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11 posts tagged "Philosophy"

The Oxygen Network

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Oxygen facials peaked on spa menus a few years back, promising to make skin dewy and plump with mists of the refreshing, pure molecule. Despite hype and devotion from celebs (read: Madonna), dermatologists were skeptical of the lasting benefits. Now it seems oxygen is poised for a comeback—this time in the form of elixirs, creams, and even makeup infused with that atmospheric element. But the question remains: Do these O2 fixes improve your skin’s health in the long run? We tested out the latest offerings, asked the pros for their opinion, and discovered some surprising results.

The Product: Philosophy Oxygen Boost Daily Energizing Oxygen Elixir, $50, www.philosophy.com.

The Claim: A companion product to the brand’s popular Oxygen Peel (which is meant to mimic the results of an oxygen facial at home), this lightweight lotion contains a veil of oxygen that aims to clarify, detoxify, and energize the skin.

The Expert’s Take: “Overall, I think the Philosophy oxygen collection is good, but I’m still skeptical of oxygen as an ingredient that does anything beneficial for the skin,” says Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist Elizabeth. “I don’t think it’s harmful in any way, just useless.”

The Experience: We can’t say for certain if it was the O2 or the blend of botanicals in this formula, but the lotion went on with a perfect velvety texture and gave our skin an amazingly moist, morning-dew-on-petals effect. Hard science aside, we’re sold.

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Philosophy’s Bright Idea

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Dark spots are tricky business—particularly in the summer when it seems like every blemish turns into a blotchy mess thanks to the unavoidable sun exposure that comes with 104-degree temperatures and necessary seaside retreats. But Philosophy has come up with a winning formula that can help diminish increased acne scarring due to sun damage, with visible results in about a month. The secret is a precise layering effort of a mild retinol, like the one in its Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads, with a brightening treatment, like its newly launched Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector, to come at pigmentation with a two-pronged attack. After the pre-soaked pad works its magic, boosting cell turnover and increasing collagen production, the Spot Corrector goes to town, using a blend of lightening agents that includes a hyper-charged vitamin C complex and yellow dock extract (a perennial herb that helps reduce melanin build-up) for a more radiant and most importantly, more even-toned complexion. The duo works best when used at night (remember to always follow up with an SPF product in the morning for added protection) and just hit shelves in a conveniently packaged set. Starting next month, though, you’ll be able to buy the Spot Corrector on its own if a more centralized application is what you’re after.

Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy

Philosophy Raises The Bar

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A while ago, I got back into bar soaps in a major way. It was a combination of the handmade soap boom and a newfound distaste for frilly body poufs that helped renew my love for the simple and cathartic process of putting soap block to limbs and washing away the day. It didn’t take long for me to realize that all bar soaps are not created equal, though. While some can do wonders for the body, they’re all too harsh and drying on the face—a total downer if you don’t want to tote along your complicated morning and evening skincare routine every time you take a shower. That’s what makes Philosophy’s new Purity Made Simple Cleansing Bar so convenient. Like the original Dove Beauty Bar that came before it, Purity is bolstered by essential oils to put moisture back into the skin while effectively getting rid of grime, so its gentle lather effectively conditions and cleanses. I stumbled upon its refreshing sweet citrus scent just in the nick of time, too. Though my interest in body gels and scrubs has waned, my obsession with shampoos and conditioners is on the uptick—which means space in my closet of a shower is increasingly hard to come by.

Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy

A Sugar Rush, Courtesy Of Philosophy

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Those of you with a sweet tooth must suffer this time of year; the temptations of decorative sugar cookies, fancy chocolates, bûche de noëls, and calorie bombs like eggnog are no doubt too much to bear! Even with our savory tendencies, we fall victim to the holiday spread (chocolate-covered pretzels—why do you tempt us so?!) and typically succumb to controlled gorging around mid-month, the thinking being: “it’s the holidays; indulge a little!” Subsequent guilt and jeans tightness follow almost immediately after. Thanks to Philosophy, there is a way to participate in the seasonal dessert fest without the remorse. The quirky brand’s reliable batch of festive, baked goods-themed hair and body care items includes offerings of the candy cane, melted marshmallow, double rich hot cocoa, hot buttered rum, and hazelnut espresso variety to simulate a sugar high. We’re currently enjoying its Gingerbread Man Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel, which smells more like a fresh, effervescent ginger candy than a cinnamon, clove, and molasses-packed cookie. The best part: no tight jeans.

Say It With A Field Of Flowers

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May is but a few days away, which means the anxiety of what to get Mom for Mother’s Day should’ve officially set in this week. Feelings of unease overcome us around this time every year, as we’re never quite sure on what day the holiday actually falls (it’s May 9, for those of you who are wondering) and we’re still scarred from the one time we missed it and had to hear our mother utter the D-word (that’d be disappointed) in low tones over the telephone. To forever make up for that blunder, we try to travel the 90 miles to Philadelphia in order to take her out for a fancy brunch. That may not be in the cards next weekend, though, so our current plan is to send flowers—or Philosophy’s new Field of Flowers gift set, which we’re pretty sure will work just as well. The brand has packaged a two-ounce size of the delicate fragrance of the same name along with an eight-ounce size of the ultra-rich body lotion, so Mom can layer the light floral notes over one another for long-lasting freshness—and enjoy loving thoughts of you all day long.

Photo: Courtesy of Philosophy