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Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough

What it is:A lightweight, oil-free antioxidant serum with toning, firming, and antiwrinkle properties.What it is formulated to do:This multitasking treatment addresses a bevy of complexion concerns with powerful, targeted ingredients, leaving skin looking young and radiant. Pentapeptide-3 imparts elasticity, firmness, and lift while minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags and puffiness, and overall shadowy darkness. Glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E guard against free-radical damage, reduce signs of environmental damage, and prevent premature aging. Sodium hyaluronate lightly hydrates the skin. Chaparral extract minimizes unwanted facial hair. The revitalizing blend hydrates stressed and aging skin without adding oil.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Synthetic Fragrances- Synthetic Dyes- Phthalates- GMOs- TriclosanWhat else you need to know:Naturally occurring glutathione is the most abundant antioxidant in the human body it provides a crucial protective function and works against the aging process. Glutathione levels decrease with age and exposure to external stressors replenishing its levels helps the skin to take on a more youthful, vibrant appearance. Glutathione, and vitamins C and E are considered to be "network antioxidants" that work synergistically to provide the ultimate protection against environmental attack. This antioxidant-rich treatment does not contain propylene glycol.
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Questions & Answers for Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough

Question
For dry skin, can I get away with just using this without the moisturizer?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(WI)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
6 answers
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answer 1
I do use this serum alone on those super-humid days when you are going to sweat through anything. It soaks into your skin and doesn't feel like you have a layer on your face. But be careful about going out in the sun, there's no SPF in this.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
kpasa
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 2
You should ALWAYS use a moisturizer, whether your skin is oily or dry. Preferably something with a SPF in it. The sun is VERY damaging to your skin. Serums are "extras" for the skin usually worn under a moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
littledee
(Stansbury Park, UT)
answer 3
Absolutely not. This product is not a moisturizer replacement. I use a moisturizer with sunscreen afterwards. Also I receive the new beauty magazine and they recommend letting any serums sit on your skin for around 15 minutes before putting anything else on over it (like a moisturizer) There is a whole article about serums in there. Good reading if you have more questions on how to use it and what they do.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
tdmarsh
(somewhere, MN)
answer 4
I would probably have to say no to that question. I have the t-zone oily area but the rest of my face is dry so I have to use a moisturizer morning & night even though I use "When Hope Is Not Enough". The Hope in a Jar is a great moisturizer and the Hope is a Tube is great for your eyes & lips.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
kayleen
(Muskegon Michigan)
answer 5
not sure, I've been using a moisturizer right after, my face feels naked without.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
parquette
(Chicago)
answer 6
I would say no. I don't have dry skin, but even with my oily skin I used a moisturizer afterward. It's full of goodies to help skin texture and tone, but it's not moisturizing in itself.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
kaki81
(Corpus Christi, TX)
Question
Should i put moisturizer after it?
asked 6 years ago
Anonymous
(ny)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
5 answers
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answer 1
I use the serum in the morning, so my routine is that first I cleanse my face, then apply the When Hope Is Not Enough Serum, use moisturizer next, and finally finish with SPF sunscreen.
answered 2 months, 3 weeks ago
comeoneileen88
answer 2
Just talked to customer service rep today. She said to apply treatment first (retinol, pads, Vit c etc), WHINE serum 2nd and then moisturizer. So serum then moiturizer
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
blubird21
(Portland, OR)
answer 3
Yes. As a general rule, you should apply products from thinnest to thickest. I always mix this with something (C booster in the morning, or one of the philosophy "capsules" in the evening) followed by moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
earthgirl70
(Dallas, TX)
answer 4
Yes you can. At night, I put this on first, after washing my face with Purity Made Simple. I rub it in gently until it's completely absorbed. Then I apply my Hope in a Jar on top of it. It really works well. I think it's a synergistic effect with the Hope is Not Enough and the Hope in a Jar. Together, my skin looks great when I wake up in the morning. If I apply either one without the other, it's just not the same glow. In the morning, I do the same except I apply different moisturizer for day (higher SPF) and it is fine.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
sarabeth888
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Yes, you would put this on first, followed by moisturizer or SPF depending on time of day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
majiklab21
(Chapel Hill, NC)
Question
Which do I use first in the PM "When Hope is not enough or night time Retinol
after I cleans my skin do i use "when Hope is not enough or night time Retinol.
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
kiva8
(New York)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
The Advanced Makeup Optional kit suggested using the WHINE serum first, then Help Me and your moisturizer. If you are using MW pads instead of Help Me, those would go before the serum.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
karolynp
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 2
I would use Miracle Worker 1st, give it a couple minutes to soak in then apply When Hope is not Enough.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
AngalinaCC
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 3
use the retinol cream, the serum, and then moisture cream.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
Queenie2
(Fort Worth)
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How to Use it
This is my first Philosophy Product, I wonder what is the sequence of using it. I have been using shiseido and the way I was instructed to use the serum is after toner.
My daily step is Clean > Toner > serum > moisturizer.
I have read other reviews saying use this right after cleaning. So I am not sure if I will be using this serum first, then toner and moisturizer or following my regular steps.

