Rated 4.45 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Worth trying if you're getting into the skincare game
I know it's good practice to have both of these things implemented into a skincare routine so I was excited to try this since the formula has both Retinol AND Vitamin C in the formula..I was taking 2 steps and combining them! This was my first time using Retinol and I was worried because I read it can dry out your face. Now, I have combination skin that is very sensitive and can get dry in place. However, this formula did nothing but help my face. It smells nice and doesn't burn like some Retinol can upon application. I do think it has helped fade some of my acne scars so I actually haven't reach for foundation in a hot minute. Another perk is that it has helped reduce the blackheads in my nose. I'm not sure if it's due to this formula or something else I'm trying, but I am willing to give this item the credit. My only beef is that I wish the bottle was bigger because I need more than the 2-3 drops suggested in the directions to cover my whole face, so I know I will have to purchase this item more frequently than I planned to.
Most Helpful Critical Review Irritating
I'll preface this by saying this is my first time using anything with retinol, so my rating my not be totally fair since there's an adjustment period required for the skin. I like this product because it combines Vitamin C and retinol, and these are both great for an anti aging regime. I like the orange scent and the serum feels nice and cool on the skin, and absorbs nicely without residue. I wish the label stated how strong the retinol concentration is. I used it as directed for 2 days before getting a mild chemical burn on my face. After discontinuing use it cleared up after about 5 days and peeled for another week. I've since stated using every other day, OVER my PM Moisturizer instead of under it like it directs. Only follow the directions if you are used to retinol!
Reviewed by 448 customers All around winner!
Suzanne from undisclosed
Previously I was using two serums, one for night with retinol and one for day with vitamin C. I was happy to combine the two in this product. It absorbs very quickly and feels very nice. Make sure to shake prior to application.
This product has changed my life.
Christopher E. from undisclosed
I had a sudden increase in dark spots, which ended up being a combination of melasma, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. I went on a search to buy the most expensive Lancôme product I could find to help my skin and I was encouraged to try this product. It's only been ten days and I no longer feel the need to wear makeup to just go check the mail. I will recommend this product and the entire StriVectin skin care line after the results I have seen and researching the efforts this brand puts into making skin care products that deliver on actual results.
I wish I could add images to this review to show everyone the results I got in just 10 days.
Kay from Michigan
I bought this product on sale (half-off), so to me, totally worth the price! It feels a little drying if you put on dry skin with dry hands, but with a little water on your hands, it goes on really smooth.
Melissa O. from undisclosed
Easy to apply. My skin looks amazing! My skin is glowing! This even helped my rosacea, somehow. My complexion has never been better. I don't yet know if it will help with scars, but maybe after I've used it longer i will see a difference. I have to use moisturizer after this or it burns (I use moisturizer, anyways), but I think it's in the directions.
LaurenB from Savannah Georgia
First off, let me start off by saying, I never write reviews for products. This product however, I have to sing it's praises! Around Thanksgiving I developed insane acne all over my entire face. I usually always have some sort of hormonal acne around my cheeks and jawline, but this acne was everywhere and painful. I tried the Clinique 3 Step System, Glow Recipe, and Paula's Choice Clear. Mainly: Paula's Choice. My acne went back to being predominantly on my cheeks and jawline, but it was still painful and more than I had ever had before. I ordered this during the 21 Days of Beauty sale, and I'm so glad I did. I started using it only in the AM, and using Paula's Choice at night. My skin was looking somewhat better, so I decided to use as directed in the morning as well as at night. Total game changer!!! My face looks back to normal, and actually better than before! I still have some scarring from all the acne that was plaguing my cheeks/jawline, but I barely have any acne at all anymore. I felt horrible about my skin, avoided going on dates and actually preferred staying in my mask. I truly hope this product works for everyone else struggling with acne as well as it worked for me!
*side note- I wasn't sure if my mask was giving me the acne, and I'm sure it contributed somehow, but I was not working during this time, so I wasn't spending too much time in a mask anyway. I actually started back to work in March, and I am now wearing a mask 8+ hours a day, and with this product, my face is better than pre-mask days!
Best vitamin C serum I
Marci S. from undisclosed
Best vitamin C serum I have ever used!!! Lightened up my hyperpigmentation acne marks and is totally making my skin smoother and more even toned♥️
Civ2ru from Knoxville, TN
I rarely come across high-end products I enjoy so much I can justify the price. I first tried this in the Skin Heroes winter sampler and I fell in love. I find both the scent (orange/wood/magnolia) and the application pleasant and soothing, and it's currently my favorite daytime serum. It soaks in fast and plays well with makeup. My skin just loves it. I wouldn't say the brightening results are drastic, but with stable Vit C (there are 2 forms of it here) you have to be willing to wait a bit. Retinol is also thrown in there, as well as Hyaluronic Acid and Niacin – can't hurt. To sum up, this might not be a must-have product for everyone, but for me it's the quintessence of self-care and I love every drop! And I also watch for sales.
