Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment Review

Does It Really Help Get Rid of Wrinkles?

Retinol is a fabulous product that’s been clinically proven to reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles but if you’re one of the many people who’s sensitive to it, then you’ve been left on the outside of the anti-aging scene, looking longingly in.

You may finally be in luck! Philosophy, long known for products that work even on sensitive skin, offers their Help Me retinol night treatment cream that promises a younger look without the irritation of standard retinol treatments.

What Do They Claim?

According to Philosophy, their night cream (which won Allure’s Beauty Product of the Year Award) does three things:

  • reduses the appearance of large pores and clears clogged pores
  • minimizes fine lines without irritation
  • Improves skin discoloration
So you’re probably wondering how it does all of this without drying your skin out and causing irritation, because I sure am. Philosophy claims that their Hep Me retinol night treatment uses their patented microsponge system for gradual release of the retinol into your skin so that it’s not absorbed all at once, and is thus less irritating. You get the benefits of a retinol product without the peeling.

According to Philosophy’s product page, 100% of users saw smoother skin and improvement in fine lines in an 8-week independent clinical study.

Hmm. Interesting prospect and if the ingredients and user opinions back this up, I’ll be surprised if we don’t see similar products in other leading brands before too long.

What’s In It?

Help Me does indeed have retinol in it, and it’s high enough up the list that there’s a good chance that there’s enough to be effective. There are also some surprising ingredients including ascorbyl palmitate which is a form of vitamin C. Many people don’t realize that C is important in collagen synthesis, so it’s kind of an added bonus here.

There’s also vitamin E and other antioxidants, coconut oil derivatives, and emollients. Another good ingredient is cetyl ricinoleate, a fatty acid that’s used as a moisturizer and conditioning agent. It’s non-comedogenic and doesn’t clog your pores so it can help soothe your skin from the retinol without breaking you out.

There are some parabens and other not-so-natural ingredients in here, but nothing that’s not in 99% of your beauty products, and there are only a few.

What Are Users Saying?

As with practically all of Philosophy’s products, people love this product. In addition to reporting visible, substantial improvement in fine lines and enlarged pores, people are also reporting faded acne scars, sun damage, and age spots. Also, people prone to acne are seeing clearer skin in addition to everything else.

People with sensitive skin almost without exception report no problem with either breakouts, irritation, or peeling while using the Help Me retinol night cream.

Finally, skin texture is improved and the product is lightweight and non-greasy. One really cool thing that surprised me was that people who have uneven skin tones are reporting reduced redness. Usually just the opposite happens when you use retinol. Huh.

Apparently a small amount of Help Me goes a long way and even being used for face AND neck, you’ll get about a month out of the full-size product. If you’re only using it once a day on your face, you may get a couple of months’ use out of one tube.

Final Word

This is one of the few products that I’ve ever reviewed that had so many people who loved it and so few who hated it. As a matter of fact, even the handful of people who couldn’t use it mostly reported that they saw results but had to discontinue use for other reasons.

There were numerous folks with extremely sensitive skin who chimed in with glowing testimonials, and many said that it was the first retinol product that they’d found that didn’t cause extreme irritation, dryness, and/or breakouts.

My advice: even though it’s a bit pricey, try it!

If you’d like to try Philosophy’s Help Me retinol night treatment for about half of what you’re going to pay for it at a department store, click here.

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