have formed from the inside out, rather than scarring that occurs when skin is externally wounded.
Regrettably, stretch marks are among the toughest skin-care concerns to treat because there are no cosmetic ingredients or products that can make much of a difference in their appearance. It is impossible for any cosmetic to raise the indentations back to where the skin level used to be or to repair snapped elastin fibers. You can choose to believe the ads if you like, but it will simply be money thrown down the drain.
All of this leaves you with a moisturizer that’s marketed as being great for sensitive skin and stretch marks, but that won’t help either concern. Although this contains several beneficial ingredients (including myristyl nicotinate, an ingredient that works like niacinamide) as well as some good emollients for dry skin, there are plenty of other moisturizers that cost less and whose claims won’t leave you disappointed.
- Contains some helpful emollients and anti-aging ingredients.
- Expensive and incapable of improving stretch marks or helping sensitive skin.
- Sold as being fragrance-free, but contains fragrant plants and other ingredients used solely for fragrance.
- Half of the most intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservative, so they don’t count for much (and for what this costs, they should!).
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
StriVectin-SD for Sensitive Skin is an anti-aging powerhouse, developed exclusively for sensitive skin. With 100% of StriVectin’s collagen-building, wrinkle-reducing, anti-aging power. And none of the oils or fragrances that can cause irritation and leave sensitive skin vulnerable to accelerated aging.
Water, Myristyl Nicotinate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Isocetyl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Squalane, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-2, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Synthetic Wax, Chlorphenesin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Aminomethyl Propanol, BHT, Urea, Sodium PCA, Ceramide 2, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Resveratrol, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, C20-40 Pareth-10, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Mica, Rutin, Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triacetin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrapeptide-21, Tocopherol, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Phospholipids, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Seed Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Hexamethylidanopyran, Isopropyl Myristate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, 2- Isobutyl-4-Methyltetrahydro-2H-Pyran-4-Ol, Cis-3-Hexenyl Salicylate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract , Phenethyl Alcohol, Methyl-Alpha-Ionone, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract.
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.