Review: MooGoo SPF40 Natural Sunscreen

I have reviewed a few MooGoo products and the more I use them, the more drawn I am to the company. At first I was a little put off because I didn’t buy into the whole ‘natural is always better’ approach. However, MooGoo have had consistently great products that are very well formulated.

As you’re aware, Australian is well into the warm summer weather and covering up from the sun is vital. Unfortunately many people are still weary about the ingredients in sunscreen and avoid it because of their worries.

The good news is, this is a completely natural sunscreen. The only active ingredient is zinc oxide, no chemical filters.

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In Australia, organisations aren’t required to list all of their ingredients on sunscreen, only the active ingredients. One thing I like about MooGoo is their complete transparency. They list all of the product ingredients on both the package and on their website.

Price:

$19.90AUD for 100g

Texture:

It is quite thick and hard to rub in. This is not unusual and quite common with many physical sunscreens I have tried.

Ingredients I like: 

This sunscreen has minimal ingredients and their aren’t any harmful ones  listed.

  • Jojoba oil: I always rave about jojoba oil. It’s very beneficial in repairing skin as well as having anti inflammatory properties.

To see full list of ingredients visit Moogoo’s website.

Overall Impression: 

Pros: 

  • Cruelty free
  • Physical sunscreen
  • Hasn’t broken out my sensitive skin
  • Non-greasy once it sinks into the skin
  • Very affordable

Cons: 

  • Leaves a slight white cast on darker skin
  • Can be a little bit thick if you are used to chemical sunscreens

Repurchase? 

Yes! While I don’t use this for my face (I have another daily sunscreen), I use this on my neck and chest. My neck and chest are even more sensitive than my face so the fact that this sunscreen hasn’t caused my skin to react is amazing.

I think I have a sunscreen addiction.

I am going away this weekend to the holiday house my family owns on the beach. Of course, sunscreen is the most important thing for Australian summer.

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Maybe I can offer sunscreen to tanners on the beach! haha.

What is your go-to sunscreen this summer? (or last summer, if you’re not in Australia).

Review: Mecca To Save Face Superscreen SPF50+

Things are really heating up in Australia so I’ve been on the search for an every day heavy duty sunscreen. I had heard great reviews about the SPF30+ version of this sunscreen, but I wanted to try out the 50+.

In Australia, unlike a couple of other countries, SPF takes into consideration the UVA protection as well. So if you get a high SPF, you can be sure you are also getting adequate UVA protection as well.

Remember, UVA rays can cause skin cancer and premature ageing.

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Mecca is an Australian brand. I like to think of it as the Australian Sephora (except for the fact that Sephora just recently opened here!). They stock other brands as well as having their own.

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Price:

$40AUD for 75mL

Texture:

It’s very creamy. However, it’s not too thick or greasy and rubs in really easily.

Ingredients I like: 

  • Hyaluronic acid: Super moisturising and prevents water loss. It can keep skin tone even and smooth
  • Pomegranate extract: Has antioxidant properties. This can help reduce inflammation as well as improve the appearance of wrinkled skin.

Overall Impression: 

Pros: 

  • Cruelty free
  • It has a beautiful finish that isn’t greasy nor too matte
  • It doesn’t make me break out
  • No white cast
  • Lightweight
  • Super high protection!

Cons: 

  • At first it does feel a little thick to rub in, but that disappears quickly

Repurchase? 

Absolutely! I have been using this sunscreen every day for the past couple of weeks. It is quite difficult to find a high protection sunscreen in Australia that is also cosmetically elegant. Fortunately this Mecca sunscreen fits everything I need!

Review: My Beauty Diary Vanilla Moisturizing Aroma Mask

A couple of months ago I went on a crazy shopping spree and bought 50 MBD sheet masks. Their masks are known to be great for sensitive skin and have an abundance of beneficial ingredients.

This particular mask is supposed to be for ‘extremely dry skin’. My skin suffered quite bad in the winter months so I needed something super moisturising.

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I really like a lot of the ingredients in these masks. It’s hard to find some of them listed online but thankfully all of them are listed on the back of each mask.

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Price:

$15AUD for a box of 10

Ingredients I like: 

There are numerous other ingredients throughout which are beneficial including urea, algae extract and glycerin.

Overall Impression: 

Pros: 

  • Very moisturising
  • Leaves me skin dewey and ‘plump’
  • Easy to use
  • Many beneficial ingredients

Cons: 

  • Has some potentially irritating ingredients such as Arnica montana flower extract, lemon extract and grapefruit extract

Repurchase? 

I really like this mask, it works super well for my skin. I think I will definitely buy it again.

Review: O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance Serum

O Cosmedics are an Australian brand that focus on the science behind skincare. Their products are generally on the high end side and focus on the use of active ingredients. I’m not usually one to buy high end products as I believe that there are many great affordable products that do the same thing. However I have been drawn to a couple of O Cosmetics products as I love companys that focus on the science behind skincare rather than using marketing slogans, I use their sunscreen daily.

