Recently, the Marie Veronique Organics Anti-Aging Day Serum was renamed to Everyday Sheer Coverage as it functions more like a light coverage foundation with sun protection and anti-aging goodness for the skin rather than a serum that’s usually meant to sit underneath heavier skincare products. The formulations are almost the same, though, except for a few ingredients taken out or replaced or moved a few notches up or down the list. But since the Anti-Aging Day Serum has now been discontinued, I thought of giving it a well-deserved gracious exit through a review.
Top Notch Ingredients
If there’s one thing to love the most about the Anti-Aging Day Serum (AADS), it’s the combination of top notch natural anti-aging ingredients. It’s also filled with ingredients known to combat or screen UV damage like green and white tea, raspberry seed oil, broccoli oil, yangu oil and emu oil among many others.
Texture and Finish
The texture is definitely lighter and leaves a more matte finish compared to the slightly dewy (sometimes a tad oily if too much base oil is applied) finish of the Moisturizing Face Screen (MFS). Since it contains a lesser percentage of Zinc Oxide (16.6%), the tints of the Anti-Aging Day Serum leave less “white cast” and might be a shade darker than their MFS counterparts. Actually, I was a little disappointed with my choice of Light Tint for the AADS as it tends to make my skin look darker after a couple of hours–which never happens with the Light Tint MFS. I’ve tried both the Extra Light and the Light Tint versions of the AADS and unfortunately, my right shade seems to fall right in the middle. The coverage is definitely sheer, it won’t perfectly hide pimple marks or scars. But it provides minimal evening of skin tone or a better base for your powdered mineral foundation. It definitely helps in attaining a naturally glowing look. I sometimes dab a bit of this around my eyes since the MFS is too heavy and thick for the delicate and crease-filled skin around the eyes.
Why I Bought The Anti-Aging Day Serum
At first, I was perfectly happy with my Moisturizing Face Screen which is cheaper and had higher SPF protection. But when I suffered a bout of acne about two-three months ago, my skin didn’t just break out, it became extremely oily, as well. I suddenly remembered the lighter texture of the Anti-Aging Serum and how it might work better on my then rioting skin. And I wasn’t wrong. The Anti-Aging Day Serum helped tide me through a period of very oily (shiny forehead like a greasy non-stick pan), breakout-prone skin.
Is SPF 20 Enough?
Although some might not be comfortable with wearing anything less than SPF30, I think that the AADS stands true to its claim. It provides essential every day UVA/UVB protection and defends against premature aging with a unique combination of natural humectants, emollients and anti-oxidants. So as long as you follow basic sun protection tips like avoiding direct exposure especially during the harsh times of the day, not spending more time under the sun than you’re supposed to and using a brolly when possible (and provided you don’t live in the desert or anywhere where the UV index is ultra high and there aren’t lots of immediate sheds and shades available) then I think the AADS should be enough for everyday sun protection.
Balling Up & Other Issues
Since the AADS provides a matte finish and can sometimes be drying to the skin, it should be applied only after the skin has been properly moisturized. Application should also be quick as when the serum starts to dry and settle, spreading and blending it on the skin might cause it to ball up which leaves a rather untidy texture. As mentioned above, I observed that the tints of the MFS seem to be lighter than their AADS counterparts. So if you use a Light Tint MFS, the Light Tint AADS might not be as good of a match to your skin tone as the Light Tint MFS is but it also doesn’t mean that it would be a total mismatch.
Toss or Keep?
Keep! Although the benefits and purposes of the Anti-Aging Day Serum and the Moisturizing Face Screen sometimes overlap, the AADS will still always have its special spot on my vanity shelf and in my heart. It’s easier to apply, suitable for everyday use and is filled with too much good ingredients for me to toss it out. I’ll definitely purchase the (now called) Everyday Sheer Coverage once the current one runs out–but I’ll probably get the Extra Light Tint next time around. A 60 ml bottle of the Everyday Sheer Coverage costs $50 on the MVO website.
Have you tried the Anti-Aging Day Serum/Everyday Sheer Coverage Before?
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