Product Review: Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream with Sunscreen

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We’re nowhere near the end of summer, but I just ran out of both my facial sunblocks, Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen and Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF40. (Apparently I’ve been practicing good sun protection!) When I went to purchase a new bottle of one or the other, however, I realized that both products were sold out.

What to do?

Fortunately, I found  a few sample packets of Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream in my drawer. This seemed like the moment to give them a try.

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Aesop has given its Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream a rating of SPF15, thanks to its healthy dose of zinc oxide (16.1% !). Zinc oxide protects my skin without irritating it, so I had a feeling that I’d like this product.

Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream is a medium-weight moisturizer, and its ingredients list features botanical treats like macadamia seed oil and evening primrose oil as well as a hit of squalane. It might be too dense for very oily complexions, but it feels just right on my combination/dehydrated skin. This cream includes lavender oil in addition to the sage oil, so it has a light herbal scent that i find very pleasant.

If I over-apply, there’s a slight feeling of stickiness, but as long as I don’t overload my face with product, Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream absorbs nicely and even gives a slight “mattifying” effect. One slight “con”: my makeup doesn’t last as long over this sunblock-moisturizer as it does over Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer (whose silicones create a priming, binding effect).

Overall, I’m pleased with my trial of Aesop’s Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream, and if I’m still not able to get my hands on any Pratima or Josie Maran soon, this will be my next purchase.

Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream with Sunscreen sells for $45 (40 ml tube) or $65 (60 ml jar) at the Aesop website and Aesop storefronts.

Product source: sample packets received with a purchase at an Aesop boutique.

Image: photograph by Genevieve Naylor, 1952, via Corbis.

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3 thoughts on “Product Review: Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream with Sunscreen

  1. Good to know, I’ve been putting off buying a face sunscreen and this sounds worthy! Love that it has lavender and can give a matte appearance. xoxo

    1. Hi, Jane! I do like natural fragrances in my skincare — I can’t stand facial products that smell strongly of (synthetic) melon or cucumber or vanilla. This product is working well for me so far, and it’s easier to find than my usual choices!

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