Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Cecilia

After four weeks of using Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex ($75 in the shop), I slowly grew to love this product more and more. Arcona was a new brand for me as I had been relying on the same lineup of brands for the last several years. It was hard for me to change at first because I thought I was already using the best, but my skepticism subsided along with fine lines and a few brown spots. In this case, change is good….

To be fair, I stopped using my products and gave my face a rest for several weeks. Following my regular regimen, I washed my face, used a toner to remove any residue and applied the thin white serum. My previous serum was a clear gel so this was a pleasant surprise. It’s recommended for all skin types, and my dry 56-year-old Asian skin drank it up. At first, it gave me a slight tingling sensation. The scent is different from any facial product I’ve tried and reminded me of pink bubble gum! The next morning my skin felt smooth and soft. After a couple of weeks, some of the fine lines had reduced, making my skin look even more hydrated – it also had more of an even tone (which makes me curious about other products given Marta’s recent Five Best list).

The pump packaging delivered the exact amount needed, which helped me be consistent since I tend to put more than recommended. Your skin acts as a sponge and takes in all that it can, so if you put too much on the rest may not be absorbed and product will be wasted. Sometimes more is not better! I also use it in the morning but this time applied moisturizer and then a good sunscreen for added protection. My mature skin needs that extra boost during cold weather but may not during the summer months. It also has a bit of retinol, which is a vitamin A derivative that helps skin produce collagen stimulating cell turnover. When used alone it’s very drying but the benefits are well worth it. However, Arcona does a good job in balancing their ingredients since my skin did not turn red or peel.

The plus of Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex is that it’s considered a moisturizer and serum in one! The difference between a serum and a moisturizer is that serums are formulated with smaller molecules so a higher concentration of nutrients can penetrate deep into all three layers of the skin. Moisturizers have larger molecules that penetrate only the first layer allowing it to hydrate and seal in moisture.

It may be a bit pricey but it’s a serum, moisturizer and has retinol – so you’re getting more bang for your buck. With our busy schedule, it also saves time from our beauty ritual. Many years ago, with my youthful skin and no major skin problems, I used a serum and never thought twice about it again because it was something else I had to apply. I never appreciated the magic it contained until the mirror on the wall no longer became my BFF!

Over time I hope the Arcona Peptide Hydrating Complex continues to rescue me from the fight against wrinkles and age spots from years of playing in the sun with my young daughters. It truly does a good job in repairing and healing my skin!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Squalane, Hexadecyl D-glucoside, Octadecyl D-glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycosaminoglycans, Glycine, Soja (Soybean) Protein, L-sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl, Tetrapeptide-7, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Glyceryl Stearate, Acacia Gum, L-carnosine, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract L-menthyl Lactate, Rosa Rubignosa Seed Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia, (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil D-beta-fructan, D-betaglucosamine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, D-alphatocopherol (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis, (Sweet Almond) Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Benzyl Alcohol