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Philosophy is one of my top beauty brands and I buy a lot of products from their range. Before buying this I debated a lot with myself. I really liked the idea of a deep down facial peel kit but, have very red, sensitive skin and worried it would make it worse. In the end I took the bull by the horns and ordered it. The first time I tried it I was very careful and read the instructions on the back of the box. This is a pretty expensive product and I didn't want to waste any. In the box you get two items, the pot of vitamin C crystals and a bottle of the activation liquid (plus some sample sizes of other products). Step 1 is to take a small scoop of the crystals from the pot and gently rub them into the skin. Step 2 is to squirt some of the activation liquid from the bottle and massage it into the face on top of the crystals. When you do this it starts to turn white and forms a light foam. You then leave it on for about 3-5 minutes as a facial mask. After this just rinse it off and your done. I did get a good result at first. My skin did get a lot redder after but it felt soft and smooth and looked much better. I used it for about a year, but not every week, more like every 2-3 weeks. After a while I found that the results were less and less but my face got redder each time. At over £50 for the kit I do think it is very expensive but, I don't mind paying higher prices for cosmetics as long as they work and I get a good result. When I stopped getting results, I stopped using it.
As part of my philosphy starter kit from QVC (rrp £22) I has a sample of their microdelivery peel. The word 'peel' instantly made me think of those ghastly acid peels you see on programmes such as 10 years younger, so it took a little while, and a view of the philospohy mans spiel on QVC, for me to pluck up the courage and try it. There are 2 separate parts to this prouduct named 'step 1' and 'step2'. Step 1 is the vitamin/peptide crystals. Is basically a thick orangy grainy goo (and it smells of oranges). They are said to help to gently exfoliate, infuse the skin with vitamins/peptides and help remove dead skin cells. You scoop about a teaspoon of goo onto your fingers and massage gently for 1 minute into dry skin. Then you begin step 2. This is a lactic/saliclic acid activator and is said to help infuse the skin with vitamins, provide a secondary exfoliation and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For this part you squeeze some of this clear gel onto your fingertips and gently rub it into the grainy goo already on your face. YOu are suppsoed to feel a warming sensation when the 2 steps foam up together. Although I have felt warming during some applications, this is not always the case. It is also difficult to measure how much of the gel to put on. I usually buy the 1oz set. You are able to see how much orange stuff will last you but the step 2 is in an opaque bottle so I often dont manage to measure them both up equally (so I can make the orange goo last 2 months a one application per week, but because you cant see how much gel there is, you cant judge how big each application should be to make it last as long as the orange goo). After 3 minutes of both steps on your face, you rinse it off. I have always found my skin to be incredibly smooth and radiant after usage. I follow up with the hope in a jar and hope in a tube. I still have problems with my skin (excess dryness and oilyness) but I think this deep exfoliation each week has definately improved my skin tone. This stuff doesnt come cheap. You can pay over £50 on QVC. I find it better to look it out on ebay. My 1oz set usually lasts me a good 2-3 months and I payed around £14 on ebay for my most recent set which is a good price per month for this treatment I think.
I absolutely adore Philosophy products but was pretty wary of trying this due to my sensitive skin. I suspiciously eyed my trial for month(in the Philosophy Baby Steps skin care kit). Eventually one day looking at my dull complexion I threw caution to the wind and I am so so glad I did! Step 1 of the 2 step kit is the Vitamin C / Peptide Crystals. These are described on the packaging as micro crystals which help to gently exfoliate the skin. You apply a teaspoon of these to your clean dry skin and then massage them GENTLY over your face for up to a minute. They exude a gorgeously addictive scent of oranges so please do not eat them!! Because my skin is mega sensitive I only apply minimal pressure and have had no problems whatsoever but I guess it is different from person to person. Step 2 is the Lactic / Salicylic Acid Activating Gel. Now this is the part that terrified me - I had visions of my face peeling off or my skin burning but please do not worry. Obviously it is always a good idea to exercise common sense when using new products and to test them on a small part of skin first in case of adverse reactions but this product was fine for me. Anyway, you massage the activator gel onto your fingertips and then in turn apply this activator over the crystals already on your face. This in turn causes a reaction and the mixture heats up and produces a white foam . This indicates that the products are now working and should be left to do their job for 2 - 3 minutes and then rinsed away. The second I rinsed my face I noticed that my skin looked so much smoother and radiant already and it felt much softer. I usually wait a while then apply my Philosophy Hope In A Jar moisturiser. For me this has almost been like a miracle product - and people have commented on how good my skin looks - I feel that it takes a few years off me when I use it - approximately once every 1 / 2 weeks.
This has to be one of my favourite Philosophy products. However, I have combination skin and my skins loves this product., therefore, for those with very sensitive skin I would not recommend any product that is abrasive in any way on your skin and in that instance I would use a non-granular type exfoliating product. Or if you enjoy most of the effects of the microdelivery system, then perhaps opt for the microdelivery pads, for a less abrasive effect. However, this product works in two parts. The first part is the 'physical' exfoliating part. It contains granular type vitamin crystals to help remove dead skin cells. The second part of the kit is the activator type gel which turns those granular crystals into a smooth foam type cream. It warms on impact so beware and don't worry, it's perfectly normal and it's supposed to. It;s not uncomfortably warm though so don't let that put you off. The result for me is a smoother, brighter and clearer skin. Because of the type of exfoliator this is, I would not recommend using this more than once a week/every 10 days for very oily skins as it may over-stimulate the oil glands. For those who have oiler skins but love the results I would opt for the microdelivery pads more often and use this once a week for physical dead skin removal. For combination skins I would recommend this at least once a week and top-up the effects by using the 'microdelivery wash' after cleansing at night or on cleaner skin in the mornings. For drier skins I would still recommend this highly once a week, but for very sensitive skins I would avoid, mainly due to the type of exfoliating action this product gives. For anyone with thick ,coarse and/or sun-damaged skin, I would highly recommend for it's brightening and exfoliation effects. Ingredients : Bicarbonate Vitamin C Crystals: PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate (SE), Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Beta Carotene, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.Rapid Activation Gel: Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Linoleamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Polyquaternium 10, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
I have been using this product for a few months now on and off, I don`t use it every week more like twice a month. This product claims to give your skin a rejuvenating boost. It uses bicarbonate Vitamin C crystals,( the orange scrub part of the kit) to remove dead and dry skin cells, and the Micro Delivery Peel Rapid Activation (the liquid) helps to infuse your skin with Vitamin C, while enhancing a smoother-looking appearance. I cleanse my face then gently massage the crystals on my face for around 60 seconds then once that is massaged in my skin I put some of the liquid activator of the kit over the crystals and leave it to activate for 3 to 5 mins, then you just wash off with a sponge. Afterwards my skin is left silky smooth but For the £50.00 it costs to buy on it own I can`t really see any great difference when I look at my skin to justify paying this amount, I wiil use it though as it regularly comes in kit`s I buy although in a smaller version than the £50.00 pots but these sizes seem to last me months though, I`d say it`s worth trying as everyone is different especially when you get it in kit`s as you as nothing to loose then but the possibility of nicer looking skin. This costs £51.54 from qvc and the Vitamin C crystals are 56.7g, and the Micro Delivery Activator is 59.2ml.