Philosophy Hope In a Jar Night - Intense retexturizing moisturizer review
Spoiler right from the start but - day-um… I. LOVE. THIS. CREAM. (Hence the glittery visual tribute.)
If you’ve never heard of or tried the original Hope In a Jar, that’s one of Philosophy’s cult classics. It’s a skin-refining cream containing beta glucan and lactic acid to slough off dead cells and keep things smoother and more even-toned.
Glycolic Acid - Skin refining
If you’re like me and pores, blackheads, and blemishes are as much (or more) of a concern than wrinkles, you’ll be happy to know that this helps with that as well. Acids help refine blemish-prone skin by regulating cell turnover, which in turn reduces the size and severity of oil plugs in your skin. In Hope In a Jar Night, glycolic acid is one of the key ingredients.
(The fact that it also smooths out fine lines is a bonus.)
In this cream, it’s been formulated with a patented slow-release delivery system so that it penetrates deeper, but isn’t as irritating to the skin as traditional glycolic acid products.
Beta-glucan - Anti-inflammatory and skin repair
Commonly derived from the humble oat kernel, many people have not heard that much about beta-glucan because it doesn’t get as much press as a lot of other skincare ingredients. It’s known more as a health supplement for lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer, and boosting the heart and immune system.
Applied on the skin though, it’s been proven to be able to penetrate far enough into the epidermis to calm inflammations, work on lines and wrinkles, speed up wound healing, reduce scarring (yes!!!) and even treat cold sores.
The texture is thick but fluffy, and it absorbs quite nicely without any sticky or oily feel. However, you want to avoid applying this to the eye or lip area because it DOES contain enough glycolic acid that it can cause a chemical burn if you overdo it or apply it on sensitive areas.
One thing which some people have complained about is the chemical smell. This cream has not been fragranced so you will smell the ingredients (same as many Clinique skin products), but I personally don’t mind it because it’s gone after you apply it, and this just means there is one less potential irritant in the formula.
Application and pricing:
If in doubt, use just the thinnest layer and smooth it on instead of rubbing and rubbing. (Don’t overload or sensitize your skin just before applying something that contains glycolic acid in it.)
It’s normal to experience a bit of mild tingling/stinging if you have never used acid-containing skincare on your face before, but if it doesn’t go away after a while, or you start itching or peeling after a couple of days, you’re probably applying too much, or too often, for your skin. Try alternate nights. Tolerance needs to be built up for some people.
I have semi-sensitive skin, but I haven’t reacted to this with nightly use. My skin definitely feels smoother and there aren’t as many oil plugs as I would usually expect (at this time of month especially).
BUT I applied this to my neck the other night and it itched, so if you are very sensitive, you might want to get a sample and do a patch test before committing.
Hope in a Jar Night is available with the rest of the Philosophy range at Sephoras, for $48(USD/CAD) and $64(SGD), or the Philosophy site in the UK for £37.