Josie Maran Cosmetics

Argan Bright Skin Vitamin C Serum

0.85 fl. oz. for $ 65.00
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Josie Maran’s Argan Bright Skin Vitamin C Serum is a good way to add this brightening ingredient in your skin care routine, though we wish it offered your skin a bit more.

Packaged in an opaque orange bottle with a dropper dispenser, we’re glad to say this product’s star ingredient is protected from light and air, which can cause it to lose its effectiveness.

The brand’s signature argan oil is front and center among the ingredients. Argan oil is a good non-fragrant plant oil that has antioxidant properties, though it’s not quite the miracle ingredient Josie Maran often claims. Because this is oil-based and has additional oils in the formula, it’s best for those with normal to dry skin. It’s not a very greasy oil, but those with oily, combination, or acne-prone skin likely won’t prefer this texture.

As advertised, this fragrance-free serum contains a high amount of vitamin C, here in the form of textrahexyldecyl ascorbate. In addition to having skin-brightening and antioxidant benefits, this particular form is oil-soluble, so it maintains its stability here. Licorice root is also in the mix, providing additional skin tone-evening benefit. Acting as support are a couple of antioxidant plant extracts.

One note: Josie Maran claims that this active ingredients in this formula go deeper into skin. There’s nothing in here that causes any of the ingredients to penetrate skin more for any improved benefit, that’s simply a marketing claim unsupported by any ingredient in the product. That aside, this is still a good option for adding vitamin C to your skin care routine.

  • Contains a good amount of skin-brightening and antioxidant vitamin C.
  • Includes antioxidant plant extracts.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
  • There’s nothing about this oil that causes ingredient to go deeper into skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Revive and brighten your skin from within with this bioavailable vitamin C serum. The Argan Oil based serum visibly evens tone, reduces the look of dark spots, and brightens dull skin. The active ingredients in this Argan Oil based serum go deeper into the skin for faster, visible results. Argan Oil hydrates and firms for a radiant, glowing complexion, while bioavailable vitamin C absorbs instantly into skin to diminish dark spots and fight pigmentation.

Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Oleyl Lactate, Octyldodcyl PCA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glyceryl Oleate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Isostearyl Lactate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Bisabolol, Phloretin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Squalane, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dunaliella Salina Extract (Beta Carotene Source).

Josie Maran At-A-Glance

Strengths: The sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection; well-formulated daytime moisturizer with sunscreen; excellent tinted moisturizer for dry skin.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products are potently fragranced.

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokesperson Josie Maran. Almost every Josie Maran product is centered on the ingredient argan oil, which the brand attributes many beneficial qualities, some of which are true, and some claims made stretch the facts a bit. According to the brand, this non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin.

Argan oil does contain beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but we should note that it isn't the only oil with such properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

Fortunately, the Josie Maran brand does include many beneficial ingredients in some of its best products, and does have some unique offerings to consider. It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, its less beneficial to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara. It does add a unique quality to some makeup, however, especially in a few of the brands lip formulas.

We should note that while the brand relies heavily on the natural theme in its marketing, it doesn't talk about the beneficial ingredients used that aren't so natural. There isn't anything wrong with using naturally-derived ingredients, but it strikes us as disingenuous to not tout the benefits of synthetic ingredients such as silicones, preservatives, coloring agents and film formers that also appear in many of Josie Maran products.

As is the case with many brands that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils to be wary of, as these can be problematic for any skin type (but especially so for those with sensitivity concerns). However, there are a few products here that are absolutely worth considering and unique, see our individual reviews on the brand for more details.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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