take a deep breath oil-free energizing oxygen gel cream moisturizer

by philosophy  
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$35 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizers/Anti-Aging
Last Updated:
7/2/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This lightweight moisturizer for normal to dry skin contains a frustrating mix of helpful and problematic ingredients, meaning skin will be put at risk for irritation and won't benefit as much as it could with a well formulated moisturizer. The claim of energizing skin with oxygen is disingenuous because, in truth, oxygen does healthy, intact skin more harm than good.

The oxygen-giving ingredient is perfluorodecalin, a fluorocarbon (chemically inert compound), which increase the oxygen content in liquids. As an aside, fluorocarbons also are responsible for much of the ozone depletion that occurs in the atmosphere. Research has made it abundantly clear that oxygen, despite the fact that we need it to stay alive, is also a source of free-radical damage throughout the entire body (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, November 2010, Epublication; Current Drug Metabolism, June 2010, pages 409–424; and Human and Experimental Toxicology, February 2002, pages 61–62). Giving your skin more oxygen than what occurs naturally is anti-aging in the wrong direction: pro-aging!

Aside from the problem oxygen in skin care presents, this product contains angelica and bitter orange extracts, both of which have research showing they aren't helpful for skin. Perhaps the biggest issue this moisturizer has is its jar packaging. Not only will the jar packaging hurt the stability of the oxygen-releasing ingredient, it won't keep the beneficial ingredients in here stable once opened. Talk about not getting your money's worth! See More Info for details on jar packaging.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Contains an oxygenating ingredient that can be pro-aging.
  • Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable once opened
  • Amount of bitter orange and angelica extract puts skin at further risk of irritation.
More Info:

The fact that this cream-gel moisturizer is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

An energizing, oil-free moisturizer for a healthy glow.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Gluceth-20, Cyclohexasiloxane, Hydrogentated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Perfluorodecalin, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Lactic Acid, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Jojoba Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Silica, Dimethicone, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Pongamia Pinnata Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Laureth-7, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glucose, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer, Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer, Carbomer, Polyacrylamide, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, 2-Hexanediol, Tin Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, BHT, O-Cymen-5-Ol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

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.

philosophy Makeup

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.

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  1. laurel p
    Reviewed on Friday, April 25, 2014
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      1 / 4
    Allergic :(
    • Decent value, a little goes a long way. (Although if you don't use much I wonder how much of the SPF you're actually getting) Seems like it would be a good product for some, sadly, however, I turned out to be allergic to it. Made my skin red, puffy, blotchy, and irritated.

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