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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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
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This sweepstakes runs from 2/25/13-3/24/13.
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  1. this sounds like something I would like to try. I can use all the help I can find!

  2. The closer I get to fifty (she is knocking at the door!), the more I am interested in new products that really work!

  3. Oh the wrinkles are definitely creeping in around the eyes. I’d love to give this a try!

  4. I’m a gardener, so I worry about wrinkles and sun damage. I try to always wear a hat, but would love to learn more about NIA-114 and to give Stri-Vectin a try.

  5. Since I was one of the “I thought you were in your 30’s”…..I would love to try this product! Thanks for the chance!

  6. While I don’t mind a FEW wrinkles around my eyes (I like to laugh and smile a lot), I want my skin to glow!

  7. What I have read is that it gives results like that of Botex. A cream that does the same thing that a needle and a large pocketbook did…Count me in on that.

  8. Karen:

    You do look very young. I also use StriVectin and it does work! The cream decreases wrinkles.

  9. I would love to give Stri-Vectin a try. I have been using some type of skin care since I was 19 and I also get comments on how I don’t look my age.
    I however have not been that happy with the products I’ve been using lately and am finding it hard to find some that work well without drying.

  10. wow I would NEVER guess your age to be 50 either, you do look amazing!

  11. I love the way you look! I’m almost 60 and dealing with wrinkles. I was a teenager in California and spent a lot of time at the Beach! (of course!) I’m very interested in StriVectin now, because I never heard of it before! I’m most interested in dealing with facial wrinkles!
    Thanks for the info and this giveaway!

  12. Here is the link to my Tweet!
    Thanks again!

  13. I’m very interested in how this would work for me since I also have rosacea. I would love to try it out. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  14. I cannot believe your 50, you look so young! I’ve been curious about strivectin, but was hesitant to purchase it. Their are so many skin care products it get’s a little overwhelming, but after reading your post I would love to try it!

  15. I have a few months until the big 5-0! I ran out of my usual lotion this weekend & something stopped me from buying it! I am going to try StriVectin!! Thanks for the give away! I am also starting a new job on Mon 3/4. Need to look my best!!

  16. I like the fact that it actually increases the thickness of the skin which I’ve noticed really does thin out with age. Count me in and thanks!

  17. I’d love to try it for the wrinkle reducing claims…

  18. I gained a lot of weight with my 3 pregnancies so I have a lot of stretch marks. I’d be interested in seeing how this ingredient treats stretch marks.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  19. I would absolutely like to try it and I cannot believe that you are 50, I must look like your gramma and I’m 49 hahahaha.

    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  20. You look absolutely stunning for your age! My older sister is also 50 and genetics have been very kind to her – she also looks in her 30’s – I would love a chance to win so I can try to look like the real younger sister for a change!

    Thank you!


    ljmcd7 @

  21. I like the gentle, continual exfoliation the NIA-114 does to the skin. It’s easier on the skin
    for those like me with sensitive skin and who cannot use harsher chemical exfoliants. Softens lines
    and clarifies the skin.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  22. 2nd entry tweet –
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  23. What interests me is that it gives Botox like results!

    Thanks for the chance to win!


  24. Tweeted:


  25. I am interested in trying this on my stretch marks to see how it works

  26. Wow! That makes me want to give Strivectin a try! I’ve heard wonderful things about their neck cream, too!

  27. I would love to try this product out, too. I am a few years older than you and get similar comments but the youthful looks are only going to hold out for so long! It’s so hard to find products that work.

  28. Karen, I’d love to try strivecten because I am super sensitive, as you say you are, and so many products make my skin red and burn. This could be a real godsend.

  29. Seems there are a lot of us gals in our 50s with sensitive skin. Who among us wouldn’t like to look a little bit younger (ie more like Karen!)? I’d prefer to win, but at any rate, Strivecten will be the next new face-care product I use! Thanks for the sensational review!!!

  30. Oh!!! I would love to try this!!! Thank you so much for the chance! I have thought about trying it, but wasn’t sure how well it worked…now seeing how great you look ~ I REALLY want to try it!!! =)

  31. I am way older, so I need it worse than you young people, heck it scares me every-time I look into the mirror!

  32. I love how it is supposed to repair damage….interested to see if it would do that for my sun damaged skin and for my surgery scar.

    cgies25 at homtail

  33. I would love to have smooth and firmer skin! By the way, you look great!

  34. I am interested in the damage repair. I have a spot on my lower jaw from an injury that every time I look in the mirror, I just focus in on that spot.

