As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you'll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!
Perhaps not surprisingly, my skincare routine has an inverse relationship with my drinking habits: The more drinks I have, the fewer steps I actually complete before bed. (This holds true for the first few drinks—after the fourth or fifth, I’m lucky if I even use a makeup wipe.) A few weeks ago, my friend and I had polished off a bottle of Sancerre and were making decent headway into a bottle of champagne. As I laid in bed, hazily drifting off into dreamworld and accepting the fact that I most likely wouldn’t be applying toner, serum, or moisturizer tonight, I heard my friend go, “Whoa. This stuff is crazy.” My eyes flew open. We were staying at the Baccarat Hotel, and she had gotten her hands on StriVectin’s Anti-Wrinkle Recode Melting Serum ($89).
“It seriously makes my skin feel like a baby’s,” she gushed as she continued to massage the product into her face. I immediately grabbed the bottle from her and started doing the same, though secretly I assumed she had probably just had too much champagne. But she was right. The serum had a unique texture where it was tacky at first but, once warmed up, melted into my skin and blurred away fine lines in front of my eyes. I couldn’t believe it: The annoying wrinkle that had crept up on my forehead over the past few months was completely MIA. My skin looked glossy and smooth. Plus, the slightly minty smell in the serum woke me up enough that I made my way over to the bathroom and slapped my favorite moisturizer on top.
The next morning, I learned more about the groundbreaking serum. The brand claims that this miracle product can reduce the look of lines and creases—yes, even those deep, noticeable ones—in just seven days. The serum is made with oils that mimic the fatty acids found naturally in your skin to help retain moisture, plus the brand’s patented form of niacin and vitamin B3, which it calls NIA-114. I used it that week and did feel like my wrinkles were less obvious—especially the large one that’s the bane of my existence and lives directly on my forehead. Plus, using the serum itself was a surprisingly soothing experience. I loved warming it up in my fingers and patting it into my skin instead of massaging, and the slightly medicinal, slightly minty smell was weirdly invigorating. I’ve been recommending this serum to everyone I know since I first started using it, and I reach for it anytime my skin is looking crinkly or dull. And on nights when I’ve had four drinks? It’s the serum that makes the cut.