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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 6 years, 3 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 3 years, 2 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 4 years, 1 month 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, 11 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 5 years, 3 months ago
kayleen
(Muskegon Michigan)
answer 5
not sure, I've been using a moisturizer right after, my face feels naked without.
answered 6 years, 3 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 6 years, 3 months ago
kaki81
(Corpus Christi, TX)
Question
Should i put moisturizer after it?
asked 6 years, 7 months 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 9 months 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 2 years, 1 month 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 2 years, 5 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 6 years, 1 month 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 6 years, 6 months ago
majiklab21
(Chapel Hill, NC)
Question
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 6 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on When Hope Is Not Enough
4 answers
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answer 1
NOT NECESSARILY!
I have generally very oily skin, and it's taken me a LOT of years to try and learn how facial skin behaves. That said, I found out that in most cases, skin is oily because it's actually TOO DRY. Sounds crazy, right? Well, when skin is too dry (from over-washing, under moisturizing, or acne treatments), it will start to compensate by producing MORE oil (sebum) than usual, which will make skin appear oily.
In my case, the only way I would believe this fact was trying it for myself. So I bought serums and facial oils. And, believe it or not, it completed toned down my skin! The science is that using oil or moisture-rich serums on oily skin will re-hydrate and balance out sebum production.

Hope this helped, and good luck!
answered 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Canada)
answer 2
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 2 years, 4 months ago
staceyp
(Annapolis, MD)
answer 3
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 4 years, 6 months ago
vsmini
(New York)
answer 4
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 6 years, 1 month ago
sarabeth888
(New York, NY)
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 5 years, 3 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 4 years, 2 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 5 years, 3 months ago
AngalinaCC
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 3
use the retinol cream, the serum, and then moisture cream.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
Queenie2
(Fort Worth)
Question
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 2 years, 2 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 1 year, 2 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, 11 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 2 years, 1 month ago
tinabunny
(New York, NY)
Question
Can this serum be used with Hope In A Jar?
Are Hope In A Jar and When Hope Is Not Enough used in conjunction with each other or can each be used alone?
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
4boyzathome
(Riverside, Rhode Island)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
It is made to be used before hope in a jar and just after cleansing.
answered 1 month ago
fairy32856
(Stockton, CA)
answer 2
I use it with Hope in a Jar day and night formulas, and it works really well!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
RNkelly
(Topeka, KS)
answer 3
I think they would compliment each other nicely. For me and my 43 year old skin I don't rely on Hope In a Jar as a moisturizer, I need a bit more than that so I can't speak to Hope in a Jar specifically. When Hope Is Not Enough should be used with a nice moisturizer (one that is specific to your needs). Use When Hope Is Not Enough before your moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
dode70
(Chehalis, WA)
Question
Can this be used with Philosophy's "Help Me"?
I love Help Me and am wondering if these two products can be used together.
asked 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Houston, TX)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
I use this with OLAY regenerist with no problems at all.
answered 1 month ago
fairy32856
(Stockton, CA)
answer 2
I use both products together (along with the vitamin c powder) and it makes my skin look great!! Even toned and textured and so smooth!
answered 11 months ago
friebird
(Wisconsin)
answer 3
I do! They don't double up on retinol. I use Help Me! first on the skin that is less sensitive and more prone to fine lines, to make sure the retinol can act, and then use the serum all over.
answered 11 months ago
sharonrose27
(Buffalo, NY)
Question
Smells like soap?
I just received a bottle of this and it smells like soap or bubble bath. Is this normal? Also, does the box or bottle normally contain a batch code?
asked 3 months, 1 week ago
Anonymous
(Ontario, Canada)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
The smell is common, but do not buy a bottle without the box coming with it.
answered 1 month ago
fairy32856
(Stockton, CA)
answer 2
...if you get if from Sephora it should be fine, but any doubt just bring it to the store, happily they will give a replacement.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
dustydirtypink
(New York, NY)
answer 3
It does smelly very mildly soapy in the bottle but shouldn't smell like anything on the skin.
answered 3 months ago
KaylaRayLoves
(Toronto, Ontario)
Question
hydrate
Will this serum hydrate my skin? I have very dry dehydrated sensitive skin.
asked 2 years, 4 months ago
kristimac89
(Mckinney, TX)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
I strongly suggest you use a moisturizer after this serum. It is meant to firm and it tightens your skin. I use OLAY regenerist. I like it better than hope in a jar.
answered 1 month ago
fairy32856
(Stockton, CA)
answer 2
I found that it did assist my moisturizer in hydrating my skin but definitely did not replace my moisturizer- so use them in conjunction. Also, not everyone's skin reacts to the same moisturizers, so if you are not experiencing relief with one, try others with different active moisturizers. A tip: mineral oil is a more universal moisturizer, so those with little success might try a moisturizer with it included. Some people may not like the idea of using mineral oil on skin, but for anyone who has had painfully dry skin with no relief will be grateful to find this effective product.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
abbyquack
(SLC, UT)
answer 3
Not by itself. You will need a good moisturizer as well.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
linliz
(Brooklyn, NY)
Question
what is the best serum or moisturizer to mix with?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
cris914
(mount vernon, ny)
on When Hope Is Not Enough
3 answers
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answer 1
This is a firming serum. I use OLAY regenerist as a moisturizer after. It works like a charm. I also recommend purity by philosophy to cleanse first. My dry sensitive skin loves this.
answered 1 month ago
fairy32856
(Stockton, CA)
answer 2
I use it with Hope in a Jar day and night formulas and love it!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
RNkelly
(Topeka, KS)
answer 3
Vitamin C booster
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Harambe
(Winston-Salem, NC)
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