Here’s a confession: parenthood has done a serious number on my skin. In a bad way. It’s been impossible to get enough sleep (not good for my skin!), plus I rarely remember to wash my face at night before I finally collapse onto the bed (also not good), and I’ve caught every cold that Baby has brought home from daycare.
It’s like I can see my skin aging. (OK, OK, that may be a slight exaggeration.) Still, it’s depressing to watch my skin become so unhappy.
But it means I can honestly say I’ve put several products from the newish line by Marie Veronique Organics to the test. It’s called Pacific, and it was developed to address the specific issues facing aging skin (ahem)—everything from wrinkles and sagging to dehydration and hyperpigmentation.
I’ve been a fan of MVO for a few years, and in particular, of the MVO mist, which I keep in my purse when I’m going to be out in the heat—a quick spritz is seriously refreshing on a hot day. (Pro tip: Spritz it lightly over your mineral makeup for a dewy, fresh-faced look.)
I also love the story behind the products: Founder Marie Veronique Nadeau (that’s her on the left in the photo above) is a former chemistry teacher, who wanted safer, chemical-free products. She started by making her own sunscreen, and her skincare line has grown from there—each product is free of parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, waxes, dyes, fragrance, and nanoparticles.
Read on for mini reviews of six products in the Pacific line.
What I tried*: Pacific Cleanser, $50, Pacific Mist, $40, Pacific Face Oil, $110, Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage, $50, Pacific Night Serum with Retinol, $150, and Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment, $55.
First impressions: The Pacific line is based on potent marine ingredients like sea kelp and sea fennel extract. For that reason, I expected a lot of seaweed-smelling products—and I was pleasantly surprised to not one time feel like I was washing my face with a bottle of seawater. Now, on to the reviews…
Pacific Cleanser. This creamy face wash smells like lavender and incense (in a good way). It’s supremely gentle, and leaves my skin feeling fresh, but not tight or dry—key for mature skin, which tends to have less moisture. It’s also really light (not sticky or greasy), so it rinses off easily.
Pacific Mist. I am starting to really fall in love with facial mists. There’s something so soothing about spritzing one on and then following it with a luxe facial oil. This one smells like the most delicious bouquet of flowers; it has tuberose and star jasmine essential oils. But the two most potent ingredients here are the extra-hydrating sea kelp and sea fennel extract (and you don’t even catch a whiff of them).
Pacific Oil. Facial oils are (finally!) starting to become mainstream, and this one really stands out. It’s a deep shade of orange; a blend of high-quality, skin-soothing oils, among them camellia, grapeseed, marula, avocado, chia seed, argan, evening primrose, kiwi seed, papaya seed, and passion fruit oils (this is not a complete list!). My skin responded so well to the mist+oil regimen—within a few days, my complexion started to clear, my skin felt supple instead of dry, and I noticed the skin around my eyes was less crepe-y.
Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage. As summer approaches, I prefer to wear less makeup. Usually I opt for a light powder (to avoid meltyface on hot days), but as my skin is extra dry these days, that’s not really an option if I’d rather my skin not resemble the Sahara. This tinted moisturizer is a great solution. It goes on light and evens out my skin tone without drying out my skin or looking orange or unnatural. The SPF comes from zinc oxide, which gives it the slightest gritty texture, but I’m OK with a little grit if it means no nanoparticles.
Pacific Night Serum with Retinol and Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment. I used these two together—the idea is to open one of the Vitamin C capsules and mix the powder into the serum until it dissolves, then spread the mixture over your face, neck, and chest. (The capsules keep the vitamin in its freshest form.) The Vitamin C treatment promises firmer skin with more even skin tones. I used the serum very sparingly, as I’m limiting my exposure to Retinol while breastfeeding, but what I find most remarkable about this combo treatment is how soft my skin felt immediately—after just one application. The next morning I noticed my makeup went on more smoothly and didn’t settle into my fine lines.
Bonus: It’s rare for me to finish an entire bottle of product (there’s always something new to try!), but I’m halfway through the cleanser, mist, oil, and sheer coverage already. My skin is still so delicate these days, and I liked the results I was seeing so much that I spent more than a month testing these products out before writing this review.
Which Pacific product would you add to your skincare regimen? —Aleigh