The Gyst: Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

Here’s the deal: Sometimes you’re interested in buying a product, but you’re just not quite sure if it’s the right decision. So you scour the internet for videos and reviews, and you end up going down a 3-hour long rabbit hole of conflicting and subjective information, more confused than when you began. My solution? This series of super quick and concise reviews.

Product in question: Philosophy Microdelivery (or Micro-Massage) Exfoliating Wash

Product description: A mild, exfoliating facial cleanser. Designed to effectively cleanse the skin while providing resurfacing benefits. Gentle enough to use daily, this unique formula is sulfate-free and formulated with ingredients designed to replenish and protect the skin with topical antioxidants as it helps condition the skin and retain its moisture level.

Skin Type: Any

Where I buy: Sephora or

Cost: $34 CAD

Size: 8oz. bottle

(This product is also available on in different sizes, but does not ship to Canada)

Worth the cost: Yes

How long did it last me: 7 months

How often did I use it: Every day, sometimes twice a day

The experience: I absolutely love using this cleanser. I was looking for something new and more effective when I purchased it, and it did not disappoint. You need a very very small amount, about the size of a pea, to get very thorough coverage. I use mine in the morning in the shower, applying all over the face (except eyes of course) and massaging into the skin for a few minutes before rinsing off. I walk away with my skin feeling clean and refreshed, but not dehydrated.

The only negative thing I would say is that the first time I used it, I accidentally squeezed too much out and decided to just use the excess on my neck. DON’T DO THAT. I had a rash for the next few days which, while not itchy or painful, was very bumpy and unappealing.

Results: I’ve seen improvements in my skin including less breakouts and a brighter complexion. I’ve repurchased, and plan on continuing to do so in the future.


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