strivectin-ev get even

Long-time readers will know that I adore Strivectin’s eye cream. (If you want to see all of the posts that I’ve mentioned it in, just type “StriVectin” into the search box, or you can read the actual StriVectin-SD Review here.) Some people have reported that they gave up on it very soon after trying because it made their skin dry, and so here I’d like to make a very general point: when you’re using skincare that contains active ingredients, your skin is often forced to act in a different way. If you usually just use soap and water (eeek) and then start up with some ultra-scientific regime, you are doing the equivalent to your skin as what sudden marathon training would do to a couch potato. The initial results may not be entirely pleasant. But unless you have a severe reaction, then sometimes it’s just a matter of pushing on through – common ‘teething problems’ include small outbreaks of pimples, flaking, dryness.

Sidenote over! Strivectin have a new range of called “EV” (Get Even). Consisting of just two products it’s a brightening range that promises to minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation and leave the skin more radiant and even-toned. The active  ingredient here is Niacin – we have talked before about Niacin, it’s the hero ingredient in NIA-24’s suncare.

Niacin (vitamin B3) gets right down into the skin to slow down melanin production and regulate the transfer of pigment (it’s the uneven ‘rising’ of melanin to the surface that causes us to see “dark spots” or “brown patches”). It also improves skin’s elasticity and barrier function and prevents the skin from losing water. So rather than just sticking on a regular moisturiser which will more often than not just sit on the surface of the skin, you’re helping the skin to hang onto its own resources. Which is why I rate the NIA24 suncreams so highly – they really help to treat the skin whilst protecting it.

I digress. The Strivectin-EV contains 7% Niacin as well as Vitamin C Actives (proven to be effective in fading out pigmentation) and so it should be quite a little powerhouse in terms of ingredients. I have no brown spots, so it’s actually pointless me trying – I did ask if I could use it as a preventative regime, but was told (very honestly, I thought!) that I may as well stick to the regular formula (SD) that contains the Niacin without the extra brighteners.

There are two products; a Brightening Serum for all-over treatment and a Spot Repair for targeted repair. Both have a pleasant texture and sit well beneath moisturiser (you need to make sure you’re protected with an SPF, which you should be anyway!) and only a small amount of serum is needed to treat a reasonably large area. Prices are £79 for the serum, 50ml, and £45 for the pen. I would be tempted, shopaholic though I am, to stick with the serum. If you want to target specific areas then just dab the serum on those areas – you can see at a glance how much better the “price per ml” works out!

Strivectin-EV is available from with free worldwide delivery.

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  1. Izzy
    April 2, 2012 / 8:14 am

    Ooh, looks very interesting!

    Ruth, feel free to send a sample over to us victims of acne-scarring for a more tailored review! ;D Hey, I only have the best interests of AMR at heart…


  2. Lauren
    April 2, 2012 / 8:35 am

    Whats bad about using soap?:/ i always use soap all the cleansers ive tried break me out xx

    • Ruth
      April 2, 2012 / 1:19 pm

      @Lauren if that’s what works for you, go ahead! Most soaps, unless they have been specifically formulated for the face, are just harsh stripping agents. Not great long-term x

  3. Poorani
    April 2, 2012 / 10:35 am

    Ruth, will you mention the books you are reading in your blog? I see that you’re in a book club. I would love to try the books you like. I don’t read much and neither do my friends. So we have no clue what’s good.

  4. April 2, 2012 / 11:32 am

    I’ve been using this for just over a month and it’s slightly reduced my dark spots… It’s also really moisturising and smells lovely! :)

  5. Carla
    April 2, 2012 / 11:49 am

    Sounds like this could be a good one for me to try… I have a stubborn brown patch on my forehead that fades during winter, only to rear it’s ugly head at the first glimpse of sun in spring. Geordie husband refers to it as my “daft heed” lol.

  6. Sylvia
    April 2, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    I’ll add this to my ‘if only’ pile. My skin was peachy perfect until I hit 19, whereupon it decided to become acne-ridden and impossible to take care of. Went to the doctor, got prescribed some nasty strong medicines, which have cleared up the acne after a year, but left my face very, very red.

  7. April 2, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the post. I agree that sometimes you’d just have to give your skin some to adapt to new products. I recently started using Strivectin products and am rather happy with the results. I think I might just try the eye cream next! :)

  8. April 2, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Yes! Brilliant Poorani! Ruth, please, some good titles! I miss my old book club – 16 years together till the older ones started retiring and moving south!

    Btw: I picked up a great package of three Strivectin products for $40 at our local TJMaxx on Saturday night (I know, exciting life I lead). What great timing, LOL, not to mention bargain.

