Arcona Tight

Reviewed by Marta on March 9, 2015

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I am going to stick my neck out and say that I simply don't like and didn't see results from Arcona Tight ($80). It is always disappointing when something doesn't work out and especially so when it is a neck cream. I am on a mission (which is beginning to feel long and futile) for a really good neck cream and was hoping that Tight might be the one. It isn't.

Tight didn't win me over from the get go. I didn't like the strong fruity scent (often a challenge with Arcona products) and the texture — lightweight, too lightweight for a neck cream (at least one as scaly as mine), while (paradoxically) being hard to absorb. And nothing really happened. No improvement to texture of skin or firmness. If anything, I fancied that I was noticing some regression. I have been getting some good results with MitoQ and concerned that they were on the verge of being reversed, I abandoned my test of Tight.

My take is that Arcona has its stock ingredients and, while there is no shame in that (most cosmetic brands have their roster of actives that appear in most of their products), in the case of Tight they give the formula — at least to me — a recycled feel. Although there are some good ingredients here, the overall formula doesn't seem to have a lot of thought put into it.

To be fair, the formula is showcasing a relatively new peptide, Matrixyl Synthe'6, produced from derivatives of the amino acids lysine and methione sulfone (the latter is synthetic). This peptide regulates cell activity, wound repair and collagen tissue remodeling. As the name implies, Matrixyl Synthe'6 stimulates six major constituents of the skin matrix and the dermal-epidermal junction.

Then we are back to Arcona's favorite, including Syn-Tacks. This is a combination of two synthetic peptides, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminobutyloyl hydroxytheronine and palmitoyl dipeptide-6 diaminohydroxybutyrate and it stimulates a broad spectrum of things responsible for youthful skin — laminin V, collagen types IV, VII and XVII and integrin — all at once.

With the other ingredients being mostly witch hazel, glycerin and lactic acid, Arcona is really placing all bets on the two peptides. And while they are ostensibly very good ones, they didn't cut it for me in this product. Perhaps the concentration is too low, or the lactic acid is getting in their way.

Even though Arcona didn't win me over this time, there are many other products in the line that I love — especially the Pumpkin Lotion 10% (regular use of which is giving new life to my wrinkly knees).