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take a deep breath oil-free oxygenating gel cream spf 30

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 37.00
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Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream SPF 30 provides broad spectrum protection and hydrates with a gel cream texture enriched with some helpful ingredients. It's also packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use, but that's where the positives end.

The main concern is that this daytime moisturizer contains more fragrance than anti-aging ingredients. Fragrance isn't skincare, it poses a risk of irritation as we explain in the More Info section.

Although Take a Deep Breath SPF 30 contains mostly beneficial plant extracts, there are troublemakers on board, too including angelica and bitter orange. These could pose a greater risk of irritating skin when added to an already fragranced formula.

Philosophy claims that this product uses what they refer to as clean-air technology to "…to keep skin looking and feeling hydrated, energized, radiant and protected so it can breathe freely…", but that's just gimmicky marketing language.

While you might say skin does "breathe" by "absorbing" oxygen (O) from the air or oxygen from water (H2O) it is almost impossible to block this process as oxygen easily penetrates oil and makeup. Moreover, skin actually gets most of it's oxygen needs from the body's blood supply and not contact with air or water.

In the end, this provides reliable sun protection and contains several helpful ingredients, but the fragrance gives us pause. See our list of Best Moisturizers, Daytime for better options.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains several very good antioxidants and plant extracts.
  • Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
Cons:
  • Fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritation.
  • Contains irritating plant extracts.
  • The "clean-air technology" doesn't help skin "breathe" this is just gimmicky marketing language.
More Info:

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Breathe new life into tired, stressed skin. over time, oxygen levels in your skin tend to decrease, leaving skin more dull and dry, potentially making you look older, faster. philosophy skin labs have developed a lightweight oil-free spf 30 moisturizer with exclusive clean-air technologyTM to keep skin looking and feeling hydrated, energized, radiant and protected so it can breathe freely to help resist aging and recover from the signs of daily life.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2.7%), Octinoxate (6.74%), Octocrylene (2%); Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Gluconolactone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Benzoate, Choleth-24, Ceteth-24, Caffeine, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyacrylamide, Silica, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ruby Powder, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Laureth-7, Adenosine, Yeast Extract, PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Ectoin, Calcium Gluconate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Glucosyl Hesperidin, BHT, Lecithin, Alcohol, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Hordeum Vulgare Extract, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Maltodextrin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Farnesol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Titanium Dioxide, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Blue No. 1.

philosophy At-A-Glance

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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