Today it’s time for another skincare post. I believe it has already been two months since I bought the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturiser. For years I’ve been a huge fan of the Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleanser, so I thought why not try the moisturiser? Well, that’s exactly what I did. I started using it. I’ve been using it everyday, day and night for the past couple of months now. By now I do think I have a pretty clear view of what my opinions are regarding this moisturiser. So in today’s post it’s time for the review. If you’re interested in finding out how I like this moisturiser, make sure you continue reading this post!
Let’s start off with the packaging shall wel? The Purity Made Simple Moisturiser comes in a white box with a lot of text on it. When you open it up this bottle reveals itself. It’s a bottle made out of demi-matte clear plastic and the little pump on top and the cap are white. Through the transparent part of the bottle you can see the product that is inside. I do like that they offer this option, because it allows you to keep track of how much product is left inside the bottle.
Anyway, the bottle is decorated with black text in all kinds of sizes and shapes. All in all it says what this is, what brand it is from and what its main goal is. I like the look of the text on the bottle. It does really remind me of Philosophy’s style and I’m a fan of this style. It’s very simple but somehow it also looks very professional and pretty. I don’t know why. Anyway, the bottle has a very decent size as well. It comes with a total of 141 ml of product. That’s a pretty weird amount, but it’s a lot. Regular moisturisers come with 30-50 ml so 141 is a lot. I’m really happy about that!
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturiser 141 ml – €25,85
Okay, having discussed that let’s start diving into the product. From my experience the Purity Made Simple range from Philosophy is a range that is mild to the skin but that works really well for rather oily skin types. According to Philosophy this moisturiser is for all skin types, even sensitive ones. They say that it gives you the experience of the power of purity moisture and that it will give you instant healthy and radiant skin. It should be ultra-lightweight and the moisturiser is supposed to leave your skin looking dewy and smooth with less-visible pores, pure and restored to its ideal state.
Within their claims they also make some statements about the effects of this moisturise in time. They say that your skin immediately feels like it has been reset after using this product. In addition to that it claims that it keeps the skin hydrated for 24 hours and that in just 3 days you’ve got makeup-optimal skin. After 7 days the skin is supposed to look young and healthy like the skin you were born with.
All of these amazing effects are caused by a blend of vitamins c & e derivates, exclusive green tea antioxidant complex, meadowfoam seed oil and cold-pressed chia seed oil.
Recently I read a post from Evelien from Ohmylush.nl about hydrating/nourishing products. In her post she described in a very easy-to-understand way that it’s actually impossible for a product to actually hydrate the skin. You should really read the post to understand the ins and outs about it, but in other words: something can’t really be hydrating. It can make your skin feel more supple and hydrated, and that’s definitely something this moisturiser does, but it won’t really add moisture to the skin. Nothing will.
After finding out about the hydration thing I decided to dig a little deeper when it comes to the key ingredients of this product. After doing a little bit of research on Google I found out the following:
- Vitamin c & e derivates (tocopheryl acetate) – It’s often used for its anti-oxidant functions. This means that it protects your skin from free radicals. Especially when the vitamin E is combined with vitamin C, it could protect the skin from UV damage (source). There’s also some evidence that it enhances stratum corneum hydration and that it reduces roughness of the skin (source). The vitamin C should improve a more even skintone. According to Paula’s Choice’s Book both vitamin c & e are rated ‘best’.
- Green tea antioxidant complex – Green tea has many positive benefits, including for the skin. In general it has a calming effect. It should help for problems like dermatitis, rosacia but also for acne and skin aging. It has also been said that it improves the hydrating effect (source). Green tea is rated as ‘best’ in Paula’s Choice’s book.
- Meadowfoam seed oil – This ingredient can create a barrier thanks to which the skins natural moisture can be locked in and the skin will feel softer (source). Because this oil is very close to the composition of natural sebum it’s quickly absorbed into the skin and won’t leave a greasy layer (source).
- Cold-pressed chia seed oil – It is know for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It speeds up the healing process and it should be great for treating eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions (source). Aside from that it’s also rich in vitamin B3 and zinc, which balances oily skin and keeps the skin clear. It also is a non-greasy and lightweight oil, so it won’t leave a greasy layer behind (source).
Well I think that’s enough information for now. All in all the product does come with some very interesting ingredients. Looking at the purposes of the ingredients I do think this moisturiser will benefit all skin types, but because of the texture I do think it’s more suited for combination to oily skin types. If I would have had dry skin I’d much more prefer a more rich moisturiser than this one.
Looking at the texture you can tell that it is a pretty lightweight formula. It does actually feel pretty similar to the texture of the cleansers, just a little bit thicker. Because of the lightweight and rather fluid formula the moisturiser is really easy to blend into the skin. A little bit goes a very long way so two pumps are more than enough for my tiny head. After working the moisturiser into the skin you can really feel that the effects of the vitamin C & E derivates and the meadowfoam seed oil. My skin feels really moisturised and smooth. You can tell that it is locking in the moisture that’s already in your skin and that it makes your skin feel more supple. It also gets very smooth and soft which does actually create the perfect base for makeup, as they promised.
The thing I like about this moisturiser is that it does feel more hydrating than for example my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel but it doesn’t leave behind a greasy layer and it makes my skin feel just as smooth. I feel like it does keep that hydrating effect going all day long, until the moment I shower. After showering you can tell that the effects are totally gone, even after using it for a month. It’s not a surprise since it has hydrating effects but it doesn’t actually improve the hydration of the skin. But that is something I felt like was worth mentioning.
All in all I do feel like the moisturiser does its job well. It makes my skin feel comfortable and it does make sure my skin doesn’t look or feel dry. It does make my skin feel more smooth and that effect does improve over time. After using it a couple of weeks in a row I do feel like that effect isn’t temporary.
All in all I am very impressed by the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturiser. I did have pretty high expectations from it since I’m such a big fan of the cleanser. Luckily it didn’t disappoint. It is a moisturiser with a really nice texture that feels hydrating yet lightweight. I feel like the formula could work for all skin types, but I feel like it suits combination/oily skin the best. It’s a great product to create a more soft and smooth complexion and it creates the perfect base for a proper makeup look!
That was pretty much it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, and be sure to let me know what you think of this moisturiser and whether or not you’d use it!