Marie Veronique Organics' natural sunscreens are created with a unique formulation and production process that allow for the use of non-nano zinc oxide. This is the same zinc oxide that is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a Category I skin protectant, meaning it is safe for compromised or environmentally challenged skin. Zinc oxide has over a 300-year history of safety, with no known adverse reactions (which is why it is often used to treat diaper rash). We buy our ZnO from a supplier that meets our rigorous testing and quality control standards. To our knowledge, we use the ZnO with the largest primary particle size available on the market today. Our supplier confirms with an electron microscope that the particle size of our zinc oxide ranges from 100 - 400nm with no particle smaller than 100nm.
Yes, MV products are safe for all skin types, ages and genders, including pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Most pediatricians recommend that you not apply sunscreen to babies under 6 mos of age.
Although we are not a vegan company, we have altered several products so that they are 100% vegan in order to best meet the needs of our vegan customers. Our other products do contain highly therapeutic non vegan ingredients such as glucosamine, honey, krill and emu oils.
The main difference between Everyday Sheer Coverage and Moisturizing Face Screen is the concentration of zinc oxide. In ESC it is 16.6% and in MFS it is 20%. Everyday Sheer Coverage also provides anti aging support with beta glucans, glucosamine, and powerful anti-oxidants such as coffee fruit extract.
We recommend using Everyday Sheer Coverage 365 days out of the year, rain or shine. And on heavy sun exposure days, we recommend Moisturizing Face Screen with a higher concentration of zinc oxide.
The main difference between the Anti-Aging Kit and the Acne Relief Kit is in the choice of oils. The acne kit contains treatment oil rather than the Anti-Aging Oil+ found in the anti-aging kit. The Treatment Oil contains antimicrobial EO’s that are very good at containing growth of P.acnes, the principle bacteria associated with adult acne. It is not quite as hydrating as AA+ oil, but still helps to balance and sebum production. If you have frequent breakouts start with the Acne Relief Kit, and transition to the Anti-Aging Kit once your skin calms down. We have found that the Anti-Aging Kit works very well for people with occasional moderate breakouts.
Other than your Exfoliating Cleanser which MVO products contain Lactic Acid? And to get the benefit doesn’t LA need to remain on the skin for some period of time, eg 10 minutes or more?
You get some exfoliating benefit from having LA in the cleanser. Yes Lactic Acid needs to stay on the skin for a time in order to receive real benefits.
That’s why we also have lactic acid in the night time serums: Skin Lightening, or Anti-Wrinkle.
Sun is good for psoriasis, but absolutely not desirable for either rosacea or hyperpigmentation–in fact it can significantly worsen both of those conditions. To control hyperpigmentation and rosacea using sunscreen EVERY DAY to protect from damaging UVA rays is an absolute must.
Melasma—melasma is severe hyperpigmentation that can look like blotchiness or patches of discoloration. It generally runs in families, and in most cases people use makeup to disguise it, or many times they resort to laser treatments to try and correct it. We can send them to the IPL and Laser support group if they want to hear more from people who have not had good experiences with laser treatments.
Our recommendations: Use a sunscreen every day that has broad spectrum UV protection, as UVA exposure in particular will aggravate hyperpigmentation.
Our sunscreens are a perfect answer for malasma sufferers, as they need everyday broad spectrum protection with zinc oxide. Zinc oxide protects across the whole range of UVA, up to 400 nm, and is the only sunscreen active ingredient that provides that level of safe protection.
1) The Everyday Sheer Coverage is a good bet for every day use as it will protect from UVA and help smooth out uneven skin tones.
2) For more high-exposure days use Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30 tinted.
3) Our Skin Lightening Duet will also help even out skin tones gradually, without damaging skin or causing inflammation, which may trigger more hyperpigmentation. Natural treatments using Vitamin C are safer than laser treatments, as they sometimes can cause inflammation which aggravates the condition.
4) People with malasma should consult a dermatologist.
Protect everyday with a zinc oxide based sunscreen (zinc oxide is anti-inflammatory and our Everyday Sheer Coverage is a great cover up)
Treatment Oil is a good moisturizer as it helps balance oil production without drying skin. Use at night & follow with repair or skin lightening serum.
Skin Lightening Serum is a great one to use if you are struggling with old acne scars or hyperpigmentation.
Use with Anti-Wrinkle or Skin Lightening Supplement to help repair old damage even faster.
Cleansing–use a gentle exfoliation cleanser at night. For oily skin use morning and night.
Suggestions for a Daily routine:
Morning: cleanse with Exfoliating Cleanser, hydrate with Anti-Aging Mist, while face is still wet apply Sun Protection Oil (this step optional for oily skin). Apply Moisturizing Face Screen or Everyday Sheer Coverage.
