Saturday, July 17, 2010

Product Review; "Josie Maran Argan Protect SPF 40+"

Josie Maran, the former face of Maybelline cosmetics throughout the 90's, launched her own cosmetics line in 2007 to wild acclaim. The organically inspired line includes her signature ingredient; Argan Oil.

Argan Oil is renowned for it's healing properties and is experiencing wild popularity in skincare (and haircare) lately. Argan Oil is derived from the Argan Nut in Morocco and is used by locals as a skin salve for irritations, infections, and abrasions as well as a cooking oil... try that with Neosporin!

In it's raw form, Argan Oil is also a highly potent antioxidant protecting against free radical damage from UV rays, pollution and smoke inhalation. It's healing properties make it ideal for maintaining skin elasticity since it's oil form is an excellent humectant, binding water to skin cells and keeping them from losing moisture.

"Protect SPF 40+" has as it's main selling point, Argan Oil in combination with Jojoba Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Vitamin E to help maintain skin's texture against the heat of the sun's rays. All, of which, are "essential oils" that the body recognizes and immediately absorbs without clogging pores. The natural minerals of the formula serve as the true star of the product; blending Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in a light form to give broadband protection against UVA and UVB rays.

The formula lends itself to easy application without feeling sticky or thick. Something I expected from the product description. I was originally concerned that this would have a "tacky" feel from the ingredients listing which included a variety of emollients or maybe have a pale overcast because of the SPF minerals, but alas, it's lovely. There's no film-y texture or hazy color.

Although, I would recommend using powder products or an oil-free foundation if you must. I find that if you layer too many moist products with this kind of skincare, it can become a little shiny as the day wears on. But, if you're in need of an SPF in the first place, it's a good bet you'd be fine with not much else.

Josie Maran Protect SPF 40+; $45

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