There are few options for high SPF-rated all mineral sunscreens, primarily because it's a challenge to create one that doesn't look (and feel) like you're wearing Kabuki makeup especially for darker skin tones. That's why we're so glad to see the "new and improved" Josie Maran's Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, because it's a very good broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen option for those with normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. While you will see the familiar white cast inherent of mineral sunscreens, it fades within a few minutes and its finish will likely be pleasing to those in need of extra moisture.
If you're familiar with Josie Maran's first version of this product, the Protect Daily Sun Protection SPF 40+, depending on your skin type you may find this reformulation less suitable given this new version is an overall more moisturizing formula and has a thicker, heavier feel—you'll have to try it for yourself to make that determination.
The formula contains a nice mix of fatty acids and other moisturizing agents—of course, the namesake argan oil makes an appearance, along with a few antioxidants and irritants like aloe, green tea, vitamin E and bisabolol. Just to be clear, argan oil is a very good, non-fragrant plant oil but there's no research showing it's the best plant oil; it's just one of many good ones. The addition of silicones and polymers helps provide a nice amount of slip on skin. While there is some fragrance present, the amount is slight—though if you have concern like rosacea or eczema, this may not be an ideal choice for you.
You may be wondering about the "SunBoost ATB" mentioned in the marketing materials—it refers to the antioxidant blend this product contains. Antioxidants help offset the environmental free-radical damage your skin experiences daily, and while there isn't anything "innovative" about the blend used here, it is always a skin-beneficial addition we like to see in any SPF-rated product.
- Contains a dry-skin beneficial mix of natural and synthetic emollients.
- Silicones provide a nice slip to skin, enhancing application while offsetting the thicker feel.
- Includes a few antioxidants and anti-irritants.
- Contains fragrance (albeit a low level).
A new and improved hydrating, fast-absorbing, non-greasy, Argan Oil-infused daily moisturizer featuring all natural sunscreens, green tea, and innovative SunBoost ATB™.
Zinc Oxide 6.4%, Titanium Dioxide 5.1%; Inactive 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.
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.