This morning I noticed my bottle was nearing empty. It’s my second bottle, been using this same SPF moisturizer for a year now -and that shows true commitment on my end. Loyalty to products isn’t my strong suit – I like to roam 😉 Therefore, with a year under my belt, I think it’s time to share my thoughts.
Here are 10 reasons I love this moisturizer (with the freakishly long name):
- It really is ‘ultra light’. The texture is almost watery but it is still incredibly nourishing. I have tried other natural SPF that are thick or even chalky, none of that here. It smooths on like a dream and sits well under makeup. I have normal skin (to sometimes dry) and it does takes a few minutes to soak in (I don’t mind, just brush my teeth, comb my hair, etc.). But I do find it curious that they market it to “oily” skin since my normal/dry skin doesn’t instantaneously slurp it up, and when my skin is oilier I have to use powder to “set it” or else I can look sweaty! Note: powdering takes care of it though. No complaints.
- The scent. A unobtrusive, yet uplifting lemony scent is a nice way to start off my day. It does fade completely, which I see as a positive, as I’m not keen on smelling my own face all day long! Note: lemon essential oil is thought to be phototoxic (cause sun sensitivity) so that is a concern I have with this moisturizer, sadly. [EDIT: a reader informed me that she emailed Kimberly about this concern and her answer was that it’s steam distilled so phototoxidity isn’t a problem.]
- One year shelf-life. Not bad for a natural product!
- Has SPF 30 (decent) and is a physical sunscreen (I won’t go into why I think physical sunscreen is better than chemical in this review. For further reading see: Why I’ve Switched from Chemical to Physical Sunscreen (great information) and for in depth data breakdown of chemical/physical ingredients read this)
- Mixes exceedingly well with makeup (liquid foundation, mineral powder, bb cream etc.) to make perfectly blended DIY tinted moisturizers – which is my jam. Note: I was wearing it mixed with a cc cream in my last spring makeup look, if you’re curious for an “action shot” 😉
- NO WHITE CAST. none.
- One bottle lasts for about 6 months – and that’s using it morning and night! (Side note: currently on the hunt for a nighttime moisturizer that doesn’t break me out.) So, the fact that it (a) lasts so long and (b) works SO well/hits all the important points for me, make up for the slightly higher price ($32 on Amazon for 4 oz). Which, I mean, price is relative. There are definitely SPFs out there far more expensive.
- Not tested on animals.
- No nano particles. There is debate over the toxicity of nanoparticles, but I’d rather err on the side of “no, thanks, not on my face.”
- Does not break me out
I got distracted while staging Ms. Sayer’s photo shoot and snapped one of my glass blown golden snitch. Aren’t bookshelves the best? A place for little treasures and stores of knowledge.
Have you tried Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30? What is your favorite natural sunscreen?