I was over the moon when Catherine from Marie Veronique Organics sent me their Anti Aging Pack to review. I had been wanting to try their famous Moisturizing Face Screen for ages now (it is in the top 5 on the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen guide, and quite a cult item amongst sunscreen fanatics).
The more I learn about skin care and cosmetic chemistry, the more sceptical I get of many products on the market (with big claims, big price tags, celebrity spokespersons, and very very mediocre ingredients in negligible concentrations).
I’m thrilled to find that I absolutely love the Marie Veronique products I’ve tried, as well as their intelligent approach to skin care.
price: $170 US for the anti aging pack
I’ve found that what works best for my dehydrated skin is layering night time skin care. After my shower I like using a serum, then moisturiser, and then a treatment oil.
This is one of the best face treatment oils I’ve used, I’d say it might even be better than *GASP* Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil (one of my favourite product ever). After massaging into my face, my skin feels really nourished and ‘plump’. The next morning I wake up with glowy perfect skin that I can’t stop touching.
This is a great blend of skin loving oils chosen for their nutrient profile, including my old favourites Jojoba and Rose Hip, as well as exotic oils like Argan, Sea Buckthorn, Black Raspberry and Meadowfoam.
Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Vitus viniferi (grapeseed oil, expeller-pressed), Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil), Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), Borago officinalis (borage oil), Argania spinosa (argan oil), emu oil, Rubus fruticosus (blackberry seed oil), Oenotherus biennis (evening primrose oil), Rosa rubignosa (rosehip seed oil), Sclerocarya birrea (marula oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rubus idaeus (black raspberry seed oil), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), Calophyllum inophyllum (Tamanu oil), Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry seed oil), Actinidia deliciosa (kiwi seed oil), Rosemary oleoresin, lecithin, lycopene, Euphasia superba (krill oil), Daucus carota (carrot seed) essential oil, Lavendula angustfolia (lavender) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute) essential oil, Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) essential oil
One of the most highest rate sunscreens on the market in terms of UVA/UVB protection, photostability, and safety (no hormone disrupting chemical filters like Oxybenzone). It uses micronised (non-nano) zinc at an impressive 20.6%.
With such a heavy duty sunscreen, you would expect it to be thick, uncomfortable, and cosmetically unacceptable- but *cue parting clouds and angelic music* it is quite the opposite! It is light, spreads effortlessly, and has a matte finish. Yes, you heard right – a MATTE finish. No finishing powder needed to take away the ‘sunscreen shine’.
For dry skinned folks (like myself), you will need a moisturiser underneath because this product isn’t very emollient and can feel a bit chalky when used alone on top of dry skin.
Even though I got the ‘untinted’ version (they also have light tint and medium tint), it is beige in colour and gives me a small amount of coverage. Enough to even out my skin tone and cover up some redness- perfect for ‘no makeup’ days.
Active Ingredient: 20.6 % non-nano zinc oxide
Other ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green& white tea), non-nano zinc oxide, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel oil), Limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil), Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), emu oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), vegetable glycerin, Elaesis guineensis (red palm oil), Rubus idaeus (red raspberry seed oil), lecithin, potassium sorbate, allantoin, Cosmocil CQ*, xanthan gum, mica, Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn oil), Calodendrum Capense (yangu oil), Rosemary oleoresin, pearl powder, Daucus carota (carrot seed) essential oil, Cistus incanus (cistus) essential oil, Lonicera japonica (honeysuckle), Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, iron oxides, spirulina (medium tint only).
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I’ll be honest- I hate spraying things on my face. I flinch every time.
That said, I’ve been using this because some of those lovely ingredients are too good not to get onto the skin- green and white tea extract (for the antioxidants), Bearberry extract/Licorice extract for the brightening via inhibition of melanin formation, and the lovely rose and neroli hydrosols for hydration.
It has a very strong earthy smell, which I don’t mind, but might be a con if you don’t like earthy smells.
It really works very well when misted on the face before using the Anti-aging Oil + which seals in the goodness.
Ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), Citrus aurantium bigaradia (neroli) hydrosol, Rosa damscene (rose) hydrosol, SOD (from natural melon), kombucha extract, Sambucus nigra (black elderberry) extract, uva ursi (bearberry) extract, glycyrrhiza uralensis (licorice) extract, DMAE (dimethylaminethanol), Cosmocil CQ*, Rosa centifolia (rose absolute) essential oil, Lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil, Helichrysum italicum (helichrysum) essential oil, Curcuma longa Rhizome (curcuma) essential oil
This cleanser uses both physical exfoliation (small beads) and chemical exfoliation (lactic acid, Black willowbark) to gently buff dead skin off the face. As you would expect from this line, it is free of (cheap and nasty) harsh surfactants like sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate and ammonium lauryl/laureth sulfates.
I really like the texture and feel of this product on the skin. After it is washed off my skin feels clean (but not tight or uncomfortable) and soft.
Although it’s quite gentle, I still stick to using it 3-4 times a week rather than daily because I also use my (DIY) C, E and ferulic serum which is quite acidic and has exfoliating effects of it’s own.
The only gripe I have with this product is the packaging (in the smaller size, the full size is fine because it has a pump). The exfoliating cleanser is in a glass bottle with a cap on the top- it’s quite difficult to get the product out without shaking it forcefully.
Active ingredients: AHA Lactic acid 1%, BHA Black willowbark, 1%
Other ingredients: Camellia sinensis (green & white tea), adzuki bean powder, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera gel), vegetable glycerin, xantham gum, potassium sorbate, raw honey, colloidal oatmeal, rice bran powder, spirulina, marshmallow root, Irish moss, kelp, lactic acid, Salix nigra (black willowbark) extract, Rosemary oleoresin, Lavendula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) essential oil
note: these products were sent to me by PR for considerationPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 16th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 16046commentsSaturday+Skin+Care%3A+Marie+Veronique+anti+aging+kit2011-04-16+07%3A28%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D160
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