My Skincare Tips & a Giveaway!

People are often shocked when I tell them my age. Nobody ever guesses that I’m 50; they usually guess I’m in my 30s. And then they always ask, “What do you do?!”

This happens a lot at conferences especially… and for awhile now I’ve been thinking that I should write a few posts about my health and beauty routine. StriVectin asked me to be a part of their “Celebrate Healthy Skin” campaign, and I was happy to take part in it since I use their products anyway.

I have to admit I started taking care of my skin at a young age. When I was 11 years old, I decided it was time to take my skincare seriously. I remember asking my mother to order some skincare products that I found in a magazine. They shipped out monthly, and I used my allowance to pay for them. Now mind you, these were not for acne; they were moisturizers, moisturizing masks and such.  I was a strange kid, I know! While the other girls my age were playing with makeup, I was all about the skincare!

As a teenager I started using sunscreen on my face when I would tan. I actually started doing this because my body would tan, but my face would always burn and I didn’t like the look of having a red face… it just didn’t seem like an attractive look. At some point in my late 20s I realized the importance of applying sunscreen to my face every day, under my makeup. I still do that to this day and I think it’s hugely important for anti-aging.

I’ve tried many different brands of skincare products over the years, all sorts of various moisturizers and serums, day creams and night creams, lotions and potions, etc. Last summer I discovered StriVectin’s line of products, including Strivectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles. Only StriVectin formulas have a patented, clinically-proven NIA-114 molecule that powers up skin to help repair damage and fight off all visible signs of aging for a youthful look and feel. It’s become a part of my everyday skin care routine and I’m hooked on this stuff! (Interested? Learn more about StriVectin on their website.)

I have very sensitive skin, particularly on my face, so I always patch test new products before trying them full on. It passed with flying colors! I have to say that I’ve never thought to try this for stretch marks, so I can’t comment on that, but I’m really pleased with it as an anti-wrinkle product! This cream makes my skin feel so smooth and well… plumper to the touch, as if a little moisture has been pumped back into my cells! I also have noticed a minimizing of the lines on my face. Woohoo! And I feel like my skin is firmer to the touch, too.

As an added bonus the tube that it comes in is Ginormous and lasts a really long time! If I had a list of Favorite Things, like Oprah does, this would be on it!

Now for the $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

What interests you most about NIA-114, a key active ingredient in StriVectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles? Leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win!

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  1. I think that it’s interesting that NIA-114™ is a patented molecule. Didn’t know you could patent a molecule.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  2. I like the gentle, continual exfoliation the NIA-114 does to the skin.

  3. the wrinkles are starting to creep up on me as i age, this product might assist in even them out! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  4. Tweeted:
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. I would like to see if it helps with facial wrinkles.

  6. I really like the ability it has to repair wrinkles


  7. Powers up peptide actives to dramatically diminish the appearance of wrinkles — mu 40 something face needs this!!!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  8. I’m interested to see how it helps with fine lines.

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