  35. I am interested in having it help diminish the appearance of fine lines around my eyes.

  36. I like that NIA-114 repairs damage since I had some sun damage when I was younger and I am worried my skin will age quicker.

  37. I have wanted to try this for so long. I would love to try it for wrinkles on my neck and also age spots. I spent too much time in the sun growing up and have the skin to prove it. You were so smart to start a skin care regimen at a young age. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. I would love to try this product line. I am going to check to see if I can find it at my local beauty supply store.
    PS you look great.

  39. YIKES!! Age spots and wrinkles–suddenly I’m noticing them everywhere on my face! I’ve heard of Strivectan, but there are so many confusing choices out there that I haven’t tried it. Thanks for the personal review; now I’d love to try it!

  40. i would be very interested to know what the magic is in niacin.. sounds like it is a good product. i wouldve never thought niacin would be a key player in skin care.. im over 50…by a few. ok closer to the other end. lol sounds like its got some powerful stuff in it. i would really love to try this. you look FANTASTIC. REALLY YOU DO. i never would’ve thought you were 50. 30’s yea.. im almost out of what im presently using and was getting ready to try something new anyway. would be great to be able to win this. thanks so much for the giveaway. good luck all. heres to great looking skin ladies:)

  41. I would love to try Strivectan. I am 60 and could use help with wrinkles. Would love to win. Thanks.

  42. I have walked past the Stivectan display for years thinking it sounded too good to be true. Now to find out that it really works is quite exciting! I am 60 and, thankfully, up to just recently I had very few lines. Suddenly I am noticing fine lines that I don’t want to turn into ugly wrinkles! I would love to win the giveaway. Either way, I am going to go buy some!

  43. I have been looking for new face products for my sensitive skin. Some eye creams have caffeine in them, which I am very allergic to. I will turn 60 this year (can’t believe it) and would love to look as young on the outside as I feel on the inside. Will have to give Strivectan a try.

  44. 50?!? You sold me!! You look no older than 35! thank you for the chance to try Stri Vectin!

  45. I read that NIA-114 helps niacin get into your skin, and that niacin repairs skin damage and helps to rebuild skin layers. That sounds wonderful!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  46. Tweet link:
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

  47. I have not heard of this product before. Checked it out and I’m ready to place an order! Thanks for the chance to win.

  48. maybe it would help my stretch marks!

  49. Would love to try this product! Thanks for the chance!

  50. I love the Natural collagen resurging; texture and resilience improving because i have had 3 kiddos very close and my skin needs some help.

  51. I would like to try and Win this Tube to Prevent Wrinkles and get rid of some beginning to peak through.

  52. Wow, you look fantasic! Never thought you were 50. I used to use moisturizer quite a bit when I was younger as well, but somehow stopped. I would love to try this stuff. Thanks for the chance.

  53. As a lifetime sun worshiper I would love to try this to see if I could repair some of the damage that I’ve done over the years. Thanks for the chance!

  54. I am interested in this product because I have a couple of if wrinkles and everything I have come across I have been skeptical of and I would love to give this a try!

  55. Since I am getting quite wrinkly of late, I think I may need some help in the form of this wonderful product!! :-)

  56. I have adult acne and would love to see if this product would help my skin.
    By the way you look great! I would never think you are 50. Wow!

  57. Thanks for having this giveaway! I’ve had cystic acne for about 25 years now-I’m 43 years old. I’ve also sustained quite a lot of sun damage over years despite being a frequent user of sunscreen.

  58. Endlessly searching for a great product that does what it claims to!

  59. I’d love to try it for the stretchmarks!
    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  60. I am intrigued by the possibility of minimizing stretchmarks. Don’t have to worry about the wrinkles…yet!
    dmarie824 at aol cot com

  61. That’s amazing review !!

  62. I’m over 50 (+5), and I love how it makes my skin look and feel.

  63. I would like to find out if it would help my stretch marks as well as the beginnings of wrinkles I see in the mirror.
    chainmail (at)iwon (dot) com

  64. I tweeted this
    chainmail (at)iwon (dot) com

  65. i am starting to show signs of my age…ready to try anything to help slow that down

  66. I am interested in trying this to see if it works on my stretch marks. I’d love to get rid of them

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  67. I’d like to try it as I’m trying to get rid of sunspots. I was NOT so bright when I was a kid and burned my face a couple times.

