Moisturizers can go two not so appealing ways for me: 1) not enough moisture, which keeps the dry patches of my combination skin, well, dry and 2) a much too rich film that lives on my face instead of being absorbed, leading to that dreaded shiny T-zone. But when I tried Derma E Tropical Solutions Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 ($39), which contains antioxidants such as tamanupomegranategreen tea, avocado, and acai, I found that neither of those two scenarios happened. And in this case, it still wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

Translation: I saw little change in the overall appearance of my skin. While it moisturized a little, tending to my dry patches ever so slightly, my skin didn’t really feel as soft as I’d expect from a moisturizer packed with so many antioxidants and emollients.

Looking at the ingredients, of which there are sun-protecting actives such as zinc oxideethylhexyl methoxycinnamate and an ester of salycilic acid called ethylhexyl salicylate, along with botanicals such as safflower oil, an emollient high in linoleic acid, and tamanu oil, a nut oil that has garnered attention for it’s wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties, I was expecting more. Perhaps it can be attributed to the fact that, like many products, the first ingredient on the list is water. The remaining 25 or so ingredients may not be in enough quantity to do much for my skin. It felt nice when I was applying it on my face, but I’m still pretty underwhelmed by the lack of post application effects.

I’m also a little concerned that both sodium benzoate and a calcium ascorbate are in this product, which Marta found that when combined, can form benzene, a carcinogenic that UK’s Food Standards Agency took off the market in soft drink brands with high levels. I’m hoping there is far too little sodium benzoate in Derma E’s moisturizer to do any real damage.

After two weeks of use, I’ve yet to see my skin any softer, clearer or brighter than usual. The product says it will hydrate and nourish, and while it’s got the goods to do so, I’m not seeing enough of those results in my face to recommend.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Zinc Oxide,

Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Organic Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Nut Oil*, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Calcium Ascorbate (Ester-C®), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Gluconolatone and Sodium Benzoate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Natural and Fragrant Oils.