Oh, retinol! I can probably sing praises to this popular active ingredient for days, because it’s that amazing. There are few companies that hadn’t included it in at least one of their anti-aging products, while some even specialize on it [kind of like some brands are known for their AHA formulas]. Today I am sharing my thoughts on StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner that promises to address both shine and enlarged pores, which are the main concerns for people with oily and combination skin types [yay, that’s me!].
Here’s the skinny:
This potent pore-minimizing lotion helps refine the appearance of enlarged pores while purifying, tightening and reducing the appearance of pores. As it hydrates and smoothes skin texture, it absorbs excess oil to control shine throughout the day for a fresher, mattified and youthful looking appearance.
So, in theory, this is the ultimate skin perfector for my complexion, but does it actually work? I tested it for a few weeks to find out!
The first thing I noticed is the lack of irritation that I normally associate with retinol. My skin felt simply smooth, primed, and matte without any excessive dryness or discomfort. The concentration of retinol is not listed anywhere, but a fellow blogger reached out to the company and they confirmed that the amount is 1%. Just enough to make a difference while still being gentle!
Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is one of those products that you see results from immediately after the first application. StriVectin recommends using this finishing treatment as a final step of your skin care routine, and yes, that means putting it on top of sunscreen if necessary for that perfect matte finish. Quite unorthodox, if you ask me, but I gave it a try and was not left disappointed.
My pores are looking much tighter these days, and cleaner, too. I also really love the instant mattifying effect, but I am still iffy about applying it over sunscreen, since I’m a creature of habit. All in all, I believe Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is one of those products I will keep reaching for over and over, because it seems to work well without irritating my skin.
Have you tried pore-minimizing products before? Let me know in the comments below!
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