Anew Platinum Eye & Lip Cream
This is a fragrance-free moisturizer that claims to be special for the lips and eyes, but isn't. In fact, other than containing a small amount of some unusual ingredients, this is an average moisturizer masquerading as a specialty product. Avon boasts of their Paxillium Technology for this product, but all of their Anew Platinum products contain a blend of some ingredients they indirectly refer to as Paxillium Technology (discussed in More Info below), which doesn’t really set this one apart from the other Platinum products. Second, this product contains a mix of emollient ingredients that help moisturize, along with some absorbent (and potentially drying) ingredients (e.g., cornstarch and boron nitride) that ideally aren't the best in a product meant to hydrate skin and make it look less wrinkled, although it's good to see a proven peptide on board.
In terms of Paxillium Technology, it is an interesting theory, but it doesn't translate into being the answer for signs of aging. Even if Paxillium Technology were the answer for aging skin around the eyes or lips, this product is packaged in a jar, and so won't keep the ingredients stable after opening (see More Info below for details on why jar packaging is a problem).
- Provides adequate hydration for dry skin.
- Not a superior "treatment" with special benefits for skin around the eyes or on the lips.
- Contains a mix of potentially drying ingredients that may diminish the emollient ingredients' ability to moisturize.
- Jar packaging won't keep most of the beneficial ingredients stable.
- Stimulating skin to produce more paxillin for healthier cells addresses only a fraction of what causes skin to look older (sort of like rebuilding a car but only being concerned about the muffler).
Avon's solution for treating signs of aging with their Anew Platinum line is to use their patented technology, which they claim boosts the production of paxillin, a type of protein involved in cell signaling pathways in skin. Essentially, paxillin finds and then uses cellular substances, such as enzymes and hormones, directing them to where they belong in the skin. When the correct connections occur, paxillin potentially can tell a cell (cell communication) to make better cells and that may increase collagen (Sources: www.nature.com/onc/journal/v20/n44/full/1204786a.html; and Critical Reviews in Oncognesis, volume 8, issue 4, 1997, pages 343–358).
What's missing from Avon's theory is that there are myriad other proteins and substances involved in cell communication as well, and there is no research proving that paxillin is the one responsible for correcting multiple signs of aging.
Even if paxillin could somehow shore up skin and enhance youthfulness, which would be a real leap of physiology, it doesn't address the numerous other factors (e.g., sun damage, gravity, fat pad shifting, bone loss, estrogen depletion, muscle laxity, and on and on) that cause skin to sag and lose its youthful contours, whether it's around the eyes, lips, jaw, cheeks, or anywhere else on the body.
The jar packaging is a problem because all plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients, in this case the "Paxillium Technology," begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
By the way, Avon does not list "paxillium" or "paxillin" on the ingredient statement for this product. Plus, the trademark that Avon filed for this technology does not specify which ingredients their Anew Platinum formulas use to stimulate paxillin protein production in skin, but the products do contain some novel ingredients that may be part of this technology. Without knowing which ingredients Avon maintains stimulate paxillin in the skin, the best we can do is comment that the type of peptide included has theoretical cell-communicating ability and that the plant extracts, while exotic-sounding, don’t have any substantiated research pertaining to topical use for skin care or anti-aging. Thiazolylalanine is derived from peptides, and although there is some interesting research published about how this ingredient functions as a catalyst, the research involved carefully controlled settings and mixtures—not cosmetic formulas. In all likelihood, this ingredient is very unstable, and so will soon deteriorate in jar packaging.
The 1st eye & lip treatment formulated with Paxillium Technology to boost the production of Paxillin by 60% to help restore youthful cell shape. 77% saw more youthful definition in the eye & lip areas.
Strengths: Broad-spectrum sun protection from most of the SPF products; a selection of good cleansers, moisturizers, and serums; a phenomenal concealer and a handful of other excellent makeup products at bargain prices; the company provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site and offers some of the most helpful Customer Service associates in the industry.
