This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides a 1–2 punch of broad-spectrum sun protection and the anti-aging superstar retinol in one product. Stabilized avobenzone is on hand for UVA screening, which is critical to prevent wrinkles and collagen destruction when skin is exposed to daylight.
The formula has a lightweight cream texture that's best for normal to combination skin. It's not quite moisturizing enough for dry skin, but those with slightly dry skin may find it ideal. We like that this isn't a one-note product; along with retinol, it contains antioxidants and skin-repairing sodium hyaluronate, plus a licorice-derived soothing agent.
Last, the formula is fragrance-free, which is always best for the skin. Because the active ingredients are potentially sensitizing, this isn't a slam-dunk for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. However, if neither of those concerns apply, this is worth considering as your daytime moisturizer!
OK, one more comment: The price of this product is on the high side, which may discourage the liberal application necessary to get the amount of sun protection stated on the label. Applied daily to face, neck, and, if exposed, the chest area, this would get used up in 4–6 weeks, which would add up quickly on the budget. That's something to be aware of because the issue of liberal application is of vital importance if your goal is younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles and brown spots.
Note: We contacted philosopy on February 26, 2014 and they confirmed that this product is NOT discontinued but is currently unavailable. They did not have an estimated time this product will be back in stock.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Combines anti-aging superstar retinol with other beneficial ingredients.
- Lightweight, aesthetically pleasing texture.
- Expensive, which may discourage the liberal application that is essential when using any sunscreen.
help me spf features broad-spectrum spf 30 sunscreen in a lightly hydrating formula to allow daytime use of retinol. helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, discoloration and rough texture for a youthful-looking glow.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (2%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (1.5%), Oxybenzone (4%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate/ Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Myristate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol, Picea Abies Wood Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Bentonite, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Erythorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol.
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.