As I’ve mentioned before, I wear sunblock on my face every day, even during winter, even in the city. And I’ve often had a difficult time finding a facial sun-protection product that I really like.
So I’m sorry to say that if I had to list my beauty-related disappointments of 2012, a top complaint would be the wretched reformulation of my long-cherished Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration with SPF 20, made by 100% Pure. It was recently changed from a medium-weight, but easily absorbed, facial moisturizer with a high level of physical sunblock to a thick, dry, un-blendable white paste. (I did leave a negative comment about this change on the 100% Pure product page, but customer reviews are no longer being shown there. Interesting.)
I know; I know. This should be my biggest problem in life. But it was such an ideal everyday combination product. Now I’m forced to audition a few other sunblock-moisturizer hybrids, and I’ll be sharing the results of my efforts here.
A sample packet of Pur-lisse’s SPF 30 Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer recently came my way, so I wore it every day for a week to find out whether it would work for me. Maybe I was just imagining that 100% Pure’s product was so special…?
I did enjoy a few things about Pur-lisse’s facial suncreen-moisturizer very much. It blends quickly and absorbs well. It has a light, pleasant citrus scent. It gave my skin a semi-matte finish and an almost primer-like surface (thanks to its silicones!) that kept my foundation looking fresh through the workday. The full-size product is packaged in a tube, which is always convenient.
On the other hand, you never really know how a product suits you until you’ve been wearing it for several days. (This is why stores should always make samples available, without any difficulty or guilt attached.) Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer clogged my pores and gave me some minor, but noticeable, break-outs before the week was out. I don’t know whether the chemical sunscreen ingredients bothered me, now that my skin has become so accustomed to zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, or whether the citrus oils were the culprits. In any case, I won’t end up purchasing a whole tube of this product. It feels like a good quality facial sunscreen, with light-to-medium hydrating properties, so if your complexion doesn’t react badly to any of these ingredients, you may wish to give it a try. For me, however, the search continues…
Ingredients: Avobenzone (2.0%), Homosalate (6.5%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Oxybenzone (4.0%), Water (Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Hydrolyzed Algae (Seasilk) Extract , Hydrolyzed, Soy Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower (Blue Lotus) Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Geraniol *, Limonene *, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil, Michelia Alba Flower Oil.
Pur-lisse SPF 30 Essential Daily Moisturizer sells for $55 (1.7 oz.) at the Pur-lisse website and other etailer sites.
Disclaimer: I received a small sample packet of this product as part of a BeautyArmy subscription box.
Image: Edward Hopper, Morning Sun (1952), Columbus Museum of Art.