Retinol is one of the most sought-after ingredients in skincare period. It’s considered the gold standard in anti-aging for its ability to stimulate collagen production, strengthen your skin's barrier, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—you’d be a fool to not want to slather it on all over your face. The only downside when it comes to the potent vitamin-A derivative? It can irritate sensitive skin to the point where it’s red, dry, and stinging, making it a challenge to use regularly. Luckily, Strivectin has been working to bring a natural alternative to the market—and the rave reviews are pouring in.
What It Is:
S.T.A.R. Light™ Retinol Night Oil ($99) is a lightweight, nourishing dry-finish oil that delivers the power of retinol without the dreaded irritation you may fear from other formulas.
Why You Need to Have It:
This oil is gentle enough for everyone to use with the same powerful benefits that come with retinol. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, rough texture, and uneven skin tone without the irritation you may automatically associate with the anti-ager. This formula in particular is infused with ingredients like Strivectin’s NIA-114™ technology (read: science speak for a patented form of vitamin B3) which strengthens the skin barrier and is proven to limit sensitivity to retinol. It also has naturally derived biomimetic retinol, which mimics the skin’s natural processes, plant-derived squalane oil and nourishing chia seed oil (yes, good in more than just your morning smoothie) to replenish fatty acids and prevent dry, flaky patches. And let's not forget all the antioxidants that soothe and protect. That's a whole mouthful and more than you need to remember, but here's the most important part: Apply a few drops to your skin before bed and it’ll do the hard work as you sleep. Good morning, beautiful skin.
Where to Get It:
You can pick it up online at strivectin.com.