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Reviewed and recommended: Arcona Peptide Firming Complex

November 20, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 22 Comments

This is my first experience with a Syn-tacks based potion (other than my DIY efforts) and I can say that Arcona's Peptide Firming Complex ($72) is highly likely to become part of my daily routine. After using it on my neck and decollete for a couple of weeks, my swan-like neck is beginning to resemble the skin on my face, which has had far more lotion lavished on it over the years.

Syn-tacks is, I have speculated, a possible contender for Matrixyl 3000's anti-aging crown. Like M3000, Syn-tacks is an antioxidant that is made by combining two peptides.  According to the manufacturer of Syn-tacks, these two peptides interact with the most relevant protein structures of the dermal-epidermal junction and stimulate a broad spectrum of things responsible for youthful skin - laminin V, collagen types IV, VII and XVII and integrin - all at once.

But that's not all, Arcona is a veritable cocktail of 'out there' peptides. There is the other new kid on the block, Syn-coll is a small peptide with a unique sequence to mimic the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen via TGF-β. The claims for Syn-Coll are eye-brow raising, to say the least. Collagen production is increased by 119% and the manufacturer says it will actually remove wrinkles. All I can say is that my neck looks really different, much smoother and, well, younger.

Another peptide, marketed under the name of Thymulen, is meant to stimulate and differentiate the keratinocytes that are the major cells of the epidermis. The theory behind it is kind of complicated. The idea, if I'm not dumbing it down too much, is that Thymulen compensates for the decline of the thymus (the organ responsible for T-cells and growth factors) as we get older.

Clearly, all these peptides pack some punch. But, wait, there's more: epidermal growth factor (remember ReLuma), dextran (it took me a while to work this one out, but it seems dextran enhances the anti-aging activity of the weak acids and reduces skin irritation that is sometimes caused by the weak acid active), myrtus communis leaf extract to revive cellular metabolism and last, but not least the humble yet antioxidant pea.

Finally, there is nothing, I repeat nothing to dislike. No silicones, parabens or any other nasties lurk in this serum. All in all, great find.

Ingredients in Arcona Peptide Firming Complex

Aqua, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Dextran Complex, Acetyl Tetrapeptide 2 (Thymulen 4 Pentapeptide), Palmitoyl Tripeptide 5 (SYN-Coll Tripeptide), Diamino Butyloylhydroxyehreonine (SYN-tacks Peptide), Epidermal Growth Factor, Palmityol Dipeptide, L Sodium Hyaluronate, Diaminohydroxytbutyrate, Mica

  • February 20, 2013

    by Marilon

    I would love to try the Arcona or the first one, but really the Arcona! I have tried several serums with Matrixyl but need a boost. Maybe this combo would be it??

  • February 9, 2011

    by marta

    Dennis, I haven't heard back from New Youth, so I have emailed again.

  • February 9, 2011

    by Dennis

    Marta, (took me a forever to find this article again) thanks for the list and than you for contacting New Youth. Heard anything?

  • January 13, 2011

    by Joyce Polster

    I'm age 61 and have been useing YBF eye correct and also 1st SkinMedica TNS Recovery and now Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum for 2 months now because of your positive reviews. I am wondering how Arcona compares to these? As of yet I can't rave about either of the other products I am trying except the TNS Recovery does seem to tighten. I would be a good test subject if you'd like me to try it.

  • January 13, 2011

    by marta

    Hi Dennis, we put together a Five Best body lotions last December
    Thanks for the New Youth Skincare tip. I've written to ask for more information.

  • January 13, 2011

    by Dennis

    Hi Marta, and Michelle. Not sure if you (Marta) ever did round-up of anti-aging body lotions, but I ran across this one recently with peptides and carnosine it sounds very nice indeed! I am bothered that a full list of ingredients is not readily available though. I have run across this before, with some skin care products, and usually a call or e-mail to their customer service will provide this.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Kim C.