  9. Katherine
    April 2, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    A third shout of agreement for book recommendations please. The kindle needs pre-holiday feeding

  10. Ella
    April 2, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    I am wondering do you need to have a you tube account to be in the competion with Monica & Joe? (Sorry for spelling mistakes, english is my second language)

    • Ruth
      April 2, 2012 / 11:02 pm

      @Ella it is running on Youtube so yes, you have to subscribe. I am posting details tomorrow – it’s not a ‘blog’ giveaway as such so I’m just giving people the opportunity to sub and enter if they like!x

  11. Molly
    April 2, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Hi Ruth! I don’t know if it is available in the UK, but my favorite moisturizer is Ponds clarentB3. It also contains niacin, and it’s done amazing things for my dark spots. It smells great, it’s a brilliant primer… And it’s less than $8 for 7 ounces! If you can find it, you should definitely, DEFINITELY try it.

    • Ruth
      April 2, 2012 / 11:02 pm

      @Molly I shall keep a lookout! x

  12. MariaBent
    April 2, 2012 / 10:26 pm

    One more vote pro book list.
    I know this is not a literary blog, but why not? Besides AMR might very well be the blog of a future very famous author. Ruth, when you publish your memoirs I’ll want an autographed copy:)

  13. Naomi
    April 3, 2012 / 9:44 am

    Hi Ruth. I use Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex and it is my HG treatment. Did you know that Stivectin and Niz24 are actually part of the same company? Nia24 is marketed as the Physician brand. xx

    • Ruth
      April 3, 2012 / 11:14 am

      @Naomi yes, I found that out very recently! x

  14. Ruth Shenton
    April 3, 2012 / 5:40 pm

    I was just wondering if it is normal to suffer an outbreak of spots when first trying the Alpha H products? I’ve been using the triple action cleanser, revitalising moisturiser and liquid gold all as per the instructions for 4 days but am disappointed that I’ve suffered a couple of really bad spots since beginnning the routine :(

    • Ruth
      April 3, 2012 / 7:44 pm

      @Ruth yes. I get terrible skin whenever I go to something new that’s very active. I have a full-on face of them at the mo testing out another brand’s range! : ( I got breakouts for quite a few days with Liquid Gold, too xx

      • Ruth
        April 4, 2012 / 5:33 pm

        Thanks Ruth, I must say that’s good to know (although boo to outbreaks!)
        I’ll persevere though, keep calm and keep cleansing so to speak :)

  15. Ophelia
    April 27, 2012 / 9:45 am

    Hey Ruth, seems like you’re running another wonderful giveaway – would love to be one of your honorary reviewers for this product!


  16. Barbara
    April 27, 2012 / 9:59 am

    lucky you you don’t have dark spots,
    leave them away very long ;0)

    I do have some on my face in between my freckles =(

    (does this also count for europe??)

  17. Lizandra Delgado
    April 28, 2012 / 5:10 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    The mentioned products seems very intrigued. You are completely lucky not to suffer from discoloration and spots in the face. I currently live in Puerto Rico and knowing that i live in a tropical climate its in a point a worst enemy. The heat kills my face, I suffer from constant rashes, moderate acne, sun spots. I am constantly trying new things, recently i tried glycolic acid 10% after a review you did and really didn’t notice any changes in my face, it only created black heads so i stopped. I am still searching for my product my hero product and would to give this a try. Thanks Ruth.

  18. stephanie
    May 2, 2012 / 8:07 am

    I just happened to stumble onto this blog….very helpful informatiaon. I am 33 and have been a sun lover, that being said the sun spot Gods have found my forehead :-) I have just started to use the strivectin-ev and so far I can notice a difference and its only been 2 weeks..I look forward to see the results I get after a month or so of use!

  19. Adisa
    June 30, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    I am 31 and 3 years ago I got a bad sunburn on my face. Big brown spots stayed, I tried everything, even a laser treatment at my dermatologist, but nothing worked. I also used a German cream Pigmanorm, that literally burned my face. I don’t want to give up yet, because I miss my old looks, where I didn’t even need a foundation.
    How can I get this product shipped to Europe, since I am currently here and 4 months away from my wedding.

    • Ruth
      July 2, 2012 / 1:21 pm

      The link on the page should ship worldwide for free x

  20. angela
    July 11, 2012 / 11:11 am

    I was one of the few lucky ladies that won this product a few months ago. I have used it once a day since and its lovely to use, feels so light but moisturizing on the skin, i was surprised at how watery it was. I shall be honest and say that i haven’t noticed much of an improvement yet in my pigmentation areas but my skin does look overall brighter. Its a nice product to use, i like the ingredients in it, it hasn’t caused me to break out or get dry patches and it does give a brightening effect but to date it hasn’t been a miracle cure for my pigmentation, i’m thrilled to have won it and enjoy it while i have it but i don’t think i would re-purchase. Thank you xxx

    • Ruth
      July 11, 2012 / 11:19 am

      Thank you Angela, that’s very useful feedback! xx

  21. posh15
    August 30, 2013 / 2:05 am

    Hi Ruth! I love all your product reviews! Quick question, was wondering if Strivectin is also suitable for Asian skin? :) Thanks a lot!

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