For my birthday my Auntie kindly introduced me to the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar gel cream, a light weight, gel moisturiser recommended for oily/ normal skin types. If you have skin that can resemble that of a typical teenager and is a pain in the butt, then you should probably give this a whirl...
Now I'm no Caroline Hirons but Philosophy have named this "Renewed Hope in a Jar," so I wanted to see exactly what ingredients they thought defined that. The ingredients list on any product usually starts with the main ingredients leading the products that only contribute to usually a mere 1%. The second ingredient on the list is something called "Glycerin," although there is some debate about this ingredient (when isn't there) it is said to attract moisture to the skin. This is absolutely perfect for me as I often suffer with some dehydration in areas, plus a lot of acne and spot treatments can be drying on the skin, so this ingredient is perfect to help hydrate and soften the skin. I have noticed that my skin does feel hydrated when I use this cream, helping it feel supple and soft.
There are also some acids in this (who doesn't love a good acid - in skincare), the main one being Glycolic Acid. We all know the benefits of acids in skincare so I won't harp on, but glycolic acid is a AHA, a chemical exfoliator that helps to remove the outer layer of the skin, hence why my skin feels soft and refined after using this. One huge thing to note is that SPF should be worn even more so when using products like this, I know I don't want a burnt face and wrinkles any time soon. This moisturiser is also oil free, again making it a fabulous option if you have oily skin or your skin doesn't react well to oils.
For the past three weeks my moisturiser has been this, morning and night most days. As I mentioned this is a gel moisturiser making it is incredibly lightweight, the gel texture means a little product goes a long way and it absorbs into the skin instantly. I have visible pores on my cheeks, nothing major but they are something I want to tackle early on, since using this I have noticed a decrease in their size which I just think is absolutely amazing. Another claim that this moisturiser makes is that it will refine skin and provide it with a glow, again this is something I am noticing more and more with using this product, good old Glycolic Acid.
In terms of my skin breaking out, I haven't had any new blemishes, my skin has (fingers crossed) been really good at the minute even before using this, so I'm just hoping that this continues to keep on top of that. I do think that if you do have the occasional break out or blemishes that this would really help to clear things up well, although I've not been able to fully test that yet.
Looking into this product further it was tested on 52 Asian women for 8 weeks, using this morning and night 84% of those women agreed that their skin looked "fresh with a shine-free glow". Retailing at £35.50 it isn't the most affordable option out there, however I have hardly made a dent into this after three weeks of use, and if you have the budget to pick this up then I would seriously consider it. I am excited to continue using this, I will be doing an update in a couple of months to let you know the more long terms effects.
I feel like Philosophy is a brand that never gets that much attention, after trying this I can safely say it is a skincare brand I will try other products from.