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philosophy

when hope is not enough facial firming and lifting serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 45.00
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when hope is not enough facial firming and lifting serum (which cannot lift skin one bit) contains mostly water, slip agents that help to hydrate, peptides, glycerin, water-binding agents, antioxidants, anti-irritant, pH adjuster, fragrance, a tiny amount of skin-repairing sodium hyaluronate, and preservatives. It’s a worthwhile, serum-type moisturizer for normal to slightly oily or combination skin because it supplies hydrating agents, antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients without thickeners, oils, or oil-like ingredients.

This product won’t lift skin because it contains no ingredients with proven ability to do that and in fact lifting sagging skin is one areas where skincare has limitations.

As for the antioxidants claim concerning protecting skin from future signs of aging, that’s not entirely true. Antioxidants absolutely play a role in reducing multiple sign of aging, but, as a class of ingredients, they are but one of several that are found in skincare meant to help your skin look and act younger. And, lest we forget, none of the antioxidants matter much if your anti-aging routine doesn’t include a broad spectrum sun protection product you apply every day, no matter what.

Note: This serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator. Although not the ideal method to dispense a serum that contains light- and air-sensitive ingredients, sometimes this type of packaging is necessary due to formulary requirements. When that’s the case, the goal is to keep the bottle opening as small as possible, the bottle should be opaque or specially coated to protect the contents from light, and you should use the serum up within three months of opening.

Pros:
  • Contains a nice mix of anti-aging ingredients, including peptides and several antioxidants.
  • Lightweight, smoothing texture hydrates without slickness.
  • Pairs well with any moisturizer.
  • Packaged to reduce exposure of key ingredients to light and air, which can degrade them.
Cons:
  • Cannot protect against "future signs of aging" unless you're willing to apply sunscreen daily.
  • The fragrance this contains poses a slight risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Our Lightweight, oil-free antioxidant and peptide serum helps reduce the first signs of aging and protect skin against the future signs of aging. Contains a powerful network of antioxidants that synergistically works together to protect the skin against future signs of aging. Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and rough texture, brighten and hydrate the skin.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Glutathione, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Potassium Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Limonene, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, BHT, Phenoxyethanol.

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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