Hello dear readers! Among other addictions (shoes, lip gloss, Swedish Fish), I am obsessed with beauty products. But especially products for my skin. I've never been one to wear foundation or powder and because of that, I need my skin as clear and nourished as possible. All skin care is not created equal and the key is to find that elusive product that actually does what it says it will do (and anyone with drawers full of failed lotions and masks knows how rare this is, right?) Fellow skin care lovers, let me introduce you to Los Angeles-based Arcona studio and to Allison Marks, Arcona's spa director, New York Fashion Week contributor (and my dear, treasured friend!) Allison introduced me to this line and I have used it faithfully for at least a few years and I love it. Seriously love it. I thought I'd corner Allison and ask her to share her wisdom with us!
GDSL- Hello beautiful Allison! Tell us what makes Arcona different?
AM- This entire line of products is made with pure, organic ingredients but each product is also backed by science. Inotherwords, they really work! Arcona understands the importance of putting ingredients on your skin that are good for you but also understands that its customers want to see results. These goals are perfectly understood by Arcona and our line really reflects this. We use active, cosmeceutical-grade ingredients that really pack a punch, in small batches to keep them fresh!
GDSL- What is your favorite Arcona product?
AM- I am in love with our Vitamin A and C serums. I think every woman should have these two products in their daily routine. I recommend both an AM and a PM serum under your moisturizer. Our Vitamin A Complex and Youth Serum are just amazing. They are the worker bees of the skin care line (really, all of our products are incredibly effective, especially if rotated seasonally) and they will produce results. Depending upon your skin's sensitivity, the Vitamin A should be used less frequently than the Vitamin C (which can be used everyday under your daily hydrator)
GDSL- What do you think is the most important thing a woman can do for her skin?
AM- I think there are a few things. First and foremost, wear sunscreen. It really is so important to protect your skin from future damage. Especially if you are treating your skin with these wonderful products, you want to make sure that you aren't canceling out that effort with sun damage. Reozone 40 is Arcona's tinted, oil-free sunscreen and it is literally amazing. So good for your skin. Also, make sure you completely remove your make-up at night before you go to sleep. It’s a hassle when you are tired, I know, but it will allow these products to really work while you sleep. Finally, your Mom probably told you this, but get a good night's rest. Even if you can't get 8 hours (Editor's note: who can?) try to get as much as you can. Your face will love you!
GDSL- If a person wanted to jump right into the Arcona System, what would you recommend?
AM- Our Basic Five Regimen is the perfect place to start.
It is customized to your skin type and it includes in the AM: exfoliate/cleanse, hydrate, protect and in the PM: cleanse/tone and regenerate. You can add other products to this but these really give you a solid skin care foundation to build from.
Thank you so much beautiful Allison! Go check out these and other products at www.arcona.com or email Allison with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy day all and thanks so much for stopping by! xo Michelle
PS- I love the gommage scrubs (like grainy little pieces of sand, scrubbing away all of the bad stuff!) and the face masks (I use the scrubs and the masks in the shower each morning --Raspberry Resurfacing and Tea Tree are my favs--and I rotate through them ... oh my gosh! Does my husband just luuuvv all of the tubes and jars "we" have in the shower! :)) I just wear lotion and sunscreen on my face and I'm telling you! These products keep my face glowing! ... If anyone has any questions about what I use or what works- just ask!