I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm lazy. I don't have the time nor the energy to stand over my sink performing a 13-step skin-care routine — it's just not me. So, when products are two-in-ones, I jump all over them. That's why I love the Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser.
Before I worked in beauty, I would just use whatever products my mom had in the medicine cabinet. That includes some really random things, but there was one product that she always purchased: Philosophy's Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser. She loved it, and after multiple uses, I started to love it, too. Because it's a makeup remover and a cleanser in one, it just saves a lot of time.
Today, I know way more about ingredients and my skin type than I did back then — I'm oilier than oily. About two years ago, I decided to cut out all oils from my skin-care routine after breaking out with a bad case of cystic acne, but then I found out that my beloved Philosophy cleanser's main ingredient is meadowfoam seed oil. It was hard, but we went our separate ways — until today. I am finally reunited with a new and just-as-incredible oil-free version, and now there's a moisturizer to go along with it.
Philosophy just launched the Purity Made Simple Oil-Free One-Step Mattifying Facial Cleanser With Bamboo Extract, a wash made to gently remove makeup, dirt, and oil, and the Purity Made Simple Oil-Free One-Step Mattifying Gel Moisturizer With Vitamins and Bamboo Extract, a lightweight lotion formulated with a handful of vitamins like C, E, and B5 (and without oils and parabens) to hydrate and brighten skin. If you have oily skin, get your wallets ready because this duo is about to be your go-to.
Philosophy created this new collection for folks with combination to oily skin. The two products are mattifying but not drying, thanks to their star ingredient, bamboo extract. According to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, it's the perfect ingredient for oily skin. "Bamboo extract contains a high level of silica, an ingredient found in clay, making it ideal for a matte complexion," she tells Allure.
For someone like me, matte skin is preferred, especially in the summertime when my T-zone gets so shiny. I swapped out all my cleansers and moisturizers and have just been using the new Purity Oil-Free collection, and let me tell you, I fell in love all over again.
A little goes a long way with the face wash. With just a penny-size amount and some water, it lathered up my entire face, removing every inch of makeup. (It even fully removed my Huda Beauty Foundation, which, if you've tried it, you know how long-wearing that is.) Its gel consistency left my skin feeling fresh and squeaky-clean.
As for the moisturizer, I'm not going to lie: mattifying moisturizers used to scare me because I don't want to look dry. However, this one did the exact opposite. Made with the same bamboo extract as the cleanser, vitamin B5 (to hydrate and repair), vitamin C (to reduce discoloration), and vitamin E (a natural anti-inflammatory), this cream does wonders for the skin. Just like the cleanser, a penny-size amount did the trick. In 90-degree weather, it held up in the heat and kept my skin shine-free all day.
In addition to the mattifying collection, Philosophy has also relaunched its original Purity cleanser to be clean. Margot Humbert, the senior vice president of Philosophy told Allure that due to stressful environments and increased pollution in the world it has created the need for natural and clean formulas. “The new Purity cleanser comes with new packaging and now without parabens and continues to be formulated without phthalates, formaldehydes, sls, and sles.”
Don't get me wrong — I love dewy skin as much as the next person, but during the summer, my oily skin becomes unmanageable and needs to be tamed. The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Oil-Free One-Step Mattifying collection did exactly that for my complexion, and hopefully, it can help out some other oily folks out there.
The cleanser is $25, the moisturizer for $28, and both are available now on philosophy.com.
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Originally Appeared on Allure