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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Review

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Many of us would agree that finding a good moisturizer is always a challenge. It's nearly impossible to find one that is suitable for different seasons and weather conditions and actually works on more than one skin type. Either it's too oily or too drying or causes breakouts or sensitivity. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream comes to the rescue.

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About Kiehl's

Kiehl’s started as an apothecary in 1851 in New York City, United States. Since then it has come a long way, in terms of its expansion. The brand offers natural skin care products, using many naturally derived ingredients in its products. The brand offers a prescriptive approach in understanding the client’s skincare needs and then suggesting products to them as per the skin type and skin concerns.

In the year 2000, the company was purchased by the L’Oreal Group. Now, it has its presence over 33+ countries and has over 250 stores worldwide.

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About Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

A unique lightweight textured ultra-facial cream that improves radiance and delivers 24-hour hydration. A skincare solution for skin that is smoother, softer, and more visibly healthy and glowing. It's a great choice for tighter, healthier-looking skin because it's created with Glacial Glycoprotein and Olive-derived Squalane. Its non-greasy texture and mild moisturizer instantly hydrates skin while eliminating dead cells for a more youthful appearance. This is an excellent face cream for dry skin.

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Ingredients

The product has the following ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethlhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernal Oil/Apricot Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea, Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Chlorphenesin, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet, Almond Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myristic acid, Hydroxypalmitol Sphinganine, BHT, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid

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FunctionIngredientsWhat exactly they do

Anti-acne

Salicylic Acid

The ingredients help in fighting the acne.

Antioxidant

Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Tocopherol

These ingredients have anti-aging properties and help protect skin's collagen.

Exfoliant

Salicylic Acid

These ingredients help to lift off dead skin cells to make the skin more fresh and smooth.

Skin-identical ingredient

Glycerin, Squalane, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine

This helps the skin to stay highly hydrated.

Soothing

Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Salicylic Acid

These help decrease the discomfort on the skin.

Antimicrobial/antibacterial

Chlorphenesin

These ingredients help control the growth of micro-organisms on the skin.

Antioxidant

BHT

These ingredients have anti-aging properties and help protect skin's collagen.

Buffering

Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

This helps in keeping the formula stable.

Chelating

Disodium EDTA

These ingredients help keep the formula stable.

Emollient

Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil

These ingredients are responsible for making the skin soft and smooth.

Emulsifying

Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid

These ingredients help in binding the mixture of oil and water, which tend to separate.

Moisturizer/humectant

Glycerin, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-8 Stearate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract

Ingredients that help the skin to stay hydrated so that it feels moisturized.

Perfuming

Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Myristic Acid

Add fragrance to the product.

Preservative

Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Salicylic Acid

These help maintain the longevity of the product.

Skin-identical ingredient

Palmitic Acid

This helps the skin to stay highly hydrated.

Solvent

Aqua/Water, Cyclohexasiloxane

These ingredients help dissolve other ingredients in the formula.

Surfactant/cleansing

Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristic Acid

These ingredients help the product to distribute evenly and with ease on the skin.

Viscosity controlling

Stearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

These ingredients give texture to the product, by thickening them to give a moisturizer like consistency.

Price of the Product and Packaging

The product is priced at INR 1650 (USD 22.00) for 0.95 Fl. Oz. (28 ml). It also comes in two larger sizes - 50 ml and 125 ml. The moisturizer comes in a white plastic tub. The packaging is travel friendly and the tub is well made, it doesn’t leak or break easily. However, I would have really liked if the moisturizer came in a tube packing, as it would reduce the risk of contamination.

My Skin Characteristics

My skin is a combination skin type. At certain areas it can become extremely dry especially around my mouth, the chin area and cheeks. The rest of the areas are a bit more oily. From time to time, my skin also is acne-prone.

The Product

The cream is pure white and extremely lightweight. The product feels and glides like butter. The application is a really smooth experience. The best part though for me is that this moisturizer does not have any fragrance, which is what actually drew me towards the product in the first place. It also blends really well into the skin. It also does not feel sticky on the skin. The texture of the product is more towards a gel-cream. It does a great job of providing instant hydration and your skin feels soft. It does the job without making my skin feel greasy or clogging the pores. Needless to say, this is a wonderful product for me. It can even be applied underneath the makeup.

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How to Use The Product

I recommend using it every morning and evening after cleansing and before applying sunscreen (which you should do every day). It feels instantly hydrating, but without the thickness found in heavier products, making it ideal for when you want a lighter formula for the summer but still enough moisture for the winter.

Pros of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream:

  • The cream is hydrating.
  • A small amount goes a long way.
  • It is non-greasy.
  • The packaging is travel friendly.
  • It does not have any fragrance.
  • The cream does not cause any breakouts.

Cons of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream:

  • The packaging could be better, as a tub may get contaminated easily compromising the product.
  • The product is not exactly affordable. It is on the expensive side.
  • To counter any other skin issue, you would have to use another product. This product only provides hydration and nourishment to the skin.

Final Verdict

I can't rave about this product enough - this is the face cream to use if you want maximum hydration, moisture retention, and overall softer skin. Iit has also not caused any breakouts on my skin, and doesn’t even make my face feel greasy after application. The product is extremely lightweight and has some great ingredients in it. I would like to give it a rating of 4.5 out of 5. Its advantages certainly overcome some of the disadvantages that this may have. I have already used 5-6 tubs of this moisturizer over the course of 2 years.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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