Thanks!
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
SineadL
(San Francisco)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
I use it after toner as well...to me, my skin isn't fully clean until I use toner. I've had really good results!
answered 7 months ago
RNkelly
(Topeka, KS)
answer 2
I'd continue as you're doing; cleanse, tone, serum, moisturize. I think the toner would wash off the serum if you switch the order. Personally, I use the serum right before moisturizing, day and night.
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
areallulu
(Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
answer 3
Cleanser > Toner > Serum > Moisturizer is the right order. I would think those who apply it straight after cleansing do not use a toner. I tend to think that toner is not necessary if you follow a good cleansing routine. I skip toner, and put on serum like the philosophy one while skin is still damp - it helps seal in more moisture.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
tinabunny
(New York, NY)
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removes facial hair?
I love Philosophy products but haven't tried this one yet. It says it helps to remove unwanted facial hair. Has that worked for anyone here? if so could you let me know? Thanks! ;0)
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
lucy1515
(massachusetts)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
I've been using WHINE for about a year and, while I HAVE noticed lots of other benefits, reduced facial hair growth has not been one of them. It was one of the reasons I bought it to begin with. I'm a regular nanny goat. Ugh! This hasn't helped, but considering everything else it's done for me, I will continue to use it morning and night.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
earthgirl70
(Dallas, TX)
answer 2
It doesn't remove it--just makes it look finer and softer as it comes in.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
socal05
(Buena Park, CA)
answer 3
Yes, most definitely. I have noticed I don't have anymore of those unwanted strays.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
huskergirl11
(Columbus, Nebraska)
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My skin is aging but also oily. Will this product make me greasy?
I'm fair-skinned, pretty good skin for 42yo, but caught between aging and some mild adult acne. Very tough tightrope to walk. Would this product work for my skin?
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
Anonymous
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
I am almost 40 and i still have very oily skin. Most moisterizers seem to make me feel slick after a few hours. I use this instead of a moisterizer in the mornings under my make-up and i dont feel like grease ball.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
staceyp
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 2
I don't believe so. I have normal skin and need to moisturize after I put this on. It absorbs quickly for most skin types and does not make the skin oily on it's own as a product.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
vsmini
(New York)
answer 3
ABSOLUTELY. My skin is like yours. As for the aging, this is the product for it (read my review) - it diminishes fine lines and gives your skin an overall glow. I have VERY sensitive and Acne prone (in fact, I'm on oral tetracycline for it) and I have not had ANY problems with this product. I'm also oily skin and this has not caused my skin to be any more oily. In fact, my skin completely absorbs this. Give it a try. I think you will be very pleased.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
sarabeth888
(New York, NY)
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when and how do you use this product?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
mreschan
(san diego, ca)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
2 answers
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answer 1
According to the product description on the bottle... preferred usage is at night(pm)
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
divinepearl
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
After cleansing in a.m. before Hope is not Enough Creme
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Cmuk
(Stuart, FL)
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sagging jowl
54 yrs old no wrinkles but my jowl is starting to sag will this help
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
richard54
(hooksett,nh)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
2 answers
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answer 1
It didn't help me.
answered 4 years ago
scubamom
(Bayville, NJ)
answer 2
NOPE
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
richard54
(hooksett,nh)
Question
I'm not sure which oil I tested, the color is orange,can you help me out?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Montie
(Evansville,In.)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
2 answers
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answer 1
If you think you might have tested a serum from a brand other than Philosophy, Truth Collagen Serum by OH is a bright orange anti-aging serum.
answered 3 years ago
jem1
(New York, NY)
answer 2
the color is not orange. it is more clear tan/brown. this is more of a serum.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
duders1024
(Stevens Point, WI)
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deep wrinkles
How well does this work for deep forehead wrinkles? How about reducing large pores?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Tucson, AZ)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
2 answers
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answer 1
I can't speak to the wrinkle part of the question but I definitely saw a reduction in pore size.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
katmac
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
It does reduce forehead wrinkles and shrink pores, but you have to be patient and use it daily. It took about a month of using it twice daily before I really could see the difference myself, but friends noticed sooner and commented that I looked more rested :)
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
thursdayschild
(McAlester, OK)
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