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PREVAGE® Eye FAQ


Why are antioxidants, especially Idebenone, essential for the eye area?

The skin around the eye area is very thin, making it more susceptible to free radical damage from UV rays as well as pollution and the environment, which can penetrate more easily. It needs more protection and using topical antioxidants combined with sunscreens during the day can help shield this delicate area from the visible effects of environmental damage - fine lines and crow's feet, dryness, sagging and loss of firmness.

Idebenone and other antioxidants scavenge toxic free radicals from environmental exposure to help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Idebenone works better than other commonly used antioxidants in skincare products, and received the highest EPF rating, of 95 out of 100. In addition, Idebenone is the only antioxidant that effectively neutralizes all three types of free radical assaults. This is especially important for the eye area, which is constantly moving from blinking, expression and even in our sleep - during REM.

What makes Idebenone better than other antioxidants?

Idebenone is proven as the most powerful antioxidant* with an EPF® rating of 95 out of 100, and is really the only antioxidant in skincare that effectively combats oxidative stress from both extrinsic (external environmental sources of free radicals such as UV light, ozone, air pollution, cigarette smoke, etc.) and intrinsic (free radicals produced in the skin itself) sources. Idebenone can act on all three levels of free radical damage, working deep within the surface layers of the skin to restore skin's appearance. There are three different types of free radical reactions caused by oxidative stress. Primary free radicals (reactive oxygen species) are unstable molecules created as a result of exposure to environmental assaults. Secondary free radicals (reactive carbonyl species) are formed as a result of exposure to primary free radicals and tend to damage the protective lipids of the skin. There is also free radical activity that happens within the surface skin cells themselves. Not all antioxidants have the same protective capabilities. Most antioxidants shield from one type of free radical, and a few of the more potent antioxidant ingredients can attack both primary and secondary free radical damage. It provides the most effective and highest level of antioxidant protection available.

In addition to its protective capabilities, Idebenone helps restore and visibly correct skin's appearance. It helps prevents further damage and supports skin's natural repair mechanisms to help address the visible effects past damage.

Any insights on healthy skin in the eye area from your research on Idebenone?

Idebenone is good for all areas of the skin, especially for the delicate skin around the eye area which is much thinner and generally the first area of the face to show the signs of aging as a result of damage accumulation from exposure to UV light and other sources of free radical damage, such as cigarette smoke, pollution, etc.

What's new in the PREVAGE® Eye Treatments?

Research on Idebenone has centered on how to make this powerful ingredient even more effective and also more gentle. We created a new Idebenone ester technology, which fuses Idebenone with a fatty acid to deliver it to the skin more efficiently. It helps to create a reservoir so the skin can use the Idebenone when and where it is needed most, similar to a time released delivery system. This delivery mechanism has the added benefit that it is also more skin friendly, making it gentle to the skin - which is particularly important in the eye area as it is more sensitive and prone to irritation.

Why is sun protection necessary in the eye area?

UV rays account for over 90% of free radical damage generated in the skin and the eye area, where skin is often left unprotected. PREVAGE® Eye SPF 15 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection in addition to the benefits of Idebenone. The sunscreens in PREVAGE® Eye SPF 15 are encapsulated, so they remain on the skin's surface and protect without coming into direct contact with the skin. This is important because skin in the eye area is more sensitive, especially to sunscreens.

How do the additional ingredients work together with Idebenone?

PREVAGE® EYE Advanced Anti-aging Serum
In addition to Idebenone, we have included a number of complementary ingredients that work with Idebenone to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, crepiness, discolorations and improve the look of sun damaged skin.

PREVAGE® Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15
We reinforced this treatment with a blend of targeted ingredients to support Idebenone and help protect eyes from environmental free radical assaults, dehydration and damage caused by UV rays.

How do you use the Eye Serum and Eye SPF 15 products together?

For the best results, use PREVAGE® Eye Serum morning and night on cleansed skin for antioxidant protection and correction to skin's appearance. In the morning, follow with PREVAGE® Eye SPF 15 to moisturize and protect skin from the sun and harsh environmental aggressors that can damage the delicate skin around the eyes.

Has PREVAGE® Eye been ophthalmologist tested?

Yes, both PREVAGE® Eye Advanced Anti-aging Serum and PREVAGE® Eye Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturizer SPF 15 have been ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.