Reader Review: Beauty Cosmedics Oil-Free Moisture
I have used Beauty Cosmedics' oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin several times during the past few weeks, and have noticed both pros and cons of the product. The moisturizer has a low spf of 15, and claims to be oil-free, chemical-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free. It offers UVA/UVB protection, and is also light and soothing.
Pros: The application of this moisturizer is very nice; it is thin, light, and soothing, just as it claims. The texture is similar to a thin, milky liquid, which glides over the face easily and smoothly. It absorbs quite quickly too. It's mostly fragrance free, with the exception of the initial milky-coconut smell when first applied, which I don't mind at all. I don't recall smelling anything afterwards.
Cons: Although the product claims to be oil-free, I noticed that my skin becomes just a bit more oily, or shiny when using this moisturizer with my mineral powder make-up than compared to using my make-up with other moisturizers. I noticed this because my mineral make-up, unlike pressed powders and foundations, doesn't give me a shiny or oily glow after a few hours of application. My skin used to become more oily throughout the day, but this make-up remains oil-free all day long; so when I noticed a bit of oiliness, I figured it had to be from the moisturizer. Also, I have tested a high sunscreen (spf 55) moisturizer from Sheseido, and also a smoothing veil from Sheseido with my mineral make-up to be sure that I wasn't imagining the bit of oiliness, but it seems that I am less oily with the Sheseido products. It's nothing too bad, but the other thing that I don't really like about this moisturizer is that, like many other moisturizers, it has a sticky consistency after application, which can be very irritating.
On a side note, although I haven't noticed myself (that's probably because I see myself daily), my friend told me that over the past two weeks, my skin looks brighter and clearer, and that my complexion also looks more even. She even said it was noticeable as she was "watching" me and examining my skin without me noticing. She thought it was because of the cleanser and products I just bought, but I told her the only thing I've been using several times during the past two weeks was the Beauty Cosmedics moisturizer. So maybe it does something for your face in the long-run! Then again, I guess I can only speak for myself.
So far, this seems like a fairly nice product that glides on easily, which is very convenient. It's not something that I would spend a fortune on, or go out of my way to purchase, but it definitely has a nice feel to it, and I love the lightness of the product, and how easy it is to smooth over your face and neck. It's like smoothing milk over your face-light and easy; but do be aware of the annoying stickiness after application. I let my friend try it and she also agreed that it feels a bit sticky.
Ingredients in Beauty Cosmetics
Active Ingredients: Micronized Titanium Dioxide (10%), Micronized Zinc Oxide (5%)
Other Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Peg-4 Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Saccharomyces/Xylinum Black Tea, Grape Seed Extract, Triethalomine, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Oregano Leaf Extract, Thyme Extract, Cinnamon Bark Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Golden Seal Root Extract.