Hello Arcona; Goodbye subpar skincare! 

Hello everyone!  So I think I can speak for just about everybody when I say we are pretty familiar with the basic, cookie cutter, three step skincare systems.  The problem with these skincare systems is that most of us don’t have cookie cutter skin or skincare concerns.  As someone who has tried just about every skincare product on the drugstore shelves, I can say that they generally offer average results at best.  I am always on a mission to find the best and most effective skincare.  You’ll find that I don’t waste my time reviewing products that don’t work as I only focus on the good products out there.  With all that being said, allow me to introduce Arcona.  “What makes Arcona different?” you may ask.  A lot, actually!  Most in depth information can be found here, but if you don’t feel like sifting through the website, allow me to compile a little list of highlights about their products.

NO HARMFUL INGREDIENTS OR ADDITIVES

ARCONA products contain no petrochemicals, binders or fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphates, perfumes, dyes, or any other caustic, toxic ingredients. Common additives such as these support no more than a brief, cosmetic change in the skin, while clogging the pores and ultimately blocking the restoration of healthy, balanced skin.

ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Pure is powerful. ARCONA products are not homogenized, and apparent irregularities in the color or texture of products signify the living nature of organic ingredients. Only those ingredients required to achieve the best results go into our products.

SCIENCE-BASED, PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED FORMULATIONS

Developed in the best labs we can find, our formulations are supported by clinical trials. Sophisticated delivery systems target and time the release of active ingredients into the skin’s cells exactly where they can effect the most powerful results.

SMALL BATCHES ASSURE FRESHNESS

Made without preservatives, ARCONA products are processed in small batches to keep them fresh and assure the potency of active ingredients. Many of our products have expiration dates, so small batches guarantee that products are delivered to the marketplace immediately and used while they are most effective.

These highlights were taken directly from the website, and the credit for the quoted material belongs to Arcona Los Angeles.

Now think about the products that you use on a daily basis.  How many people out there can say that their skincare regimen is free of additives, contains organic ingredients, utilizes time release properties, and is made in small batches to assure freshness/effectiveness of its active ingredients?  Not many, I’m sure!  Now Arcona is not cheap (unfortunately) but it is totally worth it from what I can see so far!  Remember, cheap isn’t good, and good isn’t cheap (with a few exceptions out there, but you catch my drift).

My Esthetician, Kyle (whom I wrote all about in my last post here), recently started carrying the Arcona line.  He formally introduced me to Arcona as of yesterday, and I think I am already in love.  He told me that I would notice results the first time I used it.  To be honest, I thought I’d believe that when I saw it, and lo and behold–he was right.

The items I purchased from Kyle are the products in my featured image on the post.  Now, if you haven’t read my last posts about my own skincare concerns, I will get you up to speed.  So if you have skincare concerns similar to mine, listen up!  My skincare concerns are acne, oil, pore size, and texture issues–from acne over the years.  So, I’ve been big on retinol and retinoids over the years to encourage skin cell turnover to reveal smoother skin.  When discussing my skincare concerns with Kyle, he was able to recommend something that would have a more potent result than 1% Retin-A, and WITHOUT the irritation, redness, and general discomfort that can sometimes be associated with using such a strong Retin-A solution (see Retin-A (tretinoin)  for more information regarding the pros and cons of Retin-A).  That being said, I was all ears!  He informed me that our regular skin cell turnover rate is 28 days.  With Retin-A, that rate is cut down to 15 days with possible irritation.  With the two products featured (the ones I bought), that rate is cut down to 7 days (and without irritation), which is amazing!  I have very, very high hopes for these two products.

GENTLE SOLUTION – Repair [pm] – $54.00 (the silver bottle pictured)

Gentle nighttime treatment for dry and sensitive skin repairs sun damage and resurfaces skin as you sleep. Stimulate rapid cell renewal and deep exfoliation with our gentle-acting Glycolactolymer Complex. Strengthen skin’s immune system and combat free radical damage with our high-powered antioxidant complex. Decongest microcomedones to refine pores, smooth and clear skin. Nourish with algae, amino acids and chlorophyll for healthy, glowing skin.Especially effective for sensitive skin types.

  • 4% Glycolymer and 3% Lactolymer
  • Repairs sun damage and resurfaces skin, while increasing cell turnover.
  • Decongests microcomedones to refine pores while leaving skin smooth and clear.
  • Powerful antioxidants combat free radical damage.
  • Algae, amino acids and chlorophyll nourish skin.
  • Glycolactolymer Complex stimulates rapid cell renewal and gentle

 

Cranberry Gommage – Exfoliate [am] – $47.00 (the white bottle pictured)

Purifying cranberry exfoliant cleanses, tones and decongests enlarged pores, leaving skin visibly clearer, smoother and more refined. Brighten and resurface skin with zeolite and blueberry enzymes. Unclog and minimize the appearance of pores with cranberry and raspberry enzymes. Leaves skin purely polished and glowing.

Especially effective for combination, congested and/or acne prone skin.

  • Contains jojoba beads and volcanic minerals to exfoliate, cleanse and to stimulate circulation.
  • Cranberry and raspberry enzymes gently and effectively exfoliate.
  • Helps to decongest pores leaving skin polished and refined.
  • Excellent for all skin types.
  • Award winning formula

All of the information on the products above is courtesy of the Arcona Los Angeles website.

These two products are to be used together, twice a week.  The Gentle Solution at night, and the Cranberry Gommage in the morning.  I have used these products together only once, and I can truly say I am blown away.  After using the Gentle Solution last night, my skin looked absolutely wonderful.  I saw so much improvement just overnight.  My pore size appeared significantly smaller; my skin almost appeared to be glowing!  Now the next step was the Cranberry Gommage, which I used in place of my normal face wash.  The Cranberry Gommage is an excellent exfoliant.  It’s not your typical Bioré or St. Ives exfoliant.  It’s not just microbeads that really do nothing to exfoliate.  You can feel the grit of the natural exfoliant working deep down into your skin, and you know it’s doing its job.  Truly my skin has never felt or looked so good from any product out there.  I cannot wait to keep you guys updated and give you my final verdict on these products, but so far I have some very high hopes for Arcona!

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Until next time…

-AH