Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Alexa

I was quite pleased to be asked to review the Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel ($78). My son and I have been happily using several Arcona products. However, my reason for jumping at the chance to add this to my skincare regimen is that my skin definitely needs more brightening. I have been using a combination of products and devices that have been incrementally improving my complexion. However, I started to feel that the brightening of my areas of sun damage, although improving, was stalled. I was hoping adding the Arcona peel would be the nudge my skin needed to continue to brighten.

In the morning, I usually cleanse my face with Arcona Triad Pads, followed by E’shee Multi-Tensor Extreme Face Lift Serum. To protect my skin from future damage, I religiously apply sunscreen. I recently switched to Prana Natural Defense SPF 25 Moisturizer. For my eyes, I rotate between Your Best Face Correct and AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum.

Most evenings, I use my Clarisonic with Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser. Occasionally, I use the cleanser alone. Other nights I put my Ultra Renew PLUS with Ultra Renew Gel Serum to use. When finished, I remove the excess gel with 100% Pure Jasmine Green Tea Tonique. I then apply Your Best Face Control. For both a.m. and p.m., I always use Your Best Face Define on my lips.

I went to the Arcona website to get more information on the Mandarin Brightening Peel. The brand asserts its offering is a “power-packed, spot-removing, line and wrinkle-reducing, smoothing and brightening, once-a-week treatment…backed by serious science.” More specifically, it will: “exfoliate for visible clarity and smoothness; reduce dark spots, uneven pigmentation and acne scaring; brighten and soften lines and wrinkles; protect against aging effects of environmental damage.” It hit all my complexion challenges. So I set out to see if the claims were brag or fact. The peel is to be used once a week either a.m. or p.m. I did so in the evening. I felt a bit of tingling at first. My skin is not sensitive, so I cannot speak to that.

I decided to try it for six weeks before submitting a review. The results were not dramatic. Turning the clock back on 59-year-old skin takes some time. What matters to me is that there are results. When I looked in my magnifying mirror I did perceive additional brightening. This was confirmed last week when my son randomly complimented me on how well my complexion looked.

As you probably surmised from the name of the product, the ingredients list is mostly made up of the zest of citrus fruits. I will continue to use the Arcona Mandarin Brightening Peel until it is gone, which should take some time even though it is a 2-oz. tube. Before I get to the end of the tube, I will purchase another. Bottom line, I am happy to add another Arcona product to my regimen.

Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Zest) Fruit, Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactic Acid (L), Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine (Sepiwhite), Glycolic Acid, Gluconic Acid (D), Nonapeptide-1, Citrus Sinensis var. Sanguina (Blood Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Lipids, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum, Lycopene, Acaia Gum, Alcohol Denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Dextran

*Denotes Organically Sourced