Tuesday, December 15, 2015

StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask and Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner for Radiant Skin | Review

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Radiant skin is probably one of the most sought-after attributes that the skincare-obsessed hope to find in a bottle. I always seek high quality anti-aging products that gently exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal a more youthful glowing complexions, and StriVectin has created two such products that are ultra effective, and that offer real results.

Their StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask and StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner are potent anti-aging treatments that make a noticeable difference in the appearance of the skin. Both gently exfoliate dead skin cells, plump fine lines, and leave skin radiant and even in tone. The former utilizes Beta-Hydroxy Acid, while the latter is Retinol-based, but both are gentle, highly effective, and well worth your attention.
StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask is a smoothing and purifying mask that revitalizes the skin through a wonderfully refreshing self-foaming technology. It was formulated to bolster radiance by boosting oxygen levels, and by gently exfoliating dead skin cells with beta-hydroxy acids. As a result, use of this mask results in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

You simply apply a thin layer over clean, dry skin, and it immediately begins to foam. There is no need to rub it, in fact it should be left alone for about 5 minutes while it foams and bubbles. While it tickles the skin, it is gentle and non-irritating. Skin is left soft, smooth, supple, refreshed and radiant.

I like to use it a couple times a week and alternate it with their Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. Since both are effective exfoliants, one being retinol-based, and the other being beta-hydroxy acid-based, their is really no need to use them simultaneously on the same day. In fact, people with more sensitive skin might want to give their skin a break of a few days between the use of such active exfoliants.

According to StriVectin,

Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask is a purifying mask that lifts surface dirt and impurities as it delivers radiance boosting oxygen to skin through a unique self-foaming technology. This smoothing mask and can be used up to 3 times weekly to provide a gentle exfoliating action, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reinvigorating skin surface for a complexion that appears dramatically more refined and youthful looking.

As an anti aging mask formulated with radiance boosting oxygen and beta-hydroxy acids, it provides a gentle exfoliating action, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The non-drying formula hydrates and visibly enhances skin texture and clarity by removing impurities and minimizing dullness. Leaves skin soft, smooth and refreshed for a youthful looking complexion.

Beta-hydroxy acids provide gentle exfoliation to remove dead surface cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother overall texture. Oxygen delivered through a unique foaming action minimizes dullness by lifting surface dirt and impurities to deeply cleanse skin while patented NIA-114™ technology reinvigorates skin surface for optimal performance.
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Remove impurities and minimize dullness
  • Hydrate and visibly enhance skin texture and clarity
  • Leave skin soft, smooth and refreshed
Directions: Apply a thin layer over clean, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. As foam begins to form, do not rub in. Leave on for 3-5 minutes or until foam dries. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use 2-3 times per week.
Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Bentonite, Cocamide MIPA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Pentylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Ethyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Ethyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Myristyl Nicotinate, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, PEG-150 Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Trideceth-10, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.
StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask as it foams up on the skin
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a lightweight daily lotion that was formulated to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, and to refine and smooth the texture of the skin. While the 1% Retinol efficiently improves skin's natural turnover, and provides skin with a more youthful appearance, it does not dry out the skin as do many Retinol-based products. In fact, their patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes the skin and improves the moisture barrier– both of which help to mitigate the drying effects, and sensitivity often associated with Retinol use.

While I do not have particularly enlarged pores, I have definitely noted that mine appear more refined, and my overall complexion is markedly more smooth and even after using StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner for a little over a month. My skin is smooth, hydrated, lifted, and my fine lines have been visibly softened because this formula effectively exfoliates dead skin cells and improves the overall texture of the skin.

Many people experience excessive peeling until their skin acclimates to Retinol-based products, but this formula is more gentle, and gets the job done without causing you to molt like a snake! The only obvious peeling that I experienced was a small dry patch of skin that I had prior to testing StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, and it was completely eliminated after less than a week of use.

Directions: Apply all over clean face in the AM and PM. Use as the last step in your skincare routine. Apply after sunscreen for an optimal mattifying effect.

According to StriVectin,

Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a lightweight daily pore-minimizing lotion and anti aging cream with Retinol that mattifies shine and delivers both instant and long-term visible pore reduction.

This potent pore-minimizing lotion helps refine the appearance of enlarged pores while purifying, tightening and reducing the appearance of pores. As it hydrates and smooths skin texture, it absorbs excess oil to control shine throughout the day for a fresher, mattified and youthful looking appearance.

Retinol improves skin’s natural cell turnover to visibly diminish the look of pore size by purifying and refining skin tone and texture. Patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes and strengthens the moisture barrier, limiting the sensitivity common to Retinol use.
Clinical Claims:

96% felt skin was smoother and softer*
92% felt pores were tighter*
88% agreed the product helps to minimize oil and shine throughout the day*
88% saw an improvement in the appearance of enlarged pores*
*Based on consumer use testing after 4 weeks.

Ingredients: 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).
Overall Assessment: Another two serious contenders from StriVectin! StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask and Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner are perfect choices for gorgeous radiant skin.

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