When The Advice Sisters review skincare, we always caution our readers that what works for one person may not work as well for another. We review lots of skincare products in a wide variety of price points. There is a lot of "TLC" you can do for your skin at home, before resorting to invasive procedures and harsh peels and treatments. Now that Spring is on the way, it's time to "Spring clean" your cosmetics shelf and decide what to keep and what to toss. Anything that has changed color, scent, or consistency goes in the trash. But how do you know what to replace it with?
The first step is to understand your skin type (and it can span several types, such as oily and sensitive, or combination and maturing). Most likely you already know your skin's dominant traits, but if you're in doubt, visit a licensed dermatologist. Then it's time to figure out what will work best for your skin. Everyone knows that pricey products can put a dent in a beauty budget, but when you're considering what will help improve, maintain and protect your skin, it's best to ignore price (as much as you can afford to do so) and pick products that will address your skin's needs and challenges. And, most importantly, use the products regularly and as directed.
StriVectin Facial Antioxidant $109.00 3.5 fl. oz. by Klein-Becker, is advertised as a "concentrated facial antioxidant" and I have even seen the claim: "better than Botox." There is an entire line (6 products) of StriVectin items including Strivectin-SD to help improve any stretch marks on your body. StriVectin has encountered some controversy, and as a result, it's just created even more curiousity and demand (much like Prevage by Allergan that uses another antioxidant called "idebenone"). My quick search of the web didn't pick up a lot of reviews by actual users, but Klein-Becker's studies claim that StriVectin's anti-oxidant is 2.5 times more powerful then idebenone. As you age, your skin begins to lose the ability to renew itself as quickly, but could a 67-year-old women using StriVectin accomplish the same "Skin Renew Rate (SR2)" as a 29-year-old woman. Could this really be true? It's important to keep your expectations realistic. Your skin may retain or re-create some of the regenerative abilities of younger skin, it doesn't mean you'll look like you are 16, or have had a facelift or Botox or other invasive treatment. In the end, StriVectin is a great cream, but it's still just a cream and it won't fix jowls or truly sagging skin. It's not a facelift.
So what does StriVectin's Facial Anti-Oxidant cream do? The first thing to know is that anti oxidants are a good thing (although the term is bandied about as a cure-all). Antioxidants can help protect and improve skin. They help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also can improve skin elasticity/firmness and protect your skin skin from further damage (like wrinkles, dryness, and thinning skin) by shielding skin cells from the harm caused by free radicals (cell damaging molecules that are created when you exposure your skin to the sun's damaging UV rays, and other pollutants of daily life).
And does it work? In the interests of providing some personal information about the product on the Internet, here's my personal experience with it. Although I did use StriVectin, I didn't have time to test and use up the entire tube. Instead, I tried a simple test. I used the StriVectin on one half of my face for a few days. Then I asked my husband (who is generally dubious about any skincare over $20.00 and who ought to know what my skin is usually like) to tell me what side I had treated. He immediately picked the side treated with StriVectin, saying that the frown line on that side of my face was significantly smaller than the other. I looked...he was right, it was significantly smaller on the StriVectin-treated side. And, it felt soft and smooth, and somehow, a bit plumper and prettier. While this is hardly a scientific study, it did convince me that (for me, at least) the cream did good things that enhanced my skin's look and feel. or me. As a beauty reviewer, I can choose just about any skincare I wish, but now that I have tried it I'm going to stick with this one.
I don't feel as though my skin has turned back to age 29, but it looks good, feels good, and hopefully continued use will help prevent further environmental damage as well. *Note: you must use a good sunscreen as well with this product...it's not a sun block! There is a lot of press about Klein-Becker's products, such as is this a breakthrough drug, or a cosmetic moisturizer? Does that make it bad or unworthy of your consideration? Definitely not. For starters, scientific beauty treatments with cutting edge technology don’t come cheap. If you want to be among the few to try something new and potentially beneficial, you should be prepared to pay for it. And, plenty of women and 'boomer" men, plus younger people who want to make sure they don't turn out looking like mom or dad, will continue to make room in their budget for StriVectin. Alas, media hype mixed with scanty information can be very confusing for any consumer. My suggestion is to read the ingredients on the box, check with your dermatologist, and above all, keep your expectations realistic. If you are over a certain age, you cannot really turn back the hands of time to your teenage years no matter what cream you use on your face. However, you can make your skin look softer, smoother, more glowing and thereby, at least temporarily more youthful. You can also do your best to protect your skin at any age by wearing adequate sun protection. StriVectin, like others in it's niche, appears to be a good cream for the right type of skin, used correctly and at the right time. I really liked it.
If it is in your budget, WHY NOT?