StriVectin is making a big deal out of their NIA-114 ingredient, which is patented and included in this and a few of their other products. First, in terms of patented ingredients, a patent has nothing to do with efficacy. A patent is obtained without any proof that what you're patenting actually works. The "patented" claim always sounds impressive to unsuspecting consumers, which is why lots of companies use that claim, but it isn't proof of anything; it merely means that you have laid claim to the use of an ingredient for a specific purpose.
Back to the NIA-114: It's the exact same ingredient (listed as myristyl nicotinate) included in the Nia24 brand of products reviewed elsewhere on this site. StriVectin claims they're the only company that uses this ingredient, but clearly that's not true.
Here are the key details: Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient 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 the skin’s 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).
Is there any research proving NIA-114 can tighten or lift skin on the neck to reduce signs of sagging? No,… none. It's a very good ingredient for all skin types, but it isn't the solution for a thinning, lax neck or sagging jawline. And, given that this ingredient functions identically to niacinamide, which is included in other products from Lauder, to Olay, and Paula's Choice, you don't need to spend this kind of money to get the benefit from this ingredient.
Please see More Info to learn what you can do to ensure your skin-care products are helping your skin look as young as possible.
Without the claims coming true to the extent you may be hoping, is there reason to consider this moisturizer? Other than the fact that you don't need a neck cream,you should apply a well-formulated facial moisturizer and/or serum to your neck, too, as there isn't a shred of research showing that skin on the neck or chest needs anything different from the skin our your face. Although this contains a range of intriguing antioxidants, plant extracts, and smoothing ingredients, most of them will not remain stable and effective because this moisturizer is packaged in a jar. See More Info for details on the problems jar packaging presents. This will make skin on the neck or face feel softer and look smoother, but so will lots of other moisturizers that cost less and that come in more sensible packaging.
Finally, this product contains fragrance ingredients and fragrant oils that can be problematic for all skin types. Refer to More Info for further details.
- Silky texture makes skin look and feel smoother.
- Expensive and cannot work to lift or re-contour sagging skin on the neck or elsewhere.
- Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of several beneficial ingredients.
- Contains fragrant oil and fragrance ingredients that put skin at risk of irritation.
- The showcased ingredient isn't unique to this product.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Help for Sagging Skin and Loss of Firmness
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn't do it all) has extensive research showing how it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
Irritation From Fragrance Ingredients
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).