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Product Review: Arcona Kiwi Clarifying Peel

A few weeks ago I talked to you about the Los Angeles based skin care brand Arcona. I've now had the opportunity to spend some time with the products and really get a feeling for how they affect my skin. One item that I've found noteworthy is the Kiwi Clarifying Peel ($85).

First of all, the smell is divine. It has a strong kiwi aroma and it even has the little black fruit seeds right there in the pot. The color is light green, but when you spread it on your face, it looks clear. The texture is thick and gooey and upon contact with your skin, you'll feel an instant tightening and cooling. The directions say to leave it on for ten minutes, but I ran to the bathroom after five. My face began to itch terribly from the fruit acids and I couldn't help but panic.

Thank goodness no damage was done. My face was pink for only ten minutes and I didn't suffer any burns or peeling, but my oh my, was that scary. Also, and I feel this is pretty important — I've had the peel for a few weeks now and have noticed that it's already beginning to smell rancid. Arcona suggests keeping their products for six months, and now I know why. The lack of preservatives must mean that they have a short shelf life.

I can understand why people love these products (they smell amazing and have a celebrity following), but I just don't think they are right for me. Does anyone else have any stories about disappointing skin care products they have tried?

See reader reviews of this product and add your own here!

aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Too expensive...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't think I could handle a burning that bad on my face. I'm not in the no pain no gain camp when it comes to my skin.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
My mother recently purchased the Patricia Wexler M.D. anti-aging starter kit. After using it for the first time she started to feel her skin burn and peel. Luckily she was able to return it for a full refund. She was dissapointed though.
emalove emalove 9 years
Oh skin is pretty sensitive, I'd be afraid to try it if you felt like you were having some kind of reaction to it!
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