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Reviews of the White Tea Purifying Cleanser, the Wine Hydrating Mask and more…
I am ashamed to admit it, especially to our Green Monday fans, but I am not one of those people that actively seeks out natural skin care products. I know I probably should, but I feel that if a product makes my skin look fabulous, then who am I to discriminate? If it’s all-natural, great, if not, great. I just want my skin to look good. I’m vain that way *fluffs hair, stares in mirror*. With that being said, one brand that constantly wows me with the results just so happens to be oh-so-green and all-natural: ARCONA Los Angeles. Founded in 1989, using high-quality ingredients and luxury formulations, ARCONA has been wowing celebs and non-celebs alike (and the wht team) ever since.
ARCONA products were founded as an alternative to plastic surgery and irritating treatments and are developed to fight the signs of aging. The line relies on active ingredients like enzymes, antioxidants, and amino acids that work together to deliver gorgeous results. Plus you can expect every ARCONA product to contain a slew of beauty and youth-inducing ingredients such as high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential oils, and more. What you should not expect to find; any irritating or toxic ingredients like petrochemicals, fillers, binders, parabens, perfumes, or dyes.
Even better, all ARCONA products are created in small batches and cold-processed to preserve efficacy. Their reasoning for this is that when skin care products are heat-processed (as many are), it’s like overcooking your vegetables—you lose all the good-for-you benefits of quality ingredients. As someone who is guilty of occasionally overcooking her veggies, I can appreciate this logic. I don’t imagine green beans that are limp and well, not green anymore, are particularly healthy, so I can see how this applies to skin care ingredients.
Recently the wht review team were fortunate enough to get to test out a few more of ARCONA’s all-natural, all-fabulous product and you can imagine my glee when I received the White Tea Purifying Cleanser ($42) as I ALREADY use this fantastic product! The timing was perfect, too, as I had just run out of my beloved cleanser.
This facial cleanser purifies and tones, leaving skin poreless and refreshed. It neutralizes free radicals; calms and protects skin with antioxidant-rich white and green teas; and nourishes and strengthens skin with cranberry enzymes.
The White Tea Purifying Cleanser has a gel consistency that applies beautifully with a Clarisonic face brush. You can really get a lather going with this.
The scent is faintly reminiscent of tea with a hint of citrus–the tangy fragrance is a perfect pick-me-up in the morning. After I use this, my skin does appear remarkably poreless, feels soft to the touch, and doesn’t get oily after an hour (this is impressive). My sensitive skin loves this cleanser and has loved it for well over two years now.
While I didn’t receive it for review, I have to mention that I also get great results with the Wine Hydrating Mask ($38). This is a moisture-binding mask that nourishes and replenishes skin, stimulates cellular renewal, reduce wrinkles, firms, and smoothes with ingredients like borage, macadamia nut and carrot oils, shea butter, and vitamin E. This mask smells faintly of wine, is thick and creamy, and the teensiest application leaves skin soft and clear. Not to be gross, but the enzymes in this eliminate any blackhead they touch and also help to fade marks left from acne.
This mask has really refined my skin and even though it’s technically a hydrating mask, it really is fantastic not only on dry skin types, but acne-prone skin can really benefit from this as well. For those of you keen on anti-aging benefits: this mask noticeably softens my laugh lines after one use. This is one of my favorite masks of all-time. (This is high praise.)
Make sure to check the comments, where my fellow review team members will be sharing their thoughts on the ARCONA product they tested:
Cranberry Gommage ($42/$75) – A purifying exfoliant that cleanses, tones, and decongests enlarged pores, leaving skin clearer, smoother, and more refined. This morning cleanser unclogs and minimize pores with cranberry and raspberry enzymes, plus exfoliates and purifies skin with salicylic acid, volcanic minerals, and sucrose that provide antimicrobial, antibacterial benefits. It also contians antioxidants that prevent free radical damage.
Magic White Ice ($38) – This hydrating gel moisturizes without clogging pores, protects against environmental damage and leaves skin fresh and youthfully dewy. White cranberry complex and hyaluronic acid moisturize; beta carotene, vitamins B-5, C, and E neutralize free radicals; Anti-microbial totara extract and grapefruit complex clarifies skin.
Lavender Hydrasol ($40) – This lavender hydrating spritz moisturizes and soothes, leaving skin fresh, glowing, and ageless. Organic lavender extract calms both body and mind, essential oils hydrate the skin, leaving it dewy.
Is anybody else out there wowed by this all-natural skin care line? Testers–Did you feel the love for ARCONA? we heartsters–If you’ve used ARCONA products, chime in and let us know what you thought!
Click here to check out the entire ARCONA Los Angeles line at beauty.com!
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