StriVectin has some excellent skincare products. I was sent their Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner to try out and I am glad I did. Even though my skin has never been particularly oily, around my nose it has always been oilier than the rest of my face. Since this has been the case, the pores in this area are larger than I would like them to be. Pores are really hair follicles. A lot of people don’t know this but yes, pores are really just hair follicles that contain hair and they produce sebum that protects the skin. An overproduction of sebum stretches out the hair follicle (pore) and it cannot snap back because it is not elastic. When we age our pores look larger than when we are younger because we start to lose the elastin in our skin and we have had decades of the pores becoming enlarged from sebum production. After so long, there is not much you can do. Or is there?
StriVectin’s Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner claims that it can actually make the pores look smaller. It reduces the appearance of large pores and refines skin texture for a more smooth, even complexion. They claim that with regular use of this product pores can look half their size.* It also refines the texture of the skin, smoothing it out for a more even complexion. It is a very lightweight pore-minimizing lotion and anti-aging moisturizer with Retinol that delivers both instant and long term visible pore reduction. 96% of the subjects who used it saw an immediate improvement in their visible pore size after one application.** Patented NIA-114TM technology nourishes the moisture barrier to provide visible age fighting efficacy as it limits the sensitivity commonly associated with Retinol use. This extremely effective blend purifies the skin and refines both skin tone and texture, all while delivering superior age fighting benefits to the skin. It also provides a mattifying effect to the skin as it is applied. It hydrates the skin, it absorbs excess oil to control shine throughout the day for a fresher, more youthful looking appearance. How does it work? Retinol actually improves cell turnover, exfoliating the skin to visibly diminish the look of pore size by purifying and refining the skin tone and texture.
*Based on technician evaluation after 8 weeks of use. **Based on technician evaluation.
I used this product for 8 weeks. Used it twice a day. What is so interesting about this product is that it gets used OVER sunscreen. Most products are used under sunscreen. I think it has to do with helping to reduce sensitivity to the retinol. Either way, it does work to reduce pore size. I did notice a reduction in week 4. With this product you get an immediate reduction that is noticeable and then you get the reduction that is noticeable a few weeks later. I feel that it does a pretty good job because I think that my pores look really good now. I still have some issues with them and always will but they are much better. I would say I got about a 40% reduction in pore size. I’ll take that. I also like that this cream has an instant mattifying effect on the skin.
StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner 1.7 fl.oz./50 mL $99.00. It can be purchased online at www.strivectin.com, www.skinstore.com, www.ulta,com, www.qvc.com and www.nordstorm.com. It can also be purchased at Ulta and Nordstrom stores. Like StriVectin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StriVectin; Follow StriVectin on Twitter: @StriVectin; Follow StriVectin on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/strivectin/ and Follow StriVectin on Instagram : https://instagram.com/strivectin/.
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(This item was sent for consideration)