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Arcona Desert Mist- reviewed and recommended

December 11, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 10 Comments

Over the years, many of us in the Truth In Aging community have tried and appreciated Arcona’s natural, yet highly effective skin care products, such as Magic White Ice and the Wine Hydrating Mask. When I reached out to Arcona to see if we could make these products available in the TIA shop, they insisted that I test what they call their Basic Five first. The Basic Five is a personalized regimen that is designed to “help speed up, strengthen and enhance the skin’s own renewal process.” I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my experience with my Arcona regimen and will be publishing reviews over the coming days of all five products, starting here with the moisturizer Desert Mist.

Arcona is an unusual formulator. So when I say moisturizer, don’t expect your usual creamy lotion. In fact, Arcona goes out of its way to say that Desert Mist ($32) doesn’t have conventional emollients but actives that boost the skin’s hydrating abilities. Desert Mist is an incredibly light textured cosmetic, something between water and a gel, erring on the watery side.

Witch hazel is a dominant ingredient and gives Desert Mist its distinctive scent – which I happen to like. Witch hazel is often regarded as little more than an astringent, but there’s way more to it than that. It constricts blood vessels, making it helpful in reducing broken veins. It is a soother of all manner of skin ailments and has been found to have a strong action against reactive oxygen in skin tissue.

The simple ingredients list includes something that I had to look up. Mucins are proteins that can form gels. On the skin, they sit on the surface and provide protection from environmental onslaught (as my skin has to deal with New York, this is probably a good thing). In cosmetics, they help the product retain moisture.

Another that had me heading to Google search is Na-PCA. This is the sodium salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, a natural moisturizing factor found in human skin. In cosmetics it functions as a humectant. These work by attracting water from the dermis below and helping to keep that water bound in the stratum corneum (source).

Desert Mist also has glutathione, which works in DNA synthesis and repair, protein and prostaglandin synthesis, and amino acid transport. Interestingly, here it is paired with acetyl cysteine, an amino acid that is responsible for boosting the body’s levels of glutathione. This seems like an intelligently synergistic use of ingredients.

Desert Mist is a very pleasant alternative to a typical day cream. It provides a protective barrier for the skin, is feather light and comfortable and with only a handful natural ingredients it provides a well-balanced assortment of anti-agers.

Ingredients in 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

  • July 15, 2014

    by Danielle Aarsvold

    You cant use Arcona without desert mist! Most people have an adjustment period with this product as it is very unconventional. If you are too dry, you need more. If you feel tacky, use less. If you need to be matte, this might not be the best thing for you, however, Arcona is all about the healthy glow so this line if overall not matte friendly. The ingredients in Arcona products are chirally correct and thoughtfully put together and the small ingredient list in the desert mist can attest to that. Overall, this product looks, smells and feels good and even more than that it helps give your skin what it needs to function at its highest capacity.

  • June 26, 2014

    by Marta

    Hi Marty, I don't think witch hazel is drying. The astringent properties the tannins cause proteins in the skin to tighten and that sensation might be mistaken for a dry tight feeling. Its the alcohols that are mixed with drug store witch hazel that are drying. Having said that, I don't know if this would be hydrating enough for someone with very dry skin. My husband likes it and I recently recommended it to a friend, who also loves it. But neither of them have especially dry skin.

  • June 26, 2014

    by Marty

    My concern is how high witch hazel is in the ingredients deck. I read your positive review regarding witch hazel yet really worry about it's effect on my super dry skin (combined with living in a very dry climate) Can you share your opinion about how witch hazel, as such a primary ingredient, can be a positive for my dry skin, or at least, not be a negative. I have always steered clear of skincare incorporating witch hazel so high in their ingredient decks and am now wondering if that has been as necessary as I had been lead to believe. Thanks much.

  • December 28, 2012

    by Marta

    I would like to try the "Night Breeze Serum" ;)

  • December 13, 2012

    by Kelly

    Would love to give this a try, always looking for a good lighter weight moisturizer

  • December 13, 2012

    by sharon

    would love to try any of the products, they sound most beneficial for my skin

  • December 13, 2012

    by pat goodspeed

    i would love to try any of the products, but especially those for the neck and décolleté...i love your website, so informative and have purchased from the store...thank you.

  • December 12, 2012

    by Naheed

    Thanks for the review. The ingredient list is simple and looks effective. I would love to try any or all of their basic five.

  • December 11, 2012

    by Jan

    All I can say is I'm completely intrigued...and that doesn't happen too often. Have found that layering emu oil lightly under my day and night moisturizers is most beneficial to my skin, so this mist sounds like a winner to me! Hope to order some soon and looking forward to the rest of the review of Basic Five!

  • December 11, 2012

    by Mark

    I like the Arcona Magic White Ice, so I look forward to your reviews of their Basic Five.

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