03.16.2015
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Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
4.2 fl. oz. for $26.50
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

This lightweight moisturizer’s formula is similar to that of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream except it has a thinner, lotion texture and isn’t packaged in a jar. Otherwise, the same comments apply: This moisturizer contains enough alcohol (it’s the third ingredient) to make it a problem for all skin types. Alcohol causes dryness, free-radical damage, and impairs healthy collagen production. Along with the alcohol comes irritation from menthol, which makes this moisturizer even more of a problem. Please see More Info for additional facts on why irritation is so bad for your skin.

Even without the alcohol and menthol, this is a lackluster formula that falls short of providing your skin with what it needs to look and act younger. The tiny amounts of plant extracts do not have documented benefit for skin, making this more of a “why bother?” than a must-have.

Pros:
  • Silky, lightweight texture will make those with oily skin happy.
Cons:
  • Alcohol is the third ingredient, which is bad news for all skin types because alcohol causes irritation that hurts skin’s ability to look and act younger.
  • Contains menthol, an ingredient that is a potent irritant, as evidenced by the cooling, tingling sensation it causes.
  • Lacks the range of state-of-the-art ingredients that all skin types need to improve and become healthier.

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, which impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to minimize or eliminate as much as possible your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.

Community Reviews
Claims

A lightweight moisturizing lotion that helps visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface, leaving a shine-free and balanced appearance. It is non-greasy, and retains essential moisture in skin for a healthier, rebalanced skin barrier.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyfluroromethylisopropyl Ether, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Beheneth-10, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Xanthan Gum, Pseufoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Fructose, BHT, Glucose, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, C12-13 Pareth-23, Laureth-7, C12-13 Pareth-3, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Urea, Dextrin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hexyl Nicotinate, Sucrose, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Alanine

Brand Overview

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehl’s has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehl’s main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

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, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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Kiehl's At-A-Glance

Kiehl’s has been around for quite some time, with its origins in a New York City-based pharmacy established in 1851. The brand is perhaps best known for its apothecary-style packaging and its best-selling (and celebrity favorite) Lip Balm #1.

Though the brand claims its products are made with the finest naturally-derived ingredients, most of its formulations include synthetically-produced ingredients as well. Like most skincare companies the line contains both good and not-so-great offerings; Kiehl’s main misstep is that many of its products contain fragrance ingredients that could irritate skin, particularly sensitive skin.

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, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.