StriVectin-WF, Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler (Discontinued)
0.78 fl. oz. for $59
Category:Skin Care > Specialty Products > Wrinkle Fillers
Last Updated:04.30.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
In the category of wrinkle-filling products, most are thicker, spackle-like products that rely on a sophisticated blend of silicones and silicone polymers to smooth and temporarily fill in superficial lines and wrinkles. They tend to work reasonably well, but are short-lived and certainly no substitute for cosmetic corrective procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers. This wrinkle-filling contribution from StriVectin doesn’t follow formulary suit and as such is no competition for the superior options from lines like Estee Lauder, Good Skin, and Cosmedicine. All you’re getting with this overpriced product is a blend of water, glycerin, thickening gum, and some plant extracts. The gum does a poor job of filling in wrinkles and lends a tacky finish anywhere it is placed. It’s nice that there are some antioxidants in this wrinkle filler, but the inclusion of comfrey extract (listed by its Latin name Symphytum officinale) is cause for concern due to its toxic constituents. Please refer to my Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary on the Home page of Beautypedia for more information about comfrey. Reading the detailed claims for this product may sway you, but buyer beware!
Helps reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, fine lines and crows’ feet... instantly, and improves tone and texture.
Water, Glycerin, Acacia Senegal Gum, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
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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