Full disclosure: this was a Philosophy Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel giveaway post I've tweaked because the giveway is over (congratulations to our lucky winners; thanks so much for your entries!). Now it's just all about the Philosophy Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel and how it works.
Launched earlier in early 2015, this while-you-were-sleeping skin-smoothing set is a clever addition to Philosophy's excellent lineup of peel formulas. This two-step system reinforces one of the most important (aside from daily sunscreen) skincare strategies: balance increased exfoliation with a boost in hydration. Over time and without irritation, dry patches will vanish and makeup will sit more naturally on your skin.
how the philosophy microdelivery overnight anti-aging peel works
The Philosophy Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel ($89 CAN at sephora.ca and $82 US at sephora.com) is essentially an exfoliating toner and sleep-mask duo kit. Step One is a liquid solution that contains a mild blend of glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid, all of which help lollygagging dead skin cells flake off faster than they would without a push. Like a toner, the peel solution is meant to be wiped over the skin with a cotton pad (the kit includes a supply).
Step Two, of course, goes on after skin has absorbed Step One. Modelled after Korean sleep-mask formulas, the Youth-Extending Night Gel is a lightweight hydrator with a high water content plus silicone to prevent moisture evaporation from your skin as you sleep.
For years I kept my problem skin clear and smooth with a Neostrata Level One 8% glycolic-acid toner in my skincare routine, after cleansing and before moisturizer, twice a day. Step One in the Philosophy Microdelivery Overnight Peel feels like a milder formula, gentle enough for skin that leans toward sensitive. Instructions recommend using it two or three times per week; I used it several nights in a row, along with Step Two, without irritation.
If Philosophy decided to release the Step One of this kit as a stand-alone, I'd use it the same way I used my Neostrata Level One glycolic toner (now called Neostrata Purifying Solution), before whatever day or night moisturizer I happen to be using. I don't really need the sleep mask, although I applaud Philosophy's marketing and packaging strategy: pairing the toner with a sleep mask slots that exfoliation step neatly into the "Things To Do At Night When UV Rays Are Sleeping Too" category. That means your morning is for applying a Vitamin C or antioxidant serum for extra UV protection before moisturizer and sunscreen. Nicely organized.
Have you tried this Philosophy Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel, or any other Philosophy peel or product? xo