This eye-area serum's focused area of concern is, of course, the eye area—but more specifically, it purports to address crepey-looking eyelid skin as well as smoothing wrinkles and brightening skin around the eyes. Supposedly, all of this is possible due to the antioxidant idebenone.
What about the "revolutionary" antioxidant idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl)? Despite the claim that its "the single most powerful antioxidant available today" it's not true. Idebenone was shown in limited research to outperform a handful of some well-known antioxidants, but subsequent research has shown that idebenone isn't the best (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 2–7, and September 2007, pages 183–188). The truth is there are hundreds of brilliant antioxidants for skin, and your skin needs more than one great antioxidant anyway, just like your diet requires a variety of healthy ingredients. And there isn't a shred of research proving idebenone in any form has a special ability to fix crepey eyelid skin, dark circles, or any other eye-are concern. It's just a good antioxidant, like dozens and dozens of others.
What's particularly disappointing about this product, especially given its cost, is the tiny amount of state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients you're getting. The formula contains a thickening gum that can have an egg-white tightening sensation on skin, but that doesn't mean sagging is being lifted or skin is being tightened—it's just a cosmetic effect.
This eye serum contains more of the shine-adding mineral pigment mica than idebenone or other antioxidants. Arden did include some notable and novel water-binding agents and cell-communicating ingredients, but the combined amounts likely don't add up to something that can produce a notable change in skin or make this product worth the money.
Last, most eye creams are not necessary, whether labeled eye cream or serum. If you're considering Prevage, any of their facial moisturizers or serums can be used around the eyes, too, so no need to spend (a lot of) extra money.
If you decide to try this, though we encourage you to think twice, it's suitable for all skin types. It contains a tiny amount of a fragrant plant extract, so is technically not fragrance-free.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
This luxurious, corrective eye serum dramatically reduces the look of lines, crepiness around the upper eye lid, and crow’s feet in as little as 15 minutes. It happens with advanced Idebenone, the single most powerful antioxidant available today that helps protect skin from environmental assaults, while exclusive Arazine™ helps minimize the visible signs of aging caused by inflammation.You’ll quickly see an impact with smoother looking lids, fewer visible deep lines and a brighter look. With continued use, PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum helps support skin’s natural collagen matrix for a firmer look as it significantly reduces the appearance of crepy lids, crow’s feet and dark circles. Eyes look more lifted, radiant and younger than ever.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polyimide-1, Propylene Glycol, Mica, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Acetyl Farnesylcysteine, Acrylates/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Alcohol, Algin, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Aminopropyl Dimethicone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, C11-15 Pareth-7, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Caprylyl Glycol, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Citric Acid, Dextran, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Ergothioneine, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Glycereth-26, Glycolic Acid, Glycosphingolipids, Hexadecanolactone, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Methyl Trimethicone, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PEG-75, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Polyacrylate-21, Potassium Citrate, Propanediol, Retinyl Linoleate, Salicylic Acid, Silanetriol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tin Oxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Trideceth-6, Urea, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Red 40 (ci 16035), Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Yellow 5 (ci 19140)
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 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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