Weaknesses: The Clearskin products are mostly irritating and poor choices for anyone battling blemishes; the Anew Clinical lineup isn't as impressive as its made out to be; an over-reliance on jar packaging diminishes the antioxidants found in many Avon moisturizers; endless, unnecessarily repetitive moisturizers with exaggerated, outlandish claims; some of the foundations look unnatural.
The last few years have been an interesting time for the world's largest direct seller. Avon is sold in 120 countries and has an enormous range of products that goes beyond skin care and makeup, all sold by five million Avon representatives racking up annual sales of over $8 billion (Source: www.avoncompany.com). Yet due to several quarters of lackluster or poor financial performance, the company announced a multiyear restructuring plan in 2006. The anticipated cost of these changes is upwards of $500 million, which includes downsizing under-performing areas and focusing on re-marketing their star products. In recent years, those key products have had "cosmeceutical" appeal, with claims that have gone beyond reality (but over-exaggerated claims sell big in the cosmetics industry).
The Anew Clinical line ushered in several products claiming to work like (or, in some instances, better than) cosmetic corrective procedures. Whether you are considering laser treatments, Botox, Thermage, collagen injections, or even liposuction, the ads for Anew Clinical were designed to make you rethink that decision.
It is definitely impressive that Avon invested $100 million on a state-of-the-art research and product development facility in New York, but despite some innovative products that compete with the best of the best (typically for much less money), no cosmetics company has (or will) produce skin-care products that rival or beat the results obtainable from medical procedures. It's admittedly easier to slather on a cream or stroke a pad over your face than to make an office call and shoulder the expense for a cosmetic corrective procedure, but in this case convenience and savings don't equal - or even come close to - comparable results. And lest we forget, despite the onslaught of so-called cosmeceutical products claiming to mimic the results such procedures provide, the number of these procedures being performed increases each year. If any of these works-like-(insert cosmetic corrective procedure here) products did work, the number of procedures would be declining, not rising.
The National Advertising Division (NAD) took issue with several claims Avon made in ads for their Anew Clinical products (Source: www.nadreview.org/default.asp?SessionID=1149178&DocType=1&CaseType=1). In some cases, Avon reworded their claims in ad reprints, while in others they "respectfully disagreed" with the NAD conclusions but agreed to take their comments into consideration for future ads. We'll see how this turns out, but, based on their current ads, the message remains that Anew Clinical products are at the forefront of making cosmetic corrective procedure results as easy as calling your Avon representative and reciting your credit card number.
As a major international cosmetics company, Avon has several initiatives in place that prove its commitment to women and the environment. Whether donating to women's health concerns (most notably breast cancer), surpassing environmental regulations, or financially supporting alternative methods to animal testing, Avon's principles are responsible and admirable. If you pay attention to the best of what they have to offer, you will not only be supporting Avon's mission to improve the lives of women but also gaining some wonderful products, making it a win-win situation.
For more information about Avon, call (800) 500-AVON or visit www.avon.com.
Avon may be viewed as a skin-care innovator, but when it comes to makeup they're more follow-the-leaders than trail blazers. Admittedly, their foundations, powders, blush, and lipsticks have smoother, more state-of-the-art textures than ever, but with few exceptions none of them are setting a precedent that other, more innovative companies are likely to follow.
You will find some outstanding Avon makeup products to consider, but perhaps due to the sheer size of the collection there are far too many mediocre products, especially among the eyeshadows, pencils, and mascaras. Given that Avon isn't as easy to obtain as comparable products at your local drug or department store, many of the makeup items end up being a tough sell. After all, who wants to go out of their way for average products? Turning to what Avon does really well, you'll find their loose and pressed powders have amazingly silky textures and natural finishes. Their blushes are wonderful, and a few of the lipsticks and foundations are definitely worth talking about with enthusiasm. Another positive point is that Avon regularly discounts their makeup, often upwards of 50% during any given campaign (Avon's campaigns run for two weeks and the specials change each time). If you shop at the right time, the best of Avon color can be yours for less than you'd pay for most low-cost drugstore makeup.
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