Tested on animals:Yes
Skin Rescuer isn't quite the salvation those with sensitive, blotchy skin are seeking, but in some ways it's one of the better facial moisturizers Kiehl's offers (regrettably, that isn't saying much). The creamy lotion formula contains an impressive mix of glycerin, emollients (including antioxidant-rich shea butter), and some intriguing barrier-repair ingredients, including tiny, but potentially effective, amounts of ceramides and similar substances.
Skin Rescuer doesn't claim to be fragrance-free, which is good because it does contain p-anisic acid, an ingredient whose chief function is fragrance, and rose extract, which adds more scent, and that's not the best for rescuing sensitive skin—that's for sure. Kiehl's maintains that the rose extract minimizes the skin's response to stress. (We always wonder what "stressed skin" means—acne? wrinkles? sensitive, blotchy skin? hormonal stress? something else?), but there's no research proving it does anything of the sort.
However, if your skin needs to be rescued from dryness, then this moisturizer is worth exploring. Again, it's one of the better options from this brand, and it's packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
Last, keep in mind that one way all of us can keep our skin from looking stressed is to protect it every day—whether rainy, cloudy, or sunny—with a product rated SPF 15 or greater (and greater is better). Sun damage is a major source of what many would label "stressed-out" skin! It's also critical to make sure that every product you use is brilliantly formulated, doesn't contain irritants, and is packaged to keep the important ingredients stable, which is something Kiehl's rarely brings to the table.
- Lightweight cream texture contains some very good emollients.
- Shea butter is a good source of antioxidants, and this contains other antioxidants, too.
- Contains a good mix of skin-repairing ingredients (although it would be nice to see greater amounts of them).
- The selling tactic of being for "stressed skin" is open to interpretation and doesn't change the fact that this is merely a good moisturizer.
- Contains some fragrant ingredients that make it a problem for sensitive skin (the fragrant rose extract doesn't have research supporting Kiehl's claims).