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Sean Loughran

Philosophy is quite simply a beautiful skincare brand, celebrating the ethos that everyone can look their best with a little helping hand. They are knowledgable on the miraculous power of scientific ingredients that are proven to provide the best possible results. 

Philosophy was founded in 1996 by Cristina Carlino who combined her vision and more than 30 years of experience in the clinical skincare industry, she is a visionary who has taken the brand from strength to strength.

Microdermabrasion has been a superhero in skincare treatments since the mid-80s and has been a long established ‘lunch-time fix’ that promises to resurface the skin’s cellular structure, uncovering the fresher and younger skin beneath. Christina saw the downside of this procedure being the long recovery period and that’s when she brought The Microdelivery range to the market. The formula effectively resurfaces the skin whilst replenishing moisture and protection at the same time. The Microdelivery exfoliating wash is the perfect daily smoother and the Microdelivery peel is a combination scrub and gel designed for weekly use.

Having combination skin and struggling with the daily battle of acne prone skin since my early teens, I thought I ought to give this a try.  With the wide variety of peeling products on the market today I can be somewhat hesitant when it comes to making a decision on a specific product but Philosophy is a brand I have come to trust over the years.

I usually cleanse twice daily and use a heavy exfoliator once or twice a week and have found this routine to help my skin look more radiant however these results fade more quickly than I would like.

Philosophy’s ‘Microdelivery’ range offers a revolutionary skincare routine that can transform your skin in minutes at home giving the medical procedure result in a product. The range includes a daily, weekly and fortnightly skincare regime that specifically targets skin problems and assists towards cell renewal. I have used the Microdelivery exfoliating facial wash in the past as a daily exfoliator and found it was the perfect non-aggressive texture for my skin.

The exfoliating wash contains a unique set of ingredients, like diatomaceous earth, borage oil and vitamin c. It’s the diatomaceous earth that gives this wash its unique texture, a superior alternative to the usual pips and fruit seeds found in other exfoliators. You sweep away dirt from every pore, without the burning sensation or redness sometimes experienced with harsher exfoliators. I have used the Microdelivery products in my skincare routine for the past two weeks now, and I’m starting to notice a difference. My skin appears to be brighter I’m already seeing a positive effect on those smaller acne prone areas.

For those wanting more vigorous skin resurfacing, Philosophy also offer a unique triple acid peel wipe that simply glides onto the skin and best of all it only takes a few seconds to apply and no recovery period is required. This peel is formultated and packaged as pre-saturated wipes that are perfectly convenient and easy to apply.

Ingredients such as mandelic and alpha hydroxyl acid provide the ultimate results in skin resurfacing. These plant derived acids offer extensive skin benefits and help in dealing with sun-damage, fine lines and acne scarring whilst leaving no irritation. These power-ingredients combined with phytic acids and skin softening glycerol form the ultimate skin brightening and softening formula.

Philosophy’s use of scientific preparations make them one of my go-to skincare brands as of late. They offer a dermatological quality product that is available without the hefty medical price tag or required prescription.

The packaging is a reflection of how the product will make you feel, pure and beautiful. Each product contains a simple message to fill you with hope and inspiration. Philosophy believes that to be a super model, all you need to be is a super person; with that in mind this brand uses childhood playfulness and a sense of innocence to promote their products which is a refreshing change. Inspired? Go forth and discover your own philosophies, whilst enjoying the benefits of this top notch skincare.

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