Welcome to the first installment of the Summer Essential SPF Sunscreen Series.
The Series kicks off with a review of Origins a Perfect World SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer w/ White Tea, a moisturiser/sunscreen hybrid. This oil-free moisturizer is described on Origin’s website as a “super-charged, antioxidant moisturizer with White Tea, Maritime Pine and UVA/UVB sunscreens” that “surrounds skin in a protective bubble to help delay the appearance of premature aging signs”. The star ingredients include the following plant-based antioxidants: Silver Tip White Tea, Arabidopsis, Resveratrol and Maritime Pine. The product’s active ingredients include: Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (2.7%), which are all chemical sunscreens (UVA/UVB) (Check out Skinacea.com (“Sunscreen 101”) for a great breakdown of the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens and other useful information on the subject.) It claims to be oil-free and is targeted toward combination to dry skin types. It does not claim to be water-resistant.
I tested out this product every day for a full two weeks under different conditions.
Upon application, the product feels thick. So much so that it reminds me of the thickness one usually associates with physical sunscreens. It took some effort to rub it in, but once you get it going it begins to take on more of a slippery, almost oil-like texture. Immediately after application there is a very slight “white-cast” (on my NC 25 complexion). I had my friend (NC 45) try this out as well and it left a whitish-grey cast upon initial application, which dissipated within 1-2 minutes. Basically you have to rub the product into your skin fairly well.
I wore this sunscreen/moisturiser with and without make-up. I did not have problems layering my primers (silicone based) or my foundations (Kat Von D, UD Naked, Clinique Stay Matte, Garnier BB) over this. I did find, however, that depending on what foundation I wore, I could begin to look oily about mid-afternoon. This was especially the case with the UD Naked Foundation and Garnier BB Cream. That being said, this did not break me out.
I did not experience symptoms of unprotected sun exposure while using this (such as burning, darkening of sun-spots etc.), however I was not exposed to the sun for prolonged periods. My activities included going to work, walking out of the office for lunch, an occasional out-door meal in day-light etc. In other words, I was not outside for more than 20 minutes. This product is not marketed for use during out-door sporting activities.
A Full Size is 1.7 oz and comes in jar form (you can find it at Origns.com). Would I purchase a full size? Probably not, I have used better moisturizing products with SPF which I enjoy more than this.
- White/Grey Cast: Slight-Moderate depending on skin tone
- Consistency: Thick to Medium
- Did not break me out
- Foundation Approved (unless using a dewy foundation with oily skin)
- Best for: Dry, Combination, and Normal Skin Types (Note: However it may not work for skin that is not only dry but extremely de-hydrated)
- May work for: Combination/Oily Skin Types
- Not good for: Very Oily Skin Types
- Best used for: Normal daily activities with limited sun exposure. Not recommended for use in situations of pro-longed sun exposure
- Cost: High (Retail $41.00 USD)
- Available Locally: No (Check Origins.com , Sephora.com, Nordstrom.com and/or similar retailers)
For perspective on skincare product reviews, it’s always useful to know a little something about the reviewer’s skin type. Rather than repeating the information in every post, I have a summary on the “My Skin States” page.
All products mentioned in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s own. Unless expressly stated, the author does not represent and is not affiliated with the brands, services, and websites mentioned. See Disclaimer for more information.