StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles

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$99 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
9/4/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

In many ways, this serum is a very expensive play on the (much less expensive) serums from Olay Regenerist and similar (but better) serums from Nia24 and Paula's Choice. It contains a form of niacinamide known as myristyl nicotinate.  Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient as niacinamide, but functions in nearly the same manner (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Just like niacinamide, there is research on myristyl nicotinate's ability to improve skin 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). In short, it's on par with niacinamide as being a worthwhile, research-proven anti-aging ingredient—but this serum isn't a great option.

Aside from its needlessly high price, this serum contains several irritants. Among them are menthol, menthyl lactate, and the super-potent menthoxypropanediol. All of these cause a cooling, tingling sensation on skin. That sensation may make you think this is an "active" product that's doing something, and it is—but what's happening is your skin's response to being irritated, not a remarkable change that will reduce pores and give you "ageless skin".

What about the plant stem cells this contains? Here's the scoop: Stem cells in skin-care products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all. The reason is due to the fact that stem cells need to be alive in order to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skin-care products, they are long dead and therefore useless. It's actually a good thing that stem cells in skin-care products can't work as claimed because one stem cell study has revealed the potential risk of cancer they pose (at its core, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells).

Plant stem cells such as those derived from apples, melons, or rice cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, though being from plants these ingredients likely have antioxidant properties. It's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skin care products; after all you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!

There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed to  human skin. How a plant functions in nature is unrelated to human skin and these claims are completely without substantiation.

The bottom line is that this serum isn't as powerful as it seems. If you're curious about myristyl nicotinate or niacinamide, you can gain the benefits of either ingredient (and remember, they're basically interchangeable) from superior serums that cost less and don't contain irritants. One more source of irritation is the fragrance ingredients this serum contains…as if all the menthol ingredients weren't bad enough!

This lightweight, deep penetrating serum features NIA-114™, plant stem cells, and peptides that work together to reduce the size, length, and depth of wrinkles. It diminishes the look of pores while boosting luminosity and reflectivity for more radiant, healthy, ageless skin.

Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Myristyl Nicotinate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Polysorbate 20, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Sorbitan Laurate, Lecithin, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Bisabolol, Polyacrylate-13, Dimethicone/ PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Acetyl Hydroxyproline, Palmitamide, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Carbomer, Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyldecanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Menthoxypropanediol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellal, Eugenol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

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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