Thursday, July 25, 2013

Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer with White Tea

I'm a reluctant and late to the game facial SPF user.  Most leave my already oily skin even more greasy, and some have a white cast that I really don't care for.  However, I realize sun protection is a necessity, so I've been actively searching for one that I can use daily under makeup.  I think I've found it!
A Perfect World SPF 25 is a moisturizer that contains full spectrum UVA/UVB protection in the form of octisalate, avobenzone, and octocrylene.  Even better, this also serves as my daytime moisturizer, as it is full of antioxidants and ingredients such as white tea, maritime pine, squalane, sodium hyaluronate, mango and shea butters, and caffeine to nourish and protect skin.  Origins did conduct an in-vitro study that simulated ground ozone pollution which demonstrated 76-percent less environmental damage when using the moisturizer.
The consistency is between a lotion and cream, and I find that it absorbs nicely into my skin without a greasy after feel.   This does not contain synthetic fragrance, but there is a light scent from the ingredients that is imperceptible after application that I found pleasant.  While an SPF of 25 may not be as high as some would like, I'm just happy to have found one I can use under my makeup that has anti-aging benefits and doesn't leave my face a shiny mess.  Origin's does also carry A Perfect World SPF 35 which is marketed as a protective sunscreen (I'm assuming the ingredient list is different but I don't have them to compare), as well as a non SPF version of the moisturizer which would be good for night time use. 
Silver Tip White Tea is the youngest, most tender bud of the tea plant and offers three times the protective abilities of green tea and over ten times the antioxidant power of one capsule of Vitamin E.  (Source:  The Moody Report)
The container shown on Sephora's online site is a jar, but Origin's site has a note saying that new packaging is being phased in, which I assume would be the tube I have.  I actually prefer the tube, as no dipping of fingers into the jar is required.  Since this is paraben free, I think the tube will help with shelf life and limit cross contamination.  A Perfect World is $39.50 for 1.7 ounces, but given it serves as both a moisturizer and SPF, I can live with that.  I was fortunate to discover mine when I received it as a GWP from beauty.com, but there is also a smaller size in this year's  Sephora Sun Safety kit, if anyone was fortunate enough to snag one of those.

Disclaimer:  This was a gift with purchase.


  1. Eek, expensiveeee, well good to hear that it works well. :)

    1. I'm just glad I found something I'll actually wear! But yes, it's expensive.