This serum is supposed to calm redness, irritation, and improve sensitive skin. Although the formula (which is best for dry skin) contains some excellent restorative and soothing ingredients, it is a problem for sensitive skin due to the inclusion of lavender oil. Although this fragrant plant oil has a soothing aroma, fragrance isn’t skin care. In fact, lavender oil can cause skin cell death and enhance oxidative damage (Sources: The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact from Fiction, Thornfeldt, Carl M.D., Allured Books, 2010, pages 286–287; Contact Dermatitis, January 2008, pages 9–14, and August 1999, page 11; Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229; and Hautarzt, February 2002, pages 93–97). Regrettably, that single ingredient—lavender oil—means this serum is a poor choice for sensitive skin. And remember, even if you cannot see or feel the damage, it’s still happening and keeping your skin from improving to a greater degree.
- Packed with ingredients that improve skin’s surface and protect it from dryness.
- Contains some excellent non-fragrant plant oils and antioxidants.
- Silky, comforting texture.
- Lavender oil is a source of fragrance and irritation that sensitive skin doesn’t need.
- Linalool is a fragrance ingredient from lavender that irritates skin.
When skin is sensitive or reddened, the last thing you want to do is apply problematic fragrant oils. This serum came close to being a slam-dunk for helping those with dry, sensitive skin, but lavender oil is not an irritant to be taken lightly. Even small amounts of this plant oil can be damaging to skin, impairing its ability to heal and act its best.
make peace with your skin with keep the peace super soothing serum, formulated to help calm redness, sensitivity and irritation, while restoring healthy-looking skin.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Octyldodecyl Olivate, Octyldodecanol, Lecithin, Phytosterols, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Squalene, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Bisabolol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Bakuchiol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Arachidyl Propionate, Ethyl Oleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Linoleate, Linalool, Caprylyl Glycol, 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.