Yesterday, I mentioned four beauty products that you should never splurge on. Today, I'm talking about one that is far from cheap.
I've been using Prevage ($125) for the last week. Prevage is a prescription antiaging treatment developed by Allergan, the company that makes Botox. Elizabeth Arden has created a nonprescription variety of Prevage and put it into a night cream. Like the original version, it contains idebenone, a topical antioxidant that's much smaller and therefore better at penetrating the skin. It also contains Mega Complex-A, a blend of antioxidants such as vitamins A and E.
To find out whether this $125 cream delivers,
(Full disclosure: Elizabeth Arden's publicity department sent a jar for me to review. I will always tell you whenever a PR firm gives me a product for review that costs more than $100. Transparency and all that.)
I don't really have any wrinkles yet (ahem, sunblock), but I can say is that in the last week, my skin has been doing some great things. The redness in my cheeks has gone down — way down. My skin looks smooth and evenly toned now, and I've been wearing concealer only under my eyes and on my hormonal chin zits. No more redness! I've also found that my T-zone isn't as oily, which is great. I keep looking in the mirror to marvel at the changes that have happened in such a short amount of time.
Plus, I love the dispenser. You just press gently on the button and a bit of lotion plops out. (I don't care if it's gimmicky. I just like it, okay?)
So, is Prevage night cream worth $125? Oh, man. I don't know what to say. I think $125 for a night cream is definitely expensive. No two ways around that! And yet . . . this is the first over-the-counter cream that I would actually consider paying $125 for. Let's face it: Most night creams will moisturize your skin, and some will deliver results, but this is the first one that has done both in a very small amount of time. So, if it's in your budget, try it out. I'm going to go gaze at my skin now.