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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Arcona For Expert Skincare And Incredible Results

I was treated to an incredible facial at The Arcona Studio and left with numerous samples they gave me to try. What I didn’t expect is that after a week my skin would look so much better – glowing, smooth, more even skin tone, and no break-outs! I wondered if it was the facial or the products, so I continued to use the products and couldn’t get over the results in such a short time.

I have tried so many different products over the years. I would pay pretty much any amount of money for the same results. I even called Arcona and started looking online to learn more about their products that were giving me such grand results.

What makes Arcona products so effective? 

I read more to find out. The effectiveness is due to their active ingredients and the way they are combined and processed.  The active ingredients, such as enzymes, antioxidants, and amino acids (which are formulated to work synergistically) are cold-processed at very low temperatures, in small batches, to keep them active and effective.  Most products, even expensive ones, are heat processed because it takes less time and is less time intensive, which leaves the nutrients lifeless and ineffective. Who knew?

Here are my favorite Arcona products:  

Gentle Solution (Repair PM)

This little bottle of wonder is literally a miracle. My pores are gone. My skin is clear, and even my uneven splotches due to sun damage are gone.  Curious to know what was in this product, I read more. The product made from glycolactolymer complex stimulates rapid cell renewal and deep exfoliation and the antioxidant complex helps strengthens skin’s immune system and combats free radical damage. The bottle claims that pores are refined, skin smoothed, and cleared by decongesting microcomedones. Algae, amino acids, and chlorophyll nourish skin for a healthy glow.  Use 2-4 times a week before bed. For dry and sensitive skin.


Triad Pads (Refresh in Cranberry Toner)

I first discovered these candy smelling cleanser pads in a Rachel Zoe gift bag. I heard she is a big fan. I am now hooked. They smell so good someone would want to eat your face afterwards.  These cleanser pads leave your face feeling creamy, refreshed, with a moisturized feeling. They are really three in one – cleanse, tone, and hydrate. Perfect for a lazy night of cleaning your face quickly! The cotton pads infuse skin with protective antioxidants – antimicrobial cranberry, containing vitamins, photo-nutrients, and essential fatty acids, protects and clarifies skin while vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols neutralize free radicals. Omegas 3, 6, and 9 and organic rice milk nourish and heal skin.


Magic White Ice (Hydrate AM/PM)

Seriously Magic! If you have ever wondered how a lotion could feel so smooth and good and get absorbed so quickly leaving your skin feeling silky, this is it!

This daily hydrating gel moisturizes deep within the dermis without clogging pores and protects against environmental damage.  White cranberry complex (who knew?) hyaluronic acid, and mucopolysaccharides moisturize deeply.  Proprietary mineral complex with beta-carotene, vitamins B-5 ,C, and E neutralize free radicals. Anti-microbial totara extract and grapefruit complex clarify and balance skin.


Brightening Gommage (Exfoliate/Brightening)

This finely grated scrub used several times a week makes your skin feel baby smooth.  I love how it feels after a few seconds- tingly, like it is really working!

The deep exfoliation improves skin’s clarity, tone, and texture. Why do I love it even more? It reduces the appearance of uneven pigmentation and scarring with L-ascorbic acid and skin-lightening daisy extract. The naturally occurring diatomite, jojoba beads, and zeolite purifies skin, while cranberry and blueberry extracts help protect skin. WOW! All in a little bottle. If you want your skin more luminous, use this!


Raspberry Resurfacing Peel (Repair AM/PM)

It is like putting a non-sticky jelly sandwich on your face. The ingredients feel so real that it is like someone just made the batch especially fresh for you.  Another magic potion in a bottle, this peel resurfaces skin, repairing damage from sun exposure and aging, smoothing fine lines, and minimizing pores, improving skin tone and texture for greater clarity, firmness, and density.  A synergetic blend of mandelic, lactic, and malice acids creates all of these wonders while a raspberry formula of grape seed extracts, green tea, and lycopene helps soothe skin too. One word – A- MAZ-ING!


As I am writing this, I just ordered another product – the Arcona Berry Fruit Bar. To learn more about these products and Arcona’s other fine skincare products, visit Arcona.

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