You can’t talk about StriVectin without also discussing the product’s long, strange development process. Originally, StriVectin was designed as a stretch mark treatment cream, meant to be applied to the waist, thighs, breasts or any other area where stretch marks were visible. But as luck would have it, sample tubes marked simply “topical cream” were passed around the Klein-Becker research labs and some people assumed they had received a moisturizer. After 1-2 weeks of applying the unmarked StreVectin to their faces, so the story goes, these samplers began reporting “miracle” disappearances of fine lines and crows’ feet.
Feeling like they had a strong angle to bring their product to market, the manufacturers of StriVectin decided to sell their cream as both a stretch mark reduction treatment and a wrinkle cream. They have also diversified their line of wrinkle treatments and now there are different StriVectin formulas available to help fight wrinkles on either the hands or the face, as well as a newer, specially formulated treatment for eyes. However, when we took a close look, we found the different formulas for the separate treatments to be fairly similar - another win for the marketing efforts of Klein-Becker, devising a way for consumers to buy a whole range of their products through separate packaging.
One thing that was noticably absent on the StriVectin site was any account of the products ability to stimulate or acceleate the synthesis of collagen, the skin's own natural "anti-aging" compound. To this end, there are newer technologies with more benefits. Matrixyl 3000, for example, is a patented active ingredient that significantly accelerates collagen synthesis, and also stimulates hyaluronic acid and fibronectin synthesis, two other key essential natural compounds in youthful skin.
The full list of StriVectin ingredients includes: Deinized Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sesame Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerine, Sweet Almond Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Striadril Complex (consisting of Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Siegesbeckia Orientals Extract, Polyglyceryn Methacrylate, Propylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glucosamine HCL, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Butylene Glycol, Hydrocotyl Extract, Coneflower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Imperata Cylindrica, Root Extract, Bearberry Extract and Licorice PTH), Glycerin, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glycerul Stearate and PEG-100 Searate, Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mango butter, Peppermint Oil, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Triethanolamine, Butylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcabamate, Disodium EDTA, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.
- Available through the official website as well as some department stores.
- Company offers 100% money back guarantee.
- We couldn't find any information on the offical Strivectin website that described the product's ability to stimulate the production of collagen, the skin's own natural "anti-aging" compound.
- While the active proprietary ingredient Pal-KTTKS has been proven more effective than Retinol and Vitamin C based treatments, we've never seen Vitamin C as being much of a benchmark or standard on which anti-wrinkle products are judged.
- Retinol is a dated, shop-worn active ingredient that has been surpassed many times now with recent technological advancements.
- We'd like to see clinical research data of Pal-KTTKS when compared to more cutting edge treatments like Matrixyl 3000.
- Some users find the product, which is heavily scented with peppermint oil, to be overly aromatic.
- No free trial is offered.
- Product was not originally intended to be a wrinkle fighter.
The Bottom Line
While the marketing team at Klein-Becker has done some very good work with SriVectin, individual results seem to be highly variable. Doctors caution that StriVectin will not deliver the same undisputable results as Botox — a claim some users make — but it could be a milder and cheaper alternative. In general, consumers looking to imitate invasive injections without a trip to the doctors office should look for products that boost collagen production and offer clinical studies to demonstrate the natural collagen boost.