One reason I love writing this blog is getting to tell you about all different kinds of products. From the simplest basics, to cutting edge scientific breakthroughs, from national brands to little Indies, there are so many interesting things to learn about and try. One brand I've been introduced to this year is StriVectin. Their product line is based on NIA 114 - an ingredient with a little name but with big results.
NIA 114 is a patented form of Niacinamide, an ingredient I have come to love in my skincare. It thickens the epidermis, smoothing out small wrinkles, and increasing the skin's ability to retain moisture. It also helps to buffer the irritation caused by Retinol, so that it can be more effective without the redness and peeling it can cause.
StriVectin's Advanced Retinol Pore Definer. I definitely like the way this cream applies (yay for pump dispensers!) and smooths onto my skin. It mattifies my skin without looking dry or chalky, and seems to blur the tiny wrinkles and small pores on my face.
It only has about 1% Retinol, plus it has the NIA 114, so I don't experience any redness or irritation from it It can be used during the day (apply sunscreen!) or night. After applying my serums, it's the perfect light moisturizer for my oily skin. On no-makeup days, I often wear this as my last step to give my skin a mattified, smooth look.
StriVectin's TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream. This cream is super thick, but it doesn't cause my skin to break out. I only use a tiny bit and smooth it all over my neck and decollete.
Strivectin products are on the pricier side of my skincare wardrobe, but I can't argue with the results that I've seen - both for me and my husband. He finished off my jar of StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30! I can't be mad, though. He's turning 46 next week, and he's still my handsome man.
|StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream-inspired nailart! I love how bright and sunny this is, with the bright yellow of Zoya Pippa against the contrast of the white and black.|
I love Niacinamide (and NIA 114) for my skincare. Is there an ingredient you can't live without?