I am usually very particular about night creams and I had purchased the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar, after seeing very good reviews. I have been using this for months now and almost about to run out and I think, I finally have my thoughts gathered on this.
What it is? The Renewed Hope in a Jar is an overnight recharging & refining moisturizer.
What it claims to do? This claims to be a deeply hydrated night time formula which is designed to improve skin’s ability to fight dehydration, dullness and rough texture.
This breakthrough nighttime formula from the skin labs at philosophy helps boost skin’s nightly cell-renewal cycle and improve skin’s ability to fight dehydration, dullness and rough texture. infused with a blend of non-stop skin renewal technology and natural plant extract MYRAMAZE™ (“the resurrection plant”), our deeply hydrating moisturizer continuously replenishes, gently renews and re-energizes for better-looking skin overnight.
Where I bought this? I bought this from Sephora Singapore. Philosophy is also available at Changi Airport Duty Free Shopping, where you can save a few dollars :D.
How much it costs? It retails for SGD 65 for 60 ml of product. So, it’s a pretty expensive moisturiser but sometimes I don’t mind spending on good quality skincare.
What are its main ingredients? It contains triple blend of AHA, which instantly attracted me to this product. AHA is highly beneficial to improve skin texture and is known to:
- diminish the look of lines and wrinkles
- make skin look and feel firmer
- improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone
- smooth out rough texture
For more info on AHAs and BHAs, you can follow this link.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
aqua/water/eau, isononyl isononanoate, cetyl alcohol, glycerin, neopentyl glycol diheptanoate, propanediol, glycolic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, arachidyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, cyclopentasiloxane, squalane, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, cyclohexasiloxane, arachidyl glucoside, magnesium aluminum silicate, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, caprylyl glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, citric acid, mandelic acid, xanthan gum, parfum/fragrance, bisabolol, polysorbate 60, allantoin, sodium pca, disodium edta, ethylhexyl palmitate, adenosine, myrothamnus flabellifolia leaf extract, farnesol, limonene, evodia rutaecarpa fruit extract, butylene glycol, ascorbic acid, faex/yeast extract/extrait de levure, opuntia coccinellifera flower extract, citral, silica dimethyl silylate, bht, ethylhexylglycerin, hyaluronic acid, silanetriol, sodium hyaluronate, sorbic acid, hexylene glycol, linalool.
How did I use it? I use it every night as a part of my nighttime skincare routine. I usually apply this on a cleansed face after my night serum or on its own.
I have used up almost all of it and I have been using this for at least 4-5 months now. It may be a pricey product and we don’t get a whole lot but I think, it has lasted me a long time.
How was my experience? First of all, I really love the packaging of this product. The grey and white theme of the jar is very appealing to me, feels like a serious product which knows what it is supposed to do. (LOL) It is very sleek, handy, sturdy as well as travel friendly, as the product comes in an acrylic jar.
The product is lightly fragranced and smells almost like a mild citrus scent. It’s very hard to describe it, but it is pleasant for me.
The texture of the product is creamy and not too thick. It spreads easily and evenly on the face and gets absorbed into the skin quickly, but the skin doesn’t feel dry.
It took me a few months to realise the benefits and results of this product. Initially, I wasn’t very impressed with this moisturiser as it seemed to be just a very expensive hydrating night cream, which are easily available at a fraction of the cost at the drugstore or in Korean brands. But, I noticed a change in my skin texture once I stopped using this moisturiser for a while. My skin became a bit dull and lacklustre. Once, I restarted using this moisturiser as my night cream, I realised that my skin texture was much more smoother and my face looked more plump and radiant. It may be the AHAs working in the product, I don’t know! Every morning, my skin feels really hydrated if I use this moisturiser the night before.
So, I think this product really works for me but considering that it took me a lot of time to realise that, I am not sure if everyone is going to see any visible changes immediately. The results may be more easily visible for problematic skin, in my opinion. For normal skin, I would say this could be a night cream with long term benefits.
This product will suit almost all skin types, as it is not greasy or heavy and it also has the added benefits of AHA. If I didn’t get to buy any other night cream for the rest of my life, I would be totally happy with this. It was a slow start, but I absolutely love it now.
That’s all for this post. Hope it was useful.