YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD a lot about acids, but maybe you’ve been unsure about how to add them to your daily regimen. The newest range of acid-infused products from StriVectin makes it simple. “We’ve chosen acids that dramatically alter visible aging, regardless of your skin type,” says Smitha Rao, StriVectin’s vice president of product development. The products all contain StriVectin’s patented NIA114 molecule, a souped-up form of vitamin B3 that’s formulated to help ingredients better penetrate the skin. Read on to find the best complexion-perfecting acid for you.
BOOST RADIANCE Glycolic acid, the main ingredient in StriVectin Glycolic Skin Reset Mask, is a potent alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells and encourages cell turnover. Leave the mask on for five minutes, then rinse. You’ll notice fresher-looking, softer skin after one use. Maintain the results by applying it once or twice a week. With regular use, expect to see diminished fine lines, fewer blemishes, and smoother texture overall. Word to the wise: Use glycolic acid only as directed. If you leave it on longer than recommended, you may experience dry skin or flakiness. And be sure to put on SPF during the day (always, but especially while using glycolic); newly exfoliated skin is more sensitive to UV rays.
INCREASE HYDRATION Hyaluronic acid, found in StriVectin Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum, is an ultra