Battling underemployment as I am at the moment, I recently decided to try selling mark. cosmetics to
earn some cash money immediately flip on more makeup without feeling guilty about it. One of the things that caught my eye soon after signing up was the For Goodness Face Antioxidant Skin Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 ($18 USD, 1.7oz). Because while I loved my old Olay, I hated that it had no sun protection. Convincing myself that I both A) Needed it to replace my Olay, and B) Needed it so I can test and believe in what I’m selling, I placed an order.
Two days later, it arrived. Hermes himself couldn’t have brought it faster. Read more below the cut!
The first thing that struck me about this was the packaging. The moisturizer jar is housed in a clear outer jar, so you could, upon finishing the product, simply toss the inner jar and use the clear one for a ditty jar – storing brushes and qtips and the like. Nice, nice… I like things that are repurposeable.
The topmost cap snaps on and off gently, to reveal my most favourite thing about this product: a handy push pump. This is most excellent for two reasons. One, it delivers a perfectly metered amount of moisturizer, so you don’t wind up wasting product. Second, as this is a jarred product, it keeps your moisturizer nice and clean – no air exposure, and no contamination from oils or other such nasty bits lingering on your fingertips.
As the packaging does have many parts and layers, some might find this to be a bulky product. I’ll admit that it’s even a bit large for my liking, but I do understand the function of the form, and I really, really like that function. So I don’t mind in the least.
The next thing I noticed about this product, on activating the super pump powers, was how the product smells. The fragrance is going to be a huge dealbreaker for quite a few people: It smells like sunscreen. Beachy, summery, all-out sunscreen. Which I suppose isn’t too surprising, as this product does boast a healthy SPF of 30, however, most cosmetic and moisturizer companies manage to mask the smell, or at least make it somewhat pleasant. While the smell does fade, it does not do so quickly. Personally, I don’t mind this, as I love the smell of sunscreen. I’m a bit odd, you see.
Getting past the smell, let’s look at the ingredients:
HOMOSALATE – 8.0%
OCTINOXATE – 7.5%
OCTISALATE – 5.0%
OXYBENZONE – 5.0%
AVOBENZONE – 3.0%
WATER/EAU, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, PEG-8, DIMETHICONE, NYLON-12, CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, FUMARIA OFFICINALIS FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, VANILLA PLANIFOLIA FRUIT EXTRACT, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) EXTRACT, VACCINIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (BLUEBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) FRUIT EXTRACT, TROMETHAMINE, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, CARBOMER, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, FUMARIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, POLYSORBATE 60, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN
That’s a fair amount of science. But a good amount of nature in there, too. The primary beneficial ingredients listed on the packaging are blueberries (boosting general skin health and healing ability) and dark chocolate, which is believed to stave off wrinkles.
As always, though, it pays to be mindful of the ingredients and your skin. This moisturizer has worked perfectly fine on some skin which normally has sensitivity to sun blocking ingredients, but others have had difficulty. Also, whether or not you have dry or oily skin is going to play in to how good this moisturizer is. As a person with dry skin, I find this one to be quite nourishing. However, I would not recommend this for persons with oily skin, as this moisturizer does not soak in and dry down completely.
One word of warning about this product that I will mention: Do not get this anywhere near your eyes, because it will burn like the dickens. I don’t have sensitive eyes, so I’ve never been particularly careful with facial products in the past, but I certainly will from now on. You definitely want to stop at the top of your cheekbones when applying this, and use a separate eye cream to take care of the rest.
At $18 for a 1.7oz bottle, this product is just a tad bit spendy. One thing which saves it from being “too expensive” is that the packaging style prevents wastefulness, so you do absolutely get every cent’s worth of product.
The scent of the product can be quite overwhelming to some, especially those who loathe the smell of sunscreen. As I really enjoy the smell of sunscreen, I consider this a bit of a benefit.
The packaging is bulky, but functional – and reusable.
This product would be good for individuals with normal to dry skin, with no known sensitivities to SPF products. Otherwise, carefully review the product ingredients before purchasing, or try to acquire a sample from somebody who owns the product, so you can test it out first.
All in all, I am quite happy with this product, and I would gladly purchase it again!
So, dear readers, have you ever tried this one? What did you think? What is your favourite facial moisturizer of all time?