This thin-textured wrinkle filler is a problem for all skin types and is not recommended. The alcohol it contains causes dryness, irritation, and free-radical damage, which hurts your skin’s ability to heal and limits its ability to produce healthy collagen. This isn’t the way to strengthen aging skin or improve the appearance of wrinkles.
The rest of the unimpressive formula consists mostly of thickeners and film-forming agents (think hairspray). The blend of alcohol and film-forming agents may make your skin feel tighter, but that’s not the same as actually making it tighter, and it certainly doesn’t stimulate collagen production for firmer skin.
The two types of hyaluronic acid Kiehl’s mentions in their claims as being important to the formula are barely present, so don’t expect them to help your skin; neither is capable of acting like the hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers. In fact, this product’s performance pales in comparison with that of most serums and other so-called wrinkle fillers, the kind that serve as a soft spackle to achieve a minor, temporary reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler works instantly and over time without any silicones! Two types of Hyaluronic Acid provide double the wrinkle filling power instantly filling in wrinkles while also plumping and smoothing them over time.
Water, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyuethane-2, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Silica, Dimethyl Silylate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Isopropyl Myristate, Adenosine, Acetyl Dipeptide-1, Cetyl Ester, Artemisia Abrotanum Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Dehydroxyacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate
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.