Arcona Night Breeze 1.18 fl oz

Arcona’s Night Breeze ($52) is a recent addition to my skincare regimen and will definitely be in regular rotation. This protective serum is excellent to use on irritated skin as it helps to gently heal and rejuvenate the skin. I’ve come to depend on it to restore balance to my skin the day after having a peel or using a retinoid for a couple of days. It feels great on skin and works quickly to moisturize and heal excess dryness and flaking without clogging pores. It is also good to use on inflamed skin following the occasional breakout as it is soothing and calming. Night Breeze has some interesting ingredients that I’ve hadn’t previously used but I found to be rather effective.

I was wary when I read the serum’s claim regarding the delivery of oxygen within the dermis, to suppress acne bacteria, promote healing and stimulate cell renewal. Per Arcona, the oxygen is botanical and is delivered via chenopodium oil, which I wasn’t familiar with. A search on TIA revealed that the oil is extracted from quinoa and The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia lists skin care as a practical use for the oil. Although I wasn't able to find any scientific studies supporting the skin beneficial properties of chenopodium oil, the idea doesn’t seem far-fetched. Per a article, when quinoa is correctly applied to skin, it has anti-aging and dehydrating properties. I can see that. As far as suppressing acne bacteria, zinc gluconate is included in the formulation and is thought to be an effective acne treatment, because of its ability to kill bacteria. It is also thought to speed wound healing and prevent scarring by assisting the body in processing essential fatty acids used by skin for healing.

More intriguing is the inclusion of fumaric acid, which is created naturally by the skin when it is exposed to sunlight and is used by cells to produce energy. Applied topically, fumaric acid has been found to be effective for psoriasis which would explain why it works well for dry and inflamed skin conditions. There is also the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, naturally found in the body with the fastest turnover of any known enzyme. Superoxide dismutase overpowers the damaging reactions of superoxide, and protects the cell from superoxide (the most common free radical in the body) toxicity.

There are plenty of independent studies on aminoguanidine. It seems that it inhibits the cross-linking of proteins that cause signs of aging such as break down of elastin. One researcher concluded that “aminoguanidine improves wound healing, restores growth factor TGF-β1 expression, and preserves collagen ultra structure.” Other useful anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients include witch hazel extract and allantoin. I should give a shout-out to niacinamide, which is also known to effective in treating acne.

I’ve found Night Breeze to be excellent for compromised skin and can be used to treat mild breakouts or inflammation post retinoid/retinol use. Arcona recommends using this serum one to three times a week at bedtime and doesn’t recommend combining it with retinoids. I agree that the ingredients in Night Breeze likely work better on its own, thus I use it as a rotational product the night after retinoid use. Like other Arcona skincare products, Night Breeze is formulated with cold-pressed natural ingredients. For optimal results, it’s best to use this product within six months of opening.

Ingredients: Distilled water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Chenopodium Oil, Zinc Gluconate, Fumaric Acid, Allantoin, Superoxide Dismutase, Niacinamide, Beta-glucosamine, Amino Guanidine, Honey Extract, Grapefruit (Citrus Gandis) Seed Extract