It’s been around seven months since I bought my very first Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen. Why did I take ages to post my review? It’s because everyone else was raving about it and I didn’t want to just be carried away by all the good reviews. I wanted to experience the face screen during the best and worst moments of my skin. I wanted to put it to real-life tests. And so I did, for seven straight months. What did I find out?
Love Takes Time
If there’s anything that could describe my relationship with MVO Moisturizing Face Screen, it’s definitely not “love at first use.” I was so excited when I got my package that I opened it right away, took a couple of photos for my blog then immediately tried the face screen. Five minutes later, I found myself somehow disappointed. I couldn’t blend the face screen nicely on my face. I blamed it on not washing my face before applying the face screen. The next day, I used my usual facial wash, gel toner and cream moisturizer before applying the face screen. It was a disaster! I couldn’t stop the stuff on my face from balling up and it was something I had never experienced before. I blamed it on my gel toner. But I tried using a normal liquid toner the next couple of days and yet I experienced the same thing. The white cast looked dirty on my face and my hair line. While I didn’t have any problems with MVO Anti-Aging Serum, the face screen was a total miss for me. The color didn’t match, the texture was weird and drying, application was a nightmare. I even thought of selling it. I couldn’t believe I was regretting buying something everyone else was raving about– That was until I realized my skin was not as healthy as I thought it was.
Love is Worth the Wait
Are you wondering why my headings sound like I pulled them straight from a self-help book about love and relationships? It’s because after giving MVO Moisturizing Face Screen another try two weeks after almost giving up on it, I realized something, which although cheesy, makes perfect sense. A good sunscreen is hard to find but once you’ve found the right one, it’s usually for keeps.
My disastrous beginning with the face screen made me realize a lot of mistakes in my beauty routine. First, I was not exfoliating enough. Second, my skin was not moisturized and hydrated enough. After I went for my first laser and IPL, which provided some superficial exfoliation, my skin texture improved significantly. It was also around this time that I received a very helpful tip from Sesame when it comes to applying natural sunscreens–try facial oils. Coupled with a misting toner, a good hydrating serum and facial oil plus weekly mild exfoliation, MVO Moisturizing Face Screen started to do its magic on me. Finally, I was in love with both the face screen and my skin.
Summer Love All Year Round
I’m staying in Singapore where it’s summer all year round. The sun here is so harsh that after just a year of staying here, I developed deep pigmentations even while using SPF 40-50 sunscreens. Early this year, I also stayed in the Philippines, another tropical country, for two months. Within six months of jetting back and forth from Singapore to Philippines then finally back to Singapore, I didn’t experience any problem as long as I followed my new routine which I mentioned above. I didn’t tan and my pigmentations didn’t get worse. In fact, the face screen seems to be working well with my DIY Vit C Serum in terms of brightening my skin. I also love the dewy finish of the face screen. However, next time, I will order the light tint version because it looked totally fab on my skin! Good thing MVO gave me a sample. On the few days that I wore the light tint shade, Hubby couldn’t stop caressing my cheeks, saying my skin looked very young and glowing. Although it was romantic of him, I had to keep telling him, “No! You’re blending away my face screen!”
Probably, the toughest test I’ve put the MVO face screen through was when my family and I went to Universal Studios-Singapore. It was the worst heat I’ve had in years. Before heading out, I applied the MVO Anti-Aging Serum under the face screen but I still brought the face screen bottle with me and made sure I reapplied at least every two hours. At the end of the day, everyone else in my family tanned except for me! Take note, however, that just because I had great faith in MVO face screen didn’t mean I subjected my skin to UV torture–even Marie mentioned that she knows when to get out of the sun. I made sure I stayed under the shade when possible and I wore shades with UV protection and a protective scarf.
Love Hits and Misses
Misses: Like all natural sun screens that use mineral ingredients to block UV rays, MVO face screen (no tint) might leave a white cast if applied the wrong way or with the wrong products. The white cast usually blends in after around 15 minutes or so. Based from experience and Sesame’s tip, it’s best to apply it over a facial oil. It doesn’t contain silicones so it doesn’t glide as smoothly like most japan-made sun screens but it also means you only get what your skin really needs. If it’s the first time you’re using mineral sunscreens, proper applications and blending need a bit of practice. If your skin is flaky or you have a lot of dark stray hair on your face, the texture might not turn out as desired so it’s really best to make sure your face is properly exfoliated. It’s also best to avoid using this face screen (or most mineral sun screens, for that matter) with products that tend to ball up like gel toners, moisturizers and serums. Sometimes, it may even ball up with certain hyaluronic acid serums.
Hits: Whenever my skin is at its best state, with no blemishes or flaking, the MVO face screen enhances the glow and makes me look like I’ve just stepped out from an SK-II commercial. I don’t even need to apply foundation. Concealing my dark circles and applying a bit of lip color can already make a lot of difference as long as my skin is healthy and smooth to begin with. Recently, I’ve been having severe breakouts and I noticed that compared to synthetic/ chemical-based sunscreens I had used before, this face screen doesn’t aggravate my pimples or clog my pores. It never gave me milia seeds, too, even when I apply it around my eye area. It also stabilized my worsening pigmentation problem. Previously, my skin usually turned really dry after staying in an air-conditioned room during office hours but I am yet to experience the same problems with MVO face screen. MVO face screen, along with the anti-aging serum, is also part of EWG’s 2011 Sunscreen Guide’s Top 25 Moisturizers with SPF.
Toss or Keep?
Definitely, keep! In fact, I’m even married to it now and I don’t expect any divorce brewing up in the foreseeable future. Although the MVO Moisturizing Face Screen and I had a rocky start, it was a relationship that progressed to something I’m much willing to join the MVO ravers’ party for–confidently and sincerely. I’ve tested this product and experienced it during the worst (now) and best moments (about 5 months ago) of my skin just as planned and it passed the test. Currently, I’m over-using my face screen and applying it on my arms, as well, because I’m looking forward to getting the light tint version next.
The MVO Moisturizing Face Screen retails at $40 or about SGD$52 on the Marie Veronique Organics website. It’s a little pricey if you compare it to the usual drugstore brands but it can last you just as long and most importantly, does exactly what it promises–it protects your skin, safely and efficiently.
Note: I skipped all the details about ingredients and safety as you can easily find those on MVO’s website.
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