Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel 2.0 oz

Reviewed by Charley

I found Arcona Raspberry Resurfacing Peel ($68) to be effective and refreshing. When used as a mask once (or twice) a week,  it revealed luminous skin with somewhat tighter pores... almost like you just came out of the shower after a great workout. It removed dull surface layers and left my skin feeling smoother and my fine lines de-emphasized. In four weeks, it erased recently acquired scars from a pimple and a tussle with the curling iron, but it did not fade older melasma. My spots had at least four decades to etch themselves, so I imagine younger skin with hyperpigmentation that’s not as ingrained would respond more readily to this peel.

The Resurfacing Peel smells of alcohol and fruits — much like Arcona’s Magic White Ice ($38 in the shop), but less overpowering. There are plenty of fruits and botanical extracts to exfoliate, nourish, promote collagen formation, temporarily tighten pores, protect against and repair sun damage (thanks to all those anthocyanin-rich red fruits). Emollient and moisturizing seed oils kept my skin from feeling stripped afterwards.

Benzyl alcohol is the only ingredient here that’s on TIA’s “nasties” list. Arcona tells me that the Raspberry Resurfacing Peel contains 1% of this preservative, which is well below the CIR safe limit of 5%. (By the way, kudos to Arcona for being so straightforward about their product details; I love that in a company.) And lest you doubt its aim to “resurface” and “peel,” there is an exhaustive list of exfoliating and de-pigmenting agents: lactic, gluconic, malic, mandelic and salicylic acids, plus glycerin, papain and bromelain. The instructions warn that “you may feel a slight tingling sensation.” It translated to a mild stinging and itching every time I used the peel. My skin is not sensitive, so it wasn’t unbearable for 15 minutes. And once it’s off, my skin isn’t irritated or red; just soft, dewy and fresh.

It comes in a 2-ounce tube that should keep me glowing for many months. At $68 it’s just beyond my budget, but if I see an improvement on my brown patches at the end of this tube, I’d definitely splurge for another.

Ingredients for Rasberry Resurfacing Peel: Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit, Aqua (Water), L-lactic Acid, Vaccinium Macrocarpon,(Cranberry) Fruit, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit, Glycerin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit, D-gluconic Acid, Tartaric Acid, L-malic Acid, L-mandelic Acid, Papain, Bromelain, Lycopene, D-alpha-tocopherol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Bark Extract, Citrus Junos Peel Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Wine Extract, Salicylic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana(Witch Hazel) Water, Benzyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract

Ingredients for Magic White Ice: Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alcohol Denat., Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Camellia Sineosis (White Tea) Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Totara Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), Phytic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Acacia Gum, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Essential Oils
*Denotes Organically Sourced