  68. I am interested in seeing how it does for my laugh lines.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  69. it fights the wrinkles.

  70. i like that it says it will help fade some of the skin discolorations that i have

  71. First of all, I would have a hard time believing you are 50! Your skin looks amazing and your great skincare routine has paid off! Since I started using moisturizer and sunscreen at a young age as well, hopefully I will reap some of those same benefits!

    I used StriVectin but had to stop during this pregnancy because my skin has become super sensitive and dry. I guess my skin became sensitive to some of the fabulous wrinkle fighting power StriVectin contains! I will be excited to start using it again to get rid of the discoloration on my face that I am blaming on my pregnancy. Oh yeah, and get back to fighting any wrinkles that may be creeping around any corners! I am 40 so that is a big concern!

  72. I’d be interested in seeing how it helps with fine lines
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  73. I normally keep my face very natural. I would like to start using a moisturizer and this one sounds great. A few less lines would be a good thing.

  74. Would love to try something new. Have heard really good things about StriVectin-SD. Would love to be 50 again or at least look like I was.

  75. I like that it helps with stretch marks and acne.

  76. What interests me most is that NIA-114 molecule powers up skin to help repair damage and after having three children I have a lot of that!

  77. i’m interested that it is clinically proven, and could use it for stretchmarks! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  78. The molecule NIA-114 has lots of benefits, very, very interesting.
    I would have to say what draws my attention the most is that the increased levels of Niacin affect four major biochemical processes, the stimulation of repairing DNA is number one on my list.

  79. I’m interested in how scientists discovered this molecule and what makes it so effective.

  80. I like that it helps skin repair damage. Thanks for the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  81. I like that it fights off all visible signs of aging. I am 48 and am lucky to only see a few small signs. But I am not enjoying the ones I see.

  82. I have many visible signs of aging that this product could help me with.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  83. help my Wrinkles

  84. I could use some “plumping” and “firming” so I’ll give this a try.

  85. After having my son I noticed stretch marks. I would love to know how these ingrediants would help with that.


  86. What interest me most about NIA-114 is the technology and how effective it is. I want to give this cream a try.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  87. What interests me most about NIA-114 is how well it would work for my many Stretch Marks & Wrinkles! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!

  88. I am most interested in the NIA-114 helping out the stretch marks I have from carrying my son.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  89. tweet–

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  90. I’d love to see what kind of a difference Strivectin would make in my neck skin. (my “turkey wattle”)
    valhoff 3 at yahoo dot com

  91. I would like to try it to see if it works on my stretch marks.

  92. i’m interested in seeing if it really works for wrinkles

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  93. i tweeted here:

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

  94. most interested in the skin repair

  95. I’m most interested in how it heals the skin and helps to reduce hyperpigmentation!

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  96. tweeted:

    jfong1130 at yahoo dot com

  97. Unfortunately I did not start a good skin care regime when i was younger… and it shows. Anything that would help repair the damage and still be affordable is welcome!

  98. What interest me most is that it help repairs damage and fights off all visible signs of aging.


  100. I’m interested most in NIA-114’s ability to reduce stretch marks.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  101. I’m very interested in its ability to fight acne.

    h l e e 9 9 AT g m a i l DOT c o m

  102. I’m interested to see how it will help repair my skin damage

    pokergrl8 at

  103. I like the repair feature for wrinkles and sun damage.

    mybeachylife at gmail dot com

  104. I’m well beyone 50 and the wrinkles are really taking hold. I’d love to try something that would reduce them, even a little bit.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  105. i’m interested in using it to reduce lines

  106. i lost 100 pounds last year so i would love to use this on stretch marks
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  107. Tweet –

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  108. I just turned 50 and what interests me the most is that it helps with wrinkles. I’ve been hearing lots about Strivectin lately and have read many praises. I’d really love to give this a try.
    Thanks so much.

  109. I Tweeted:

  110. I’m starting to show wrinkles at the age of 30 and would love to start using this as a jump start on major skin flaws and wrinkles

  111. 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

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

  113. 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

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

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

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


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

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

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