Although this formula isn’t a miracle worker—that is, it doesn’t significantly differ from the other daytime moisturizers with sunscreen we recommend—it is an outstanding option due to its combination of broad-spectrum sun protection and anti-aging ingredients.
The light, fluid texture is ideal for normal to oily skin prone to breakouts. Critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection is supplied by stabilized avobenzone, and skin is treated to an impressive mix of antioxidants, a cell-communicating peptide, and beneficial plant extracts. As a skin-caring bonus, the formula is fragrance-free.
One concern: Given this product’s cost, you may not be likely to apply it as liberally as you should. Liberal application is essential to get the amount of sun protection stated on the label, so be sure you’re OK with needing to repurchase this product every couple of months (that’s about how often you’re likely to go through it with daily application to your face and neck). As well-formulated as this moisturizer with sunscreen is, there are less expensive options from other brands.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection, including stabilized avobenzone for UVA screening.
- Loaded with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
- Lightweight texture is ideal for normal to oily or breakout-prone skin.
- Expensive; the cost may discourage you from applying this liberally enough.
This ultra-lightweight, fluid lotion provides broad-spectrum sun protection and is loaded with antioxidants to promote firmer, smoother-looking skin.
Actives: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (2%), Oxybenzone (6%), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Tetrapeptide-21, Hexyldecanol, Picea Excelsa Wood Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetyl Hydroxyproline Palmitamide, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Glycerin, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lauryl Glucoside, Titanium Dioxide, Bentonite, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
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 élan 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 products—but 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 owned Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy 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.
Minimalism is a big theme among philosophy's dwindling, uneven range of makeup. Whereas the color options from this company used to be extensive, well-organized, and at times clever, what's lining the counter now needs help, in more ways than one. The major issue is the plethora of ordinary products that cost far too much for what they don't offer, which is innovation and, in almost every case, selection. The line shines brightest (pun intended) with its lip color offerings, though the best products in this category are counterbalanced by glosses or lip balms with needless irritants. If you're a fan of philosophy's skin-care products and are considering their makeup, you don't want to try to build a comprehensive color wardrobe with it. However, you'd be wise to explore the handful of pleasant surprises here, including an excellent bronzing lotion, foundation primer with sunscreen, and the multi-use makeup brush.