I applied the moisturizer with no problems, no irritation, no burning even with very sensitive skin. I found that my skin was more hydrated and looked a bit more vibrant that it had.
StriVectin is a company that I have known about for years. In fact I sold there products years ago when I did retail. The one thing that I have always known about them is that there products have power. What do I mean by that? They have bold claims that are backed by bold science.
They have products that promise to what seems the impossible...like remove tighten the skin on your neck or lift your butt! But the testimonies say it all. People love there products!
StriVectin says that there products are:
- Suitable for all skin types
- Non-Comedogenic (won't clog your pores)
- Paraben Free
- Sulfate Free
One of the things I look for in a skincare company is there scientific backing. I guess that stems from my background with Clinique. I did some research on StriVectin as a whole and found a few good things. They have over 35 years of research, 30 undefended clinical studies, 90 global patents, and 150 published papers. To me that means they have done some research!
One of things that I was pretty happy to find out was about NAI-114. StriVectin defines NAI-114 as:
NIA-114 is a unique and patented technologically advanced form of Niacin that nourishes the skin surface to address multiple visible signs of aging and give skin a more healthy and radiant appearance. This breakthrough skin care molecule powers each and every StriVectin formula and is scientifically proven to reinvigorate the skin surface for optimal performance, strengthen and nourish the moisture barrier, inhibit the impact of environmental aggressors and intensify the efficacy of other ingredients.
StriVectin's Repair and Protect Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a daily moisturizer that combines two steps of your morning routine, moisturize and protect. Most skincare products that combine two functions such as moisturize and protect don't have as high of a sun screen it it. They normally stop somewhere between SPF 15 and SPF 25. I was very pleased to find that this one had an even higher one. I find that quite a few women out there want to protect there skin from the sun, which is good or we will be fighting the sun damage later on. Those women also don't want to take a long time in the morning to do that. Also, we as women fight the problem of finding a sun protectant that will work under our makeup and not feel too heavy, greasy, or sticky. Various other things such as antioxidents also help with sun protection.
In addition to sun protectant, keeping a good hydrating moisturizer on our skin will also slow the process of aging as our skin doesn't fold as much when it is hydrated. Dehydrated skin doesn't flex and move as well and therefore is less forgiving. If you want more info about that please see my sponge illustration in my Product Review for Clinique's All About Eyes eye cream.
I was sent this moisturizer by StriVectin for free to give a try. As I said before I have used StriVectin's products before so I was more than happy to give this one a try and give my honest option. As always, my opinions are my own and I am NOT being paid to give a positive review.
I have very sensitive skin, which is why I tend to lean more towards Clinique products. I have had friends that have had reactions to StriVectin products in the past, so most of the products I have tried from StriVectin are body products. I was just easing my way into there line to make sure I wouldn't have a problem. I however wanted to give this one a go as I felt my skin needed a bit of a pick-me-up and I was up for cutting a step out of my morning routine.
I tried this moisturizer one morning with the intent to wear my makeup over it. As I mentioned before, I am very sensitive so I was looking for any irritation. Normally my skin will burn and turn red if I am having a reaction. I normally know immediately. I applied this for the first time about 1 month ago when the seasons were changing and we still had some cold nights. My skin, like most, have a bit of an adjustment to make during this time, so I needed a bit more moisturizer than I knew I would in the coming months.
I applied the moisturizer with no problems, no irritation, no burning. I felt like it was a huge victory! I normally use a gel cream moisturizer so the switch to a full cream moisturizer was a hard one. I am oily an combination skin type, so my T-zone can get pretty oily sometimes. I found that this cream formula wasn't too heavy or sticky. I applied my makeup right over the top of it, using it as kind of a primer and found that my makeup applied very well and did not separate as the day went on, as I might have expected from a cream moisturizer.
Like I said, I have used this product every day for a month. I have seen a change in my skin. I will say that the seasonal transition went better than normal. I found that my skin was more hydrated and looked a bit more vibrant that it had. I also did not get any burning while wearing it even for over 10 hours with intermittent sun exposure. I did wear it out for about 4 hours in the sun at a local festival and came out just as pale as I was (lol.). I did notice that my T-zone was a bit more tacky throughout the day than it was before. But it was't unmanageable or overly oily.
Overall, I would say that my experience was very good. I would say that this product is better for the Dry, Dry-Combination, and Oily-Combination skin types. Not so much the Oily skin type, contrary to what StriVectin says. Anyone more oily than me is going to have a hard time with there makeup staying place and not sliding off with this moisturizer underneath it. But if you are Oily skin typed you already know that you probably don't need a cream moisturizer. Check out Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel instead. It is designed for Oily skin girls and will help balance your skin making you not as Oily.
At the time of this review, StriVectin's Repair and Protect Moisturizer retails for $89.
AVOBENZONE 3 SUNSCREEN, DIMETHICONE 1.5 SKIN PROTECTANT, HOMOSALATE 5 SUNSCREEN, OCTISALATE 5 SUNSCREEN, OCTOCRYLENE 2.79 SUNSCREEN, OXYBENZONE 5 SUNSCREEN, AQUA (WATER, EAU), STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYL BENZOATE, MYRISTYL NICOTINATE, GLYCERIN, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, NYLON-6/12, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, STEARETH-21, THERMUS THERMOPHILLUS FERMENT, EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) FLOWER EXTRACT, ALGAE EXTRACT, PALMITOYL HEXAPEPTIDE-12, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-5, TRIBEHENIN, ERYTHRITOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, LAUROYL LYSINE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CERAMIDE NG, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE, HOMARINE HCI, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), LIMONENE, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM, XANTHAN GUM, TETRASODIUM GLUTAMATE DIACETATE, PEG-10 PHYTOSTEROL, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, STEARETH-2, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENESIN.
Until next time, have a wonderful day!