Arcona Magic Dry Ice 1.0 oz

Wow. Arcona Magic Dry Ice Ultra Daily Hydrator ($52) exceeded my expectations: this hydrator (somewhere between a moisturizer and a serum) lives up to its billing as an “anti-aging lotion” that “moisturizes dry skin and helps protect from environmental damage.” I had never tried the Arcona line until TIA asked me to review this one, and now I’m eager to sample other products from its extensive list of offerings. Several Arcona products have recently received positive notice from other readers.

The first thing I noticed when applying this feather-light lotion is that it has a pronounced smell of raspberry (and, yes, its moisturizers include raspberry seed and olive oils) – it reminded me of the candies we used to eat as children. I usually try to avoid scented products, but I kind of liked this fragrance. It’s easy to apply – just glides on – and is nicely packaged in a slim, simple silver-toned pump. Arcona calls this a daily hydrator and labels it AM/PM. I did try using it both morning and evening at different times during the past few weeks, and found it left my skin feeling exceptionally soft and well-hydrated. It seemed to make it noticeably smoother, too. It’s a luscious product at a very attractive price: $52 for 1.17 oz (35 ml).

Among the ingredients, Arcona touts Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta) and hyaluronic acid, antioxidants tocotrienols and tocopherol as protectants, and adds that a “blend of Clari-NET (sea daffodil) and kombuchka, derived from black tea, has anti-glycation benefits and enhances smoothness, leaving skin smooth, radiant and ultra hydrated.”

For more background, I took a look at Arcona’s website and found, not surprisingly, a thoughtful philosophy about formulation, ingredients, and processing. It’s a very appealing Los Angeles-based brand with, apparently, a long track record. I further learned that Arcona’s skincare principles are founded on “The Basic Five,” a set of synergistic products intended to be used together. They offer six different packages (for different skin types). My experience with the Magic Dry Ice – and there are several other hydrators and protectant serums in the line as well, including some featuring peptides, which look promising – made me curious to explore the line further.

But even on a stand-alone basis, I’d recommend this one to just about any age group, as it is light but effective. Those of us in our 50s might want to use a more potent anti-ager from time to time (or at night) but it’s great to a have a single go-to for morning and evening that can play double duty as well.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment (KombuchkaTM), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Sorbitan Olivate, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit, Camellia Sineosis (White Tea) Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Pancratium Maritimum Extract (Clari-NET), Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Totarol, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Acacia Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Squalane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, Essential Oils