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Arcona Review: Magic White Ice Hydrating Gel


Today it's about 90 degrees down here in Atlanta. Given that we literally had no winter, I'm a little worried this is just the beginning of what might turn out to be a truly hellish summer. To exacerbate things, around here we don't just have heat, we have humidity--and a lot of it. Walking outside in July in Atlanta can literally feel like walking into a steam bath. It takes the breath away. 

With all that heat and humidity, you'd think my skin would go all oil-slick on me and my need for intense moisture would disappear, but it doesn't. Instead, I have to search for intensely hydrating products that are extremely lightweight and will soak into my skin without leaving any residue. This is a tricky task, as most gels aren't moisturizing enough, while most lotions and creams leave a coating on the skin that melts off in the heat, leaving me looking like a hot mess. 

Enter Magic White Ice from Arcona. First, let me give you a little background on the company. Arcona was founded back in 1989 by a woman named...you guessed it...Arcona, who was a chemist and pioneer in holistic skin care. She developed a line in Hollywood aimed at celebrities. 

Arcona is unique in the way it processes and combines its cosmeceutical-grade ingredients, such as enzymes and antioxidants. They are processed at very low temperatures to maintain their beneficial properties, which allows them to remain at ultimate effectiveness. Arcona products do not contain petrochemicals, binders or fillers, chemical stabilizers, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, perfumes, dyes, or any other caustic ingredients. 

I was sent some products by Arcona, and was intrigued by the Magic White Ice (at first, admittedly, it was because of the cool name). Magic White Ice is a hydrating, lightweight gel that moisturizes deep within the skin without clogging pores. It's cool on application, which is perfect for warmer weather. The hydration lasts all day, which is rare for me. The formula moisturizes the skin with white cranberry complex, hyaluronic acid and mucopolysaccharides. Antioxidant protection is provided through the use of beta-carotene as well as vitamins B, C and E. To clarify the skin, anti-microbial totara extract and grapefruit complex. 

Sounds great, but does it work? Well, in a word...yes. This little gem of a gel adds moisture to my skin that lasts all day without ever feeling heavy. It sinks in immediately, leaving my skin silky-smooth and refreshed. It's a great base under makeup. The fragrance is light and fruity, the texture is smooth and silky but doesn't feel  like silicone. WIN!!

Bottom Line: This is a great summertime moisturizer for me. I use it alone during the day but often layer it with something a bit heavier at night, depending on my skin's needs for the day. It packs a powerful list of ingredients, and avoids all of the unnecessary nasties we all try to avoid. In short, it's healthy, effective skin care at its best. 

Arcona products can be found at Arcona.com.

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