This product replaces StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate, which is currently the #1 pick on our Affordable Top Ten Skincare list. Could it be as good? [See my Before and After Photos.]
New Beauty magazine raved, "We love that this power-packed cream, which smoothes out wrinkles by increasing collagen, is lightweight and the perfect consistency so that it can be worn day and night."
Could it be Even Better?
I didn't think StriVectin could improve an already amazing product, but science marched on and they did!
StriVectin says, "this new anti-wrinkle face cream introduces our most potent combination of anti-aging technologies yet. Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex™ and patented NIA-114™ combine to help transform the look of your skin, starting in just 15 days."
Company studies demonstrated the following effects:
• Significantly diminishes the number, length and depth of lines and wrinkles;
• Targets youth collagen and elastin for healthy, younger looking skin;
• Hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture; and
• Strengthens the skin barrier to maximize skin performance.
StriVectin highlights these features:
• NIA-114® (Myristyl Nicotinate),
• Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex™ (containing Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-• 38,Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex),
• Resveratrol + more antioxidants, and
• Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid.
My first reaction upon comparing the two formulas was how much more highly concentrated the active ingredients are in new StriVectin-SD Advanced Intensive with its collagen repair complex.
StriVectin made the new version more hydrating, formulated an even more elegant texture and took out the Peppermint which is a skin irritant for many.
Compared to the previous version of StriVectin-SD, the new product contains a new cell communicating peptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl™ Synthe 6).
The manufacturer, Sederma, calls Matrixyl® synthe’6® a "powerful anti–wrinkle peptide acting on 6 skin–rebuilding essentials (i.e. collagen I, II, IV, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid, and laminin 5)." Having built on the wrinkle-plumping technology they created in Matrixyl, company studies of Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 show an even more dramatic volumizing effect.
The new version doesn't contain "more" antioxidants by number (both contain four), but the anttioxidants are in higher concentration. Apple and garden cress sprout extracts (Lepidium Sativum and Malus Domestica Fruit Cell) are out. Ginger and black tree fern extract (Cyathea Medullaris Leaf) are in.
The tube size went down (to 4.5 oz. from 5 oz.) and the price went up (to $30.88 from $27 per oz.), but the product still falls into our affordable category. On balance, it's an even better anti-aging skincare value.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate (NIA-114), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Isocetyl Stearate, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Panthenol, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex, Resveratrol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Phaseolus Lunatus (Green Bean) Seed Extract, Rutin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Saccharide Isomerate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Laureth-7, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate, Cinnamic Acid, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Stearic Acid, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin