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How to Shop Philosophy Skin Care Products, According to a Derm
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If I had to choose one word to describe how I feel when I’m shopping for new skincare, it would be dazed. And the endless list of questions running through my head is proof: Will this product really work as well for me as it does for all those people on TikTok? Do I just like it because it comes in cute packaging? How do I choose between so many similar formulas?

With all the options on the market, there’s only one source I really trust for an unbiased, direct recommendation: a dermatologist, of course. That’s why I hired a board-certified dermatologist Hadley KingMD, FAAD, to tell me all about Philosophy skin care—a brand I was excited to try because of the great reviews from my peers and the fact that the entire collection is up to 30 percent off on QVC from April 15 until April 18. (I can’t help it – I Love a good deal).

According to Dr. King, Philosophy’s skincare line generally features “gentle formulations that use skincare technology to deliver ingredients and formulations that deliver targeted results without disrupting the skin barrier.” Gentle enough for my sensitive skin and protects my skin barrier? Consider me already sold.

Wondering which of Philosophy’s skin care products can help you achieve your skin care goals? Here are Dr.’s recommendations. King for you.

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Mega-size microdelivery vitamin C peptide peel

If you want to combat pimples: Anyone with acne-prone skin like mine could benefit from adding this two-step exfoliating peel to their skincare routine, says Dr. King, because it is extra important for this skin type to exfoliate to keep the pores clean and fight pimples. and help make the skin smooth and soft. “[This system] combines physical and chemical exfoliation in a soothing base to gently resurface [your skin]while supporting the skin barrier,” says Dr. King.

Supersize Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer Duo

If you’re looking for a radiant, hydrated complexion: Dry skin? This is the moisturizer for you. “[This water cream] contains the ideal combination of humectants to hydrate the skin, emollients to support the skin barrier and occlusive agents to lock in moisture, making this an effective moisturizer for all skin types,” says Dr. King. Bonus added? It also works as a makeup primer.

Supersize purity facial cleanser

If you want to shorten your skin care routine: The Purity facial cleanser gently cleanses, tones and hydrates in one step. Dr. King says this face wash will thoroughly cleanse your skin (bye, day makeup, oil, dirt and debris), without stripping it – again providing support for that ever-important skin barrier thanks to its moisturizing ingredients.

Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse

If you want a healthy-looking appearance: According to Dr. King, this peeling mousse combines physical and chemical exfoliation in a hydrating, moisturizing base (think ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid) to polish and smooth skin. The best part? When you massage the mousse into your face, you’ll see the dead skin cells disappear – aka satisfying the urge to pop pimples, but in a way that’s actually good for your skin.

Super great when hope isn’t enough Serum Duo

If you want to tackle visible signs of aging: Grab this serum duo with anti-aging peptides to firm your skin. For those who have sensitive skin that may have suffered from more harsh anti-aging products in the past, this serum may be a good choice for you, thanks to the addition of soothing ingredients like aloe and allantoin, says Dr. King. Get one for those with sensitive skin!

Ultimate Miracle Worker Eye Power Treatment

If you want to improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes: This eye treatment has everything you need. “[This formula] contains humectants to hydrate and plump the skin; emollients to support the skin barrier; antioxidants to help protect the skin against free radical damage; and anti-aging peptides, retinol and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate,” says Dr. King. So basically, it’s the ultimate formula to make your eyes look significantly refreshed.

Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask Duo

If you want to reduce the appearance of pores: This pore extractor mask can draw out impurities, shrink pores, and become a self-care moment you look forward to (who doesn’t love a face mask?). Like the microdelivery peel, this mask combines physical and chemical exfoliation to ensure your pores unclog, while the clay absorbs any leftover oils, says Dr. King. Hello, new favorite part of your skin care routine.

Dose of Wisdom Vitamin C and Hyaluron Serum Duo

If you want more youthful-looking skin: This serum contains two ingredients loved by dermatologists (including Dr. King): Hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening vitamin C. According to Dr. King: hyaluronic acid helps hydrate and plump the skin, making it an excellent choice for everyone looking for more resilient and radiant skin (so all of us).

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