May 9, 2019

The Sad News Is the New Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Dark Spot Correcting Serum Contains Alcohol

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I was pretty damn excited when I saw the new Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Dark Spot Correcting Serum ($42) launch at because I was such a massive fan of Philosophy’s old Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector which is long since gone!

It’s really nice to see it return in some variation! The new formula promises to improve discolorations and even out skin tone with a brightening “daisy flower complex”. I guess daisies contain alcohol because the second ingredient in this formula is alcohol. Damn. What a shame! The original also contains alcohol but behenyl alcohol which is a good ingredient.

I was really hopeful this would be a return of the old version in new packaging but I guess not!

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Dark Spot Correcting Serum is $42 and available now but not sure I’ll be indulging!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Niacinamide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Cyclohexasiloxane, Zeolite, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Bisabolol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disodium Edta, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Parfum/Fragrance, Trideceth-6, Sargassum Muticum Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Tartaric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Peg/Ppg-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Linalool, Limonene, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phosphate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Farnesol, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Bht.

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  • Carol G

    Daisies contain alcohol…that’s funny! Yeah, for $42. that’s a bit steep for something with alcohol as the 2nd ingredient.

  • Christina

    Personally, I have nothing against alcohol, and it actually isn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be (source, I have scientists and doctors in my family). It’s only if you’re sensitive if you’ll experience a problem. Luckily for me, I’m not, and I like the lightweight textures that products with alcohol in them have (indeed, a lot of Japanese products contain alcohol). Looking at the other ingredients, this seems like it has some good brighteners in here, so I might test it out.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m a hypocrite with alcohol! There are certain items I LOVE that contain alcohol and others I’m like why the hell does this need alcohol. I know in my older I have been a bit more aware of alcohol and try to avoid it if possible. But as you know when it comes to J and K Beauty it’s HARD to do that. Mostly for me I avoid it because I’m dry and it just makes me drier so, that’s one reason I step back from it.

  • Patty

    If you’re looking for a brightening serum with daisy flower Burt’s Bees skin perfecting serum has this. It does contain alcohol but it’s pretty far down on the list.

  • RM

    Thank you for the review! I know it’s a bit late to be commenting but this is exactly what I thought when I read the ingredient list when it came out. I can’t use anything with alcohol – I really notice that I get fine lines from it, even if I follow it up with something emollient. Oh well, at least the moisturizer from the same line is dry well formulated.

    • Isabella Muse

      This isn’t really a review 🙂 but thanks for commenting. I don’t use anything with alcohol either, or at least I try to not to! It dries my skin out and I already have drier skin! It’s a shame they included alcohol in this formula 🙁