Acai Damage-Correcting Moisturizer

by Kiehl's  
Price:
$45 - 2.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/21/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This moisturizer follows the formulary pattern of many others in the L'Oreal stable (Kiehl's is a L'Oreal brand), which is not good news for your skin. The formula is mostly water, alcohol, plant oils, and thickeners. The amount of alcohol is cause for concern because it's quite likely to cause irritation and free-radical damage, which is what alcohol does. The main plant oils are of the non-fragrant variety, but their effectiveness on dry skin is muted due to the prevalence of alcohol. Adding to this problem is the inclusion of irritating rosemary and lavender oils. This contains the antioxidant fruit açaí, but given the problematic ingredients it's keeping company with, you are better off correcting the mistake of purchasing this product sooner rather than later.

Our non-greasy moisturizer helps promote skin’s natural recovery process and works by forming a lightweight "protective barrier" from environmental elements. Skin is visibly renewed to reveal a smoother and more even complexion.

Water, Orange Fruit Water, Alcohol Denatured, Sunflower Seed oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Euterpe Oleracea Pulp Powder, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Shea Butter, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Lavender Oil, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Rosemary Leaf Oil

This line has been around for quite some time, and has its origins in a family-owned pharmacy based in New York City. Perhaps its neighborly beginnings with a big-city heritage are what propelled Kiehl's to its long-standing status as a popular product line. Considering that Kiehl's doesn't advertise (at least not in the traditional sense, though their products get frequent press), their brand identity and status in the minds of consumers are impressive.

What gets lost in all the fashion magazine hype and company claims of "excellence" and "quality ingredients" is that almost all of the Kiehl's products hardly warrant excitement or even mild enthusiasm. Most of them are surprisingly ordinary, with a dusting of natural ingredients almost always at the very end of the ingredient list, well after the preservatives. That amounts to little more than a token attempt to make the products appear more natural to those who want to believe a plant or vitamin must somehow be better for the skin than something that sounds more chemical. Nevertheless, that token amount is enough to allow Kiehl's to brag about how its products nourish the skin or are more environmentally friendly, when they're not.

Aside from the allure of the natural, this line consists of totally ordinary and often completely unnatural ingredients. More disheartening for skin is that many of the ingredients are of questionable benefit for those with sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin. In some instances product ingredients are irritating for any skin type, while half of the sunscreen products are a serious problem for reliable sun protection. If you can't resist the allure of Kiehl's, just know that the product assembly will work best for those with dry to very dry skin and that, for the money, most of the formulas aren't knock-your-socks-off thrilling.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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