Elizabeth Arden

Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer

6.80 fl. oz. for $ 135.00
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Prevage continues to plod along, still maintaining that its star antioxidant (idebenone) is the most powerful one under the sun and, therefore, the only one you need, and, of course, that it’s worth the extreme price tag.

This body moisturizer, with its eyebrow-raising price, makes all manner of claims to try to make you believe it isn’t just another moisturizer for your body from the neck down. No, sir! Making claims that should be preceded by a “step right up folks” invite, Prevage’s body lotion is said to remedy scars, reduce discolorations, tackle cellulite, and, in short, “totally transform” your skin in just six weeks.

Regrettably, there is nothing in this moisturizer that can perform any of those feats over and above what many other body moisturizers offer. You will not see one change in cellulite or skin discolorations, and scars may improve as they would with any moisturizer, but not in six weeks as claimed, or even in six years, even if you took a nightly bath in this stuff.

What you get is a lightweight formula effective for most cases of dry skin, though someone with eczema or very dry, itchy skin will likely find this not moisturizing enough. It does contain some intriguing antioxidants, including idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinone, a synthetic form of coenzyme Q10), but the superiority studies Prevage and parent company Elizabeth Arden refer to compared idebenone to only five other antioxidants. Given the vast number of antioxidants in use (plus those yet to be discovered), how can any cosmetics company conclude that they’re using the best? In addition, their studies didn’t look at improvements related to scarring, cellulite, or skin discolorations.

Interestingly, idebenone has taken a backseat to the red grape antioxidant compound resveratrol. A comparison study measuring idebenone and resveratrol’s antioxidant ability showed the latter to be 17 times stronger (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 2–7). Despite its incorrect labeling as the “best” antioxidant, there is not and likely never will be a “best” in this category.

In terms of skin lightening, the only skin-lightening ingredient of note in this formula is octadecenedioic acid, which has some research indicating a secondary effect in interrupting melanin (skin pigment) transfer. The questionable part is that the research is limited, appears to have been done by companies with a vested interest in the ingredient, and there were no concentration protocols established (Sources: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2006, pages 263–267, and April 2005, pages 123–132).

All in all, this body moisturizer is a very expensive way to obtain smoother, softer skin with a slight shimmer (from mica). That shimmer is the only real lightening effect you’ll see, but that’s a cosmetic effect, not skin care, and you’ll still need a sunscreen if your legs see daylight. In the long run and in the short run, any of the body lotions from Olay Quench best this formula and have a comparable texture. The overall formula for Prevage Body is impressive (with one exception explained below), but that doesn’t change the fact that we find the claims misleading and inaccurate, and there are far better options to consider.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

High performance moisturizer with Idebenone, clinically proven as the most powerful antioxidant and Tripeptide Complex zeros in on your body's anti-aging skincare needs. Over 85% of consumers tested observed a reduction in the look of minor scars, stretch marks and dimpled skin and 67% of consumers also saw a reduction in the appearance of age spots and discolorations. It's definitely not just another moisturizer you'll see a difference in just six weeks: Skin looks smoother, firmer, totally transformed.

Elizabeth Arden At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent serums and a few noteworthy moisturizers; praiseworthy concealers; a handful of well-formulated makeup products including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick.

Weaknesses: No products for those battling blemishes; several products whose sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection; most of the foundations with sunscreen fail to provide sufficient UVA protection; lackluster eye and brow pencils; some problematic lip color products; jar packaging weakens some otherwise great formulas.

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 empireone 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 theearly 2000smay 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 oneof the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostlydisappointing 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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