Review: StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment

StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment

A few months ago, I was flipping through photos on my phone of our recent vacation to Kauai and found myself grimacing in horror: I have fine lines around my eyes when I smile! I now understand why the great Victoria Beckham says she never smiles—it does cause wrinkles! (I’m being sarcastic here.) On a whim one evening, I was browsing through Macy’s and came across this product. The reviews were amazing and I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a try!


What it claims to do via StriVectin.comFaster, smarter anti-aging. Our breakthrough formula improves the look of deep-set wrinkles, firmness, skin tone, texture and radiance. While you sleep, it hydrates and deeply nourishes your skin. And working as a dynamic duo, our patented NIA-114™ molecule activates Retinol’s age-fighting power to work harder, faster, more efficiently without irritation.

What is Retinol? It is an animal form of Vitamin A. It is both alcohol and a diterpenoid. Deterpenes form the basis for biologically important compounds such as retinol and retinal. Apparently, they are known to be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Retin-A is what your mother or grandmother asked you to bring home from Mexico while on your spring break which is only available by prescription in the United States. Basically, retinol is the miracle cream that you can use if you’re acne prone or at the stage of your life where wrinkles are expected and unwanted.

Okay—the directions said to apply it on clean, dry skin before bedtime. Normally, I have an entire routine of my nighttime skin care, but I reluctantly followed the directions. I typically used a light cleanser with my Clarisonic, waited for my skin to dry and put this stuff on. The first week my skin was a disaster! I had blemishes all over my face, even places I don’t think I had ever had a pimple before. I stopped using StriVectin and went back to my normal routine to clear my skin back up. I’m 31, pimples are not a good look for me! A couple weeks later, I caught a glimpse of my smiley-face wrinkles in another photo and tried it a second time.

The second time around, I have been using a toner prior to applying it. My skin hasn’t broken out, even when Aunt Flo has arrived. My skin feels wonderful when I first apply it, though I wake up to extra dry skin, which I didn’t have before. My skin is even more sensitive now than it was before, which is pretty ridiculous considering my relationship with the sun. The changes to my skin didn’t happen over night, in fact it took several week before I noticed a change to the texture of my skin.

At $108 for 1.7 ounces, my hopes were high that this was going to be the miracle product I was looking for. Now, I’m not sure if I’m their target audience as most of the reviewers seemed to be in their 50s or older, but sometimes I just feel like because my skin is so pale, nasty things like fine lines and wrinkles will be far more visible on me than someone with a beautiful golden-brown complexion. However, I do like what this product has done for my eye area, which is basically my only real problem area.

Will I Buy it Again? That’s a tough question to answer. While I like what it has done to the immediate texture of my skin, I don’t think I will continue using this on the regular. It’s back to the drawing board for this girl.

Have you used anything similar or StriVectin itself? What do you recommend I try next or suggest I stay away from?


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