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Before applying serum, cleanse face and neck with philosophy’s purity made simple cleanser.


Birchbox Breakdown

It might not contain a genie, but this little bottle contains the next best thing (sorry, not Jake Gyllenhaal): a serum that both reverses and prevents the signs of aging. A signature blend of natural extracts and antioxidants reduce the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and pores, resulting in a smoother, clearer, more youthful-looking complexion.

How it Works

The unique formula contains a breakthrough DNA renewal complex that supports healthy DNA function, promoting skin’s natural renewal and protection processes. The vitamin c8 activator works with the DNA renewal complex to protect skin from damage and environmental stress, helping to delay and repair damage caused by aging. The serum and activator aren’t mixed until prior to the first use, ensuring the highest level of activity and potency.

How to Use

Before first use, pour the entire vial of vitamin c8 activator into the serum and fasten pump to the bottle. Shake well for 20 seconds, until the serum turns light pink. Morning and night, apply a small amount of serum to clean, dry skin, avoiding contact with eyes. Follow with moisturizer, if needed. For the best results, use within three months of mixing.

Water, dimethicone, alcohol denat., bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethylsilane, cyclopentasiloxane, peg-8, butylene glycol, polyethylene, glycerin, dimethiconol, methoxy peg-18, camellia sinensis leaf extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, pongamia pinnata seed extract, angelica archangelica root extract, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) peel extract, punica granatum fruit extract, plankton extract, ptfe, bifida ferment lysate, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, squalane, ascorbyl palmitate, silica dimethyl silylate, tocopherol, polysorbate 60, lecithin, sclerotium gum, hydrolyzed soy flour, retinyl palmitate, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, micrococcus lysate, bacillus ferment, magnesium aluminum silicate, maltodextrin, trisodium edta, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, disodium edta, sodium phosphate, sodium hydroxide, potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, sorbic acid, adenosine, sodium benzoate, citric acid, parfum/fragrance, 1,2-hexanediol, silica, xanthan gum, ascorbic acid, lactic acid, sodium chloride, alcohol, acetic acid, phenoxyethanol, bht, mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891).

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so far so good

I just started using this product and seems to be working pretty good for now. I'm excited to see the results in a few months. They said they can see the changes under a special light. Just need to find where they have one.

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I received this as a sample from Philosophy and was blown away by how smooth it made my skin feel! This has made my list of future must have products. I gave the gel-like-serum about 3 minutes to soak into my skin before covering with my regular moisturizer and sunscreen. My face felt so soft and smooth, had to remind myself not to touch my face through out the day! I'll be stocking up my BirchBox points to purchuse this eventually, too expensive otherwise.

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One of the better serums around

Now using my second bottle of this serum. I can see a difference in the texture and hydration of my skin. Not sure if it's helping the heavier wrinkles but makeup seems to go on better.

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In love

I love this product. I love the way philosophy smells, feels and works. The best!! Helps with dark spots and evening tone.

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Expected better

I initially tried this product as a sample from Ulta while I was also using When Hope is not Enough serum (also from Philosophy). My skin was looking fabulous---dewy, fresh, and bright---and with all the great reviews on here I definitely thought it was from this product. My own fault for not trying products separately, but when I ran out of the serum and continued using this product, I did not get the same results. It's not a bad product, but I am just not noticing a significant difference like I did with the serum....and for the hefty price on this I definitely expected more. I have since purchased When Hope is not Enough (from Ulta---it is not on this site unfortunately!) and I LOVE that serum!
For the price of this, I don't think it is worth it.

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Goes on well

This product goes on so smoothly. It feels sticky at first but quickly dries and pairs well with my moisturizer.

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This stuff's the bee's knees


I'm early 30s, so I have just the beginnings of some lines on my forehead that bother me a bit. Well, I HAD them.

I'm about 2/3 of the way through my first bottle. First of all, it lasts forever - it says on the box that it's "best" used in the first 3 months, and that's a needed warning, because I've already had mine longer than that (I only use it in the morning, though). No noticeable decline in effectiveness, though.

Secondly, the stuff WORKS. Those lines I mentioned? Gone. If I skip my facial routine for a few days or I get a little dehydrated and I and let my skin get over-dry you can start to notice them again, but overall they've basically vanished.

It's spendy, yes, but totally worth it.

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Worthless product

Don't waste your time or money on this product. I have used the entire bottle EXACTLY as directed (and wear sunscreen daily) and notice no difference in my skin . My two main reasons for trying this product were mild-medium dark spots and some rough patches. Neither concern was even slightly improved. Do not waste your time or money on this product

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the best serum

One of the only things I use on my face, keeps me looking young and have recommended it to others. Also feels great, wonderful texture.

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My favorite serum

So I may be a bit of a philosophy junkie. I've been using their products for almost 10 years. But this was a game-changer for me. I bought a full-sized product when it was released and didn't regret the expense for a minute. About a week after full time use I started to get complements on the evenness and youthfulness of my complexion.
I ran out about a month ago and haven't had a chance to order a new bottle yet (I've been supplementing with other products to get me by) and I can tell. My skin still looks good, but the time in a bottle really elevates my skin to a new level.

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