My Anti-aging Secret(s) Revealed

Strivectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, review, why wear sunscreen with retinol use

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I’ve said it multiple times and I’d say it again, the fountain of youth remains elusive, it’s a riddle even the wisest earthling can’t answer. However, wrinkle prevention is possible, but only if you take imperative measures to keep your skin in tiptop shape: healthy diet, active lifestyle, sun protection, and loads of skincare! Keep reading because I’m sharing one of my new favorite discoveries…

I’m no stranger to retinol products. I started using it back when I was still a brand manager for a dermatology company (late 20s) so my face is already accustomed to it, from the lowest to highest strength sold in the market. I remember my face peeled for two weeks or so, had dryness and redness or what we call “the storm before the calm”. But the result was all worth the short phase of ugliness: I had soft and glowing skin plus refined pores. It’s important for me to say this because you may or may not experience the same thing, especially if it’s your first time to use retinol. Fast forward to present day reality, moi at 41 years young. Let me whisper to you one huge secret: I still use retinol from time to time whenever my skin yearns for rejuvenation or reawakening of sorts. Wrinkle-free you said? retinol is one of my best ally in the whole wide world.

Strivectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, review, retinol and wrinkles

My recent favorite retinol discovery? it’s Strivectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner ($99, 50ml/ 1.7 fl oz). In a nutshell, it’s a lightweight moisturizer with pore-minimizing and and anti-aging properties. While you can use it alone, I prefer to combine it with a Vitamin C serum because that’s when I see instantaneous effect: glowing, brightened and tighter pores the morning after. It’s like a sleeping beauty hack, at least based on my experience. It’s subtly fragrant, very tolerable as it dissipates after few minutes. My face did not peel or tingle but like I said, it can be attributed to my skin’s acquired tolerance for retinol or quite possibly, Strivectin’s patented NIA114 technology which according to the company, strengthens skin’s moisture barrier which limits the sensitivity common to retinol use. As a side note, do wear sunscreen, which you should be doing by now, but more if you are using retinol because your skin maybe more sensitive to UV rays, sunburn no bueno girly!

Aqua (Water, Eau), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Mica, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lecithin, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Bisabolol, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Plankton Extract, Salicylic Acid, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Oryzanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Behenyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 80, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, BHT, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

have you tried any retinol-based products?



  1. September 24, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    Retinol is my friend. I love Stri-vectin and this is one product I haven't tried yet… bout to get on it.

  2. September 24, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    I have this! I've not had a chance to give it a try yet, but your post has made me excited for when I do!

  3. September 24, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    I really like Strivectin products. I avoid retinol though because it is one of the few items that irritates my skin.

  4. September 24, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Kathryne, thank goodness for your blogpost. I was using this as a spot treatment on my pores rather than as a moisturizer. What was I thinking?! Now this will be so much easier! Thank you

    • September 24, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Thanks Allison. I believe you have better "mileage" when you use it on your entire face 🙂

  5. September 24, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Strivectin has such great products!! I have a couple things from them to try when I run out of what I'm currently using 🙂

  6. September 24, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I just got this and am so excited to start using it!

  7. September 25, 2015 / 12:39 am

    I've never been able to get past the red, flaky stage. I need to try mixing it like you suggested!

  8. September 25, 2015 / 12:45 am

    Everything from this brand is amazing, I can't wait to check this out!

  9. September 25, 2015 / 1:11 am

    I'm so excited about trying this out. I haven't used any Strivectin products yet so this will be my first.

  10. September 25, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Pore refiner plus vitamin C sounds amazing.

  11. September 25, 2015 / 3:08 am

    Oh, I am going to try pairing my retinol with Vitamin C. What a great tip.

  12. September 25, 2015 / 11:42 am

    I've read so many great reviews about this brand but still have not tried them out. I hope to pick up a few of their products this holiday season.

  13. September 25, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Yass! I love this one too, my pores could use all the help they can get.

  14. September 25, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Retinol is one of the best anti-aging secrets, ever!

  15. September 25, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    I am working on my review for this. I have a hard time using Retinol because my skin is so sensitive, but found that I really didn't have too many issues with this once I got past the beginning of it all. I love it now.

  16. September 25, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    I've only dabbled with Retinol, but this is definitely going on my try list.

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