In April, I received a full-size sample of StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles to try. This powerhouse of a product treats wrinkles and stretch marks with a proprietary mix of a patented niacin (vitamin B3) compound called NIA-114 and peptides and claims to improve skin’s appearance in 2 to 8 weeks.
NIA-114 was discovered through skin cancer research as a means to rebuild skin layers in cancer patients. StriVectin-SD has been recently reformulated to include a higher percentage of this molecule, which stimulates DNA repair and strengthens skin’s barrier function. Other changes include higher peptide levels to stimulate collagen, addition of ceramides, antioxidants, and sodium hyaluronate to enhance firmness and moisturize, and new botanicals that work to minimize the color, length, depth, tone, and texture of stretch marks.
Despite looking like I swallowed a watermelon at the end of my pregnancy, I somehow avoided stretch marks. But at age 40, I’ve begun to see the signs of aging on my face. My deepest wrinkles are on my forehead, so this is where I focused my trial.
For the past 9 ½ weeks, I’ve religiously applied StriVectin-SD to my forehead and neck twice a day. To be honest, I was planning to write this post and say that I haven’t seen a lot of change. However, after reviewing the before and after photos, I’ve realized this treatment has been working. The scientists at StriVectin put the product through thorough clinical testing including expert skin analysis and digital photography, as well as skin biopsies to fully examine the results.
The findings are as follows (taken from the StriVectin website):
Week 2 – Natural collagen resurging; texture and resilience improving
Week 4 – Natural cell turnover intensifying; visibly fading discolorations
Week 8 – Elasticity reinforcing, wrinkles and stretch marks visibly diminishing
At $135.00, StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate is an investment. However, the product is a great value. For that amount, you receive 5 ounces of product when the average anti-aging treatment offers only 1.7 ounces. I’ve been using StriVectin for over 2 months and I feel like I’ve hardly made a dent in my tube. Furthermore, it seems to really work. If you’d prefer a smaller size, a 2-ounce option is available for $72.
StriVectin-SD has no known contraindications and you can use it with other treatments such as retinols. However, if you are prone to stinging or redness, you may want to try StriVectin-SD for Sensitive Skin. I plan to continue my regimen and I’m thinking about adding StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles. I’ll let you know if I see further improvements in the coming months.
Note: I just learned that StiVectin is available at Costco stores nationwide and at Costco.com! (Added 6/12/13)