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My Go-To Summer Moisturizer – Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

Moisturizer is my absolutely Jam! Since I have such crazed dry skin I’m always using products to keep my skin hydrated and since my skin is also sensitive – I need a product that will work without causing my Eczema to flare up or my skin to go cray.  I have been using the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer with SPF 47 and while I have enjoyed it, I have always hoped to find a cheaper alternative and one that didn’t leave me feeling like I was putting on SPF daily.  Recently I came across Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and decided I would try it out.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

The Aveeno Daily Nourishing Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 retails at your local drugstore for about $10.  You get 2.5 fl.oz. (75mL) which is quite a bit of product in my opinion for the price point.  It has been quite a few years since I have used Aveeno products, but I always enjoyed them so I had hoped this would do the trick and replace my expensive moisturizer for this summer.  To say I’m pleased and impressed would be an understatement.  This product comes in an easy to use pump which I find is wonderful.  My Josie Maran one is always difficult to use and clogs on me easily so I end up opening up the pump and using straight from the bottle which I hate.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

This product is oil-free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic which really help with my sensitive skin.  The formula is lightweight which I love and I don’t have that greasy feeling when I’m using it.  This product has been my awesome savior this summer and I love using it during the day before I’m off to enjoy summer activities.  The Broad Spectrum SPF 30 helps keep what’s good for your skin in and what’s bad out and replenishing and helping to protect your skin wherever the day takes you.  A clinical study done says that 100% of women showed an improvement in the look of stressed skin overall.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

This product has helped to protect from the sun but also keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized through the day.  The formula is enriched with antioxidants and vitamins that are clinically proven to replenish stressed skin and keep the essential moisture.  My skin feels soft and I love that I can go bare skin with just moisturizer and  hit the beach for fun in the sun.  I would love to see this product in a higher SPF, but I do enjoy what it offers overall.

Active ingredients include:  Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 12%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 1.7%, Oxbenzone 3%

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

When blended well onto my skin – I didn’t notice any issues with photography like some moisturizers can cause, especially since I do not use foundation or product over my moisturizer.  It hasn’t given me any issues with my sensitive skin and I have been able to use this product daily.  A 2 oz bottle of my Josie Maran Argan Moisturizer with SPF is $32 vs $10-ish for the Aveeno which is a huge savings.  I am definitely glad I found this at Walmart and thankful I decided to take a dive and try it out.  Many moisturizers can often cause my skin to be irritated depending on the ingredients and this product has been wonderful the last few weeks that I have been using it so I had to share.  I totally would consider this somewhat of a dupe of my Josie Maran though I like the consistency and thickness of the Aveeno vs the liquid like consistency of the Josie Maran.  I also think the pump works so well on the Aveeno as my Josie Maran can clog easily or be a pain after a few uses.

My Go-To Summer Moisturizer - Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer

Have you tried this product from Aveeno?  What are your thoughts if you did and if not, would it be something you would try?

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Disclaimer:  I purchased this product with my own money.  All opinions and thoughts are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide this review.  There may be affiliate links through out this post which I do make money from.



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  • Lola Seicento

    Aveeno makes really great products, and this definitely sounds like a worthwhile SPF moisturizer! Thanks for the wonderful review! I will definitely put this on my list! Happy 4th of July!

    • thank you 🙂 Happy 4th to you too Lola.

  • Color Me So Crazy

    I really like Aveeno products. They always smell so natural and feel that way, too. There is always a variety of products to choose from, too

    • yes – I can agree about the smell… this one smells almost like shea butter, very light indeed.

  • I am always looking for light moisturizers, this one looks interesting. Thank you for sharing review.

  • TinaBowling

    This is one of the few Aveeno products I have not tried. I am a die-hard fan of the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer, I could not live without it. I will have to try this one!

    • I’m gonna check that out next. You are the second person to mention that to me. 🙂

  • This moisturizer sounds really nice! I love discovering drugstore gems, keep them coming!

  • Unfortunately I can’t use that product but I’m glad that it works so beautifully for you. 😀

  • Looks really great. Aveeno is such a great brand. 🙂

  • I haven’t tried these. I used to be an aveeno fan back in college though.

  • marciaf

    I use Aveeno often but I look for their fragrance free versions. I can almost always find a deal on the brand too.

  • I used to use Aveeno before I went cruelty free. I thought they made nice products.

  • I haven’t tried this before but I love Aveeno products!

  • cariwritesforyou

    I love that it has sunscreen in it!

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    I use only paraben-free moisturizers but this sounds like it works really well for you! A good price point as well.

  • I’m glad this works for you, I’ve never had good luck with Aveeno.

  • FabZilla_Kath

    It’s been a while since I tried something from this brand. Must revisit soon!

  • I haven’t used Aveeno products in a long time either but I remember I had always enjoyed them. Thanks for the great review, I’ll put this on my list when I need a new moisturizer!

  • My best friend RAVES about this moisturizer!! I’ve gotta try it!

  • Aveeno is definitely a brand i love

  • Justina

    I love Aveeno stuff! My kids use their body wash.

  • Bailey_AlltheWords

    I haven’t used Aveeno body products in a while, but I love their conditioners. This sounds like a great SPF option.

  • what a find! A bargain, plus it works well with your sensitive skin. Yay!

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Aveeno skin care has always been amazing for me!

  • I’m a fan of Aveeno products but hadn’t heard about this one, I’ll have to look out for it.

  • I’m not a fan of Aveeno but I do love moisturizers in general. Great info!