I am on the lookout for natural products with as little ingredients as possible, to replace my current regimen.
So, on the hunt for a day-time moisturizer that will not:
- smell like sunscreen (BF feels ill when he smells it, because it makes him nauseous)
- sit on my skin like a mask
- not feel oily
..and a moisturizer that will:
- absorb into my skin properly, when I put a teaspoonful on my face (as you should)
- smell great, but not too strong
- work well under a primer like Smashbox’s Primer, or possibly Tarte’s Clean Slate
- make my skin feel soft and moisturized
Enter: Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizer SPF 6
I picked up a sample at Sephora, and have been experimenting with it.
First, by just applying it without washing my face — Bad idea.
Second, by applying it after washing my face — Much better.
And trying different types of primers over it to see how the product pairs up:
- Korres Vitamin E Cream Primer
- Tarte Clean Slate that feels like a Smashbox Primer, is more natural & is cheaper
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Dyes
And their supposedly “active” ingredients:
(Which I don’t care too much about (or believe), I just wanted something more natural and moisturizing but I couldn’t care less if it had that stuff below in it)
-Regenerative Oak Extract: Firms and plumps aging skin, radically boosting collagen and elastin production.
-Quercetin Active: Delivers the most active, well-established polyphenol for maximum antioxidant protection; catalyzes proteasome activity in skin cells, dramatically improving cellular function, and creating more youthful, healthy, elastic skin.
-Mourera Fluviatilis: Constantly regulates the optimum hydration of the cells, maintaining their health and improving their quality.
-Myrtle Active Extract: Enhances intercellular communication, visibly increasing skin density, protecting collagen fibers, and significantly boosting elasticity.
All the Good Things
- It smells heavenly, like a light scent of roses
- It doesn’t make BF gag
- It has SPF 6 in it
- It seems to absorb a teaspoon quite nicely
All the Bad Things
- It isn’t SPF 15, but for its lack of oiliness (which is usually the SPF), I’m compromising
- It costs $35 for 1.4 oz (ouch!)
- You MUST wash your face in the morning before using it, or else face the risk of looking like you dipped your whole face into a bowl of mineral oil
Other than that, highly recommended.
I mean, the SPF is half what it should be, but for everything else I am getting, like the non-gag factor from BF, I am thrilled.