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I’m in my early fifties, so I’m dealing with aging skin issues such as lack of firmness, hyperpigmentation and some wrinkles. However, I’m also still plagued by breakouts, which means that many anti-aging formulas have proven to be too rich for my skin. I was therefore excited to try Arcona Youth Serum ($87) when, upon reading its ingredients, it seemed that this serum could potentially help my aging skin woes without causing new outbreaks of adult acne. Also, a former Arcona mask had left me impressed and I hoped this would have a similar impact.
This serum includes well-known anti-aging superstars such as vitamin C (in 3 different forms: L ascorbic acid [20%], magnesium ascorbyl phosphate [MAP] and ascorbyl palmitate) and resveratrol, which has been shown to protect against sun damage, brighten skin, reduce skin discoloration and increase collagen production. It also includes hyaluronic acid and its family member sodium hyaluronate, which both provide hydrating and smoothing elements to the skin. In addition, I was introduced to some ingredients I wasn’t familiar with such as superoxide dismutase, a natural enzyme that works as an antioxidant due to its ability to reduce free radical skin damage, and beta glucosamine and beta glucan, the former an amino sugar which builds collagen and elastin, and the latter which is considered to be an anti-inflamatory agent as well as possessing antioxidant properties. Squalene is included as well, which is a skin-healing agent and works to prevent UV damage and age spots. All in all, an impressive list.
The serum comes with instructions to apply it as part of your daily morning routine, followed by your moisturizer. I did this faithfully for over a month. The product itself is lightweight and absorbs almost immediately. However, I found the container to be problematic in the way it dispensed the serum – even just a gentle push on the pump would dispense more than the desired amount, and unfortunately would sometimes spray onto places other than my face. Another issue is the smell, which I found unpleasant. However, it does evaporate quickly. So, while both the packaging and the scent could be improved, these factors weren’t dealbreakers.
All in all, the pros included feeling a tightening of my face and neck upon application, and experiencing a temporary glow. It didn’t cause additional breakouts, which was a huge plus, and in general I felt a slight improvement in the overall texture and firmness of my skin. The con was that is was not cost efficient. For a serum that sells for about $90, I expect more. If one didn’t have budget concerns, then perhaps it would be worth trying for three months to see if it made more of a difference.
The bottom line: I really wanted this serum to be my new Holy Grail for my combination skin, but it fell short of that mark.