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Philosophy Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution

What it is:A miraculously effective age-fighting treatment that delivers high-performance retinoid (HPR) formula on single-use pads.What it is formulated to do:This fresh-pour, skin-restoring elixir is formulated with next-generation HPR technology that supports the natural process of surface-cell turnover without causing irritation. Loaded with antioxidants, skin conditioners, and soothing agents, this multitasking blend delivers results that can be seen within as little as one week. Just pour the solution over the single-use pads for easy application. Discover new skin-confidence as wrinkles and discoloration fade to reveal flawless clarity and healthy radiance.This set contains:- 2.0 oz Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Solution- 60 Pads Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid TreatmentWhat it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Petrochemicals- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:HPR works fast to deliver all of the skin benefits of a retinoid, with less potential for irritation. Its unique combination of HPR, vitamins C and E, and natural botanicals (including green tea extract) improve antiaging results and user tolerance, making this treatment suitable for all skin types. The formula helps smooth rough texture and restores a healthy glow while supporting natural collagen and minimizing the look of enlarged pores. This formula is allergy tested, free of propylene glycol, and is not tested on animals.Research results:In an independent clinical study, subjects reported:- After one week: noticeable results in smoothness and clarity- After four weeks: visibly reduced discoloration and dullness- After eight weeks: significant improvement in the appearance of wrinkles and pore size- 92% of subjects reported improvement in overall signs of aging
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Questions & Answers for Philosophy Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution

Question
I purchased these pads yesterday and I am excited to use them, however the box does not tell you how many times to use the pad over your face.
Do I swipe the pad over my face more than once or only one time?
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
alie621
(New York, New York)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
7 answers
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answer 1
Never reuse a pad - that said, you can 1) cut them in half, 2) leave the solution in the bottle, dab it on the pads individually and after you run out of Philosophy pads (which you will, while still having a good portion of solution remaining) buy pads w/ similar texture, or 3) make your solution last for months and months by applying directly w/ your fingers... granted, you don't get the exfoliation you get w/ the pads (and it is less sterile, though washing your fingers well beforehand should keep things bacteria-free), but you also don't waste loads of solution by over saturation of pads. I've been buying the starter kit over and over again and found out the first time that pouring the whole bottle at once over the pads really wasted a lot of this precious product. I use the finger method and am very pleased w/ the results.

Another suggestion - Philosophy's Help Me, which I find to be stronger, allows for way more control of amount and distribution.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
sosomoto
(skokie, IL)
answer 2
I use one pad over my entire face. I do multiple swipes with the same pad in that one use. Then throw away the pad.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
locsluv
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 3
just go over area once
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
chz123
(chicago)
answer 4
I swipe at least twice over my entire face and neck area. I also swipe it on the back of my hands and my elbows.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
mylie2
(Wakefield Ma)
answer 5
These are the PM pads, there are also AM pads. I wouldn't recommend using the PM two times per day.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lagel
(Clearwater, FL)
answer 6
I swipe the pad over my face and neck repeatedly, until its dry. I try to use every ounce of this stuff:)
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
clairetherese
(Lincoln, NE)
answer 7
use 1 pad every night and swipe it all over your face. After you swipe the entire face, you can also use the pad on the back of your hand. It will help to smooth your hands.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
coincoin
(dayton, ohio)
Question
Does this work on acne marks/scars?
I was just wondering if anyone had any good results with this on post-acne red marks or shallow scarring? It seems like it would work if it gets rid of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but I didn't come across a review that said anything about acne marks.
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
autumnstorm
(Pittsburgh, PA)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
It has lightened them for me, although it did also cause a minor breakout in the beginning (however that is a very common reaction to retinoids). My skin looked great the first week, broke out the second, and cleared again by the fourth. If you can tolerate that then it's well worth using because my skin is looking fantastic now.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
badgemash
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 2
YES, it fades them over few days, that was main reason I bought this. Also makes pores look smaller, and my sun spots disappearing! Fast results.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
bigslacker666
(Tahoe, NV)
answer 3
I have almost completed this regimen and have noticed great improvements in my acne scars and redness. My right cheek had the worst of it and is almost gone. I suffered from moderate (but what felt like severe) acne for about 2 years and this product has almost completely diminished all signs of it. I used this at night with the micro delivery scrub and in the morning i used purity made simple, with hope in a jar and a prescribed acne treatment called benzaclin. The philosophy rep at Sephora recommended I help maintain results from this program with help me.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
kellocopter
(Keller, TX)
answer 4
I asked the Skincare specialist at Sephora a few days ago. I am currently on prescription Retin-A and my skin has improved nicely. But I can't tolerate the peeling and after affects. I have shallow scars here and there and some redness/uneven skintone. I asked if this would help like the Retin-A has helped me and she said YES, but at a slower pace than prescription retinol. (obviously). Hope that helps!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
msmonica
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 5
I sometimes get reddened or bluish marks where I've had a blemish (and it's not always from a bad one, which seems unfair). I unfortunately have five such marks which have been there for about 6 weeks now. Two are almost gone and I am seeing good lightening of the others from Miracle Worker. I had been using other products to no avail, so I have high hopes for this one. I've had a number of good benefits from Miracle Worker and this is one that I really appreciate.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
devotedyogi
(Frederick, MD)
answer 6
For two weeks I have used it on my hands (I don't have any acne marks on my face right now), and some old scars from cat scratches are fading nicely. And I am extrememly fair so EVERYTHING shows up.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
m3phist023
(Folsom, CA)
Question
Do you pour the entire bottle over pads?
Am i supposed to pour the whole bottle of solution over all the pads or just use it on 1 pad at a time?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
I was told to take out half of the pads form the jar, fill it with half of the product from the brown bottle then put the remaining pads back inside the jar and add the rest of the product from the brown bottle. That way every pad gets the product in it.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
geanie
(granada hills,ca)
answer 2
Pour the whole bottle in and routinely turn the container of pads over to ensure the product is evenly distributed. I then added some water to the "empty" bottle and use the residue on my arms and hands. It's too expensive to use a fresh pad on my arms, but I love how the product is erasing the sun damage on my face. I'm seeing the same benefit on my arms and hands!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
diannah
(Amherst NY)
answer 3
yes, pour the entire bottle over the pads. Make sure to use it once a day at night and use within 90 days.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
steph51027
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 4
Yes, pour the whole bottle over the pads. Make sure to keep the plastic inner lid. The two lids keep the pads from drying out.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
tifkin
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 5
Pour it all
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
wyndolyn
(Berea, KY)
answer 6
ya, just pour the entire bottle into the container with the pads.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
skinlove1
(augusta, ga)
Question
instructions for use
I recently bought the miracle worker kit, that had these two products, plus the moisturizer and anti aging concentrate.

