renewed hope in a jar renewing dew concentrate
We were hoping (pun intended) that renewed hope in a jar renewing dew concentrate from philosophy would revive a youthful glow without trade-offs. Sadly, this isn’t a great option for any skin type because its high amount of fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin (see More Info for details).
This fluid treatment is packaged in an opaque glass jar topped with a dropper applicator. The natural ingredients and delicate antioxidant vitamins this contains are protected from light and air exposure, which maintains their integrity overtime-- always a plus for skin.
You’re supposed to apply a few drops to face and neck morning and evening, presumably following with your regular moisturizer (philosophy doesn’t indicate next steps on the packaging nor their website).
We love that this instantly hydrates and adds a dewy glow that personifies healthy skin. The mix of glycol, glycerin, and other lightweight hydrators make skin feel plumped and protected from moisture loss without a slick, greasy feel. Along with a couple of peptides and vitamins C and E, skin is also treated to the antioxidant dimethylmethoxy chromanol, which can also help improve uneven skin tone.
Unfortunately, this contains far more fragrance than state of the art ingredients, and the fragrance itself is amped up by jasmine flower, which contains known skin sensitizers (although it does smell fantastic--if only that was equally great for skin!). The addition of fragrance chemical limonene can trigger further irritation.
This product is what we’d consider a serum or booster, so take a look at the top-rated options on our list of best face serums to find those that deliver benefits without the risk fragrance presents.
- Instantly hydrates and adds a dewy glow.
- Makes skin feel plumped and protected from moisture loss.
- Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- High amount of fragrance poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
formulated with philosophy’s powerful radiance complex, our innovative waterlike concentrate helps to smooth skin and renew your youthful glow. drop by drop, radiance and hydration are restored, while the look of fine lines and uneven skin tone are diminished over time.
Strengths: Relatively inexpensive;some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.
Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils;the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.
Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store lan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors,we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.
Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...
So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best productsbut it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now ownedCoty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances.Their acquisition ofphilosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.
For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.
Note: philosophy opts to use lowercase letters for every product they sell, so the listings below are simply following suit.
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