Good morning and happy weekend, you guys! If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably seen me on Instastories talking about the StriVectin Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System – I started exactly four weeks ago and today is my final day of the reset, so I wanted to share my results with everyone! First, in case you didn’t know, the StriVectin Skin Reset is a great alternative to getting a laser treatment or botox, and it’s WAY more affordable! So if you’ve been thinking about trying either, you might want to look into the StriVectin Skin Reset first. The program features four laser-focused formulas, each designed to target a core factor of skin aging, and you use one every week for four weeks (for example, you use Serum 1 morning and night on days 1-7, Serum 2 on days 8-14, etc.).
When I talked to the StriVectin team over the phone, they likened the Skin Reset to a “Juice cleanse for your skin” which I LOVE! I did a juice cleanse not long ago, and it really is a “reset” for your body – you are putting all kinds of good vitamins and nutrients into your body and giving your stomach a break from digesting foods- it’s a great way to detox and simply “reset” your body. I like to think of the StriVectin Skin Reset in the same way – you are putting so many good vitamins and nutrients on your skin, you’re giving it a chance to rest and renew itself.
Ok here’s the part where I share my embarrassing “before” photo with you guys! I was really diligent about writing a recap after each week, so the following will sound a bit like journal entries. And of course, the “after” photos are at the end of the post!
One of the reasons I’ve been wanting to try the Skin Reset is because my skin has been looking less-than-stellar over the past year, and I’m so tired of it! In the past year, I’ve had worse skin problems than usual – the birth control I was on really caused my skin to FREAK OUT and I had a lot of acne and redness pop up on my face, and it was so disheartening. It really affected my self-confidence – I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup on. I decided to go off the birth control (it did not work for my body!) and even though it’s been several months, my skin is still having trouble recovering. The current state of my skin includes some dark marks from acne, some lingering redness, larger pores between my eyebrows, as well as what most women experience when they enter their late twenties: wrinkles! I definitely have laugh lines/crows feet as well as smile lines around my mouth. I had botox before my wedding, but I wanted to test the StriVectin Skin Reset before considering going back to my dermatologist for more.
Side note: I never initially planned to share the above “before” photo with anyone, I actually snapped this photo and sent it to my mom to complain about my skin! I didn’t even want to share it on Instastories – I thought it was too “bad” and embarrassing. It’s dated the middle of February, so just a few weeks before starting the StriVectin Skin Reset. As you can see, there’s a lot of discoloration, marks, larger pores, etc.
Week One Recap
Week One is complete! So far the Skin Reset has been going really well – I’ve been applying the Week 1 Serum morning and night after I wash my face and before I put on moisturizer, and I swear I’m already seeing a difference in my skin! StriVectin Week 1 focuses on replenishing the skin’s protective layer, preventing water loss and restoring hydration. The serum has a blend of really good ingredients including Proprietary Sea Salt Ferment for intense hydration, Himalayan Herbal Extract and CoEnzyme Q10. It’s been really cold in Winston Salem and usually my skin is SO dry this time of year, but this week my skin felt plump and moisturized all week, which I’m attributing to the serum.
Week Two Recap
Week Two focuses on improving skin elasticity to visibly relax fine lines and wrinkles, which is crazy because I REALLY noticed a difference in my laugh lines this week. Key ingredients in the Week 2 Serum include Electric Daisy Flower, Ceramides, Wild Yam Root (which visibly smooths lines) and collagen-boosting Hexapeptides. To supplement the serum, I also ate a lot of omega 3 fatty acids like avocado, almonds and walnuts.
In addition to less “crinkles” when I laugh, I also noticed that my skin seemed to even out and calm down a lot – just look at the difference in my redness in the above photos! My skin looks overall happier, calmer and smoother in the second picture – and these were taken just one week apart.
Week Three Recap
I felt like in week three, my skin OVERALL started to look a lot better! Week Three’s serum has a phyto-active blend of plant extracts, Tetrapeptides for targeting wrinkles and sagging skin, and Micro Algae to visibly tighten and tone. I noticed that my skin looked way more even, the appearance of redness was reduced (especially on my cheeks), and my pores looked smaller all over my face. I couldn’t believe the difference in the above photo. I even left the house without makeup on a few days in a row!
Week Four Recap
I cannot believe how fast these four weeks have flown by, but I am SERIOUSLY impressed with the results! This week I flew to Palm Springs, California (for a girls trip) and normally notice a big difference in my skin after a long flight – it will look tired or puffy. however I was really impressed with my skin’s ability to “bounce back” from the flight – my skin was nice and even and seemed plump and moisturized, even after ten hours on the plane. The final serum contains Oligopeptide, Blackjack Extract and Adaptogenic “Resurrection Plant” and promises a healthy-looking complexion and a feeling of rejuvenation. When looking back at the photos, I can’t help but feel like the overall tone and look of my skin improved drastically. Although you can’t feel my skin through the computer screen, haha, it definitely FEELS better than it has in years, too – it’s smooth and moisturized – and a bunch of those annoying red and dark marks are completely gone! Looking at these photos, I’m so happy I could cry!
*Thanks to StriVectin for sponsoring this post, as always all opinions are my own.