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I’m always being asked to recommend good hydrating and anti-aging night creams so I jumped at the opportunity to test Arcona Overnight Cellular Repair Complex ($62). There was a less altruistic reason as well. Arcona has formulated this night cream with some ingredients that are on my "exciting things to keep a look out for" list, so I was very curious to see how they would work out.
Arcona Overnight Cellular Repair is a rich pink cream that absorbs like, well, a cream – I mean, it does take a little more rubbing in than a serum or lighter lotion would. My slightly oily skin tolerates Overnight Cellular Repair well, but my guess is that dryer skin will prefer it over very oily. Once the cream has been absorbed, the skin is instantly soft and smooth and continues to look fresh in the morning.
Over my five week trial, I noticed an overall improvement in hydration and the sun roughened patches on my neck are now looking more evened out. I would recommend Arcona Overnight Cellular Repair for anyone looking for a hydrating and replenishing night cream. But there is one little caveat.
As always with Arcona, there is a very distinctive scent. In the case of Arcona Overnight Cellular Repair Complex, it is reminiscent of strawberry bubble gum. This I don't like, though I'm not super sensitive to scent so it hasn’t prevented me from using the product.
What I do like is the interesting selection of some still rare ingredients. For example, rutin came my way fairly recently in Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair ($58 in the shop), but it's in very few beauty products. This is frustrating because it can help with broken veins and there’s a ton of research to back it up. Certainly, with Medik8 Red Alert ($60 in the shop) in the mornings and Arcona at night, I’ve been seeing an improvement to the little thread veins in my cheeks.
Another favorite of mine is moringa. This is a tree so full of protein and vitamins that some people believe enough of them could solve world hunger. At the same time, moringa protects the skin from pollution. Then there’s ursolic acid, which is found in fruits and herbs and is thought to help the skin retain elasticity.
There are also a few extracts new to me in the Overnight Cellular Repair Complex. Anigozanthos manglesii is a spectacular plant also known as "kangaroo’s paws." The extract reduces redness and the oil is rich in fatty acids. Papaver rhoeas turns out to be red poppy and is an anti-inflammatory with emollient properties.