Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash is a gentle exfoliator and cleanser in one, suitable for most skin types except sensitive and acne-prone. Its exfoliating beads have a fine, sandlike texture that helps reduce irritation, although it receives just average scores for its ingredients in a couple of expert reviews.
Cleansing and exfoliating. Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash does double duty, both cleansing and exfoliating your skin with finely textured beads that feel like sand. A few users wish for a coarser texture, but the fine texture is ideal for most.
This wash/scrub receives an "average" score from skin care expert Paula Begoun of PaulasChoice.com. A gentle, detergent-based cleansing agent works in its favor, but Begoun says its clay content may dry non-oily skin types. The Environmental Working Group assigned this product a hazard rating of 3 out of 10, thanks to two ingredients that introduce concerns of immunotoxicity and neurotoxicity: methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone
Go by your skin type. Most users like Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash's light and creamy texture; they say it leaves their skin feeling smooth, clear and bright. "It did not leave my face red or irritated, only smooth and soft feeling," writes one of many positive reviewers at MakeupAlley.com. Most users agree that it won't strip your skin's natural moisture either, although some say they use it only a few times a week (to cut down on any dryness it might cause). Comments on the scent range from "It smells really good" to complaints that it smells like plastic.
The Environmental Working Group assigns a low/moderate hazard level to Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash, based on its ingredients. The main culprits are methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone, which introduce immunotoxicity and neurotoxicity concerns.
Review: Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Editors of EWG, As of May 2014
The author is a skin care expert; she evaluates products based on scientific evidence about their ingredients. She gives Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash an Average rating for its gentle cleansing detergent and clay that may be drying.
Review: The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Paula Begoun, Jan. 30, 2013
Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash is an honorable mention in TotalBeauty.com's 2014 awards. Users also review this exfoliating wash, giving it an average score of 8.9 out of 10 after more than 100 reviews.
Review: 2014 TotalBeauty.com Awards: Face, Editors of TotalBeauty.com, Not Dated
More than 300 contributors to MakeupAlley.com give Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash an average score of 4.1 lipsticks out of 5. It draws mixed reviews for its gentleness.
Review: Cleansers - Philosophy - the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of May 2014
More than 30 Amazon.com users review Philosophy the Microdelivery Daily Exfoliating Wash, which is listed several times on this site; here, it receives an average score of 4.8 stars out of 5. Almost all of the reviewers agree that this is a very gentle product for all skin types.
Review: Philosophy the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash 32 oz, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014