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StriVectinLabs Extreme Cream
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $89
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:05.29.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This moisturizer has several great ingredients all skin types need to fight signs of aging, but its lightweight cream texture is best for normal to slightly dry or combination skin that's not too oily. The company uses a form of cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide known as myristyl nicotinate, and its benefits are identical to niacinamide, which is great. Also great is the inclusion of known and proven repairing agents plus lots of antioxidants—but then packaging brings things to a halt.

Because this moisturizer is packaged in a jar, the light- and air-sensitive ingredients it contains will begin to break down as soon as you open this, becoming less potent with each use. For what this costs, that's truly disappointing! See More Info for details on the issues jar packaging presents.

Also disappointing is the inclusion of an ingredient said to increase skin's oxygen content. Luckily, that ingredient (perfluorodecalin) can't really do that, but it can increase the oxygen content of solutions like a moisturizer. The trouble is that's not a good thing for helping skin look and act younger. That's because adding more oxygen to skin increases free-radical damage, which break down, not builds up, skin's supportive elements (collagen, elastin). The whole concept of antioxidants (which this moisturizer contains) is about thwarting free-radical damage from oxygen and other substances before they can damage skin. Knowing this, you can see how adding more oxygen to skin simply makes a persistent problem (the oxygen paradox: We need oxygen to live, yet it's also killing us) an even bigger problem.

On balance, this would earn a higher rating if not for the issues jar packaging presents. This contains the mineral pigment mica for a soft shine finish and does contain a small amount of fragrance, likely not enough to pose a risk of irritation. Still, this isn't a slam dunk and not worth considering over moisturizers in better packaging on our list of Best Products.

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lightweight, elegant cream texture feels great.
  • Can help firm skin and create a more even skin tone as it hydrates.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Jar packaging hurts the effectiveness of several of the anti-aging ingredients this contains.
More Info:

The fact that this cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most 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 present a hygiene issue because even if you wash your hands or use a spatula to remove the product, you're introducing bacteria that causes further breakdown of key 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; and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Claims

Extreme Cream is a deeply nourishing hydration cream formulated with patented NIA-114 technology and moisture seeking molecules known for their ability to maintain water reserves and prevent dehydration. Energizing Oxygen Complex breathes new life into skin to activate cell renewal and stimulate collagen formation, diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristyl Nicotinate, Saccharide Isomerate, Myristoyl/Palmitoyl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Distearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sorbitan Stearate, Phytosterols, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tapioca Starch, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Arginine, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycosphingolipids, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tropolone, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Laurate, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Carbomer, Stearic Acid, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Perfluorodecalin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Parfum (Fragrance), Dehydroacetic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Diacetyl Boldine, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol

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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06.13.2014
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Extreme Cream has diminished fine lines, wrinkles and deep wrinkles. My skin appears brighter and clearer. I was a long distance runner for over 25 years. My skin took a beating. I have tried many products including prescription products. I use this as the last product after I moisturize A.M and P.M. I have a jar on hand least the one I am using runs out and the wait may be too long.

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