Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment is an excellent and unique fragrance & irritant-free option to consider for adding more emollients to your skin care routine—think of this as a "booster" for dry skin that won't feel greasy. This is best for those with normal to dry skin.
Pure Argan Milk is not 100% argan oil (so don't take the name "pure argan" literally). It's actually a mix of water, argan oil, a few emulsifying agents and lipids that feels exceptionally light on skin. It's an interesting spin off of Maran's original 100% Pure Argan Oil. We suspect that this alternative is designed to satisfy those customers who want to use a facial oil in their routine, but are put off by the heavy, greasy feel of applying almost any pure oil to their skin.
One question may be lingering in your mind—is argan oil the best plant oil to use? Not in any way; it just one of many good options. Like most non-fragrant plant oils, argan oil contains a mix of beneficial compounds, such as moisturizing unsaturated fatty acids and squalene as well antioxidant polyphenols, tocopherols, sterols, beta carotene and vitamin E (Journal of Chemistry, 2013). It is this mix of beneficial substances contained within this one ingredient that makes this product so well-rounded despite its brief ingredient list.
Argan oil is a great choice to consider, but as a reality check, many of its benefits are present in less exotic-sounding oils, such as grape seed, jojoba, almond and avocado. Nevertheless, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment is a unique formula, and worth considering if you're in the market for a facial oil-type product.
- Contains a beneficial mix of argan oil and other moisturizing ingredients.
- Surprisingly lightweight; doesn't leave an oily finish on skin.
This revolutionary treatment serum pairs the deep hydration of purified water with skin-rejuvenating micro-droplets of Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil. Lightweight yet super-intensive, Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment penetrates deeply and absorbs quickly to fortify and repair skin—for instant, long-lasting hydration that produces a fresh, radiant glow.
Water, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Propanediol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Phosphatidylglycerol, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid
The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.
Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.
Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.
It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.
Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.
Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.
Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.
For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.