Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Gail

The opportunity to review an Arcona product was like the chance to have lunch with a long lost friend, chatting over the salad and hoping to savor the dessert. I had been a big Arcona fan a few years earlier, and though I had never used the Arcona Basic Five, I had used many of the other items in the range, particularly those targeted to more mature, dry skin. I really enjoyed the products, but alas! drifted away from the range, lured by the reviews of other lines and the desire to find products more suited to do a bit of heavy lifting for the wrinkles that had begun to creep across the landscape of my face.

When my sample of Arcona Peptide Firming Complex ($72) arrived from Truth in Aging, I was in the middle of trying out a couple of Hydropeptide products, and as my skin tends to be sensitive and reactive, I wanted to wait until completing a full month with the Hydropeptide products, just to be able to pinpoint the source of any reaction––which I fortunately did not have to the Hydropeptide products or the Arcona Peptide Firming Complex.

After using the Hydropeptide products for a month, I continued to use them on half of my face, beginning a 30-day half-face test with Arcona Peptide Firming Complex on the other side. I have mature dry skin that has been diligently cared for throughout the decades, so I don’t have deep wrinkles, but their precursors are definitely doing their best to carve some inroads across my forehead, down my chin, and above my upper lip.

After applying the Arcona Peptide Firming Complex, I felt a tightening sensation––not the result I had hoped to feel for the heavy lifting. Now, the product is meant to firm, so perhaps this is the sensation that is meant to be felt. I just personally didn’t care for the feeling. I also found that my face felt dry, and it would not have been possible for me to use the Peptide Firming Complex without a healthy dollop of moisturizer. Again, the Peptide Firming Complex is not meant to be a moisturizer, so this, in and of itself, would not be a deal-breaker.

After 30 days of the half-face test, here’s what I found: The texture of the Arcona Peptide Firming Complex side was smooth. My skin looked clear and a bit glowy. But wrinkle treatment? Well, the results were most noticeable on my forehead. The wrinkles on the Hydropeptide side looked shallower, quite a bit diminished. On the Arcona Peptide Firming Complex side, it appeared that the skin had plumped and sort of bunched up around the wrinkles, which made the wrinkles appear deeper than they were. (Of course, I had already been using Hydropeptide for a month at this point, so this comparison should not be taken as an ultimate result.)

Perhaps another Arcona product in conjunction with the Peptide Firming Complex would provide the desired overall plumping with the appearance of diminished wrinkles. I’m not certain. I hesitate to make any negative comments about Arcona––because I really do like this line. And one of my daughters (who of course, is much younger than I am) swears by Arcona and has beautiful skin. I think my overall conclusion is that Arcona might be a good line for younger skin, but might require additional products from other lines to address wrinkles of older skin. And I would add that the Peptide Firming Complex does seem to do a good job of plumping/firming, so if this is a major goal without the concern of addressing wrinkles, the product might be a good fit.

Of course, I’m sharing my personal results, so others might have a different experience. I do encourage readers who are considering Arcona to try it out. The natural formulation of the products is very appealing, and there are many products that provide excellent results. I know the company is really good about sending out samples, which is, of course, always a plus in trying in new items. I wish everyone the best of luck in continuing to research and pinpoint the best products we all seek as we work to savor the desserts of our labors.


Aqua, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Dextran Complex, Acetyl Tetrapeptide 2 (Thymulen 4 Pentapeptide), Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 (SYN-Coll Tripeptide), Diamino Butyloylhydroxyehreonine (SYN-tacks Peptide), Epidermal Growth Factor, Palmitoyl Dipeptide, L Sodium Hyaluronate, Diaminohydroxytbutyrate, Mica.