Product Review // OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

There are not many products that I would say are suitable for almost any kind of skin.  Some of us are prone to oily T-zones, others struggle more with dryness and fine lines.  And of course acne can crop up at any age.  OSEA's Atmosphere Protection Cream is a lovely moisturizer that can fit into just about anyone's skincare regimen, no matter what their concern.  

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The first thing I noticed about the cream is the gorgeous packaging.  I know that it's really what's in the bottle that matters but, honestly, it just feels nice to use something that is so beautifully made.  It's no wonder people are drawn to this brand.  Their products can easily double as chic bathroom decor.  

The second thing to know about Osea's Atmosphere Protection Cream is that it is very lightweight.  I was not expecting this, given that it's called a "cream".  The texture is definitely more of a fluid lotion, which is why I think I'll be reaching for it more frequently as the weather heats up this summer.  It feels lovely and cooling when applied and it sinks in quickly, leaving a gently moisturized feel that doesn't set off my oily T-zone.  Because I am a skincare product fanatic, I've layered it with many serums, sunscreens, and makeup products and it seems to work quite nicely with every combination I've tried. 

I'm also impressed with the ingredients list.  Algae extract, which according to Osea hydrates and provides vitamins and minerals, is listed near the top.  It's nice to see a product that uses a high quantity of the good stuff in its formulation, unlike some others that add only a few drops.  It has calendula too, which is one of my favorite plants for topical use - it's extremely calming and healing.  I also love the inclusion of jojoba oil and Shea butter, two ingredients I've fallen in love with in my own lotion-making experiments.

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The scent is light, fresh, and herbal.  Not necessarily my favorite product smell-wise but not objectionable and it dissipates quickly.  Speaking of smell, I'll go ahead and mention that this product contains grapefruit oil which, like other citrus essential oils, contains a risk of phototoxicity (it can sensitize your skin to the sun).  I'm not too concerned about this because grapefruit oil is listed as the second-to-last ingredient and so is probably present in only a very small amount.  According to The Herbal Academy, grapefruit oil can be used safely at 4% or less in a formulation without causing phototoxicity.  I'd be very surprised if the Atmosphere Protection Cream exceeds that and so I will continue to use it during the day without worrying.  Maybe I'll skip it if I know I'm going to be out in the sun a lot.  

Overall, I'm really happy with this purchase and would recommend it as a go-to moisturizer for just about anyone.  It's $48 for 2 oz, which has lasted me several months.  But then again I'm  not using it daily.  If that seems a bit steep, I don't disagree.  It feels weird to say you could probably get away with a cheaper lotion after giving such a positive review.  But...you could probably get away with something cheaper and still be pretty happy.  The Dr. Jart Ceramidin liquid is the first thing that comes to mind as a possible alternative.  But it's not as pretty is it?  Also, Osea's Atmosphere Protection Cream is cheaper than the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream (probably the most similar product I've used) and I liked it better.  So yes, for me I'd still say that it's worth the money for the packaging and great ingredients.

Have you tried any of Osea's products?  What did you think?