Prevage Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15 PA++ (Discontinued)

by Elizabeth Arden  Prevage
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$100 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
5/28/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

There is no research proving that the key antioxidant in Prevage products, idebenone, is the best one around. (On the label it is listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl dipalmitoyl glycerate, which is the technical name for a form of idebenone.) The notion that there is one antioxidant that is better than all others is absolutely not true. Current research makes it 100% clear that skin can benefit from a wide range of antioxidants, along with other beneficial ingredients, so buying a product with one showcased ingredient, however hyped, is really shortchanging your skin.

Aside from the idebenone hype, this eye cream with sunscreen is a big disappointment. Not only is it exceedingly overpriced (remember, you must apply sunscreen liberally to get the SPF protection on the label), but also the sunscreen portion fails to provide sufficient UVA protection because it doesn’t contain the UVA-protecting ingredients of avobenzone, Tinosorb, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or ecamsule (Mexoryl SX). That means your eye area will remain vulnerable to wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Last, you don’t need an eye cream! There is no research proving that the skin around the eye area needs something different from skin elsewhere on the face. No one in the world has ever identified exactly what ingredients the eye area needs that the face doesn’t when it comes to dry skin or wrinkles. And there are no ingredients included in eye creams that have ever been shown to significantly improve dark circles or reduce puffy eyes that aren’t found in face products as well. Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on your face and beyond. That includes the eye area, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye cream like this is a small container of product (often half the size of a container of face product) that is twice as expensive.

One more point: To add insult to injury, this eye cream is packaged in a jar, so any of the good ingredients will not remain stable because they deteriorate in the presence of air, and jar packaging let’s air in every time you open it.

This multi-defense eyecare essential delivers all day intense hydration, encapsulated SPF 15 sunscreens and revolutionary Idebenone to smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet and crepiness.

Active: Octinoxate (4.09%), Oxybenzone (1.4%), Other: Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Synthetic Beeswax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Beeswax, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-Peg-12 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Glycerophosphoinositol Lysine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-20, Sorbitan Tristearate, Steareth-100, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, PVP, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Benzoic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Triacetin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides, Red 40, Titanium Dioxide

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.

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