I risked my face for science. Okay, that’s hyperbole. I did an experiment comparing expensive face cream (Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, $15.00 for 0.5 oz) to cheap face cream (Walgreen’s brand Alpha Hydroxy Face Cream, 4.0 oz for 6.99).
Let me start by saying I have pretty good skin. Despite a lifetime of doing everything possible to cause them, I’m relatively wrinkle free for a woman of my age. I stayed out of the sun. I smoke, I squint, I sleep on my face and I scowl, but apparently the experts are on to something when they tell us to minimize sun exposure. I also have good genes, the women in my family tend to have good skin. So I’m not trying to work any miracles with my face lotion, I just want to fight dry skin.
My usual skin care ritual involves washing it and spreading on a little moisturizer. It’s not a system that works for everyone, but it’s served me pretty well. It also made designing my experiment pretty easy. I decided to wash as normal and smear half of my face with expensive cream and half with cheap stuff. If the marketing team at Philosophy is to be believed, I should be half a shriveled prune of a woman on one side, and a radiant goddess on the other. Not so much.
After 30 days of half-and-half moisturizing, there is no visible difference in the appearance of my skin. Both products appear to work exactly the same, with one costing nearly 30x as much as the other.