to my surprise, there were no instructions on how to use the products . two bottles explained how to use, but nothing explained when or how to use all four in conjunction with each other. do i use at night, day , after cleansing? no idea, now i have four expensive bottles of stuff and no idea if im using them right
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
lisadoyle
(Seattle Washington)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
During the day, what is the order to using the sunscreen? Actually I am using the anti-age concentrate first, them the moisturizer and finally the sunscreen...Is that correct?
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
temisa
(Cabarete, Puerto Plata)
answer 2
Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Concentrate:
-Use morning and/or evening.
-Apply 1-2 pumps to clean, dry skin prior to moisturizer.

Miracle Worker Retinoid Pads:
-Nighttime use only.
-Pour the entire bottle of miraculous anti-aging retinoid solution into the container of pads before the first use. discard bottle.
-Wipe pad over face and back of hands 7 nights a week.
-Always apply sunscreen in the morning, even on a cloudy day.
-Use one pad nightly for optimal results.
-The tinted bottle and fresh-pour system maintain the stability of the retinoid. A stable retinoid is important for maximum benefit.

Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer:
-Use morning and/or evening.
-Apply after cleansing and treatment as a nighttime or daytime moisturiz
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
nikkifuel
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 3
I agree - they have a very confusing "directions" information packet. With no SPF, I'd never use for daytime
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
lhb2
(Cleveland, OH)
answer 4
O.O.P (order of operations) is this: Pour bottle over pads and recap pads. Evening process is #1 Wash face and dry. #2 wipe one pad all over face (avoiding eyes) and I even continue it on my hands and décolleté. #3 Spread the serum thinly on face (avoiding eyes). #4 apply moisturizer. #5 REMEMBER to use sunscreen every morning rain or shine! I have had great success with these products. Good Luck!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tanglefoot
(Santa Cruz, CA)
answer 5
You use the pads every night after cleansing your face. At first you may need to use every other night to give your skin a chance to adjust to the retinoid. Then you use the solution and finally the moisturizer. serum and moisturizer only in morning. If you have sensitive skin, as I do, you might want to use the serum only at night and moisturizer only in morning. I love it!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
chrisb908
(Danbury, CT)
answer 6
I was also surprised to find that there were no directions for using this product. It took me awhile to figure out you had to pour the solution over the pads. I used it morning and night after cleansing my face. I would wait about five minutes, then apply the Miracle Worker anti-aging moisturizer. I got great results.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
iluvdogs
(Hamburg, NY)
Question
Miracle Worker Solution
Why is it necessary to pour the bottle over the pads as opposed to just pouring on each individual pad each night?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
1Loralei
(Clifton Park, NY)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
I think using a little of the liquid each night would result in uneven distribution. The liquid does tend to pool around the bottom of the jar, so I simply tip over the closed jar for a few second to redistribute the liquid through the pads. It works well.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
hazyd
(W. Lebanon, NH)
answer 2
Well...if you just pour the liquid on each individual pad every time you use it instead of pouring the entire bottle over the pads in the jar....you might not have enough to go on all the pads by the time you get almost to the end of the pads in the jar...then you would have a lot of extra pads left over...but I tend to agree with you on putting the liquid on each pad as you use it though...it seems it would keep the "liquid" fresher!! I guess what ever works for you is what is the best!!!:)
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
vtpj
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
answer 3
I think it would be difficult to thoroughly soak each pad without wasting product. I even turn my jar upside down before opening to assure a full saturation.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
tanglefoot
(Santa Cruz, CA)
answer 4
That way you will saturate all the pads..What I did was pour half of the bottle on the pads, then I switch them so the other half on the bottom is now on the top, and I pour the rest of the solution. that way I feel like they get the same amount of saturation..Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
souzi
(Chicago)
answer 5
I think you'll have more even distribution by pouring it all at once.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
wyndolyn
(Berea, KY)
answer 6
each pad gets just the right amount of product. they are not meant to be wet.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
dids23
(tampa, fl.)
Question
Pads....
This seems like a silly question, but do the pads contain anything special ingredient-wise or are they simply pads? Just want to stretch out the solution as much as possible and the answer to this question just might help....
