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Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask- reviewed and recommended


Hyaluronic acid and shea butter provide deep hydration


Discrepancy between ingredients listed on the jar and box
January 27, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
A restorative mask that refines skin's texture

There have been a few instances recently of products being reformulated and the ingredients information on the packaging not keeping apace (The WonderBar) or lists on websites. The latest is Arcona’s Wine Hydrating Mask ($38), which has a different ingredients list on the box and on the jar itself. With no information on the Arcona website, I’m not entirely sure what I have been using, but this mask certainly lives up to its claim to be hydrating.

Also, to be fair, the discrepancies in the ingredient information are relatively slight. The list below is the one on the box and it includes witch hazel, which the list on the jar does not. I rather hope witch hazel is part Wine Hydrating Mask’s formulation as it is an antioxidant and repairer of broken veins. The jar, on the other hand, plays up borage, which is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids. It also plays a similar role to witch hazel in that it stimulates the blood vessels causing them to contract.

Anyhow, there is no disputing that there are plenty of good things in this mask. The clay base is cool and soothing, while hyaluronic acid and shea butter do a good job of hydrating. I have been leaving it on for about 15 minutes before rinsing off to skin that looks much more satiny.

Wine, of course, is an antioxidant and the extract is accompanied by resveratrol, a molecule in red grape skins. Studies have shown that topical applications of resveratrol significantly inhibited UVB-mediated phototoxicity and enhanced skin thickness. I like too that there is omega 7-rich macadamia and black currant oil to promote healthy cell respiration and stimulate microcirculation.

Ingredients: Agua (Distilled Water), Hamamelis Virginiana Extract (Witch Hazel), Glycerine, Wine Extract, Resveratrol, Volcanic Mineral Clay, Hyaluronic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum) Fruit Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Silica, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract  Squalene (Olives), D Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Bentonite (CI 77004), Cornflower Extract (Centaurea cyanus), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract

  • May 19, 2011

    by Jennifer

    I've been using it for a couple of months now, especially after air travel, & really like how it makes my skin feel! I applied it on my 73 year old mother-in-laws face last week, as she has very dry & cracked skin. After 6 days, she called me to say that her face STILL hadn't started cracking again & asked that I order her a jar!

  • February 24, 2011

    by Miranda

    Yes! LOVE this mask. I leave it on overnight based on recommendation of a facialist in SoHo (Birthday treat) Have been using the Arcona range since early Jan. There is quite the regimen recommended and it is the first time I've followed a single-brand multi-step regimen... very positive results.

  • January 28, 2011

    by Julie Kay

    I love the sound of this mask, and as I am experimenting (FINally) with masks, this will be one I will be trying soon. Marta- you're my face's best friend! ~jk

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