As claimed, this moisturizer is oil-free and its ingredients allow for a shine-free finish that many men will appreciate. The problem is the formula: It's not only stunningly basic (leaving all skin types wanting more), but also contains an amount of alcohol that likely will be irritating (see More Info for details). Ironically, even though this moisturizer is said to control shine, applying alcohol to the skin can end up making oily skin worse because alcohol stimulates oil production at the base of the pores!
This cannot work "24/7" to control oil and sweat. That sounds great, but is impossible; oil production is controlled by hormones and so cannot be modulated by skin-care products; if your body temperature rises enough, you'll sweat—this isn't antiperspirant for your face. There is no research showing that the tiny amounts of zinc, magnesium, and sodium PCA this contains can control even one drop of oil.
- Feels very light and sets to a matte finish for oily skin.
- The amount of alcohol likely will be irritating.
- Alcohol can increase oil production at the base of the pores.
- Formula leaves skin wanting more, and is only minimally hydrating.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm). Product like this may not be as much cause for concern as those where alcohol is more prominent, but it's worth calling out because you can find similar, alcohol-free alternatives.
Works 24/7 to control oil, shine and sweat while providing oil-free, healthy hydration. This refreshing, lightweight moisture gel is powered by a shine reducing blend of Zinc, Sodium and Magnesium to reduce the appearance of facial oils.
Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Diacaprylyl Carbonate, Inululin Lauryl Carbamate, Sodium Acrylates, Polyethylene, Magnesium PCA, Zinc PCA, Sodium PCA.
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.