    Hi Marta:

    Yes, I'd love to try Arcona! I have tried ReLuma Moisturizer (LOVE IT) & am almost out of it! Stressing over coughing up another $75.00 for more magic in a bottle. I'd like to try it for a full 30 days. I found that is the best truth....
    I guess it takes that long to see results with most all products. I think the peptides are great, but are they all alike?

    Sincerely, KC

  • January 12, 2011

    by Naheed

    I have been thinking about giving this product a try but beyond my budget. May be this will give me a good opportunity to test this. Thank you Martha.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Tiffany Gallehugh

    I love peptides.I would love to try this product Arcona.It would be new to me and always looking for a great peptide treatment!

  • January 12, 2011

    by Deb

    Hi Marta! Just finished your review about Arcona Peptide Firming Complex. Would like to give the sample a try. Am almost finished the YBF sample and will be attempting my review early next week. Really enjoy your sit. Thanks Deb

  • January 12, 2011

    by MJ

    I would like to try the arcona product

  • January 12, 2011

    by Susan

    As a relative newcomer to your site, I am constantly amazed as to how I got along without it! My limited experience is that most products create a short-term effect (basically, until they are absorbed!), so I would be most excited to try anything that might be truly cumulative. Being 50+ and in otherwise excellent shape, it's annoying that my face and neck lag behind. Keep up the good work!

  • January 12, 2011

    by Carol Gordon

    Hi Marta

    If I read correctly, you are asking for testers of this wonderful product, and I would love to do so. Being in Australia, where our climate is extreme, this would be a really good test of its active peptides and I would love to be considered to try it.

    Kind regards

  • January 12, 2011

    by Erica

    I would love to give this a try! My skin is in desperate need of some TLC. It is very dry right now and lacking luster! I need to go back to Osmosis Replenish cause it did wonders for my skin, but Ive never tried anything from this line, and am quite interested in all the natural botanicals included!

  • January 12, 2011

    by Sandy

    I'd like to compare this with the YBF Antioxidents Concentrate, which also has Syn-Tacks.

  • January 12, 2011

    by Gail

    Marta, I have been really enjoying your site. I have researched product ingredients for many years, and it is a pleasure to read your informed and unbiased reports, as well as the contributions of others to your site. I would like to give back to the TIA community through a review. As a woman with older skin who used Arcona products a while back and found they provided smooth skin and that sought-after "glow," I'd really like to try this Arcona product. Thanks!

  • January 12, 2011

    by kim

    Marta I would love to try this!! I used Arcona about six years ago and it totally healed my skin of dermatitis break outs. It was my first all natural brand, and the reason I stayed natural. I loved the line. I'm not sure why I too drifted away from it (so many new things to try), but I would love to try this complex and report my results.


  • November 28, 2008

    by Michelle

    Thanks so much Marta! Firming, anti-aging, cellulite/stretch mark zapping, you seem to have solutions for everything! You're awesome! Thanks so much. Oh, and I'm starting to notice that the face moisturizer becomes a bit oily. I'm going to try another moisturizer so that I can compare the two to see if my speculations are on track. I'll e-mail you the results soon! =P Thank you again!

  • November 26, 2008

    by marta wohrle

    I have yet to find a firming body moisturizer. But will start to hunt in earnest and let you know what I come up with.

  • November 25, 2008

    by Michelle

    Hi Marta,

    It seems like the Arcona Peptide Firming Complex is more for the face and neck, is there a firming or anti-aging lotion that works for the BODY? Thank you! Oh, and I e-mailed you regarding the moisturizer too! =]

  • November 22, 2008

    by Marta

    Thanks for the reminder, I completely forget to mention Arcona's scent. Smell would be more accurate. The first blast is rather unpleasant, but it disappears immediately. Then there is a second tone that is a little gingery and much nicer.

    Looking forward to your verdict on YBF.

  • November 21, 2008

    by Stan

    This sounds like a great product! Can you comment on the scent of the product? As a reference YBF has a natural smell like almond extract to me that disappears within seconds. By the way, I have been using YBF samples that were offered to TIA readers and will be sending in a review soon.

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