Phew -was that a mouthful. I’m not the biggest fan of super long product names, only on the basis that if I do like it and want to recommend my friends to use it, my goldfish memory would probably fail very spectacularly at trying to recall the name. Anyhoos, for now, I shall refer to this as the Dr Andrew Weil Origins sunblock. Heh. And guess what? I’m gonna recommend it to you.
Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Defense Advanced Daily UV Defender
This product contains a specialised concoction of active ingredients including Opuntia Cactus from Brazil that triggers moisture to help create a clinically proven physical barrier to protect skin, and Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, the 100% non-chemical shield protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.
The Packaging: A compact tiny minion of a bottle with a screw-open cap. The cross-section of the bottle is oval (kinda like a rugby ball), which actually makes squeezing the product out easier. It is pretty stable and won’t tip over so easily.
The Scent: I’m loving the slight whiff of citrusy-lemon scents. It’s refreshing enough to perk me up in the mornings without being too overpowering.
The Texture: Make sure to shake well before usage – it’s lightweight and slightly watery, so it spreads easily into the skin. There’s a slight velvety finish and the skin actually feels softer to the touch (even when applied over my daily Bioderma Hydrabio Gel-Creme). Makeup glides on smoothly over the skin and sets as per normal (perhaps a tad more easily now that my skin feels more velvety heh).
The Verdict: I’m always a fan of Origins (if you haven’t tried their products, you’re missing out! I love the Origins Modern Friction Gentle Dermabrasion that exfoliates and smoothens skin, as well as their Out Of Trouble Mask that -I swear- instantly minimises angry red budding pimples). I’m so glad this one doesn’t disappint – I love that it brightens up the skin without having that deathly white pallor. It leaves a non-greasy, velvety smooth finish that I wish my skin had everyday. Ah wells. At least I have this product that can also do double duty as a sun protector – definitely at the top of my list for sunblocks at the moment 😀 It’s kind of like the better and improved upmarket version of Hada Labo’s Air Aqua UV Day Emulsion Moist (which I also like).