StriVectin-TL 360 Tightening Eye Serum

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$69 - 1 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
9/4/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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There’s a lot to like about this eye-area product, even though you don’t need a special eye cream (see below for details). This has a silky texture and combines many anti-aging ingredients, including myristyl nicotinate, which is similar to the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. Antioxidants are plentiful, and this contains some good water-binding agents, too. It would be a workable option for all skin types except sensitive, yet ironically, it’s not ideal for use around the eyes.

The problem is with the claims and the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. Fragrance is particularly problematic in products meant to be used around the eyes because of the risk of getting it into the eye itself, not to mention the irritation potential it carries. Many brands that offer eye-area counterparts to facial moisturizers simply thicken the product and omit fragrance, but not StriVectin.

As for the claims, you may be tempted to buy this because it’s said to re-contour drooping eyelids and minimize puffiness. It doesn’t work for either concern, but this contains film-forming and starch-like ingredients that, once set, can make eye-area skin feel tighter. Making skin feel tighter isn’t the same as actually tightening skin, and when drooping is a concern, you have to ask: Where does the excess loose skin go? Up? And how would that look better? If eye-area drooping is your concern, you can consider Botox (administered by a doctor with lots of experience in its use) or surgery (an eye-lift) where excess skin is snipped away and the area is physically tightened. Spending money on products like this is a wasted endeavor if you’re hoping they’ll shore up loose, sagging skin around the eyes. We wish that wasn’t the case, but it’s the truth. The same comments apply to age-related puffiness, though for this concern surgery is almost always the best solution (the fat pad beneath the eye needs to be fastened back to its original position as that’s what’s causing the undereye area to pouch).

We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

This silky serum visibly lifts the eye area, recontours drooping eyelids, revitalizes and rejuvenates skin, and minimizes undereye puffiness. Over time, eyes appear invigorated as the look of undereye puffiness is reduced and skin surface is tightened for a smoother, firmer look.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Propanediol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-40 Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Silica, Pullulan, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caffeine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Algae Extract, Resveratrol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Aminomethyl Propanol, Steareth-20, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Isohexadecane, Benzoic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

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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