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Reviewed by Janet
Arcona Desert Mist ($35) crossed the wire a winner for me. Ever since this product was first reviewed by Marta, I was anxious to try it out. My main skin concerns are dryness (due to aging and living in a dry climate) and the crosshatch wrinkles under my eyes (I’m 51 and have allergies). I’ve tried so many eye creams and nothing seems to work, especially with the under-eye dryness.
My budget plays a significant role in determining the skincare products that I use. I just don’t believe in using 27 different lotions and potions on my face. If it costs $200 and works, I’ll save and spring for it; otherwise, I use budget-friendly products that I’ve learned about (mainly) via Truth in Aging or DIY sites. I absolutely do not use anything considered mainstream that can be purchased in a drugstore or department store; in my opinion, most are ineffective. I want safety, effectiveness and results, so I tweak my budget to be able to afford products that meet this criteria. With all that said, I think I might be a product snob.
When I was notified that I would be testing this product, I didn’t recall Marta’s initial review enough to realize that this was NOT a spray. Be that as it may, I was not disappointed. I just had to make a note to self to slow down and read next time! My brain read “mist” and assumed “spray.” This product comes in an airless pump, of which I am not a fan. Nothing specifically against this individual pump; I just tend to have bad luck with pumps in general.
Gold in color, this product is the consistency of… well, the only way I can describe it is... heavy water. There is no discerning scent – maybe a slight “earthy” witch hazel-y scent that wasn’t offensive. And here I go with the airless pump complaints again: when dispensed into the cupped palm of my hand the product splashed onto the bathroom counter top most times, no matter how gentle I was with my pumping. Keep in mind that this is not a reflection of the product or its effectiveness, just a generalization about airless pumps. I think I’m obsessed with them.
Once dispensed into my hand, I would gently rub both hands together and then smooth over my face, targeting my chin pooch and under my eyes. After allowing it to settle for one to two minutes, my skin felt dewy (it didn’t necessarily look dewy, but it felt dewy) and not tacky or gooey. I would then proceed with my regular eye serum, creams and moisturizer. I used the product morning and night.
After using this for four weeks, I noticed the following: my skin didn’t look any different, but felt different (a bonus) and my chin pooch skin texture improved significantly. Overall, my results were increased hydration and performance from my regular moisturizer. The layering of Desert Mist really boosted the moisture and, although I may not have looked any different, my skin felt less dry/flaky, which seemed to bolster my confidence.
The real test came when I developed a cold that turned into a sinus infection. My eyes and nose were raw from blowing and wiping, so I used my last drops of Arcona Desert Mist on my problem areas and the potion alone did not soften them. However, this product, in combination with my regular moisturizer, kept my rawness from turning into a huge RED beast. I didn’t have to resort to something like Vaseline to try to keep it soft.
The 1.17-ounce bottle lasted six weeks using it a.m. and p.m. I will most certainly be ordering this again along with the newly TIA reviewed and recommended Arcona Peptide Eye Serum ($52) and Arcona Eye Dew ($38).
Ingredients for Arcona Desert Mist: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Glycerine, Mucin, NaPCA, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Volcanic Minerals, Glutathione, L-Ascorbic Acid, Selenium, Acetyl Cysteine, Wild Marjoram (Origanum Vulgare) Extract
Ingredients for Arcona Peptide Eye Serum: Jojoba, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Aqua (Distilled Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Liquid Crystals, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerine, Beta Fructan, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract (Blueberry), D Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Allantoin, Lime Oil (Citrus Aurantifolia), Ylang Ylang Oil (Canaga Odorata)
Ingredients for Arcona Eye Dew: Agua (Distilled Water), Glycerine, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Coffee (coffea Arabica) Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (MatrixylTM), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 3000TM), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Willowherb Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Acacia Gum, Allantoin, Crataegus Monogina (Hawthorn Berry) Fruit, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol