Reviewed by Kate

What does Preventin-AT Age Spot Treatment have to do with swimming pool filters?  Read on to find out....

Last summer I went into my local swimming pool supply store to buy a replacement filter, and because I know exactly zero about pool equipment, I knew I would need some help from the staff.  The first person who walked up offereing help was a very odd looking young man, with about 50 "piercings", a shaved head, quarter-sized holes in his earlobes, and wildly-colored tattoos everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE! They were up and down both arms and legs, peaking out from underneath his shirt, completely covering his neck, and even wrapping around part of his shiny head. When he quietly asked me if I needed some help I mumbled something about "maybe a little later", and pretended to be completely consumed by reading the ingredients lists of the assorted pool chemicals on display. What I was really hoping was that someone else (read: anyone else who looked a bit less exotic) who worked there might stop by to ask the same question, and I could get some "good" advice on the replacement filter.

After 10 minutes that same goofy looking kid came back and quietly asked me yet again if he could help, and this time I was forced to admit I was looking for a replacement filter. Within 60 seconds it was clear to me that my pre-judgments were completely wrong: this "goof" knew his stuff, and I was in great hands. He knew the right questions to ask, knew how to "translate" my answers so that they revealed the relevant information, knew the part numbers of the different filters by heart and knew how to cross reference the numbers with existing inventory. Ten minutes later I was walking out with a filter which was exactly the right size, shape, and capacity for my custom pool, and pool-filter expert Warren (formerly known as "goofy kid") had even found a generic equivalent which saved me about 40%. I vowed that day to quit (for once and for all) making snap judgments about people based purely on the physical.

Clearly, however, I still have some work to do on pre-judging products. Just as I couldn't have been more wrong about Warren's ability to do an exceptional job, I was wrong wrong wrong when I pre-judged Preventin-AT's Age Spot Treatment. I bought it after reading the interesting ingredients list, but in truth I was thinking I would likely end up "rejecting" it as a plain-jane drugstore Strivectin wannabe. The reality is that Preventin-AT Age Spot Treatment is a great product.

I was already doing a test of an age-spot elimination product on my chest and face, so I opted to try Preventin-AT on the backs of my hands and my forearms.  Having spent much too much time in the sun sans sunscreen, my hands looked like the freckled hands of a 50-year old (which they are), so I put the "treatment" to quite a test.  Sixty days later, my hands and forearms look AT LEAST 10 years younger, and the skin itself is much more uniform in color and nicely hydrated.

I simply rubbed a pea-sized amount of the Preventin-AT Age Spot Treatment onto the back of each hand each morning and each night, and a nickle-sized dollop onto each forearm. I was "pretty good" about adding a bit of physical sunscreen on top, but even after forgetting sunscreen a few times, my skin looks significantly brighter and more healthy.  It doesn't appear that the Preventin-AT Age Spot Treatment simply "bleached" the top-most layers of skin, because the old freckles didn't pop right back out... this seems to have worked some sort of magic on the deeper layers.

The ingredients list does not include hydroquinone, which I personally avoid.  Many countries (outside the US) have banned the inclusion of hydroquinone in OTC products, and some have banned its use completely.  There are no ingredients in this that cause me concern, and some which are proven to be the "effective" ingredients in similar products offered at 4x the price.

If you are looking for an inexpensive and nicely effective "age spot" treatment, Preventin-AT Spot Treatment is a great choice.


Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Diacetyl Boldine, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene Glycol, Hexylresorcinol, Arginine, Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice ), Root Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Fragrance, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Potassium Sorbate, Trisodium EDTA, Tocopherol, D&C Red No. 33 (CI 17200).