The New Year is as good of a time as ever to confess that I haven’t had a good skincare routine for the past two years.
I completely changed my skincare routine when I was pregnant and nursing. I got so used to having such a low-key, three-product routine (face wash, moisturizer and acne cream when needed) that anything more than that felt like a lot of work.
I used to use facial brushes, exfoliators, toners/peel pads, anti-ageing creams, eye creams, the whole shebang. I liked taking care of my skin and trying new products. But late bedtimes (past 11 p.m….why do I do that to myself?!) and a busy family life made it all too convenient to continue to be lazy with my skincare routine.
I got lucky and when I was pregnant and nursing had the best skin of my life. I rarely broke out and my skin was even-toned and smooth-looking (thank you, hormones!) After nearly two years of having the laziest skincare routine in all of the land, I decided it was time to start incorporating some anti-ageing products back into my routine so that five years from now I wouldn’t regret my lack of proactivity.
The beauty gods must have heard me calling, because a couple of weeks ago I got to test out philosophy’s new renewed hope in a jar all-day-skin-renewing moisturizer. I swear if this lovely jar of moisturizer hadn’t arrived on my doorstep, I would still be in the throes of skincare laziness.
I’ve used philosophy products before— I’m obsessed with their delicious-smelling body washes and amazing grace perfume and have also tested out their eye cream and their classic hope in a jar moisturizer. I also wrote an extensive review of their microdelivery mini peel pads back in 2010 (read that here.)
So, back to renewed hope in a jar— the reason it appealed to me before I ever applied it was that it contains a triple-blend of AHAs (or alpha-hydroxy acids). For those of you not familiar, it’s basically an ingredient in skincare products that helps whisk away dead skin cells and helps improve the look of fine lines, pores and skin texture overall. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!
Like I said, I have been using exactly zero anti-ageing products for the past couple of years so I wanted a moisturizer with ingredients that would brighten, smooth and overall improve the appearance of my skin, which has definitely gotten a little testier now that I’m not full of all those awesome hormones. I had been noticing more blackheads, experienced breakouts more often, and my skin had some blotchy red patches sometimes too.
The best thing is that this moisturizer actually allows me to continue to be pretty lazy with my skincare routine because I simply replaced my regular moisturizer with this one and let it work its magic with no additional effort on my part. As a (non important) bonus, it also smells like soft flower petals.
It’s a nice, lightweight moisturizer and you only have to use a tiny bit. At first, I only used it at night. Then, after a few days, I would use it during the day too. I do this with most new skincare products just to make sure I don’t get a reaction or overwhelm my skin since it’s pretty sensitive.
I’ve really been enjoying this moisturizer and I’m glad to have discovered a product that can give me the skin benefits I was hoping for in one product that’s part of my routine anyway. My skin has been reacting well for the past couple of weeks (soft, smooth, brighter) and I can’t wait to share my results further as I use this moisturizer for a longer period of time. I will say that writing this post also inspired me to start using eye cream again. I was using it maybe once a month (what?!) when really, I should be using it every night.
The only con about this product is that I wish it came in a pump dispenser jar. Overall I find them easier to use and more hygienic. However, it’s not a huge deal to me if the product works well.
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