My friend was on an Asian Tour recently - he called me during one of his stopovers to ask if I needed anything since there was an attractive sale going on at some of the high-end department stores in Hong Kong. I was hoping to get either the Prevage Night Cream or the Serum(tried a sample and loved it!) but unfortunately both were sold out. There were only limited quantities of the Day Moisturizer left, so I gave him the green light. The local retail price is S$239 but after discount and currency conversion, I forked out around S$150. Excellent bargain, no?
PREVAGE Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer
This daytime product contains the revolutionary Idebenone, which is a clinically proven antioxidant. With the the highest protective capability of all the other antioxidants in the market, this key ingredient addresses the effects of oxidation on the skin, which is a primary cause of visible signs of aging. PREVAGE Day also contains Thiotaine, another antioxidant that complements Idebenone in protecting the skin from free radical damage caused by environmental assaults.
Currently on my second bottle, the first was gifted from ELIZABETH ARDEN Singapore, easily used up within 3-4 months. To be honest, I tend to slack in my skincare regime especially when I'm stressed, depressed or fatigued. On nights when I use a sleeping mask, there is no need to wash my face because my skin is still soft and supple in the morning. If the weather turns unbearably hot, I will slap on sunscreen. Note: This does not happen often and only on some days when I do not need to leave the house. Please don't call me a lazy bum (lol)
Despite all that and overlooking frequent hormonal breakouts, multiple analysis still show my skin is in tip-top condition. I'm still surprised every time the consultant shows me the result. It goes to show that even though you might not see evidential changes on the surface, but results are apparent over the long term in the dermal layer. Suffice to say, it is essential to find products suitable for your skin type and meet any necessary skincare concern such as whitening, anti-aging etc.
The potent Idebenone is a fine orange powder, which explains the unique color in the products from this anti-aging range. Fortunately the cream does not add any coloration on the skin however without a proper massage, residue can be seen on the tissue after blotting.
PREVAGE Day has a heavier consistency compared with other daytime moisturizers that I own, and has a broad spectrum of SPF 30 protection. In my initial usages I had difficulty getting the product to sink into my skin, and ended up looking like a grease ball. Take heed if you fall under the combination/oily skin type category - the texture isn't greasy to begin with, but it needs a lot of work to be absorbed. Especially living under Singapore's humid climate, you really need to get in there and massage, Massage, MASSAGE!
Out of many I have tried, the SHISEIDO Facial Massage works best because not only does this method promotes blood circulation, it also allows the skin to better drink in the beneficial ingredients. Given the nature of this massage, just dab a little on the T-Zone and emphasize on your cheeks. Previously, I had to blot almost immediately to remove any excess prior to trying this massage method. Ever since I implemented this facial workout into my routine, blotting comes into action around the two-hour mark.
Although PREVAGE Day is marketed as an anti-aging product, it must not be mistaken as a filler. There is no hocus pocus to make fine lines and wrinkles disappear but I do notice my laugh lines visibly reduced albeit rather slowly. Pixel by pixel. My skin is firmer, more supple and better hydrated; my skin tone is more even now, especially along my jaw line. This is the only product that has managed to even out my skin tone thoroughly. Whitening products only give a temporal brightening effect so I rather invest in something that gives me results in the long run.
Finding The Perfect Pair
I alternate a few moisturizers to accommodate the tropical weather, just like serums catering to different skin concerns. For the sake of reviewing, I had to stick with PREVAGE and along the process, I'd experienced some grief while doing a trial and test run with different serums. The following are just observations based on 2 recent serums that I am currently using:
CLARINS White Plus Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
I really love the scent of the Sea Lily extract. Refreshing and Feminine. This plant extract acts like a lock to control melanin production. I have been using it for almost a month together with the Day Moisturizer; the whitening properties aren't visible but clearly shows its effectiveness through a skin analysis.
This serum works well with the Day Emulsion; it penetrates into my skin quickly without leaving any residue. However when paired up with PREVAGE Day, the incompatibility starts to show as the moisturizer flakes while performing the SHISEIDO Facial Massage. Any theories?
SHISEIDO Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum
Another product that addresses the signs of aging. Beside the perfect pairing of their lush packaging, their formulations go well together that my initial concerns were shot down almost immediately. After experiencing flaking issues with the White Plus Serum, I had expected the same reactions but to my surprise, there was no shedding at all.
This Corrective Serum has a wax-like gel texture that mattifies the skin upon application, allowing the rich consistency of PREVAGE Day to be spread more uniformly. It curb the richness of PREVAGE Day really well, and drastically limits the number of times to blot my face.
It's quite a lengthy read, isn't it? I hope you had fun and thanks for reading!!