This longstanding Kiehl's product doesn't have the most state-of-the-art formula around, but it's a good, basic body cream for areas of dry to very dry skin, including calluses. If you are struggling with calluses (particularly those on the feet) you will see even better results by applying a BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant prior to a rich, thick cream such as this. The moisturizer softens calluses but the BHA exfoliant actually works to dissolve the built-up layers of unattractive dry, scratchy skin.
Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer is fragrance-free, and as such is good for sensitive skin that's also dry. The formula contains some tried-and-true plant oils, all of which are also a source of antioxidants. With a broader range of repairing ingredients and perhaps a cell-communicating ingredient like niacinamide, this would be highly recommended. As is, it's a good option for those areas where regular body lotion or cream just isn't doing enough to ease uncomfortably dry skin.
Note: Kiehl's sells this product in a tube, which is the version reviewed here, as well as a jar. Although the jar packaging makes this thick product easier to use, it's also bad news for the plant oils and vitamins this contains. Those ingredients lose potency with repeated exposure to light and air, plus there's the hygiene issue of dipping your fingers into a water-based moisturizer. For best results, avoid the jar-packaged product and go for the version in the tube!
- Rich, thick cream definitely improves dry, callused skin.
- Contains some very good, non-fragrant plant oils.
- A somewhat dated formula that's lacking a good mix of skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients.
A thick, emollient treatment for dry or callused skin. Helps to soften and soothe dry, cracked or parched skin. Enriched with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter.
Aqua / Water, Persea Gratissima / Avocado Oil, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii / Shea Butter, Stearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil / Sweet Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Triticum Vulgare / Wheat Germ Oil, Methylparaben, Tocopherol, Theobroma Cacao / Cocoa Seed Butter, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate.
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.