Posted by Marta

There are some very nice body lotions out there (Ischia and Terralina are amongst my favorites), but mostly they moisturize. What about preventing aging skin? Why should the heavy duty, anti-aging serums be dedicated to the face alone. Unless you are permanently shrouded in a nun's habit, wouldn't you want your post-shower rub-down to be full of antioxidants? I sure do, so I was excited to find Pevonia Botanica's De-Aging Body Balm ($89).

Like all Pevonia's products there is a dominant fruit or plant. In this case, they are mango and passion fruit, although to my nose De-Aging Body Balm smells more like banana milk shake. The anti-aging (or de-aging in Pevonia's nomenclature) ingredients are marine elastin and collagen (I don't where Pevonia sources this, but I've read that it can typically come from fish skin), pomegranate, niacinamide and retinol. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B that is a precurser to co-enzymes that play a key role in cellular energy production. Niacinamide also appears to have some antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, although the clinical evidence is still fairly sparse.

Pomegranate has a wonderful pedigree, on the other hand. According to a 2005 study, pomegranate extract is capable of protecting against oxidative damage, while also increasing/maintaining the levels of antioxidant molecules in vivo (within the living body). Apparently, ellagic acid helps to increase the body’s own built-in antioxidant glutathione, which also helps protect cells from free radical damage.

Pevonia's body balm goes on nicely and leaves the skin looking satiny without being at all greasy. Discovering whether it literally does its de-aging job will require me to use the entire bottle, so I'll report back in a month or so.

Water (Aqua), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Squalane Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Sorbitol, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate, Marine Collagen Polypeptides, Marine Elastin Polypeptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Butyrospermum (Shea Butter), Niacinamide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Carotene, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Edulis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Dimethicone, Ethoxdiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.