Night: cleanse with Exfoliating Cleanser, hydrate with Anti-Aging Mist, while face is still wet apply Treatment Oil. Apply Skin Lightening Serum with Vitamin C, especially if acne scars are a problem.
Everyday Sheer Coverage, SPF 20
Our tints are sheer and blend well into most skin tones. We recommend:
Extra Light Tint for extremely fair skin tones.
Light Tint for fair to neutral skin tones.
Medium Tint for those with medium skin tones (works well for those with a summer tan & olive complexions).
Dark tint for medium to dark tones.
Moisturizing Face Screen, SPF 30
Our tints are sheer and blend well into most skin tones. We have found that the Light tint works well for most fair to medium skin tones and was called “universally flattering” by Style.com. Learn about our three tints below:
Our Extra Light Tint formula has a light yellow hue that counteracts the bright white cast of non-micronized zinc oxide.
Good for extremely fair skin tones.
We have found that our Light tint is flattering on fair to medium skin tones and is our best seller.
Our Medium tint is our darkest tint and works well for those with darker, olive or tanned complexions.
The duets are intended to target specific needs. The Anti-Wrinkle Duet is for wrinkles and the Skin Lightening Duet is to brighten and lighten hyperpigmentation.
All duets provide anti-aging support and improve the health of skin from within. Mixing and matching the serums and supplements is a great way to personalize one’s skin care regimen.
Our sun protection products and face oils top the list: Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30: Our sunscreens stand apart from others because of our use of non-micronized zinc oxide in a moisturizing base rich in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants. Anti Aging Oil+ or Anti Aging Oil: Our face oils replenish the lipid barrier to maintain skin’s natural radiance. Most people get a bit nervous when they hear the words oil and skin in the same sentence. But there’s no reason to get nervous. In fact, waxes, not oils, are the major cause of skin congestion. Applying oils to the skin, without the interference of a wax barricade, gives your skin the essential fatty acids it needs.
One of the Desert Island Duets.
Full Question: Antioxidants when applied topically protect cells from free radicals and in some cases help to rejuvenate them. Whereas peptides are cell communicating ingredients which can 'trick' skin cells into producing more collagen and produce 'better' skin cells. So my question is if the skin repairs it self at night during sleep then surely the peptides and other cell communicating ingredients would play more of a vital role at night to help with cell regeneration and anti oxidants would day more of a vital role during the day for protecting the skin from free radicals and pollution etc then wouldn't it best to use a product at night which contains cell communicating ingredients and use a product with antioxidants during the day time? Why use a product containing these cell communicating ingredients during the daytime if the they will be more useful at night, when I say useful I mean help repair damage?
Skin is on a sort of 24 clock, and its job is to protect during the day (with sunscreen and anti-oxidants) and repair at night ( with antioxidants and cell signalling ingredients). We always tell people to save expensive repair serums for night time--to put them on during the day is a waste of money. Also, since repair happens while you are asleep. there's no point in applying expensive repair serums until you are ready to turn in for the night. During sleep melatonin, the universal scavenger, is released, but you can add to nature's repair program with other anti-oxidants and peptides.
All MVO products are hand crafted in the San Francisco Bay Area
Our ingredients are organic, fair trade and locally sourced whenever possible. Our packaging is recyclable and all ingredients are biodegradable. We feel that this is critical because we learn more every day about how industry is negatively affecting the environment. For example, chemical sunscreens are harming coral and sea life. We are committed to sustainable production and products and we welcome an ongoing dialogue with our customers and complete transparency to the public.
Our products contain many ingredients that have been certified organic but we feel our products and company are so much more than just organic. We are researching a suitable certification that will communicate our values including the use of organic, local, and fair trade ingredients whenever possible. In addition our packaging, including labels, are 100% recyclable which is rare and we would like to find a certification that captures all that we do. In the meantime we will continue to use the very best ingredients that are organic, local, and fair trade whenever possible.
Our ingredients are natural and the color of a key ingredient may vary from one time to the next. Also, we do not use chemical stabilizers so the ingredients may interact over time, changing the color, but not the quality or safety, of the product.
Although we do not have samples available for purchase, we can include select samples (Everyday Sheer Coverage, Moisturizing Face Screen, and Anti-Aging Oil +) with your order upon request. Because we stand behind all of our products and want you to shop with confidence, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee on all purchases (less shipping & handling).
Products purchased from our online store may be returned within 30 days for an exchange or refund. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a return authorization.
We have chosen to sell direct to our customers via our on-line store to offer the very best products at the lowest possible prices. MVO facials and products will be available through a select number of exclusive spas starting with Spa Solage in the Napa Valley in early 2009.