Skin Care

Skincare A to Z

Learn your derm terms with our skincare encyclopedia

Retinol. Hyaluronic Acid. Collagen. Skincare vocabulary is comprehensive, constantly evolving and, let’s face it, confusing. As the industry adapts and the community grows, it seems there’s a new beauty buzzword to learn about every day. To (quite literally) save face, we’re breaking down the most talked about terms in skincare including ingredients and change agents plus the science behind them. That’s the StriVectin way.


NIA-114™ is StriVectin's patented, optimized form of Niacin / Vitamin B3 clinically-proven to strengthen the skin barrier

Skin Barrier

The skin barrier provides an important function by protecting skin against external / environmental aggressors and helps minimize water loss.


Epigenetics is the study of how multiple factors like diet, exercise, lifestyle and behavior can affect how we age.


Known as skincare’s gold standard ingredient, Retinol helps improve cell turnover while targeting all key visible signs of aging. Retinol can also help enhance visible skin firmness and elasticity and diminish the look of lines and wrinkles. Experience it for yourself with the Advanced Retinol collection.

Biomimetic Retinol

Naturally-derived ingredient that mimics skin’s natural processes to better receive the benefits of Retinol.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant that helps pull water into the skin. Found naturally in skin, Hyaluronic Acid diminishes over time with age which leads to dehydration and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) as it exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal smooth, renewed skin. We love its transformative effects, seen with use of our Glycolic Skin Reset Mask

Oleic Acid

Oleic Acid is an Omega-9 fatty acid that replenishes skin’s lipid layer – an essential component of the skin barrier. 

Niacin/Vitamin B3

Niacin/Vitamin B3, also known as nicotinic acid and niacinamide is one of the most effective ingredients for aging skin. Niacin targets multiple concerns of aging skin, strengthens the skin barrier, visibly reduces lines and wrinkles and improves the appearance of pores, uneven skin tone and dullness.


Skin has three layers. The outermost layer of skin is called the epidermis.


Peptides are amino acid proteins. If you're looking to address visible signs of aging, like thinner skin and the appearance of lines and wrinkles, look for products containing peptides and other potent ingredients, like the Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer and Multi-Action Active Infusion Youth Serum. 


When it comes to hydration and water retention, ceramides are critical. Found naturally in skin, these lipid molecules can help replenish and restore skin, improve texture and leave skin more supple.


Collagen is a protein found naturally in our skin. In fact, collagen makes up about 70% of our skin and is the key to plumpness and elasticity. Collagen is also found in topical and injectable skincare products that claim to restore collagen within skin.


Elastin is a protein found naturally in our bodies that possesses elastic properties. It allows skin to “snap back” after being stretched or contracted. Along with collagen, elastin is key to youthful looking skin.

Digital Aging

Digital Aging is the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin accelerated by technology.

Screen fatigue

Screen fatigue is caused by prolonged use and squinting at digital screens, which can result in weakened skin, dark circles and fine lines around the eyes.

Tech Neck

The average person looks down at their phone 221 times per day. This repeated motion can lead to horizontal neck lines and sagging skin as the head bends forward, also known as tech neck. Ward off these early signs of aging with our tightening and sculpting neck cream. 


Antioxidants help protect skin from harmful free radicals, which can damage skin and accelerate signs of aging.

Free radicals

Free radicals are often the result of environmental factors like pollution as well as lifestyle and behavior including dietary choices, smoking and alcohol consumption. These stressors can damage skin and accelerate signs of aging.

UVA and UVB rays

UVA and UVB are two different types of rays produced by the sun. UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays and are known as primary drivers of photo aging / skin aging. Both UVA and UVB rays are culprits behind premature skin aging.

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