It’s no secret that I am really big on taking care of my skin – especially since mine is so sensitive and finicky, I need to baby it a lot. I have tried many products over the years… MANY, but always find that while some work and work well, others cause my Eczema to freak out and then I’m stuck starting all over again. When I first received these two products from StriVectin, I was a bit apprehensive and worried that my skin would freak out. But after a few months of using these, I’m finally able to share my thoughts on the products themselves and I’m also happy to say that I’m really loving them. Today I share with you the StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask and Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner.
I have never used anything from StriVectin before, I have heard of the brand many many times. When these two little goodies were sent to me in the mail, I was very apprehensive to try them because similar products in other brands caused my skin to completely freak out. I took my time testing out each of these – I have been using them now for several months and I’m finally able to share my final thoughts on each one.
First let’s talk about the StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask ($62.00 90 mL/3.0 fl.oz.) – This mask is said to instantly brighten and revitalize your skin giving you a more youthful glow. It’s a white mask (reminds me of white toothpaste) and squeezes out of the tube. It’s has a thicker consistency than what I would expect from a mask that comes out of the tube but smooths onto the skin really nicely. You only need a light layer of this product and you will definitely see results after the first use. I didn’t have any issues with my skin drying or my Eczema flaring up. My skin felt pretty hydrated and moisturized and I noticed that my cheeks even looked much more supple than usual. Immediately after removing the mask, my skin looked bright and felt soft and smoother. My complexion looked fresh and my dullness that I was seeing on my skin was diminished. I literally looked younger and I loved it. This 15 minute facial mask is an effective dual-action complex of skin brighteners and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) to help unify uneven skin tone and promote a smoother, younger looking complexion.
I enjoy this product a lot but like with any masks, I only use it a few times a month… roughly once every 10 days or so. My skin is so sensitive, I unfortunately can’t use a mask as often as I would like… so no ore than once a week. I love that this applies easily and furthermore, it stays on for about 15 minutes, so I apply prior to jumping into the shower and remove while in the bath.
Next up on my list is the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner ($99.00 50 mL / 1.7 fl. oz.). I honestly didn’t think I would be able to use this product. Since my skin is so sensitive Retinol products tend to cause my Eczema to freak out and my skin to dry up so badly that I need a special cream prescribed by my Dermatologist to correct the issue. This particular Retinol product didn’t have that affect on me. After the first few uses, I did notice some dryness which I would expect from using Retinol – but that cleared up as it should and it left my skin looking great after I got into a routine in using it. The product itself comes in a really cools squeeze tube with a pump – hello, totally genius. It’s a lightweight white cream that is a pore minimizing lotion with Retinol included to improve cell turnover and delivers both instant and long-term visible pore reduction. Because of the Patented NIA-114 technology (see more about that here), this product nourishes the moisture barrier to provide visible age fighting efficacy and limits the sensitivity common to Retinol. Age fighting results, purifying and refining of the skin tone and texture and a matte looking skin that is fresh and youthful is what you are left with. I seriously love this product.
I use the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner daily. I don’t have really large pores, but they are noticeable. With this product I have noticed my pores look smaller, but most importantly, I love the way my skin feels… hydrated, smooth texture and even during the warmer months, I noticed my skin wasn’t as shiny as it normally would be. I put this product on last in my beauty regimen… after cleansing, serum and moisturizer. Since I don’t use foundation, it is the last thing to go on my face (unless I’m using blush, etc.) and leaves my skin looking so nice.
These products are a bit pricey but I have said this before and I’ll say it again… I’m willing to pay the money on something that is worth it and these products are awesome. The Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is something I know I’ll continue to use over the years because it is very hard to find a product that provides great results and doesn’t affect my skin the way others do. The Pore Refiner absorbs quickly into my skin which is a huge bonus and with 1% Retinol, it is forgiving with my sensitive skin. Overall – I love both products but the Pore Refiner is my jam!
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