Serums are my jam. I can’t get enough. I wish I had discovered them when I was young, but they are a fairly recent addition to the skincare game. I thought that a moisturizer or anti-aging moisturizer could do it all, but a serum, lighter weight to get down deeper into the skin itself, really can do things that a moisturizer alone cannot.
A couple of months ago, a received a pretty pink serum bottle from StriVectin, their new Active Infusion Youth Serum. The name alone would make me take notice. The product itself is eye-catching in a clear pinky-purple translucent plastic tube with pump dispenser that allows you to see the microbeads suspended in the serum. The microbeads (the good kind that don’t hurt the environment) contain StriVectin’s powerhouse patented ingredient, NIA-114, this time in an encapsulated, super-concentrated form that allows the ingredient to work even harder than in the regular form. NIA-114, a version of one of my favorite ingredients niacinamide, is clinically proven to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, halt the bad effects of environmental pollutants and help skin act younger. When you pump out some of the serum, it squashes the NIA-114 microbeads and allows them to combine with the serum to potentiate the effects of the other anti-aging ingredients: collagen- and elastin-enhancing peptides, bio-technically derived algae, lipids, and antioxidants. It all sounds very scientific, and I am more than happy to use innovative skincare products on my skin.
I’ve been using this serum twice a day since I got it at least 8 weeks ago, and I’ve used up about half of the bottle so far. Some of the benefits I can actually see, and others I trust are working behind the scenes. This is what StriVectin says Active Infusion Youth Serum delivers:
- Visibly smooths lines, firms and unifies overall texture
- Instantly infuses skin with sophisticated luminosity
- Clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier 2x*.
This is what I can see myself after using the product: my skin’s texture is smoother and firmer. If it weren’t for my crow’s feet giving my age away (I don’t use this near my eyes), I’d say the rest of my skin looks and feels quite youthful. It also gives my skin a nice glow that I really appreciate in the depths of winter (we just are in the midst of a Nor’easter on April 1!). I’m impressed, but then I usually have good results with StriVectin skincare products. I would say that this serum has made it into my pantheon of StriVectin favorites along with the neck cream/gel/serum roller, the anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner and Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate!
The serum is a lightweight colorless gel that absorbs quickly. My only eensy-weensy complaint is that I don’t love the scent that I think is one or more of the ingredients – it doesn’t have a floral masking scent. Luckily, it dissipates completely once it’s on my face.
StriVectin Active Infusion Youth Serum is a bit of an investment at $89 for 1 oz. As I mentioned, I am about halfway through and I’ve had it for at least two months so I think it is a good value in terms of performance and lastingness. Plus StriVectin’s website has good sales from time to time as do a number of the retailers who carry it. Check it out on the StriVectin website, and put this serum on your list! It’s also available at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks, dermstore and other fine stores.