Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads Review

True Wrinkle-Fighting, Spot-Reducing Power, or a Just a Glorified Face Pad?


Retinol is definitely an ingredient that you want in your age management arsenal but what if you can’t tolerate the traditional version of it?

Philosophy claims to have just what you’re looking for: Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads.

Supposedly, they’re more gentle and, because they’re in pad form, less messy to use than retinol creams.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at these pads to see if they deserve a spot on your vanity or whether you should just skip them.

What Do They Claim?

Philosophy claims that these pads use HPR (High Performance Retinoid) next generation technology along with antioxidants, skin conditioners and soothing agents to maximize skin rejuvenation without irritation. Specifically they reduce wrinkles and skin discoloration and improve skin tone and clarity.

Sounds pretty typical of a retinoid product, but what’s the difference between their pads and old-school retinol? According to them, the HPR that they use is designed to provide the same benefits of standard retinol without causing the irritation that’s typically associated with it. Fair enough. We’ll see what real users have to say about this claim in a bit.

What’s In It?

Again, Philosophy rocks because they list their ingredients openly. Their retinoid pads contain some really good elements, along with a few not-so-good.

The first few ingredients are just emollients and goo that makes it spread nicely but about the fifth ingredient in, it starts to get interesting. There’s a form of vitamin C that acts as an antioxidant, collagen stimulator and pigment inhibitor without the exfoliating or irritating properties of standard vitamin C.

The seventh ingredient is the one that we’ve been waiting on. Hydroxypinacolone retinoate is a gentler form of vitamin A (aka retinol) that’s usable by your skin exactly the way that it is.

There’s a ceramide in the mix too, and we know that they help with moisture retention and cell repair. Finally, there’s vitamin E and a couple of herbal soothing agents. Sounds like a great list!

I did mention a couple of bad ingredients too, though. They’re the preservatives in it and include laureth-4 and BHT. Both are irritants but they’re also listed as the last and 3rd to last ingredients in the retinoid pads, so there’s not much but they’re in there.

What Are Users Saying?

These pads are receiving top marks from nearly everybody. People use them on their hands as well as their faces and report softer, firmer skin, fewer wrinkles, reduced age spots and sun damage and just better, younger looking skin in general.

There are a few people who report that they don’t notice any difference but these women were almost without fail within the 31-35 year old age group. I have to wonder if perhaps they simply didn’t have enough damage and age-related decline to actually notice that the pads were making their skin look great.

Even people with extremely sensitive skin are using this product without any problems and there are even some forlks with rosacea chiming in with positive things to say about the retinoid pads.

Final Words

I’m not generally gung-ho about a product but after reviewing the ingredients and looking at what actual users are saying about them, I think that these pads are as good as they claim. The only problem is that they’re pretty pricey if you buy them as a separate product from the Philosophy website.

There are two ways that you can save some money:

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