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I was excited to read about Arcona Magic Pink Ice ($40) on TIA. As a 58-year-old who is currently in remission from Tripe Negative Breast Cancer, I am always on the lookout for products that give me good results without the use of harmful chemicals. In addition, I was happy to see this: "Arcona will donate $2 for every Magic Pink Ice sold in the month of October to Cancer and Careers."
Magic Pink Ice contains hyaluronic acid, an excellent anti-aging ingredient and one I am currently using via another brand with good results. From the box: "Deeply hydrating gel moisturizes deep within the skin without clogging pores, to help protect against environmental damage and leave the skin fresh and dewy. Moisturizes skin with white cranberry complex and hyaluronic acid." Also included is white tea extract, another popular anti-aging ingredient. I was eager to try a product that's on the cutting age of skin care technology and gives something back to the breast cancer community at the same time.
I received Arcona Magic Pink Ice and noticed the product box was half-open. When I tried to use the product, it would not pump. I discovered there was no "connector" provided to attach to the lid, thereby rendering the actual pumping of the product impossible. I solved this problem by unscrewing the lid and tapping a little out into the palm of hand. Still, I have no way of knowing if I was using the proscribed "1-2 pumps per use" described on the box.
I chose to use Magic Pink Ice in the morning after cleansing, as I use my other HA product, over my Tatcha Brightening Serum ($185). I live in Florida and have strong, oilier skin (yes, even at 58!) and I found this to be enough on hotter, humid days. You may find you want to use Magic Pink Ice in addition to your morning moisturizer in you live in a colder, drier climate and/or have drier skin.
Magic Pink Ice has a consistency akin to less-tacky liquid glue or perhaps melting strawberry ice cream--not unpleasant. It is, as are most HA products I have used, a little sticky and gooey. All that I understand. But what's hard for me to accept was the smell. This may be personal, but I am not a "sweets" person. And this smells sweet. I mean really sweet. Like cotton candy times a million. It smells like the color it is: sweet baby pink. If you choose to use this product and are sensitive to smell, have asthma or allergies, be forewarned: it is very strongly scented.
Even though I found the smell disconcerting, I persevered. What a woman will do to be beautiful! Magic Pink Ice is absorbed quickly into the skin; the aforementioned tackiness disappears upon application. It offers some tightening, too. I found it gave my skin a slight sheen and appeared to make my large pores look smaller upon close examination. I used it on my neck and chest area as well, as a little goes a long way, but did not discern any difference in these areas.
I recommend this product with reservation; hence the 3 stars. I currently use another HA product which is unscented and prefer it over Arcona Magic Pink Ice in terms of tightening and moisturizing. Also, my current product is fragrance free, which is a BIG plus in my book. If you currently use other Arcona products and are happy with the results you receive from them, you might want to consider trying Magic Pink Ice . For the rest of us, I believe there are other products out there that do the same or more without the overwhelming cotton-candy smell.