Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Skincare

What I like about Philsophy’s skincare line is that it’s as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Someone with normal skin can use just Purity and Hope in a Jar and have beautiful skin. Someone with sun damage, age spots, etc. can incorporate the advanced skincare products and see dramatic results. I don’t have overly problematic skin – a few pimples here, some redness there, but nothing major. But I can tell you that my skin looks better now than it ever has, even when I was 15 and fresh as a friggin’ daisy.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Purity Made Simple is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used. I rarely re-purchase skincare products and I’m on my fifth bottle of this. It melts away eye makeup without irritating my eyeballs, gets my face clean and fresh without stripping off the good stuff, and basically just does its job. Like all Philosophy products, people either love Purity or hate it. Personally, I won’t use anything else on my skin.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar I’m on my third or fourth jar of Hope in a Jar so I obviously like it. I think it’s spendy for a moisturizer but it’s the only one I’ve come across that works for me without throwing my skin into an uproar. It does leave a slight film but it’s nothing a little powder won’t fix (Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil for me, thank you). I really love how nicely it moisturizers after a good exfoliation. My skin just loves it. The only downside for me is the smell. I’ve gotten used to it but at first, it smells a little like milk that’s been sitting out.

philosophy_hoepinatube.jpg I’m only 26 so, if anything, I use Hope in a Tube eye cream as a preventative measure. I smoke and have a tendency to squint my eyes so it’s probably in my best interest to use a cream just for that area. I got Hope in a Tube in a kit from QVC, it’s probably not something I’d pick up on its own. I’ve only been using this for a short time so I can’t attest to the long term benefits, or if it’s effective if you already have fine lines. However, I can say that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes, it’s nice and thick, and if you pat it on gently and just let it do its thing, it sinks in nicely. My skin seems to like it but your mileage, as always, will vary.

philosophy_microdeliverypeelkit.jpg I’m always astounded at how my skin feels after using the Microdelivery Peel kit. I’m a devoted exfoliator and I’ve tried both manual scrubs and chemical peels. This product combines both and it’s just fantastic, smells great too. The kit retails for $65 so it’s definitely a splurge but if your skin needs some major resurfacing, this is it. Your skin will feel as smooth as a silk after using this. This product gets a huge rave from me.

8 thoughts on “Confessions of a Philosophy Girl: Skincare”

  1. Argh! The best you can do for your beauty & your health is to quit smoking. I know it’s not easy, but so worth it for many reasons. I’ve heard it’s a harder addiction then heroine. Great blog & podcast, btw!

  2. I have used Hope in a Jar forever and I love it! Right now I’m trying the Pigment of Your Imagination and so far so good. I get lots of freckles in the summer so I’m trying to fade them with a little Kojic Acid…We’ll see how this works. But I agree, Philosophy will make your skin look as fresh as a friggin’ daisy 🙂

  3. I got a sample of Hope in a Jar from Sephora and I was instanbtly in love– it made my skin feel awesome, and I swear it helped fade some of my fine lines around my eyes.

    But I just could not deal with the smell! I tried to get past it but after a few days I just knew it wasn’t gonna happen. Shame, too, so many opf their other products smell so good, why did they do something so wierd with this one? Anyway, so for now I’m using Clinique moisturizer. Oh, and Purity Made Simple face wash. =)

  4. Carla – Carla, we must think alike!

    Purity is my favorite – and I have tried multiple cleansers. I love When Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Cream for night. Hope in a Jar is not enough for my dry skin.

    Now – the Microdelivery Peel. I used mine for the first time yesterday. OMG! My skin feels like BUTTER! Amazing. And it is so bright and more even after just one use. I have to write a post about it too!

    Here’s to the Philosophy Girl!

  5. Do you know how the Purity Made Simple cleanser works on oily skin? I’ve been having major skin problems for the past couple of months and I’m looking for products that will help get things back to normal. I’ve had a sample of the cleanser for awhile but I’m afraid to use it because my skin is so oily.

    I’m also thinking about trying the Pigment Of Your Imagination duo. I’ve heard very good things about them!

  6. Lindsay – I get a little oily in some spots and Purity takes care of it no problem. It removes makeup like nothin’ so I’m guessing it’d be good for oily skin, too. The important thing is that it’s not overly drying, which is just about the worst thing you can do for oily skin.

    If your skin is freaking out, I’d definitely try a gentle chemical peel, like the microdelivery peel pads. Oily skin tends to accumulate dirt, makeup, etc. more so you want to make sure you have a fresh canvas, so to speak. I’ve heard that the oxygen peel is good for that as well.

    Philosophy has a nice kit just for acne:

  7. Thanks for the advice, I’ll check out those products! I’ve recently been considering buying that green apple peel from Juice Beauty, because I keep seeing raves for it all over the place. I just wasn’t sure if it would be right for me, but it sounds like it might be a good idea.

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