Sorry, Philosophy. If you want me to part with my hard-earned money, you’ll have to do better that sell me a jar of hope. What are you, a quack?
I want results, not hopes.
And your Hope in A Jar moisturiser doesn’t give me much of either. Here’s why I’m not a fan:
Philosophy makes a big fuss of using lactic acid, a gentle exfoliant that dissolves the “glue” that holds skin cells together so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin underneath.
Too bad Hope In A Jar doesn’t contain a drop of it. WTH?! Is Philosophy lying here?
I wouldn’t call it lying. It’s more like twisting the truth (you know how much marketers love doing that…).
Hope In A Jar uses lauryl lactate, an ester form of lactic acid. Unfortunately for your skin (and wallet), lauryl lactate can’t exfoliate skin. It CAN’T even be converted into lactic acid.
So what does it do here (apart from tricking you into believing this moisturiser can exfoliate skin?). It makes the cream spread more easily on the skin and keeps the oily and watery part of the formula from separating.
That’s useful and all but… kind of a disappointment, isn’t it?
Glycerin is a humectant… Huh?
Let me start again. Glycerin is a moisture magnet that attracts water from the air into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated. Plus, it can strengthen the skin’s barrier, keeping it soft and healthy.
The catch? When there’s not much moisture in the air, glycerin will steal it from the deeper layers of your skin, drying it out. Talk about backfiring…
But, don’t be scared. In most climates, glycerin works just fine.
The most impressive ingredient in Philosophy Hope In A Jar is retinyl palmitate, a form of Vitamin A (you know, the only thing proven to really reduce wrinkles).
But, this isn’t saying much because retinyl palmitate is the gentlest (read: less effective) form of Vitamin A. If with retinol it takes at least a couple of months to see results, with this it’ll take you way, way longer.
You see, before it can work its magic on wrinkles, retinyl palmitate must be converted first into retinol, then into retinaldehyde, and finally into retinoic acid. Too much work for your skin.
The worst part? Retinoids lose their effectiveness sooner when exposed to light and air. Putting the gentlest of them into a jar wasn’t a smart idea…
FYI, retinyl palmitate isn’t all bad. If your skin’s very sensitive, this may be the only form of Vitamin A it can tolerate.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Philosophy sure isn’t lying about one thing: Hope In A Jar is very moisturising. If you’re happy with a moisturiser that does its basic job well, you’ll like this.
But I can’t help but wish it contained more antioxidants (there’s just a sprinkle in here). And more effective forms of lactic acid and Vitamin A.
Now, that would supercharge the formula and make it worth the splurge.
Have you tried Philosophy Hope In A Jar? Share your experience in the comments below.
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