Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 (0.5oz-2oz/$14-$32) is without doubt the easiest sunscreen I have ever worn. It is extremely cosmetically acceptable – a silky cream that blends in easily with no chalky residue from the mineral sunscreen actives and it behaves well both over serums and under foundation. I almost look forward to using it – and I hate sunscreen.
When choosing a sunscreen, I get so hung up on factors such as whether it will irritate the hell out my skin and leave me with a gray and ghostly shimmer of zinc, that I forget about the basic premise – whether it actually protect my skin from sunburn. For normal, daily use in hot and sunny New York at the start of summer, Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 does its job perfectly well. Ten-thousand feet up a mountain, in 80 degrees with sun bouncing off what was left of the snowline, it did not pass muster – but then I was hardly giving it a sporting chance.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 is a pragmatic formula. It uses a couple of silicones, which of course I don’t love but they do help smooth out the typically chalky texture of mineral sunscreen. So, while not for purists, this is a sunscreen that you wear with makeup or au naturel on your way to a business meeting rather than relegating it for sports or gardening.
Anyhow, the good far outweighs the bad with Josie Maran’s signature argan oil, replete as it is with fatty acids and antioxidant aloe vera, green tea and pomegranate as well as soothing chamomile. The moisturizing factor is light – which is enough for me over my daily serum. However, those with dry skin should perhaps regard it primarily as an SPF rather than their moisturizer substitute.
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Hexadecene Copolymer, Decy Oeate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Organic Argan Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Capryl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Organic Aloe Barbadnesis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Organic Chamomilla Recutina (Matricaria) Extract, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Natural Fragrance (Apricot Oil)