asked 3 years ago
sosomoto
(skokie, IL)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
just pads. cut the pads in half before adding solution to extend the product.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
chz123
(chicago)
answer 2
The pads are just pads but they do have a smooth side and an little rougher side to exfoliate. You pour the entire bottle of liquid which contains the retinol over the pads the first time you open the pads. I also alternate putting the jar upside down and right side up but make sure the cap is on tight.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
mylie2
(Wakefield Ma)
answer 3
Don't know about special ingredients, but, the "honeycomb" texture on one side and weave on the other provide for a mix of feel good final cleansing. Your skin will be ready for your evening moisturizer!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lagel
(Clearwater, FL)
answer 4
In case it wasn't clear below - I do not re-use pads, I use both sides in one application. Probably unnecessary to mention, but wanted to mention it in case it was confusing.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
sosomoto
(skokie, IL)
answer 5
Hello and thanks for the answer... I've had the set for over a month now and have an abundance left. As a compulsively frugal person, I decided to cut the pads in thirds (using both sides) and then dab them with the solution each time I use them, leaving the solution in the bottle until my next use. I've really stretched out the solution this way and have seen great results. I agree that reusing a pad is a no-no as - even after exfoliating and washing my face - the pads pick up dirt that washing can't completely clean away. By the way, I also got a sample of the Miracle Worker Anti-Aging eye cream - OH MY GOD! It's a winner. I also only use the M.W. products at bedtime and use the Murad Sun Undone kit for day (minus the spot removing gel, which I use every few days and works like a DREAM). Thanks again for the response!!!!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
sosomoto
(skokie, IL)
answer 6
The pads are just pads. You pour the solution over the pads and use each pad once. Use it simular to a cleansing pad. Wash your face as normal then use the pads before your moisturizing routine. I wouldn't recommend using the pads more than once as they do tend to remove extra dirt and impurites that the cleanser misses so reusing it would be kinda ewwww.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
alaskandoll
(anchorage alaska)
Question
Do you leave this on or wash off
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
yeknom
(san francisco,CA)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
6 answers
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answer 1
You leave it on. It seems a bit light but oily, and is absorbed very quickly.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
jojod33
(New Milford, PA)
answer 2
Clean your face first..then rub the pad on your face..I use it on both sides then on my neck before tossing...then I apply moisturizer....Miracle Worker
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Terasoki
(Galloway, OH)
answer 3
After you apply this, wait 5 minutes or so and moisturize as usual.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
mytwins
(Laurel Hollow, NY)
answer 4
Since this is a "nighttime product", I apply it after cleansing my face, and I do leave it on until morning, when I wash it off.
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answered 1 year, 10 months ago
snoozin
(Northridge, CA)
answer 5
Leave it on after application....your skin will absorb it and dry quickly.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
loriaustin
(Orange County, CA)
answer 6
Leave it on. It will soak in quickly. Do NOT rinse it off! I NEVER miss a day using this product. It provides fabulous results.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
auntnana
(Twin Cities, MN)
Question
How does this differ from Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads?
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
CasiaJ
(Chicago, IL)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
5 answers
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answer 1
I use both PTR Unwrinkle Pads (in the morning) and Philosophy Miracle Worker Pads (at night). They are different in that the PTR pads are a mild glycolic acid solution, which I use mostly for mild surface exfoliation and help with occasional breakouts. The Miracle Worker pads have retinol as the exfoliant, but it has a different exfoliating mechanism, plus they do more (in my opinion) for signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles. My skin is normal-to-sensitive and this combo works fine w/o irritation, but some mornings if I am feeling dry then I just skip the UnWrinkle pads...
I'm 40 with good skin condition, still combo skin with some oiliness in T-zone. I have used Miracle Worker since it came out (maybe a couple of years??), but stopped use a couple of times bc I wasn't sure of the benefit...I've always returned bc the Miracle Worker pads do make my skin smoother, more even toned and glow-y. Miracle Worker pads are a must-have for me, whereas the PTR Unwrinkle pads are a nice-to-have but-not-necessary for me : )
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
book14me
(Nashville TN)
answer 2
