“If you’re not using acids in your skincare routine, you might want to start”
When it comes to skincare in general, I can be sceptical at times, but where acids are concerned – their performance and results are invaluable. Exfoliating and resurfacing the skin, they work wonders to plump and smooth. However, the word “acid” can conjure up all kinds of unpleasant thoughts, I’ve often chuckled when my husband has asked me about my skincare – when I mention the word “acid”, his face is a picture. But, joking aside, there’s really no need to shy away from facial acids.
StriVectin launched their new range of advanced facial acids last year – a trio of products to exfoliate, repair and plump the skin.
The secret formula – the patented NIA-114 molecule which supercharges StriVectin’s award-winning product ranges and promises extraordinary results. Working deep within the skin layers to energise skin cells, rebuild the skin barrier and protect from harmful environmental aggressors; whilst strengthening the performance of other active ingredients. All products are free from parabens/sulphates and are suitable for every skin type
Resurfacing Skin Reset Mask – said to be a “miracle mask with encapsulated glycolic acid to gently exfoliate for glowing, radiant skin in just five minutes”.
Over the past twelve months I’ve become more interested in using masks in my skincare routine, as previously, I couldn’t seem to find time for them. That said, I do have mixed feelings about this one. I wouldn’t say I have sensitive skin as such, but after using this mask I had a fair amount of reddening and a feeling of warmth to my skin. I patch tested – as always, and that was fine, so I knew I wasn’t experiencing an allergic reaction, however, my skin took a good few hours to return to normal. The lightly blow-torched look was a little disconcerting for the school run, but once my skin had normalised it felt super smooth. The result I experienced with this mask has led me want to continue using it, but only for a couple of minutes each time, and before bed so that any reddening can reduce by morning.
Based on using the Skin Reset Mask twice a week, my skin is literally stripped back and feels so smooth. I’ve been really impressed with this product, it certainly does what it claims.
Don’t forget, if you’re using any kind of skin resurfacing product, always patch test first, and use sunscreen as the skin will be more sensitive to UVB and UVA radiation after use.
Rapid Recovery Milk – “lightweight, comforting milk, packed with the nourishing power of oil replenishes lipids for firmer, more youthful skin”
Combining the NIA-144 molecule with oleic acid – an essential ingredient for lipid replenishment, this Rapid Recovery Milk promises to “firm slack skin, visibly improve resiliency and repair the signs of ageing”. Packed with skin-loving goodies including Omega oils and fatty acids – it sounds like a little bottle of joy, doesn’t it?
I was surprised to see a dropper style applicator with this product, that said, using the dropper is a great way of not over-using it, I find. Obviously, it’s a milky consistency so it spreads well, and absorbs fairly quickly; a little goes a long way. It’s recommended to use both morning and evening before moisturising. I found this serum helps to calm my skin in the mornings when I’m prone to blotches.
“Dual-Phase Serum – delivers deep and lasting hydration to visibly plump and bring dehydrated skin back to life”
Rehydrate and Replump with Dual Response serum with hyaluronic acid. A silicone-like texture and dispensed from two chambers. Depress the lid and a measured dose is delivered. It sits on the skin, but not in a greasy way and you can really feel it hydrating. It doesn’t work so well as a makeup base and I found my foundation rolling off but other than that this serum definitely has its place in my routine.
All three products are boxed, and well packaged as you would expect from a mid-priced range. In general, I’ve noticed some improvement to my skin’s texture whilst using these products for the last four weeks or so. My favourite being the Skin Reset Mask in terms of a noticeable, visible result.
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Have you heard of StriVectin, or tried their facial acids? I’d love to know what you think!
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