Over priced and fussy!
What it is A multi-defense eye cream with advanced idebenone technology provides serious environmental protection, all day intensive moisture and encapsulated sunscreens. Helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet and crepiness and helps prevent future aging signs. Eyes instantly appear smoother and brighter.
Why I hate it Reason #1 You have to use a little putty knife to apply it. Apparently it is for hygienic reasons, as some beauty experts think touching cream with your fingers can cause bacteria to get into the jar. I’ve got no hang ups about hygiene in my eye cream but I generally prefer eye creams in tubes or pump containers for convenience. So the whole I-need-to-use-the-special-metal-applicator-knife was very annoying.
Reason #2 It caused red scaly skin underneath my eyes after a week of regular use. See pic below (sorry for the blurriness). I blame idebenone – the star antioxidant present in all Prevage products. The line Priori Skincare also uses idebenone, which is an expensive to ingredient they describe as “the bioengineered cousin of the vital human antioxidant enzyme – CoEnzyme Q10 – and up to 1000x more effective, simply put it is “Super CoQ10″. Idebenone sounds amazing doesn’t it? Well apparently idebenone is known to cause inflammation in some people. I learned this when I did a This vs That story pegging this cream against a derm-developed eye cream. Read the story here (there’s a clearer pic of my allergic reaction there!).
Reason #3 The copious amount of fine print and the lengthy ingredient list. Take a look for yourself…
INDICATIONS AND USAGE (On Carton) Test Usage: Apply a small amount to your inner arm for three consecutive days. If no reaction occurs, proceed to regular use.Regular Usage: Gently pat a small amount around eye area before sun exposure. Replace seal after each use. See insert for complete usage directions.(On Base Label) Usage: Test on arm for 3 days prior to use. Discontinue if rash appears. Gently pat a small amount around eye area before sun exposure. Replace seal after each use. See insert for complete directions.(On Insert) Test Usage: Skin reactions to PREVAGE products though rare, may be more likely to occur within the first severage days or use or to persons that have sensitive skin, eczema, or a history of allergies. If you have sensitive skin, eczema, or a history of allergies, you may want to consult with your physician before your first use of PREVAGE products. Before beginning to use PREVAGE on a regular basis, apply a small amount of product (less than one pump) daily for at least three (3) days to a small area of skin on the forearm near the inner side of the elbow. If any itching, burning, redness, or swelling occurs during this trial period, wash the product off and discontinue use immediately. If no reactions occur, follow the Regular Usage instructions below.Regular Usage: Gently pat a small amount around eye area before sun exposure. Replace seal after each use. Avoid getting into eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse throughly with water. OTC – ACTIVE INGREDIENTActive Ingredients: Octinoxate, 4.09 w/w, Oxybenzone, 1.40 w/w. INACTIVE INGREDIENT Other Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Glucoside, Synthetic Beeswax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Copernicia Cerifera (Canauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba, Peg-100 Stearate, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinoyl Dipalmitoyl Glycerate, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’Abeille, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Methicone, BIS-PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Lecithin, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Glycerophosphoinositol Lysine, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-20, Sorbitan Tristearate, Steareth-100, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Carbomer, PVP, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Benzoic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methyparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Triacetin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Chlorphenesis, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Red 40 (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS Special Instructions: Skin reactions to PREVAGE products may be more common in individuals who have recently undergone laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, medium to deep chemical peels, or any other aggressive skin therapies. If you have had any such treatments, you should wait 7 to 10 days before starting to us PREVAGE products or consult your physician. If you are using retinoids or other skin affecting products dispensed by your physician, ask your physician about the appropriate use of these products in combination with PREVAGE.