Okay, I admit it. I have always had a love-hate relationship with facial moisturizer. I know every woman needs it, especially as she waves goodbye her early 30s (for me, that was around the time of Meg Ryan’s first facelift). And as the dangers of sun damage and air pollution have been trumpeted to us so thoroughly that we can recite their perils in our sleep, I thought, why not give the new Canyon Ranch SPF 30 moisturizer a try?

Here’s why not: moisturizer has always made me break out. And why would I want to wear something that gives me zits at the age of 47, when my skin is supposed to be as dry as the Sonora Desert? Sadly, this chic moisturizer produced the same effect as anything I ever bought at the Walgreen’s down the street.

Heaven knows, it shouldn’t have happened this way, especially when you read the product information for this $60 bottle of facial magic. As one of a twelve-product line, this lotion is supposed to transform your skin’s health, thanks to ProNAD, a niacin (vitamin B3) that helps repair and prevent visible signs of aging.  Niacin really is a superstar: it’s both organic and a powerhouse at strengthening skin barriers to preserve moisture and keep irritants from getting (literally) under your skin.

The other significant ingredients are titanium dioxide, a naturally occurring mineral that’s processed into an odorless, absorbent pigment that’s used as a sunscreen. And mighty zinc oxide, of course, sops up both UVA and UVB rays, which are present even in winter sun.

Like all Canyon Ranch products, this moisturizer has no parabens, artificial dyes, chemical fragrances or substances derived from petroleum. That is pretty terrific, I have to say. I would use the product again, in fact, if it hadn’t forced me into wildly searching for my best concealer nearly every day for the three weeks I road-tested it. Sigh.

Ingredients in Canyon Ranch Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer 1.7 fl oz (50 ml):

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (5.27%), Zinc Oxide (6.0%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Myristyl Nicotinate, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside,Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (Soybean), Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Caprylyl Methicone, Alumina, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cyclomethicone, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG 9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract (Blueberry), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexylcinnamal,Linalool