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Friday, October 9, 2015

Review: StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner*

It seems that I can't stress enough about pores lately because today I'm going to share a new retinol moisturizer I've been using in my skincare routine.

Seriously, why stress about pores? Reducing the size of your pores really helps protect the skin and allows it to appear firmer and healthier. Retinol combats early signs of aging and also corrects existing damages. It is a beauty must have in your skincare routine for those who are cautious of aging complexions or dealing with complex skin issues.

Life is complicated, but beauty doesn’t have to be. StriVectin offers simple, curated and efficacious skin care products that are suitable for all skin types, non-comedogenic, and free of parabens and sulfates. Every formula we introduce is backed by clinical research and proven to work.


Reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and refine texture for a smooth, even complexion.
New Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a lightweight daily pore-minimizing lotion and anti aging moisturizer with Retinol that delivers both instant and long-term visible pore reduction. 96% of subjects had an immediate improvement in visible pore size after a single application.** Patented NIA-114™ technology nourishes the moisture barrier to provide visible age fighting efficacy as it limits the sensitivity common to Retinol use. The powerfully effective blend purifies and refines both skin tone and texture, while delivering superior age fighting benefits. 

*Based on technician evaluation after 8 weeks of use. 
**Based on technician evaluation.

My Experience

This is my first product by StriVectin and I've been using my Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner for almost a full month now.

The Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a light moisturizer and absorbs pretty quickly into my skin. It does have a scent but I don't mind it because it goes away quickly after you apply it. I only apply this moisturizer on my porous/breakout areas simply cause I don't feel the need to use it everywhere. After a minute or so, I apply my Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré all over.

My Results

I do notice that my pores are a bit smaller and less noticeable than before. What I really love about the Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is how it calms and soothes my the breakouts I've been having again. I use the moisturizer at night and the next morning I would see my breakouts lessen. After about 3-4 days, the breakouts disappear (but it's not gone for good, it will come back and I'll keep using the moisturizer to calm, soothe, and away it goes again).

Another thing that I love about the Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is how it treats the dark spots on my face. I've noticed how fast my dark spots have faded in less than a week!


I really do like the StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner! My results are a bit better than the last retinol moisturizer I was using so I definitely recommend you giving this one a try.

You get 1.7 oz. for $99 (U.S.D.) - you only need a little bit of product and I can see this lasting me a good 3 - 4 months.

As I'm getting older, I truly believe that skincare is important so you must invest into yourself to have and maintain healthy skin!

Have you tried this out yet? 


  1. Anything retinol is great for the overall look of your skin. Like you said, it's great at keeping breakouts at bay. I've only tried Strivectin samples, but I would love to try more of their products. I think I've seen some things even at Costco. That definitely helps with the price!

  2. Thank you for your input Lauren! I wouldn't have appreciate retinol as much as I do now if it wasn't for recommendations from blogger friends! I am with you about wanting to try more StriVectin products - thanks so much for the tip about Costco! That really does help!

  3. I love StriVectin products! With retinol though using in the morning, skin can get very sensitive under the sun so I use mine only at night. Applying a good sunscreen is good too, I slather mine all over lol! I am like a UV-hater hahaha!

  4. What other StriVectin products do you recommend love? I do remember your advice and also found it in many readings about using Retinol at night if you're too sensitive to wear during the day - it's very helpful! LOL about you slathering sunscreen on! I completely agree with you and plus we want to prolong the anti-aging effects from the sun as much as we can anyway so SPF is always welcome and needed!

  5. I really love their Instant Revitalizing Mask, it's a great hydrating mask =)