If you are a frequent visitor or reader of this humble blog, you are probably aware that Strivectin is one of my favorite skincare brands because (1) their products are backed up by scientific research for all of 35 years (and counting) (2) they carry a plethora of products targeting the aging market or simply put, those who will work against odds to delay the dreaded wrinkles.
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As Aesthetic Registered Nurse (certified on laser procedures), one of the things I advocate to patients when it comes to delaying wrinkles is to embark on lifestyle modifications first and foremost. Meaning, big no-no’s are prolonged sun exposure without adequate protection and unhealthy habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol (think wrinkly smoker’s mouth and rough skin brought about by years upon years of unhealthy lifestyle). Skincare comes second, with sunscreen (at least spf 30) as the most important out of all the products flooding the market today. You may have heard of the 60+ year-old truck driver who is the banner child for unilateral dermatoheliosis (left side of his face was severely damaged by UV rays which resulted to severe wrinkling, making it look 20 years older than the other side).
When it comes to skincare products, it can be overwhelming as to what works versus what your skin really needs. Frankly speaking, if you have deep wrinkles or textural problems accompanied by loss of volume and elasticity, then you may consider getting aesthetic procedures (laser/radiofrequency/botox/fillers, etc) or cosmetic surgeries performed by licensed healthcare professionals to get the optimal result you have been aiming for because all these skincare products basically work as either preventive or maintenance in combination with aforementioned lifestyle changes. They work on the surface, providing moisture retention for the most part as dry and rough skin emphasize wrinkles and aging skin. It’s akin to a plant being watered on a regular basis to counteract withering.
Since sunscreen is my #1 skincare priority, let’s tackle Strivectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($89, 50ml/ 1.7 fl oz). A moisturizer and sunscreen in one, it keeps your face in check, rendering lightweight hydration and sun protection even in the cold winter months. The product is dispensed from the top as you press the pump. If you’re staying out longer than usual especially between 10am to 4pm when UV rays are its peak, it’s imperative to reapply preferably every two hours or more often if you get sweaty or wet. Note that this particular product falls under chemical sunscreen due to its key ingredients (avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone). In principle, chemical sunscreens offer more protection against UVA and UVB rays, both culprits to melanoma while UVA for photo damage (wrinkling/ leathery skin) and UVB for sunburn. While they are generally safe, some people do experience irritation hence the use between chemical vs. physical sunscreen remains debatable.
Ingredients: 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
Strivectin Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate ($72, 30ml/ 1 fl oz) is a facial serum which gently resurface the skin by affecting the cell turnover in the stratum corneum (outer layer which contains dead skin cells) while keeping the skin hydrated as you catch some beauty sleep (the brand recommends to use it at night which I agree because that’s when our skin is actually working on regeneration. On average, skin regenerates every month). I read your mind. If the skin is regenerating, how come there are wrinkles? Well, collagen and elastin (which are found in middle layer of the skin a.k.a dermis) diminish with age hence wrinkles and sagging skin appear hand in hand. Certain ethnicities (Asians, Blacks) and skin types (oily) “age” slower but the general consensus is the same, those who have had long years of sun exposure (and tanning) without protection are definitely more prone to photo damage including melanoma. Now going back to this product, I did notice smoother complexion after two weeks of using it but I had to discontinue because I am not supposed to use any “resurfacing” products including retinol, glycolic or salicylic acid” pre and post laser procedure (which I will be sharing pretty soon).
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bromelain, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Papain, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Yeast Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, r-Bacillus Licheniformis Keratinase, Soy Amino Acids, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Oleanolic Acid, Superoxide Dismutase, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitol, Carbomer, Algin, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Solum Diatomeae (Diatomaceous Earth) (Terre de diatomées), Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylisothiazolinone
The neck knows no lies. It’s true, you can use all the skincare products and have different cosmetic procedures in the world but if you neglect your neck, it’s going to rain in your parade. Personally speaking, if there’s one body area that I am particularly proud of and happy to accentuate, it’s my neck vis-a-vis décolletage. At 42 years young, it’s wrinkle-free without a trace of age or sun spots. Moisturization and sun avoidance (again) are my not-so-secret secrets. Strivectin has two products that specifically address the appearance of the dreaded turkey neck. Again as a general rule, if you don’t like to crack, then keep it well hydrated in the same manner as your face.
The Tightening Neck Serum Roller ($89, 50ml/ 1.7 fl oz) is a fancy way of spreading some TLC to your neck, thanks to the roller add-on which dispenses the product as you roll it across the area. It is lightly fragrant (lemon-ish) so that’s something to keep in mind if certain scents bother you. Since I don’t have wrinkly or sagging neck, I can’t attest to its claim other than making my neck feels smooth after application.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Myristyl Nicotinate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Propanediol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Pullulan, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Jojoba Esters, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Algae Extract, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Gum, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Aloe Barnadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 80, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Resveratrol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene
The TL Advanced Light Tightening Neck Cream ($95, 50ml/ 1.7 fl oz) looks more like a lightweight gel in terms of formula and texture. It also makes my neck and chest area feel softer, I’d say very similar effect as in the roller described above. I wish it came in a pump dispenser though because while it’s common sense to scoop out with clean fingers, I would rather prefer a closed-seal dispensing mechanism.
Side tip: store both in fridge and apply after shower for a more refreshing feel!
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Myristyl Nicotinate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Chlorophenesin, Pullulan, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Pentadecalactone, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Squalane, Cyathea Cumingii Leaf Extract, Sorghum Bicolor Stalk Juice, Orinthine, Sorbitan Laurate, Lecithin, Algae Extract, Sorbitan Isostearate, Triethanolamine, Glycolipids, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Sodium Benzoate, Levulinic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cinnamic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Tetrapeptide-21, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Levulinate, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum)
have you tried any of these?