The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA24 is Discontinued (Part 2)

Last year, I wrote a blog post covering my best suggestions for the discontinued StriVectin NIA24 line. After publishing the post, and sharing it on social media, the brand pointed out that certain products I had suggested had also been discontinued (sad face). Luckily, the team at Strivectin had other product recommendations!

So, that being said, let’s get into The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA24 is Discontinued – Part 2.

The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA-24 is Discontinued

SUPER Quick Recap of the Discontinued NIA24 Line

StriVectin discontinued the NIA24 line on December 1, 2019, due to a business decision to focus on their StriVectin retail brand only and end all investment into a medical grade brand.

Unfortunately for NIA24 fans, NIA24 was the only skincare brand to use vitamin B3 in the form of Pro-Niacin™, or myristyl nicotinate, an ester derived from reacting myristic acid and nicotinic acid.

Check out my old post for details on why I love (or loved) myristyl nicotinate for skin so much.

Updated Product Suggestions

The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA-24 is Discontinued

NIA24 Rapid Redness Recovery – Lactic Acid Nightly Serum

Originally, I had suggested that fans of the NIA24 Rapid Redness Recovery choose StriVectin Oleic Rapid Recovery Milk. StriVectin shared that unfortunately this product was also discontinued and suggested using the Lactic Acid Nightly Retexturizing Serum instead.

The Lactic Acid Nightly Serum contains lactic acid as opposed to oleic acid. Lactic acid is an AHA exfoliant and can help reduce hyperpigmentation, increase cell turnover, and improve fine lines and texture by increasing skin thickness. Oleic acid, on the other hand, is an Omega-9 fatty acid that has been shown to also improve skin texture, while also maintaining healthy moisture levels in the skin.

Perhaps this product also being discontinued is a blessing in disguise, as there is some research claiming that oleic acid can disrupt the skin barrier. Though it should be noted that these were the results of just oleic acid on the skin – no other moisturizers, ingredients, or fatty acids were included.

The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA-24 is Discontinued

Glycolic Skin Reset Mask – Pro Glowfoliant Microderm Mix-In Crystals

StriVectin also shared that their Glycolic Skin Reset Mask, which I had suggested in the place of  NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub, had been discontinued by the time my blog post was published and shared and suggested that users try their newer exfoliating product Pro Glowfoliant Microderm Mix-In Crystals.

While I’m not sold that these products perform in the same exact way on the skin (the Reset Mask being a chemical exfoliant and the Microderm Mix-In Crystals acting as a physical exfoliant), both products will technically exfoliate and brighten the skin. Plus, we’re kind of going back to the original idea of the NIA24 Physical Cleansing Scrub, as both are physical exfoliants.

The Microderm Mix-In Crystals claim to give you results “comparable to a professional microdermabrasion treatment in just 15 seconds,” with physical exfoliants in the form of microdermabrasion crystals, gentle AHA acids (lactic acid and mandelic acid), and skin-restoring fatty acids (linoleic acid and linolenic acid).

The StriVectin Line: What to Use Now That NIA-24 is Discontinued

Updated Formula – Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer

Finally, StriVectin shared that their Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer had recently been reformulated at the time of my original blog post. In the original post, I shared that the old formulation of the Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Moisturizer contained myristyl nicotinate, plant-based antioxidants, and a mild form of retinol, retinyl palmitate.

Looking at the updated formulation and product description, the new formula contains:

  • Both Retinol and Retinal (one of the most potent forms of Retinol)
  • Skin barrier-strengthening NIA-114 (StriVectin’s patented form of Niacin, more on this below) plus peptides
  • Ginger Root Extract, and Beta-Glucan

It also looks like they updated the packaging in partnership with TerraCycle, which makes the empty bottle nationally recyclable. Not necessarily a huge selling point for me, but still cool!

Another Important Note from StriVectin About NIA-114

On my Instagram post, StriVectin also mentioned that “All of our products contain our patented form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 called NIA-114.” Looking at the website, StiVectin explains that NIA-114 is “our proprietary, optimized form of Niacin/VitaminB3 clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients for visibly transformed, healthy-looking skin.”

While this is all fine and good, I still feel that there are more benefits in myristyl nicotinate over just niacin or niacinamide for the skin. If you recall my original post, myristyl nicotinate is associated with decreased water loss and increased skin thickness, whereas niacinamide is not. Additionally, myristyl nicotinate is more acidic and is thought to better combat sun damage than niacinamide.

NIA24 Suggestions That Still Stand

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