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Total Waste of Time and Money
on July 16, 2008
Because I saw that Amazon had this as a Gold Box Deal, I had to write a review and potentially save women lots of money.
I am 40, have okay skin but have some lines around my eyes. I bought StriVectin about three years ago and used it FAITHFULLY. When it didn't work initially, I added a daily application. This stuff just doesn't work. It's absolute junk. I don't think it's a wonderful moisturizer, either, because it's is not labeled as non-comedogenic and I am prone to minor breakouts. However, I do not break out under my eyes and had no adverse reactions to the product. It just didn't work. At all.
Someone mentioned Paula Begoun's site. Use Google to look up Paula Begoun StriVectin-SD. The company that makes this product makes claims that are currently being legally challenged. Did I expect StriVectin to actually be "better than Botox" as their ad claims? No. But, if I spend $100, I do expect it to at least work a little. This product-- althought advertised heavily and marketed in a 'medical-looking' tube absolutely does not work at all. Not even a little. I can't believe anyone got any positive results using it unless they never even used moisturizer before and are startled at the difference a little cream can make.
I would completely recommend Obagi products (specifically the CLEAR, Exfoderm Forte, and BLENDER used in conjunction with Retin A. I also recommend TriLuma cream-- for similar results in one step. Don't forget a strong sunscreen when using Retin A and Hydroquinone products! I've used Obagi faithfully for 2 years and my skin is completely improved. My breakouts have disappeared, my fine lines around my eyes are pretty much not noticeable at all and sunspots that appeared two years ago after a non-protected day in the sun have completely disappeared. Obagi is expensive, too, but completely worth it because it really works. The other day in Walgreens, I said something about my 16 year old daughter who was standing right next to me and the salesperson's jaw absolutely dropped and said, "OMG, I thought you were friends. . . she can't be your daughter." Of course, I don't think I look 16, but the message was appreciated.