In preparation for the summer, I snagged the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual kit during the last Sephora sale. I chose it because the moisturizer contained in this kit is highly regarded on Paula’s Choice and it contains a ton of SPF! The issue is if I outright bought the moisturizer it would be $40 but this kit was only $30 and allowed me to try a few other products at the same time while saving a few bucks.
The Kit: The Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual kit contains 3 premium samples.
– 1.9 oz Argan Cleansing Oil
– 0.5 oz 100% Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
The Claims: It’s a 3 step ritual to cleanse, nourish and protect your skin. Argan oil is considered a great oil to use for the purpose of skincare. “For healthy, balanced, hydrated skin, Josie Maran’s Argan Skincare Ritual is the place to begin. Cleanse, nourish, and protect skin with this set of Josie’s three bestselling skincare products: Argan Cleansing Oil, 100% Pure Argan Oil, and Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. Each gentle, hydrating skin saver is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids to make skin glow.”
The Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47:
This product is interesting… it says on the directions “apply liberally before sun exposure.” That’s it. That’s the only thing that is says. Basically it’s telling you to use it as a sunscreen. When I see the word “moisturizer” I think of my daily moisturizer in the morning. Apply after I wash my face but before my makeup. I went on Sephora and found that pretty much all moisturizers that contain SPF greater than 30 direct you to use them as sunscreen, not a moisturizer. This might not be news to you but it was news to me. I think I might rant on this later… anyway. Moving on.
At first I tried to wear the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer as a moisturizer. I found that it was in fact an excellent moisturizer for very dry skin days. It’s hydrating, my skin drinks it up and my skin feels soft after use. When I wore makeup over it it just became too much for my skin. I broke out and became greasy. I couldn’t find a combination of products to work with it so I went to using it just as a sunscreen. For the purpose of a sunscreen specifically for your face it’s also great! It has a high SPF so it will last long but unlike many other sunscreens, it doesn’t burn my eyes. Another nice perk is that it dries quickly and leaves a satin-matte finish. I find that sunscreen looks super shiny and I hate the way it looks on my skin! Not this one though. It’s not oily at all.
This product has made me realize that I need to go buy a specific sunscreen for my face and use the other sunscreens that I buy just for the rest of my body. It makes a huge difference when you have sensitive skin. SPF has always been a big issue on my face. I’m not convinced yet that I specifically need to buy a $40 sunscreen for my face, I’d like to shop around and see if I can find a drugstore alternative. Overall I think that this is a good quality product as a sunscreen but I’m not sold on it due to the price.
100% Pure Argan Oil:
The instructions on this kit indicate that you would use the pure Argan oil as a moisturizer. Applying it where needed. I’ve never used oils as a moisturizer, I’ve always used them as something to compliment my moisturizer by adding it to places that need an extra boost. I decided to give it a try and so far so good! I’ve been doing it for a few weeks now. I find that it can give me break outs if I layer too many oily things on at once so I have to be extra careful. What I’ve started doing is using the Argan oil as a night cream. This way I don’t need to put anything else on my skin so it can just drink up the beautiful oil and be super smooth the next morning 🙂 I also have discovered that when you use oil as a moisturizer it takes a lot longer for your skin to absorb it. That’s another reason why I started doing it at night! It gives my skin the alone time it needs with the Argan oil. I love that it’s just a good quality, healthy oil. I feel good knowing that there’s no additives to it so my skin is only getting the benefits of the oil. I refrain from using the 100% Pure Argan Oil and the Argan Daily Moisturizer at the same time. I feel that the 2 together can cause breakouts and is just too much oil for my skin to absorb.
Up until recently I had been using the Andalou Moroccan Oil as a bit of a kick to my skincare routine and as an eye cream at night. I compared the two and found that the Andalou Moroccan Oil was a little thinner and easier to absorb. That doesn’t really mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. I find that because the Josie Maran version is so thick I use less of it. Also the Josie Maran Argan oil is 100% pure argan whereas the Andalou Moroccan Oil is a cocktail of oils and ingredients. You would have to compare the ingredients to decide if that bothers you or not. I personally don’t think there is anything bad in the Andalou oil so I have no concerns about continuing to use it. A full bottle of the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil is $60 for 50 ml and the Andalou Moroccan Oil is $25.99 for 30 ml. They are similarly priced. Unfortunately, $60 is a lot for me to shell out at once so if I wanted the Josie Maran oil I’d look for the premium sample size.
Argan Cleansing Oil:
I’m a huge fan of the Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash. It’s gentle on my skin, leaves me feeling soft and clean, and I can get it for about $11 at Kardish. It’s going to be really hard to get me to switch from that one. The full sized version of the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil is $40 so that right there is a huge strike against it. However it does have some nice benefits. It cleaned my face well leaving my skin hydrated, not stripped. Oil is really effective at removing waterproof eye makeup and since it’s such a primary ingredient in this cleanser I found this cleanser to be amazing at removing eye makeup. I have special eye makeup remover for days where I’m rocking thicker eye looks because my beloved Pacifica cleanser doesn’t get it all. If you wear a lot of eyeliner and things like that you might want to consider a cleanser such as this. For me, it’s totally not necessary since I rarely use heavy eyeliner so I’m content to go with a more affordable option and pick up an inexpensive eye makeup remover for the odd times that I need it.
Summary: It’s been my experience lately that oils can really turn your skin around. You have some sun spots? Try placing a little oil on there. A dry area that won’t go away? Oil! However for my skin type I’m finding that oil is best used as spot treatment only. It’s too intense for me but for those who have a true dry skin type they may want to consider getting in to oil. Some companies will try to tell you that some oils are far superior to others but the truth is if you do your research, Jojoba oil is just as good as Argan oil but far less expensive. I think that these products are all excellent but leaning on the expensive side. You can get cheaper and just as effective options else where. I do think that the finish on the moisturizer/sunscreen is lovely and to date I have not found a cheaper alternative and so I would consider buying that again to use as a good SPF for my face. I don’t think I need the cleanser and the Pure Argan Oil is great but once again, I think I can do a little better in price elsewhere. I’d recommend checking out Physician’s Formula’s Moroccan oil (it’s about $19.99) if you’re interested in Argan Oil (Moroccan Oil) it’s supposed to be good but a little more affordable. You can get a bottle of Jojoba oil at Kardish for around $12 and will do the same job as Moroccan oil or Argan oil.