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uplifting miracle worker moisturizer cool-lift & firm moisturizer for face & neck
2 fl. oz. for $65
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Last Updated:11.11.2016
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

uplifting miracle worker moisturizer cool-lift & firm moisturizer for face & neck claims to re-contour and lift skin by stimulating its natural functions and stimulating more collagen and elastin, the latter substance being nearly impossible to regenerate. Unfortunately, the only uplifting action here is the money you'll lift from your pocketbook if you invest in this problematic moisturizer.

Although you won't see sagging skin improve, you will see and feel smoother, velvety soft, hydrated skin thanks to the mix of basic but effective moisturizing ingredients this contains. After that, the formula begins a downhill slide, especially since it contains more fragrance than state of the art anti-aging ingredients. It's those state of the art ingredients skin needs to fight wrinkles and restore some amount of firmness, not fragrance which is counterproductive.

The "cool" part of this moisturizer's name comes from the menthol-derived ingredient menthyl lactate. The tingle this causes isn't your skin being lifted or a sign of a positive skin function being stimulated; rather, it's your skin telling you it's being aggravated, an issue that's actually pro-aging!

The last ingredient is salicylic acid, and in the right formula and greater amount this ingredient can do remarkable things for skin. Sadly, it's another strike for what amounts to just an overpriced, basic moisturizer whose jar packaging won't keep the tiny amount of great ingredients this does contain stable once opened (see More Info for details).

Check out our list of Best Moisturizers for superior options, none of which are packaged in jars or contain sensitizing ingredients.

Pros:
  • Infuses skin's surface with moisture.
  • Leaves skin feeling velvety-soft.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Cannot lift or re-contour sagging skin.
  • Contains more fragrance than impressive anti-aging ingredients.
  • Menthyl lactate's cooling effect poses a risk of sensitizing skin.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.

Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, issue 3, pages 252-259.

Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, issue 9, pages 4676-4683

Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, issue 6, pages 640-660

Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88

Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10

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Claims
philosophy skin labs have developed cool-liftTM & firm moisturizer to help restore skin’s firmness and elasticity while redefining facial contours for a more uplifted and youthful appearance. this exclusive technology works by helping to boost skin’s natural lifting ability. first: a microcirculation complex featuring provitamin p helps stimulate skin’s natural functions; and second: a special combination of extracts helps rebuild a stronger collagen and elastin network. day after day, skin looks more resistant to the pull of gravity.
Ingredients
aqua/water/eau, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, pentylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, dimethicone, polyglyceryl-2 diisostearate, ceteareth-20, phenoxyethanol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, squalane, pullulan, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, menthyl lactate, tocopheryl acetate, polysorbate 60, glucosyl hesperidin, parfum/fragrance, sorbitol, sodium hydroxide, lecithin, disodium edta, cyclohexasiloxane, cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated lecithin, adenosine, laminaria digitata extract, secale cereale (rye) seed extract, verbena officinalis extract, sodium hyaluronate, pseudoalteromonas ferment extract, biosaccharide gum-1, citric acid, saccharide isomerate, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, caprylyl glycol, chlorphenesin, solum diatomeae/diatomaceous earth/terre de diatomees, limonene, hydrolyzed yeast protein, linalool, ethylhexylglycerin, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, glyceryl caprylate, salicylic acid
Brand Overview

philosophy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.

Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils; the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.

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.

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philosophy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Relatively inexpensive; some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-lightening product.

Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils; the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.

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.