The Struggle for the Perfect SPF: A Review of Josie Maran’s SPF 47

have extremely fair skin, and the sun petrifies me for that reason. I still vividly remember that one horrible day during my teenage years I decided it would be a swell idea to visit a water park. Less than halfway through the morning, I ended up burned all over despite my trusty SPF 100. Beet colored skin is not a good look, y’all. Despite this, regular SPF was not a fixture in my daily morning routine… seems absurd, right? So, after reading plenty of horror stories about how even momentary sun exposure can cause the advancing of wrinkles, fine lines – not to mention skin cancer, eek! – I set on a search for the perfect SPF to incorporate in my daily routine. First in line? A trusty sample of Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47.

The main reason I’ve avoided daily sunscreen use so long? The greasiness. The stickiness. The white overcast it leaves on the skin. It already takes too long in the AM to put on makeup, and to protect my face from the sun, you’re telling me I have to deal with all of these annoying hassles now too?

Well, the good news is that Josie Maran’s Daily Moisturizer has bypassed two of those unwanted qualities in SPF-rich moisturizers: no greasiness, no stickiness. I do have to wait about 5 minutes for the sunscreen to soak in, but after waiting, then applying my usual foundation primer on top, you’ll see barely any shiny residue left behind on the skin. Later on in the day, I do see the need to blot my T-Zone area more often than I usually do, however. It does leave a white cast if you don’t blend vigorously, so I can see this being a challenge for those with darker skin. (My skin is just so darn white that it’s not too noticeable for me.)

The Argan Moisturizer with SPF also boasts no chemicals, and something called SunBoost ATB, which are supposedly a blend of anti-oxidants, and other hydrating ingredients that work with the SPF to help moisturize the skin while keeping it safe from the harmful UV rays of the sun. This includes green tea leaf extract, argan oil (of course – argan oil is Josie’s trademark ingredient, after all), aloe leaf juice, and jojoba oil.

The .016 ounce sample has already lasted me at least 7 days of application, and I use a nickel-sized amount each day. So while the $32 price tag for a 2 oz bottle might seem shocking at first glance, I can tell that the bottle would last a considerably long time even with daily use.

Recommended for: those who want to combine their morning moisturizing routine with some SPF protection, especially those with fair skin, or dry skin.

Not recommended for: oily skin types (I can definitely see the texture being too greasy for oily-types), and those with darker skin might have a difficult time getting the white overcast blended out.

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