Natura Siberica – Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream SPF-20 – 50ml (£9.05)
So lets kick off my first review of a moisturiser with built-in natural SPF, with this offering from ‘Natura Siberica’. I recently discovered this Russian born company whilst at the Natural and Organic trade show earlier this year. The product is called Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream with SPF-20, for sensitive skin.
Closer inspection on a lot of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) products state ‘do not apply on the face’. So I was in the market for a product I could use on holiday, on my face, which contained an SPF and this ticked all the boxes.
It comes in a 50ml pump, is white in colour and creamy in texture. The smell is unusual, hard to describe accurately but has a non-offensive fragrance. The product absorbed quickly and easily and I’m pleased to report, did not leave my face looking like Casper the friendly ghost all day.
I applied one pump (onto clean skin) of this cream every morning onto my face. I was out and about all day and did not burn. My skin did not react to the ingredients, broken capillaries were not inflamed and it didn’t cause me to break out in spots. I used this exclusively as my moisturiser for the whole week and it did a good job at that too. If you are concerned about sun spots or the effects of the sun on your skin, you should consider using a moisturiser with built in SPF all year round.
I was impressed to read on the packaging that this formulation did not contain parabens (methyl, propyl, etc.), Polyethylen Glycol (PEG), Silicones, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Glycols, Mineral Oils, EDTA, BHT-BHA or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Plants.
Now a final word of caution and common sense. I tested this product whilst in Sicily in April and was not lying facing the sun for 8 hours per day. If you’re going somewhere hot or planning on doing a lot of sun bathing, I’d suggest using a much higher factor than SPF 20.
Ingredients: Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Pinus Sibirica Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters (PS), Parfum, Prunus Persica Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (*), Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract (WH), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamine Diacetate, Sorbus Sibiricaa Extract (WH), Aquilegia Sibirica Extract (WH), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water (*), Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (*), Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 75810, CI 75125, Caramel, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldexyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha Isomethyl lonone.
(*) Issued from organic agriculture, (PS) Siberian Pine Nut Oil Derivative, (WH) Wild Harvested Siberian Plants Organic Extract.