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Elizabeth Arden Prevage Body

Is a Solution for:
Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta February 3, 2009 4 Comments
Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Body is supposed to go beyond mere skin retexturing to heal scars and strechmarks, fade cellulite and sun damage. That's good because it costs $138. Looking at the ingredients, its hard to tell if Prevage Body will live up to its promise.

The Prevage signature ingredient is ubiquinone. Also known as CoQ10, this is an antioxidant with a very good pedigree. Idebenone is a version of CoQ10 that has a particularly low molecular weight and has performed well against cell damage from oxidative stress in a variety of trials. In one, 41 women, aged 30–65, with moderate photodamaged skin used either 0.5% or 1.0% solution of idebenone. After six weeks’ use of the 1.0% idebenone formula, a 26% reduction in skin roughness/dryness was observed, a 37% increase in skin hydration and a 29% reduction in fine lines/wrinkles.

This is not the only antioxidant with some data behind it. Euterpe oeraceais acai berry and this is gaining acceptance as a new superfruit. Phospholipids are also useful because they are class of lipids that give cell membranes stucture and they transport DNA. Meanwhile, phytosterols are known for their regenerative properties. Octadecenedioic acid is supposed to be a new alternative to alzeic acid in that it is a non-irritating skin brightener.

Leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate seems to be a anti-microbial. I am all in favor of natural preservatives. Yet Elizabeth Arden is hedging bets by adding most parabens known to man and several others including phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Hydroxydecyl, Ubiquinone, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Guanidine HCl, Lactic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Urea, Phospholipids, Phytosterols, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Tripeptide-1, Glucose, Octadecenedioic Acid, Ceteth-20, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylates, Copolymer, PEG-8, Polyethylene, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Red 4 (CI 14700), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).
  • October 30, 2013

    by Marta

    Wikipedia is edited by a team of committed volunteers and for the most part is a good source of information. But you are right, we should do more research than merely look at Wikipedia - and we did. The link to ubiquinone goes to a post that quotes several additional sources. We always, always verify any references that Wikipedia makes and go to secondary sources.

  • October 30, 2013

    by Catherine

    I'm not sure "Wikipedia" is a great source of information. Do more research. Can't anyone put information on Wikipedia?

  • March 13, 2009

    by Uwe

    Leuconostoc ferment is a ferment from a bacteria used to prepare a traditional Korean food called Kimchii. The filtered ferment is a protein from this bacteria with antibacterial activity and thus used as a natural preservative. There are no pathogens and no vancomycin resistant bacteria used in cosmetic products. I don't understand why you post comments about things you obviously do not have any clue about and even have the guts to 'warn' readers with such nonsense marked as 'red alert!'. Kindly stick to your beloved parabens and spare us from such public display of gross incompetence. Uwe Bandweiner, formulation scientist

  • February 3, 2009

    by Niall

    RED ALERT!

    I had never heard of the ingredient Leuconostoc, so I did some research. And the news is very, very not good. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about it:

    "Leuconostoc[1] is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria, placed within the family of Leuconostocaceae. They are generally ovoid cocci often forming chains. Leuconostoc sp. are intrinsically resistant to vancomycin and are catalase-negative (which distinguishes them from staphylococci). All species within this genus are heterofermentative and are able to produce dextran from sucrose. They are generally slime-forming.

    Blamed for causing the 'stink' when creating a sourdough starter, some species are also capable of causing human infection.[2] Because they are an uncommon cause of disease in humans, standard commercial identification kits are often unable to identify the organism[3]."

    This is a vancomycin resistant bacterium that can cause human infection and yet itself is virtually undetectable. Do you really want this being absorbed into your body?

    Give me parabens any day.

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