StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30 (Discontinued)

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$49 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
9/4/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to oily skin. It provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection.

Other beneficial ingredients in this silky moisturizer with sunscreen include myristyl nicotinate (a derivative of niacinamide), several antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients such as ceramides and glycerin. These are the types of ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger, and the antioxidants help boost the skin’s environmental defenses.

The myristyl nicotinate functions much like niacinamide, and offers multiple benefits for skin. It is the same ingredient used in the pricier products from the Nia24 brand, so if you're a fan of their products you may want to consider this less expensive option from StriVectin.

This would be rated higher if it did not contain several fragrant ingredients (see More Info for details). On balance, though, it's a well-formulated product that mostly works as claimed. Although it cannot truly reverse aging, it will protect your skin from sun damage and help repair some signs of aging.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes avobenzone for reliable UVA protection.
  • Silky, lightweight texture enriched with several beneficial ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Suitable for blemish-prone skin.
Cons:
  • Contains several fragrance ingredients not listed as fragrance, which is a bit deceiving.

More Info:

Despite not listing "fragrance," this product contains three ingredients whose sole purpose is to provide, you guessed it, fragrance. Those ingredients are 2-isobutyl-4-methyltetrahydro-2h-pyran-4-ol, methyl-a-ionone, and methyldihydrojasmonate. This also contains a fragrant rose extract. The amounts of these ingredients are low, but without question this product would be better for your skin without them.

Concentrated in an ultra-light formula, this daily sunscreen treatment also includes our proprietary NIA-114™ molecule that was discovered in skin cancer research to help rebuild skin’s natural protective barrier and reverse signs of aging.

Active: Homosalate (7.5 %), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2.6%), Oxybenzone (2%), Other: Water, Myristyl Nicotinate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Glycereth-26, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Panthenol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Lycium Chinensis Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 80, Isohexadecane, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Hexamethylindanopyran, Isopropyl Myristate, Methyldihydrojasmonate 2-Isobutyl-4-Methyltetrahydro-2h-Pyran-4-ol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methyl-?-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.

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