Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment Duo


While applying makeup masks to my friends’ faces for Halloween, I realized just how dry everyone’s skin felt. I started preaching the gospel of moisturizing, and everyone confessed to not doing it as often as I would like them to (twice a day), particularly at night—which is when I cover my face in a quarter-inch layer of oil, face cream, and eye cream. “My face is too greasy,” one friend protested. **Puts head in hands**

Friends, readers, reader-friends: I believe honesty is the best policy. Look, I’m not a dermatologist, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that most of my friends’ skin is “greasy” because it’s overproducing oil in reaction to being dehydrated. And that's advice I wish someone had given me sooner. So does Nick Axelrod. Want to know the best anti-aging trick a beauty editor can offer? MOISTURIZE, then watch the hands of time reverse. I’m not kidding—my skin looks younger, plumper, and healthier now than it did four years ago. Join us.

And here’s what I’ll be buying my pals for Whatever They Celebrate in December: Philosophy’s Full of Promise Treatment Duo day and night cream. This dual-sided tube has a little sun and moon symbol on its respective sides so you guys really can’t screw it up. And they’re both gel-based moisturizers, which mean they won't leave a trace of grease on your epidermis (right, Amy Odell?). The creamy white day version absorbs into your skin super fast, making it feel silky, more elastic, but still clean. Then, at night, the clear, serum-like gel sits a little heavier on the skin, and makes it feel like velvet, not wet or slick. It’s the same feeling I get when I use Eve Lom Age Defying Smoothing Treatment Capsules, and those are double the price (but are also amazing). If you feel you need to hydrate even more, I’m happy to continue recommending. But this is your fool-proof start.

—Mackenzie Wagoner

Photos by Mathea Millman.

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  • Emma and Emily

    Still trying to convince my brother and boyfriend to moisturise.. Its a very hard bridge to cross with boys. Trying to find the perfect moisturiser that they won't call 'greasy' or 'sticky' is proving difficult too!

    • ITGMackenzie

      You're a good friend. This one is a good start-- it's also unscented, so it shouldn't scare anyone off. The men I know seem to also love Kiehl's Facial Fuel line because it looks super masculine.
      Best of luck!



      • ManlyMan

        As a manly man who likes his skin looking his best, I can attest to this statement. I'm a big supporter of Kiehls.

  • The Grits

    Thank you for writing this post. I have been on the hunt for a day cream and night cream - perfect timing.

  • Lana

    I am 21 years old and have always thought I had the greasiest, most pore clogged skin, but since I have learned the virtues of moisturizing and Pai serum-using, my skin is glowing, AS IT SHOULD on a 21 year old! I spent years drying out my skin with face washes and anti-oil treatments, which not only made my skin feel tight and older, but it also contributed to the production of my pores over producing oil! I am really fortunate to have realized this now, as the best anti-age treatment really is prevention. Thank you for this, ITG, I guess I am not alone in my moisturize-preaching ! xx

    • Shara

      Hey! I was seriously just thinking the same the other day (the whole my-skin-is-oily-because-it-is-dehydrated thing). I'm determined to add a better moisturiser and/or serum to my routine, so I'm doing some research of sorts.

      Since you also have oily skin, what products do you use, if I may know?

  • Brianne

    Drink lots of water too. Moisturize from the inside.

  • Gina

    I was just having a conversation about this with a friend of mine. This is the advice every teen magazine (and my female relatives) never gave me. Every beauty section should have said three things only: moisturize, put sunscreen everywhere including face and hands even if you won't burn, and go to the derm for cystic acne.

    It took me until I was 25 to realize that there's no reason to assume that the skin on my face was any different from that on the rest of my body (really dry) and that it would be much happier if I used something other than cetaphil on it. That said, it then took me the next two years to figure out something that would not clog my pores or give me a rash (combination of derma e serums and dr. jart ceramidin)

  • Nita

    So many people are unaware about the importance of moisturizing for all skin types, and I was also one of them awhile back. I used to have oily skin, but after I began properly moisturizing, it's less oily and more healthier!

