$80 serums with $119 moisturizer; I slather on $22 lip balm like it's chap stick. Anything to slow down aging and prevent environmental damage. But, when it comes to the skin that falls below the neck, I tend towards drugstore products. No real reason. I just never found the need to use pricey products on the rest of my body. But, admittedly, I've been curious.
When I received a deluxe sample of Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer in a department store GWP package I was excited. Not only was I eager to give a super high-end body moisturizer a test drive for my own benefit, I was excited to review Prevage Body for all of you. The promise of a body moisturizer that can transform your skin is hard to resist, so I wanted to add something to the discourse about whether these pricey products are worth the cash.
Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer makes many of the same claims that Prevage facial products make. Specifically, Prevage body "minimizes stretch marks, firms and tones dimpled skin, improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin, brightens the look of skin, evens skin tone and texture and boosts collagen levels in the skin." Prevage Body was the winner of Marie Claire magazine's Best Products of the Year 2009.
In an effort to be scientific (and, ok, extend the life of my sample tube) I dutifully applied Prevage Body Moisturizer to my left leg every day. My right leg received a daily application of my normal body moisturizer-- Nivea Body Skin Firming Moisturizer Q10 Plus. The test lasted just over 2 weeks. Here's my Prevage Body review:
Packaging and Instructions
The tube with twist-off top was just what I was expecting and, truthfully, is a smart choice for an expensive moisturizer as you can get pretty much every last drop out. The instructions were similarly basic and as expected. The only thing I would add to the instructions is that you need to use much less of the Prevage Body Moisturizer than you would of a regular body moisturizer. There's something about the formula that really does make a little of this product go a long way.
Texture and Feel
Prevage Body moisturizer has a consistency that is not as thick as a cream, but it does have some heft to it. Once on the body, it sinks in quickly and has a silky feel. I've seen some reviews that say it's greasy, but that wasn't my experience. I suspect that the people who had a greasy experience were applying too much-- see my comment about the "missing" little goes a long way instruction above.
I'm actually very impressed with Prevage Body Moisturizer. Instantly this formula firmed and smoothed my skin better than my drugstore brand skin firming moisturizer. I can say this with confidence since, for two weeks, I was using Prevage on one leg and my normal skin firming moisturizer on the other. The Prevage leg was instantly and noticeably smoother and firmer to the touch. In two weeks I also saw a lightening of the scars on my left leg and an overall evening of the skintone. Overall, I loved the positive effects of using the Prevage Body Moisturizer and I would gladly shell out the $135 for a full tube-- I noticed that much of a difference on my legs.
→ Buy the Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer, $135.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on August 2, 2010. It has since been updated to ensure all links are up to date and all prices are current.
Disclosure: A sample of this product was received as part of a department store GWP offer; no compensation was received in exchange for this review.