Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream attempts to carry on the theme that idebenone is the best antioxidant to exert an anti-aging, reparative effect on skin. The research hasn’t shown that to be the case, at least not in comparison to a wide range of antioxidants. A study funded by Allergan (the company that owns Prevage and has a licensing deal with Elizabeth Arden to retail certain products bearing the Prevage name) demonstrated that idebenone exerted greater antioxidant activity than several commonly used antioxidants, including vitamin C and green tea. But the comparison was relatively small, and although the results put idebenone on top, it was premature (and shortsighted) to instantly deem it the “best” antioxidant available. Indeed, a recent study comparing idebenone and L-ergothioneine showed that the latter outperformed idebenone in free radical-scavenging ability and protecting cultured skin cells from UVA damage (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2007, pages 183-188).
We suspect if other comparison studies were conducted that similar results would be found. None of this means idebenone is not worth considering or that it’s ineffective. Rather, it isn’t the only game in town when it comes to selecting a skin-care product with antioxidants. Don’t dismiss this product’s antioxidant stability because it is packaged in a jar. As it turns out, the packaging is innovative due to the fact that it uses an airless jar with one-touch dispensing. This moisturizer has many state-of-the-art traits but a more balanced approach to antioxidants would have been better, not to mention a more consumer-friendly price.
With encapsulated Idebenone, Mega Complex-A and a blend of high performance moisturizers, this multi-perfection nourishing cream infuses skin throughout the night to boost its anti-aging abilities and help enhance skin’s own natural repair process. Wake up with skin that looks repaired, refreshed and recovered.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Lactobacillus/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Ferment Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Squalane, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Urea, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phospholipids, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Sucrose, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Polyquaternium-51, PEG-8, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides, Red 4, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5
Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.
Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.
Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.
For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.
Elizabeth Arden Makeup
Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.
In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.