  • Chantel

    This product sounds amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Carrie_Pichel

    It took me until I was 20 and made my first magical trip to the place I consider to be the happiest place on earth, Barneys, to learn the importance of moisturizing. Struggling with blemishes for years I was constantly drying out my skin in the hopes of getting rid of every bit of oil that could be causing my breakouts. A sweet SA suggested I moisturize more and gave me a sample of facial oil (gasp!!) I was sure this woman was high on something because the last thing my face needed was OIL - it was my worst nightmare! After she explained to me that what I was doing was actually causing my blemishes it was like I had "seen the light". For the past 7 years I have been an avid moisturizer and my skin has never looked better. Still occasional blemishes of course but a night and day difference.

    • Neelam

      which products do you use?

  • Cat

    Yes, yes yes to this pos t@ITGMackenzie:disqus! I have combination skin and I really need to amp up the moisturizing. A few days ago I stole some night cream from my mom and my skin felt glorious. I need to find the right product, though.

  • Amanda Raponi

    ITG! My office is sucking the moisture out of my face every day. What can I do to add moisture throughout the day? By 10am my forehead feels so tight and dry.

    • ITGMackenzie

      Hi @amandaraponi:disqus

      My suggestion would be to amp up your moisturizing routine (try mixing an oil or serum in with your daily moisturizer), keep eye drops at your desk, invest in a personal humidifier (depending on your company, this may be something you can expense), and drink a lot of water. Good luck this winter!



    • MissWix

      you can also press a few drops of oil into your skin throughout the day, even over makeup. don't use an Evian spray or anything like that. the water sprays will actually dry you out more. x

      • Amanda Raponi

        Thanks for the help guys! Got a personal humidifier today, and I'm going to put a few drops of oil into my moisturizer. Already using hydraluron @disqus_8SFn65GXev:disqus, it's THAT dry! I was wary of the sprays as well, I think they dry skin out.

    • Morgan

      I would also suggest trying Estee Lauder's night repair. Don't let the name fool you...I know many Estee Lauder employees who use it under their moisturizer in the morning, mix it in with their foundation, and apply it at night. You can also apply it mid-day to brighten your makeup and re-moisturize!

      Good luck! Dry offices are the ultimate skin challange.

      • Amanda Raponi

        Good idea, @87255fd95c74c32c7c14b8da146d0e1d:disqus! I'm already using that at night so I'll give it a try! Thanks!

  • Product Love

    I thought I should mention that this product is more for really mature skin, as in, not fine lines but where the skin feels loose or sunken in because of the lack of elasticity in the skin, depleted collagen, etc. It's really more for a 50+ client. That being said, being proactive when it comes to anti-aging is good either way but it wouldn't be my first Philosophy product choice for anyone 40s and younger.

  • Guest

    Thought I would include the ingredients:

    Morning Treatment Cream: Water, Glycerin,
    Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl
    Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Macadamiate,
    Squalane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Kigelia
    Africana Fruit Extract, Tropolone, Cocoyl Pentapeptide-9, Glutathione,
    Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkyl Methacrylate Copolymer,
    Chondrus Crispus Extract, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-9, Jojoba Esters,
    Beta-Glucan, Tocopherol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 60,
    Tocopheryl Acetate, Sclerotium Gum, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol,
    Arginine, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose,
    Lysolecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Malic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Alcohol
    Denat., Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl

    Night Treatment Cream: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone
    Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hexyldecanol, Tetrahexyldecyl
    Ascorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethoxydiglycol, Oryza
    Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Kigelia
    Africana Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Camellia Sinensis Leaf
    Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Laureth-4,
    Cyclohexasiloxane, Water, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,
    Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Stearalkonium
    Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate

    ... I did the usually stripping of the skin during my teens and started getting cystic acne in my twenties for a bunch of reasons, but switching my skincare helped. Rosehip oil, Juice beauty serum, Aesop gel, Mario Badescu cleanser and toner. And argan oil. It's not totally clean, and I doubt it ever will be, but something a little cleaner than the product recommended here might be better for people needing to actually moisturise their skin and not bandaid the problem.

  • ITGMackenzie

    Hi @cc8661c3108d2d83bbdd89f3442be8ad:disqus,
    I think this is a great heat-friendly, light-weight, non-greasy moisturizer. It won't make your skin feel cloaked in cream or oil, but it should help your dry skin. If you end up trying it, please let me know what you think.

  • Eren

    I can't believe I didn't hear about this sooner! I am guilty of not moisturizing as often as I should especially during colder months. Thanks for sharing!


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