Sunscreen is super important and a vital part of a good skincare routine. But finding a good one is hard. It’s even harder when you have sensitive skin that tends to break out and get oily. This sunscreen moisturizer by Josie Maran is good. Very good. It’s also a pretty good value, at $32USD for 2oz, or 60mL. I look forward to purchasing the larger 4oz option if it ever comes to Canada.
Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF47 is a physical sunscreen, which means mineral SPF in the form of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide only. No chemical sunscreens! Which is good news for many sensitive skinned ladies (and gentlemen) who are allergic to chemical sunscreen, or for those who just want to go a little more natural with their daily sun protection. Many other sunscreens I’ve tried have been either super white, super greasy, or super pore clogging (or all of the above). Not so with this one!
This sunscreen moisturizer is a milky lotion. It is a bit thick and sticky at first (and pasty white), but as you warm it with your fingertips and massage it into your skin it thins out and soaks in nicely.
As you can see in the photo, there is a bit of shine left after it is rubbed in, but absolutely no white cast. I may try to find something a little lighter for the summer months, but it’s been great throughout winter and spring.
Personally, I would prefer if it was a little thinner and a little more matte. I would also prefer if it contained no silicones, but they are not at the beginning of the ingredients list and therefore probably not present in very high quantities. A warning for the very fragrance-sensitive out there as well, it does contain some fragrance, though it is of natural origin (not synthetic). Other than those very minor drawbacks, this is by far the best face sunscreen moisturiser I have ever come across (my husband loves it too!). I also like that it contains good for your skin ingredients, like green tea extract, to provide an antioxidant boost. It also contains the brand’s star ingredient: Argan Oil. The ingredients list is included below. You can see that many of the ingredients are natural and/or organic.
Ingredients: Water**, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride**, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate**, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Glycerin**, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Methicone, Alumina, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Chloride**, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Parfum (Fragrance)**, Bisabolol, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Laureth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Citric Acid**, Potassium Sorbate**, Sodium Benzoate**. *Organic. **Natural.
It also sits really well under makeup, which is obviously important for a morning moisturizer. If you don’t let it soak in for a minute or two it may ball up depending on the type of makeup you use. But I’ve never had any issues unless I applied it on top of serum without letting the serum soak in first. For midday reapplication I recommend some sort of powder or spray mist sunscreen.
I love this stuff and will probably always try to keep a bottle around my house somewhere. However, I will also continue to try out new sunscreens, but this is a very good and effective daily moisturizer that will protect your skin. I have worn it outside in the sun for prolonged periods of time and it has protected me very well. Although, I did get a minor sunburn on my face one day, but that was totally my fault for not reapplying it for 6 hours (everyone remember to reapply your sunscreen, once a day is not enough!).
Josie Maran is a natural and cruelty-free brand, and many of the ingredients used are fair trade and organic. Their products never include synthetic fragrance, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.