This is so much better! I used PTR and basically it is delicate exfoliator. With retinol pads you see all marks and spots disappear. Retidoids are stronger and you will see better results faster. I used glycolic and lactic acid (55%) for months, and with Philosophy retinol pds already see better results after 2 weeks!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
bigslacker666
(Tahoe, NV)
answer 3
miracle worker contains retinol while PTR contains acids.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mgonzalez128
(Miami, FL)
answer 4
Wow forgive me but the easist way to answer this question is philosophy works....PTR did NOTHING for me. I have tried PTR line, I have thoroughly exfoliated just short of rubbing my little face on the concrete and PTR line just didnt work. I highly recommend philosophy. You have nothing to lose by trying it...give it a try and see what you think.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
nascargirl
(State of mind)
answer 5
Let me clarify my question ... I know they're applied differently, but does anyone have any experience with the outcome, or knowledge to compare the ingredients, etc. Thanks.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
CasiaJ
(Chicago, IL)
Question
I am 52 and have oily skin with tendency breakouts and some scarring. Would this work for me?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
puertorriquen
(San Juan, Puerto Rico)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
5 answers
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answer 1
As far as the breakout part, they're not lying in the description about the "unclogs pores" part, I broke out around the second week and it continued for around 10 days. But once that was over with I noticed that the dark marks from some older breakouts were gone as well as a lot of sun damage, I can't remember my skin ever looking as even toned as it does now. I would warn against using the MW moisturizer with the pads though if you already have oily skin. I have quite dry skin and find that it's a bit too much for me.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
badgemash
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 2
made me break out after about 3 weeks of use
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
ral14
(new york, NY)
answer 3
Absolutely! Maybe after few days you can get some breakouts (I didn't notice nothung unusual, but retinol is great for people with acne problems! It increases the rate of skin turnover.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
bigslacker666
(Tahoe, NV)
answer 4
Hi im 32 and never had breakouts until now!since i've been using m.w i have had no problems with breakouts,mabe one or two here in there but thats it.I know a really good product for blemishes,but this wont work for blackheads though,i'ts called BYE BYE BLEMMISH! i FOUND IT IN A GROCERY STORE THEY SAY THE STARS USE THIS STUF,AND LET ME TELL YOU ,IT IS A MIRACLE WORKER,LOL..SO YOU SHOULD BE O.K.,BUT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. I HOPE THIOS HELPS,AND GOOD LUCK.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
pink77
(BRADENTON,FLORIDA)
answer 5
I think it will. I have breakouts and acne scaring and it has improved the clarity of my skin and i havent had a break out since. I have oily skin too.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
fashionista86
(atlanta)
Question
I am 29 years old, would this be a good product for me?
I do have dark spots but I am only 29. Is this the kind of product that I would have to keep using for the rest of my life?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
lovelywarri
(albany ny)
on Miracle Worker™ Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution
5 answers
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answer 1
Usually when I have that problem with a product their may be something in it that I have an allergy to. That could be it. Check the ingredients and see if any are related to anything that may trigger seasonal allergies in you.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Apostoliclady
(Schenectady, NY)
answer 2
Unfortunatly, dark spots don't just go away on their own, and even if you find a great product to lighten them, they'll come back gradually if you stop using the product. This product is good for dark spots (cut the pads in half after you pour the liquid on them. That'll cut down on the cost). There are also many other products for dark spots, you just have to find the one(s) you like the best. Only laser treatment gets rid of them for good, though.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
waywardbeth
(Farmington, NY)
answer 3
My sunspots have gone away but once I stopped using the pads, they came back. My skin however stayed clear.

For permanent removal of freckles or sunspots, you probably have to see a Dr. for laser removal. That is the only I know of that would be permanent.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
sunshine2020
(Ral, NC)
answer 4
I'm 30, and I have really noticed that my skin looks smoother and more even after about 4 weeks of using this product. I am now at about 85 days and it is still working. I plan on using it forever!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
crose81
(Visalia, CA)
answer 5
Totally! I just turned 30 and have sun spots from running track in my teens and only have used it for a couple of days and it's already working! I would absolutely recommend it.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
diamondlex
(Seattle, WA)
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