Protect Daily Sun Protection SPF 40+

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$32 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
6/22/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for gentle, broad-spectrum protection. Its creamy, lotion-like silky texture makes for a pleasant application and the amount of mineral actives leaves a soft matte finish that, surprisingly, won't make your skin look pasty-white (although you do need to blend well).

This product is labeled a "natural formula," which it is not. There are plenty of synthetic ingredients, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. None of that is bad for skin, it just means you can't trust the company's claims.

It does contain some antioxidants, which is always a plus for your skin. As for the argan oil mentioned in the claim, it isn't the skin savior it's made out to be (see More Info below for details). All told, this is a good option for those with normal to dry skin. Normally, products like this would be recommended for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin, too, but in this case the product's fruity-minty scent is bound to be an issue.

Pros:
  • Gentle formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection with mineral active ingredients.
  • Silky texture applies easily and doesn't leave a telltale white cast.
  • Contains antioxidants to help boost skin's environmental defenses.
Cons:
  • Those with dry skin will find this does not supply enough moisture to use on its own.
  • The claims for argan oil being able to repair and reverse sun damage are not supported by published research.
  • Contains a lingering fragrance that doesn't make it a slam-dunk for sensitive skin.
  • Claims of the product being natural aren't true.

More Info:

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 your skin, and it absolutely cannot "reverse sun damage" as claimed. 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.

Protect Daily Sun Protection is your skin’s first defense against premature aging. This natural formula physically blocks UVA rays that can cause up to 80% of premature aging. It also blocks the harmful UVB rays that we encounter on sunny days or at the beach. Unlike traditional sun blocks, this natural formula is infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil, which repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun, fights sign of aging, and improves skin tone for a radiant, renewed complexion. This sun block is extra mild and fast absorbing and it can also double as a great makeup primer. Protect Daily Sun Protection is lightweight, Paba-free, and for all skin types.

Active: Titanium Dioxide (9.5%), Zinc Oxide (6%), Other: Hexadecene Copolymer, Decyl Oleate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Organic Argan Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Natural Fragrance (Apricot Oil).

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.

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