This lightweight, fragrance-free moisturizer claiming to fight aging and to moisturize may appeal to guys because of the lightweight feel, but the amount of alcohol it contains is bad news for all skin types, and for all men and women. See More Info to learn why products with high amounts of alcohol hurt rather than help your skin.
Without the alcohol, this would've been an OK moisturizer whose silky texture leaves skin feeling very smooth. The formula contains mica, a mineral that leaves a shiny (or glow-y) finish on the skin, which we suspect many men might not want.
As for the claims, this moisturizer cannot minimize enlarged pores, and it's woefully short on anti-aging ingredients, too.
- Lightweight, silky feel.
- Amount of alcohol is too irritating for all skin types.
- Contains mica for shine, which many men aren't likely to want.
- Woefully short on anti-aging ingredients.
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).
Our lightweight moisture gel instantly moisturizes skin, reduces visible fine lines and minimizes enlarged pores. With protein-charged Blue Algae, a rich source of Amino Acids and Vitamin B, this refueling formula helps improve skin’s smoothness and fights the first signs of aging.
Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Prunus Armaniaca Kernel Oil/Apricot Kernel Oil, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Acrylates, Crosspolymer-2, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Ammonium, Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Mica, Caffeine, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhyrdocinnamate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Tocopherol, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Adenosine, Algae Extract, Manganese Gluconate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Blue 1, Red 4
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.