StriVectin - Super-C Retinol Brighten and Correct Vitamin C Serum

StriVectin Super-C Retinol Brighten and Correct Vitamin C Serum

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • sodium ascorbyl phosphate
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • ascorbic acid
  • retinol
  • anhydroxylitol
  • adenosine
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • glucose
  • glycerin
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • titanium dioxide
  • xylitylglucoside
  • +9 more
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FULFILLED
93 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: sodium ascorbyl phosphate

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What does the product description say?
"Super-C Retinol Brighten and Correct Vitamin C Serum"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine, ascorbyl glucoside.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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What does the product description say?
"Two potent forms of stabilized Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate & Ascorbyl Glucoside) plus Acerola Cherry extract (a superfruit highly concentrated in Vitamin C) visibly brighten, firm and restore radiance to dull, tired skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: ascorbyl glucoside.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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What does the product description say?
"StriVectin, Multi-Action The powers of Vitamin C and Retinol combine to revitalise the skin and remove dullness."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: retinol.

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"This non-sticky, lightweight formula absorbs quickly into skin, making it ideal to layer under moisturizer and makeup."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": anhydroxylitol, glycerin.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

The following ingredients - ascorbyl glucoside, camellia sinensis leaf extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate also can have an antioxidant effect, but there is less evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin.

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A stable derivative of vitamin C. It is oil-soluble which means it is more likely to penetrate the skin compared to the pure form of vitamin C (which is water-soluble), but it is less bio-available and is way less effective in stimulating collagen and reducing wrinkles compared to the pure form of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and its other derivatives (for example, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). At the same time, this vitamin C derivative has been shown in studies to be effective in reducing acne, blemishes and clogged pores. It is less irritating then the pure form of vitamin C
6.4% - 7.8%
4.8% - 5.9%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
3.1% - 3.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.2% - 2.7%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
1.7% - 2.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
1.5% - 1.8%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
1.4% - 1.7%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
1.1% - 1.4%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its effectiveness is lacking
0.8% - 1.2%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.65% - 1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.65% - 0.95%
0.6% - 0.9%
0.55% - 0.85%
0.6% - 0.85%
0.55% - 0.8%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.55% - 0.85%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration
0.45% - 0.65%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
An anti-oxidant. It might be able to neutralize free radicals in skin. The manufacturer claims that it is able to stimulate synthesis of hyaluronic acid in skin, but there is no evidence of effectiveness of this ingredient so far
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
0.45% - 0.65%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.45% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.45% - 0.65%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.45% - 0.65%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to stabilize the product formulation and can help absorb oil
0.45% - 0.65%
Can temporarily tighten the skin right after application of the product. The effect will be short-lived. Helps improve the product considtency
0.45% - 0.65%
Creates an illusion of smoother and more radiant skin tone. Adds shimmer to the skin by reflecting light
0.45% - 0.7%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.35% - 0.6%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.3% - 0.6%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.3% - 0.55%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.3% - 0.5%
Fragrance with sweet balsamic smell. Help to preserve products and dissolve other ingredients. Could trigger allergic reactions and be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps preserve the product formulation
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
A red colorant made of iron oxide. Typically is not irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.2% - 0.4%

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