Before I get into a discussion about the claims philosophy makes for this product, I need to state that this is a very good fragrance-free moisturizer with retinol for normal to dry skin. It is also packaged so that the retinol and antioxidants will remain stable during use, which is exactly what you want to see.
The issue with this product is the claims it makes for abating acne, clogged pores, and post-acne scarring. None of that is true, most notably because the base formula contains a lot of triglyceride and wax (yes, wax), both of which are the opposite of what someone with clogged pores or acne needs if their goal is to improve matters. There is also nothing in this product that can stop the growth of bacteria that cause blemishes.
As for acne-scarring, the company should’ve been more specific. Retinol and antioxidants bring multiple benefits to skin, but the only type of acne “scarring” they may help improve are not technically scars. Rather, the correct term is “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation,” which refers to the discolorations that linger long after a blemish has gone. Nothing in this product is going to plump up depressed or pitted acne scars. The antioxidants in here can reinforce healthy cells and reduce inflammation, which can help improve the red marks that occur once a blemish has gone away, fading them faster than they would on their own. But this product isn’t going to do a better job than many others.
Despite the fact that this product isn’t an all-in-one solution to a cadre of skin woes, it is, as mentioned, a contender if you have normal to dry skin and want a well-formulated moisturizer with retinol along with other beneficial ingredients.
Bid ‘farewell’ to acne, congested pores, post-breakout scarring, and signs of aging with this all-in-one skin problem solver. Philosophy On A Clear Day Retinol Clarifying Lotion contains an expert blend of beneficial ingredients that work synergistically to promote overall skin clarity and inspire a youthful, healthy glow.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-10 Soy Sterol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Propyl Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, 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.