Philosophy Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser & Mask

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Package Quality: 5.0

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Package Quality: 5.0

Price: $$


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on 11/3/2015 6:16:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is a "cream cleanser" that feels less like cream and more like the sixth ingredient, petroleum jelly. The pH is way too high to exfoliate anything as a masj much less clean your skin. Dermalogica makes a cleanser very similar in consistencey for the same price and I would not recommend that either. There is nothing special about this goop to make it worth over $50 CAD. It made my face irritated, hot and sore.

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on 8/1/2013 3:46:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is an interesting product--a cleanser that has a fairly high percentage of lactic acid (it's 5th on the ingredient list). You can use it as a regular cleanser, and leave it on as an exfoliating mask (Philosophy recommends 3-5 minutes, once a week, for the latter). It comes in a pump bottle, which is nice because this is some slimy, sticky stuff. (It won't even come out of the pump cleanly.) It feels kind of--well, icky--when applied to the skin. I only use it once a day with my Clarisonic because it doesn't rinse off if I wash just using my hands (I've tried using a linen washcloth in an attempt to get it all off, to no avail), and even after using the Clarisonic and rinsing *thoroughly* I still feel a bit of residue on my skin. (Needless to say, you don't want to get this in or near your eyes.) I do leave it on for about 5 minutes once weekly as a mask, and I can feel a bit of a tingle at the end of that time. I use the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash the next morning (with my Clarisonic) and my skin feels quite smooth. I also think it's lightening my hyperpigmentation *just* a bit, but not enough to put up with the icky-sticky cons of this cleanser. It certainly doesn't live up to the exaggerated claims Philosophy makes about it. And it's pricey--$34 for 8 oz. I'll just stick with Purity Made Simple, which works well for me.

BTW, the full name of this product is "The Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser and Mask." How does Philosophy get away with calling products miraculous?

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Bisabolol, Arginine, Stearyl Alcohol, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Steareth-21, Steareth-2, 1,2 Hexanediol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Farnesol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

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