At 31, the signs of aging subtly, but regularly appear on my post-twentysomething skin. A few creases from sleeping on my side the night before. A handful of fine lines on my forehead. That scratch that just won’t heal no matter how much Neosporin I apply to it. Yes, time is marching on, and it’s marching right across my cheeks.
So when Sephora offered a two-week sample of Philosophy’s Time in a Bottle ($74) as a 100-point perk in its VIB program, I scooped it up immediately.
It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a Philosophy product. Hope in a Jar was the first beauty counter skincare product that I ever bought, but that was 13 years ago. (Breathe into the bag, breathe into the bag…) So imagine my surprise when, after just three days of use, Time in a Bottle usurped three other anti-aging serums as the only product on my bathroom counter.
Time in a Bottle serum is a high-potency vitamin-C gel that you apply to skin morning and/or night. (I use it at night.) The serum does a wonderful job of eliminating hyper-pigmentation (from a few old acne scars). And I’m also starting to see a softening of the lines on my forehead and a bit of smoothing in other areas. Though it’s too early to declare victory, these are the best results I’ve ever seen in such a short period of time.
And if you’re one of those ladies whose aging is most noticeable around the eye, they also make a serum just for eyes.
Unlike Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel, the serum doesn’t dry out my skin or have an offensive odor. Unlike Peter Thomas Roth’s Laser-Free Resurfacer, it doesn’t leave my skin unnaturally matte. And I feel like the product is just more effective than Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum.
Since discovering my first wrinkle at 29, I’ve tried over a dozen vitamin-C serums, gels and creams, and this one is the best by far. Here’s hoping the results continue as I work my way through my three-month supply.