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How To Get City Smart: A Prevage Skincare Guide By Elizabeth Arden

Oooh! How pretty is this set of Elizabeth Arden Prevage® City Smart skincare?? I have always wanted a cloche to house pretty candles in…thanks Elizabeth Arden!

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

Here we have Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage® City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask and Prevage® City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion. Both couldn’t have come at a better time. I used up most of my Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Moisture Lotion SPF 30 during my last trip to Barbados. I also burned my poor nose on the beach and looked like a koala for a few weeks. Since that traumatic experience, I have buckled down and taken extra care in whipping my skin back into shape.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

Upon receiving this delightful little skincare package, I immediately got to testing. The one thing my skin needed now was extra hydration. Thanks for hearing my plea, Skincare Gods!

Elizabeth Arden Prevage® City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

So, my skin took a hit in Barbados because I didn’t heed my own advice. You know how it goes. You touch down somewhere tropical, they hand you a rum punch and all your sense flies out the window. Well, with that sense went months of great skin. I came back a sunburned mess (the second time in my life that I’ve gotten a sunburn) and I’m still paying for it. My poor koala nose has cleared up, but my skin is still feeling dry and peeling in some spots. Sigh.

Out comes the Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask! This product is geared towards maximum skin detox. With its power list of ingredients including a ton of antioxidants and botanical blend, this peel-off mask removes surface toxins that have built up over time. After lathering on a good amount to your skin, it peels away dirt and oil and assists the skin by speeding up its natural detoxification. Key ingredients include Idebenone (world’s most powerful antioxidant), blueberries, goji berries and cranberries to beat skin-damaging pollutants. In addition, this product contains a special polymer been which promises to lift away dirt leading to a brighter, smoother complexion. Tree mushroom extract is an effective astringent which further minimizes pores and a blend of broccoli (crazy!), Bioflavonoids (antioxidant) and aloe works to boost skin’s detoxification system.

A smooth gel, this product works by using gentle exfoliation. My interest was piqued at its claim to reduce your pore size. My pores have grown to dish plate-size after my sunburn, and I’m happy to try anything to reduce them.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

Well, this Peel Off Mask was certainly fun to use! Thick and gooey, I applied a very generous amount to my face, being careful to avoid my hairline, eye area and lips. Instructions state use twice a week and to leave on for 20 minutes at a time. For the first five minutes or so, I felt a light tingling sensation which eventually subsided. I peeled off the mask after 20 minutes and my skin definitely looked clearer, brighter and was much smoother. I tell ya, I love myself a good peel off mask, and this delivered. Half the fun was peeling it off. The other half? Gorgeous skin.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage® City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

I truly believe that Elizabeth Arden’s sunscreens are the best out there. As a black person, it was really hard to find a sunscreen that didn’t leave a greyish-purple cast on my medium-dark skin. After a long bout of trial and error, it’s Elizabeth Arden for the win….by a landslide.

On top of leaving no greyish cast, Arden’s sunscreens are highly moisturizing yet non-greasy. I have never experienced any breakouts or other types of adverse reactions. I couldn’t think of a better product to protect my skin under the sun’s rays.

The Prevage® City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion promises to protect your skin from UV rays and environmental pollution. This product was developed by chemists and dermatologists with a special DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen skin too. Like the peel off mask, this lotion also contains Idebenone (that powerful antioxidant) which keeps skin looking clear and healthy.

It also features “Triple Action Protection” technology to:

  • protect skin from harmful toxins and pollution through its 100% mineral broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen;
  • prevent the future signs of aging (fine lines/wrinkles and hyper pigmentation); and
  • strengthen skin by protecting the skin’s elastin and collagen matrix leading to a better natural recovery process.

I have been using this sunscreen for the past week on a daily basis and it’s a really nice daily moisturizer. Makeup applies easily after using this lotion – everything stays put. No sliding right off my face by midday. It also has a light fresh scent (that reminds me of the beach) which dissipates quickly. So far, so good!

The Verdict

These skincare products are a big ol’ “RECOMMEND”. I really love the Elizabeth Arden brand. The products are top notch and the Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage® City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask and Prevage® City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion are no exceptions. The peel off mask was great! It left my face feeling super clean and hydrated, and the sunscreen easily made my list of best products of 2017.

What are your favourite Elizabeth Arden skincare products? Let me know in the comments!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. May 16, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I’ve just used up my last peel-off mask and I’ve been looking for recommendations for a new one. I’ve never tried Elizabeth Arden anything, but it sounds like a total win. Love the sun screen too. Especially since it’s got such a high SPF and it’s always sunny where I am!

    • Dominique
      May 16, 2017 / 11:47 am

      I promise you, you will love the mask! Elizabeth Arden is an underrated brand! The quality is absolutely amazing and I’m enjoying spreading the word!

  2. May 16, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I’d love to try that peel off mask. My skin is always in need of more hydration. And I love anything with an SPF as high as 50! Would be great for my upcoming trip to Jamaica.

    • Dominique
      May 16, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Cheryl – I’m loving this sunscreen. It won’t make us grey! LOL! Oooh – Jamaica! Lucky!! Can’t wait to see the pics!

    • Dominique
      May 16, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      This mask is really great. My skin feels amazing! Let me know how you like it. xoxoxo

  3. May 16, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I love the packaging! I need a new mask too, so I’m going to check this out.

    • Dominique
      May 16, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Great! Let me know how it goes!

  4. May 16, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    I have always been a big fan of Elizabeth Arden products! I literally just got sunburned yesterday and totally could have used this stuff!

  5. May 17, 2017 / 5:13 am

    As a fair skinned blonde, I am always on the lookout for the perfect sunblock! I’m definitely going to pick up a bottle and check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  6. May 17, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I’ll have to try the mask! I usually only wear zinc oxide on my skin. It totally discolors it and makes it look weird too haha but i dc since I’m in the sun so much

    • Dominique
      May 17, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Hey – whatever works!!!

  7. May 17, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I’m always looking for a new sunscreen! I gotta give this one a try!

    • Dominique
      May 17, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      Yes – keep that beautiful skin of yours beautiful!

  8. May 17, 2017 / 11:31 am

    This sounds amazing! Totally need to give it a try.

    • Dominique
      May 17, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      I think you’d love it, Ada!

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