Love this product
MR from Charlotte
I hope they put this on the 21 days of beauty again because I'm hooked. This makes my skin glow. I have noticed a visible difference in my forehead lines as well. The only thing I would caution someone on is if they are sensitive to smells. I love the scent of this but it is very strong so I would try and smell it first to make sure you can deal with it.
This product has changed my skin!
Tay from Ohio
I bought this product during the 21 days of beauty deals & I am SO glade I did. This product has made me feel so much more confident about my skin. In the mornings I used to feel the need to put a tinted moisturizer on my face because of the dullness well after this product I don't have to. It has brightened & refreshed my skin up so much. I can see how the smell of the product could be overpowering for some people but I think it smells amazing! I use this product in the morning and then moisturize after applying the serum. I'm obsessed with it!
I see a difference! My
Nancy A. from undisclosed
I see a difference! My dark spits have lightened up!
I found it to be
Donna R. from undisclosed
I found it to be drying, but it probably doesn't go with my routine. However, would never purchase again, the price and it didn't work, I would not buy again. Have neck cream, I have no results right now!
Kcal from Louisiana
Always heard rave reviews about Strivectin products but never liked the price tag! Purchased during the 21 days of beauty and OMG my skin is noticeably glowing. Without a doubt this serum is amazing!
A retinol I love!
Sondra from Cincinnati
I could tell this stuff was working when a surgeon I work with asked me what facial product I was wearing and how my skin looked glowing :) This stuff truly makes your skin look beautiful! Since I'm 31 I've been on the hunt for good retinol and this by far is my favorite.
So far so good....
SuzieL from Ormond Beach, FL
I bought this to see if it would work any better than the Roc Retinol product I was previously purchasing. I have no real complaints - so far it is working out great. My skin is glowing a bit more and it works as well as my Roc product.
Margaret H. from undisclosed
Great serum. Skin's appearance improved within days of using product.
It's Unfortunately Amazing
B from SC
I bought this during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty and I immediately regretted it after my first use because I am now obsessed with this product. It leaves my skin looking brighter, healthier and just gives a beautiful, clean faced glow. It can leave a stick texture but that's quickly resolved by tapping it in rather than rubbing it in.
Lesley G. from undisclosed
Love using this daily! Makes my skin bright & luminous.
Will Definitely Buy Again
emgee14 from O'Fallon, MO
I decided to try this during 21 Days of Beauty. I was already using another serum, but wasn't noticing a lot of improvement. I tried this and noticed a difference within a week. Skin was brighter, better texture, and it improved my forehead wrinkles! I use 3 drops AM and PM. I will definitely repurchase!
HD from undisclosed
Been using this serum since December, my acne scarring has almost disappeared from using this serum. It has also helped me with reduce pores and texture on my skin. My skin glows from within now. Thanks for creating this product. Love strivectin
Love the glow
Holy grail from Sunny side up
I am a huge skincare fanatic and I had tried a lot of affordable vitamin C's, but this one is definitely my favorite. The results are immediate, and it gives great results done the road. I have noticed my scars lighting up and love the additional retinol.
If you are using too much of physical/chemicals peels it will burn, so don't over do it. Don't make your skin raw. Since it also has retinol wear your SPF. There is no point of skincare If you are going to expose yourself to UV rays and reverse the work.
I will be purchasing again this product. 10/10
Harpreet from undisclosed
This product works is amazing. It faded my dark spots. I have been using this from 3 months.
Best Vitamin C Serum
Diana M. from undisclosed
I love this serum. I have had several compliments on how my skin has a glow. I love how smooth and silky the serum is. I use it twice once in the morning and once at night. At first I only used once because of the tingly feeling but your skin gets use to it. I just love it.
Vitamin C oxidation
Kris from Kentucky
I think why people are so impressed with this after only one or two weeks is the oxidation that is occurring on the skin. I am very fair and after a week of use I noticed that my face was a drastically darker color than my neck! I did some research and found a lot of information about vitamin c serums having a reaction that oxidizes like a self tanner and can darken the skin overtime. The color of the serum is a very dark orange which is actually a sign that the serum has gone bad, so maybe I got an expired one? I stopped using it for a few days and the coloring on my skin lightened up.... so I don't think I will be continuing to use this. I recommend anyone with fair skin to find a different product, unless you want a self tanner for the face.
Burned my face
Katrina from Salt lake city
I used the product once and it burned my face
AmyK from St. Louis, MO
I honestly wasn't expecting too much from this product. I have very oily skin and large pores so anything that promises smaller pores and less oil never works on me. I bought this on sale and am so glad I gave it a try! Keep in mind, that if you have skin like mine nothing is going to perform miracles, but this did definitely tighten up my skin and make my pores appear smaller!