This eye-area serum has a lot going for it. But, before you get too excited, know that the price is outrageous. What’s more, this serum contains nothing (and we mean nothing) that is special or unique for the eye area. If you’re using one of the well-formulated “facial” products from Prevage (or any recommended facial moisturizer or serum), there’s no reason you cannot apply it around the eyes, too.
You may be tempted to try this serum because it claims to address every eye-area woe, from wrinkles to dark circles and puffiness. Although it contains an impressive assortment of skin-repairing, smoothing, and antioxidant ingredients, none of them are proven to improve dark circles or puffy eyes. The anti-aging ingredients can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of sun damage, but they’re not unique to this product, and you don’t need a special product to handle those concerns when they appear around your eyes.
What about the “revolutionary” antioxidant idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl)? Despite the claim that its performance is “unsurpassed,” 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.
If you decide to try this product, its silky texture is best for normal to slightly oily or combination skin, but it won’t provide much moisture for dry areas.
Note that this contains the mineral pigment mica to add shine around the eyes. To some extent, that can help reflect light so dark circles are less apparent. But shine isn’t skin care, it’s makeup, so if dark circles are your concern, you’ll get more mileage from a great concealer than from a skin-care product that imparts shine.
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 intensive anti-aging serum delivers revolutionary Idebenone, still unsurpassed as the most powerful antioxidant, to correct, protect and transform the look of eyes. Proven to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow's feet, reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for a brighter look, diminish the look of age spots, discolorations and sun damaged skin, firm and tone the look of skin in the eye area.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Glycerin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Sea Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butylene Glycol, Algae Extract, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Chrysin, Sodium Hyaluronate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Urea, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Phospholipids, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Trisiloxane, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Steareth-20, Acrylamide/Ammonium Acrylate Copolymer, Polyquaternium-51, Polyisobutene, PEG-8, Nylon-12, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Disodium EDTA, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Mica, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides, Red 40, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5
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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