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Price:

$92AUD for 30ml (0.2ml per ‘pump’)

Texture:

This is a mix between a watery and gel texture, and spreads on the skin very smoothly. Not only does it sink in very quickly but my face feels very refreshed afterwards.

Ingredients I like: 

  • Retinyl Palmitate: A type of Vitamin A. While this ingredient is not as strong as retinol or prescription retinoids, it is also very beneficial in anti-ageing. Paula’s Choice also mentions the benefit this ingredient as an antioxidant and skin cell regulator.
  • Niacinamide: Super beneficial for anti-ageing. This helps to improve skin elasticity, helps to erase discolouration and helps to prevent skin from moisture loss. Nicki Zevloa from FutureDerm also talks about how this ingredient stimulates protein (collagen) synthesis.
  • L-Sodium Hyaluronate: Hyaluronic acid in salt form. Aids skin in water retention, keeping the skin hydrated and smooth.

Overall Impression: 

Pros:

  • I personally really like the silky feel of this serum and it has definitely made my skin more soft and hydrated
  • It has a number of beneficial ingredients that are fantastic for anti-ageing
  • The finish is perfect
  • The packaging is beautiful

Cons: 

  • One of my concerns is that while this does have good ingredients, there are a couple that don’t have a whole lot of research to back up their claims. O Cosmedics have their ‘world exclusive’ V8 peptide complex™, but I am struggling to find any more information on this particular ingredient besides websites advertising  O Cosmedics themselves.
  • It’s a little pricey

Repurchase? 

Before I repurchase this product I would personally like to see more research published for V8 peptide complex™. In saying that, I do think this product has a number of other well researched ingredients that are beneficial for anti-ageing.

3 reasons why you shouldn’t worry about chemicals in your skincare

Hey everybody, I’m sorry I’ve been a bit off the radar I’m in my final days of university. I have my last exam in exactly 2 weeks and then I will be free to blog for several months!

Let me begin by stating that I do not care if you use all natural products with organic ingredients, I am 100% behind you. However, I do have a problem when people (and especially those selling their own products), claim their products are ‘chemical free’. What does that even mean? On top of that, not every natural product is going to be good for you. Here are my complaints.

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1. Water is a chemical

Water is literally the first ingredient in majority of skincare products. I’m not sure of how many people exclusively avoid water in their skincare routines but it’s pretty hard to claim your products are chemical free if they contain this ingredient.

2. Just because something is hard to pronounce, it doesn’t mean it’s dangerous for your skin 

I’ve heard numerous people say on several occasions that they won’t use a product if they can’t pronounce the ingredients on the back of the jar. However, there is a small problem with this: just because you can’t pronounce something or don’t understand what it is, it doesn’t mean it’s bad for your skin. Examples below:

  • Simmondsia chinensis: This may sound like an exotic bug or disease but it’s just jojoba oil, a staple ingredient in many organic and natural products. It’s known to be safe for the skin and have a large number of beneficial properties.
  • Ascorbic acid: It sounds pretty dangerous doesn’t it? Ascorbic acid is simply a form of vitamin C. It has shown to have many anti-ageing benefits as well as the ability to fade spots.
  • Capylic/Capric Triglyceride: This one may sound a little nasty, but it can actually repair the skin barrier and add moisture the skin. It’s derived from coconut oil and gycerin.
  • Vitis vinifera: Also known as grape seed extract. Really great antioxidant properties and help to reduce free radical damage and any photo-ageing.
  • Gluconolactone: An exfoliant that may be safer to use than an AHA and BHA. Also helps to protect against UV radiation damage as well as improve the appearance of fine lines, hyper pigmentation, pore size and wrinkles.

3. Natural does not always mean safe 

There are a number of ingredients that are natural, but it doesn’t mean they are safe to put on your face. A few examples:

  • Cinnamon: Can be very irritating for the skin.
  • Lemon: Not only the wrong pH with the potential to damage your skin, but it can also cause phytophotodermatitis when exposed to sunlight
  • Lavender extract: Lavender extract can actually cause cell death from cytotoxicity (even natural ingredients can be ‘toxic’!). While there is not a lot of studies to support this, it has been proven to have the potential of being an irritant.
  • Baking soda: Contains particles that can cause microscopic tears to your skin. (Medical journals talking more in depth about alkaline products on the skin, thanks to /r/skincareaddiction on Reddit, can be seen here and here.)

Conclusion: 

Obviously not every synthetic ingredient is safe and not every natural ingredient is unsafe, because that would be ridiculous right? Just make sure to research the ingredients and your world will be open to many fantastic products that you may not have considered earlier. There are so many great products out there that may not necessarily be all natural 🙂