StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Cream
2 fl. oz. for $29
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This hand cream is one of the better StriVectin products! Although it's pricey and the claims aren't entirely accurate (more on that below) the lightweight cream formula contains an impressive mix of repairing and restorative ingredients that work to make hands smoother, softer, and (as long as you're being good about applying sunscreen during daylight hours) younger-looking.

We mentioned sunscreen above and that's critical to ensuring success with any anti-aging hand cream. It's unfortunate this hand cream omits sunscreen, because as is we can only recommend its use for evening. Without daily sun protection with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater, this hand cream's anti-aging promises won't come true. But with daily sunscreen use this is a winner. It does a beautiful job moisturizing hands and the niacinamide-like NIA-114 ingredient it contains (listed as myristyl nicotinate) has some compelling research behind it. Beyond that, your hands will benefit from the emollient (and antioxidant-rich) oils this contains. Arbutin is also on hand to help lighten dark spots, though we're skeptical the amount is enough to make be of much help. That's not so disappointing because the myristyl nicotinate should help lighten dark spots, as long as you're good about applying sunscreen (we know, we keep harping on this).

In terms of this "volumizing" skin, it can help plump it with moisture, but this isn't dermal fillers in a tube. Dermatologists can use dermal fillers (such as those made with hyaluronic acid) to minimize the appearance of "vein-y" or bony hands when skin has lost its plush look due to aging and sun damage. This hand cream won't restore lost volume, so that portion of the name is a bit misleading. Still, this earns our top rating and although it's fragranced, the amount is tiny and it doesn't contain fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.


This hand treatment protects against loss of firmness, crepiness, dull tone, uneven texture, and dryness. Patented NIA-114® rebuilds skin's natural barrier while a host of hydrating ingredients restore needed moisture. Dark spots are reduced with an active skin-brightening complex and additional ingredients soothe skin and provide critical antioxidant protection to keep hands youthful and ageless.


Water, Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Esters, Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Panthenol, Silica, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Phospholipids, Squalane, Arbutin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Mel (Honey, Miel), Sphingolipids, Resveratrol, Rutin, Ubiquinone, Behenyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance.

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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