Tested on animals:Yes
philosophy's uplifting miracle worker instant-effect cool-lift & tightening moisturizer booster isn't uplifting for any skin type. This overly fragrant lotion is laden with both natural and synthetic fragrances along with a strong form of menthol high up on the ingredient listing. From the perspective of keeping skin youthful and healthy, this is unacceptable.
No matter how you look at it, the research makes it abundantly clear that problematic ingredients like these aren't the least bit skin-friendly. This isn't stellar anti-aging skincare in any way, shape, or form and it can't actually lift sagging skin. See More Info to learn how fragrant products can hinder anti-aging results.
It pains us to continue, but it's our job to help you cut through the hype and misleading information so you can avoid wasting money and being disappointed.
The second ingredient in this emollient lotion (plant butters are present) is pullulan. It's a film-forming ingredient best known for its use in making breath strips. As the second ingredient, it works by placing an invisible layer of starch over the face that dries and sets to a somewhat tacky finish.
Oddly enough, this product does live up to its name and provides a very noticeable tightening sensation which is enhanced by the cooling sensation from the menthyl lactate (we would say the sensation feels more burning than cooling, but it depends on how quickly your skin reacts to this ingredient). Of course, the lifting effect is incredibly temporary with no skin-renewing benefit in the short or long term. Skin feeling lifted or tighter isn't the same as actually lifting or tightening skin long term.
Much of this formula is exceedingly problematic for skin, but it does contain a few impressive skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients between the troublesome ones. There are close-to-miraculous anti-aging skincare products to be found, but regrettably this isn't one of them. See our list of Best Moisturizers, Nighttime to get you started!
- Contains some beneficial skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients
- Menthyl lactate's cooling sensation is a sign skin is being aggravated.
- Doesn't actually lift or tighten skin, it just make it temporarily feel that way.
- Can leave an uncomfortable-feeling film on skin.
- Contains a potentially sensitizing amount of fragrance.
- The fragrance ingredients make this a problem for use around the eyes.
Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin's healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin's surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446-475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202
Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80