These fragrance-free pads contain an effective amount of the anti-acne staple salicylic acid, and the pH ensures it works as an exfoliant. Anti-irritants are also on hand to reduce redness. Although that’s great, these pads also contain a large amount of skin-damaging alcohol and witch hazel. Both of these ingredients cause irritation that prolongs healing time (including red marks from acne) and can stimulate more oil production at the base of the pores and cause collagen to break down. Please see our list of Best BHA Exfoliants for gentler yet effective options.
- Contains an effective amount of salicylic acid at the correct pH.
- Soothing agents help reduce redness and calm skin.
- Main ingredients alcohol and witch hazel cause needless irritation that hurts skin’s healing process, stimulates excess oil production, and causes collagen to break down.
All of Josie Maran’s products contain argan oil. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn’t a cure-all or a must-have for acne-prone skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that’s best for dry skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.
Argan Blemish Clearing Pads cleanse and exfoliate the skin while unclogging pores to wipe out blackheads, preventing future breakouts. Each pad is packed with Organic Argan Oil, natural salicylic acid and willow bark to treat blemishes and reduce bacteria.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Aloe Vera Juice, SD Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Polysorbate-20, Willow Bark (Salix Alba), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willowherb) Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Allantoin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Glycerin, Arginine (L-Arginine), Sodium Hydroxide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate
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.