It is such a great pleasure to welcome Philosophy to Malaysia! The founder of the brand, Cristina Carlino, has personally experienced acne and sensitive skin in her younger days, and founded Biomedic which carries medical-grade, presription skincare products. In 1996, Cristina then launched Philosophy to cater to to bridge the gap between what was offered in dermatologists’ offices and retail, but not without her scientific heritage.

I’m particularly drawn to Philosophy’s no-frills, minimalistic packaging with their perfect marriage of signature type design and inspirational messages, an inspirational vision by Cristina Carlino. Another favourite quote of mine from Philosophy is “Let the world see you, not your makeup”.

Philosophy’s aim is to deliver makeup-optional skin, which has also been mine for 3 years after suffering a bout of allergy that left the skin on my face peeled, cracked and bleeding.

I received the Purity Made Simple (3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes) cleanser that removes makeup, tones and lightly hydrates skin all in one step. A dollop is applied directly and massaged into the skin to remove makeup, lightly wiped off leaving a bit of cleanser on the skin, then with a bit of water, massage the face for 30 seconds, then rinse off. How easy is that? I have used it for one day so far, and it hasn’t left my skin feeling tight. Score! The cleanser also works well to clean makeup brushes.

My skin is so sensitive that most cleansers labeled as ‘gentle’, ‘hydrating’ or ‘moisturising’ triggers my skin to flake and peel. I have also a tiny sachet of the Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash, so I hope it’s gentle enough for me.

After having overheard my story on my horrible allergic reaction, Warwick Jenkin of Coty Prestige suspected that I may be allergic to mineral oil and kindly presented me with an additional 4 sachets of the Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel, a much gentler peel compared to the bestselling Microdelivery Peel (also dubbed the 3-Minute Makeover). To be used once a week, each peel product dissolves dead skin cells and buffer fine lines.

I’m also looking forward to try the award-winning Hope in a Jar moisturiser. Did you know that Hope in a Jar is also one of Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things in 2010, and has been using them for more than 10 years? The Eye Hope cream is also another product I cannot wait to try.

Skipping moisturiser used to cause my skin to flake and peel, and it would take at least a week to restore them to their original state with loads and loads of hydration, but the degree of dryness has significantly reduced now.

Another fun product I will review is the Raspberry Sorbet, a shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath all in one!

I will be use the full-sized products over a month to properly experiment with Philosophy, and will post my verdict then 😉
Until then, I believe Philosophy will be a game-changer here, so go check them out in Sephora stores (Starhill, KLCC, Paradigm Mall, Sunway Pyramid, Gurney Paragon Mall).
Tips on how to effectively use Philosophy’s products can also be found in their Facebook Page.