Our Rating: 4 stars

Reviewed by Emily on October 18, 2013


Earlier this year, Truth In Aging gave me the chance to test MDSolarSciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion, which I found to be a surprisingly effective and well-formulated eye serum. So when I was asked recently to give the MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($68 in the shop), which features broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection, a try I didn't need much persuasion, even though I tend to think that dual-purpose products don't always work well. But like the rest of the line, MDSolarSciences' moisturizer is pleasant to use, and a good choice for anyone looking for a sun-protective day lotion, provided you're not insistent on mineral-only protection.

The first thing I noted - well, the second thing, because, like the Eye Repair Emulsion, the Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer comes in an attractive slim square orange container, with a clever twist-to-open pump - is that it goes on easily and absorbs very nicely, which is always the concern with a sunscreen. It is emollient - but not too emollient; neither too heavy nor too light; and, most of all, it isn't chalky and doesn't leave a residue. It has just a very faint scent, which is fresh and pleasant - not that heavy sunscreen smell. I've mostly been using the moisturizer on those mornings when I'm not putting on makeup and want the extra sun protection. However, I've used it under makeup, and it has worked just fine. It also doesn't seem to clog up my face or cause breakouts, which combo products can.

The key actives delivering sun protection are avobenzone (3%); octisalate (5%); and octocrylene (2.75%), so these are chemical sunscreens. According to TIA's ingredients database, avobenzone is often used because it delivers very broad-spectrum UV protection. The MDSolarSciences pure play sunscreens - lotions and creams - use mineral components.

In terms of anti-aging, repair, and moisturizing ingredients, MDSolarSciences also notes a nice bouquet of antioxidants and other herbals in the product - mushroom and green tea extracts, rose, sunflower, and sesame seed oils, grape extract, and so on - as well as a good complement of hydrators, including ceramides. Like the Eye Repair product, it also includes its proprietary ProVention-R TM delivery technology.

At $68 for a 50 ml (1.7 oz) bottle, it's not outrageously priced given the quality of ingredients used. For those who want a combo product, the MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a very good choice (I'd guess for just about any age group), provided, of course, that chemical sunscreens don't make it off limits for you.