Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream attempts to carry on the theme that idebenone (listed on the package as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl dipalmitoyl glycerate) is the best antioxidant to exert an anti-aging, reparative effect on skin. Research does not show that to be the case, at least not in comparison to a wide range of other more potent antioxidants.
A study funded by Allergan (the company that owns Prevage and has a licensing deal with Elizabeth Arden to retail certain products bearing the Prevage name) demonstrated that idebenone exerted greater antioxidant activity than five other commonly used antioxidants, including vitamin C and green tea. But, given there are dozens and dozens of other antioxidant ingredients, this study was at best limited; as an analogy, a race of five athletes doesn't mean the winner is the best runner in the country! In reality, there isn't a single best antioxidant; rather, there are many great ones and the more you apply to your skin, the better—and idebenone is one of many good ones, not the end all, be all.
Interestingly, other studies comparing idebenone and the antioxidant L-ergothioneine showed that the latter outperformed idebenone in free radical–scavenging ability and protecting cultured skin cells from UVA damage (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2007, pages 183–188). Other comparison studies have yielded similar findings. This does not mean idebenone is not worth considering or that it's ineffective; rather, it just means that it isn't the only game in town when it comes to selecting a skin-care product with antioxidants.
When this night cream launched it was packaged in a regular jar. That wasn't the best approach because that type of packaging exposes the product to light and air, the two things that cause antioxidants to begin breaking down. Therefore, from the first use in jar packaging, the idebenone and other antioxidants this night cream contains were, in all likelihood, becoming less effective. We're pleased to inform you that Arden has switched to airless jar packaging, which is a very good way to keep key ingredients stable during use. As a result, we changed the rating for this anti-aging moisturizer.
Note: This contains a small amount of fragrance ingredients that put skin at slight risk for irritation. Please see More Info for further details.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
This intensive overnight moisture cream with advanced Idebenone technology was specially formulated to work during the night in synch with skin's sleep cycle, as it's the time your skin is most receptive to treatments.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Shea Butter, Glycerin, PEG-8, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cocoa Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Phytostearyl Macadamiate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Shea Butter Extract, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexcaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Lemon Peel Ferment Extract, Tomato Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Methicone, Stearoxymethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isohexadecane, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Urea, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phospholipids, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Sucrose, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Polyquarternium-51, PEG-8, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, Dimethiconol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides, Red 4, 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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