The best thing we can state about this fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is that it provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenozne for sufficient screening of UVA (think anti-aging) rays. Otherwise, it's a rather bland formula that contains mostly slip agents and thickeners along with a lesser amount of emollients. There are antioxidants included, but the tiny amount of them (from non-fragrant plant oils) won't make much difference, nor will the vitamin E (tocopherol).
On balance, this isn't too expensive for what you get, but for a few dollars more, you can find beautifully formulated daytime moisturizers that treat skin to a great range of anti-aging ingredients beyond sunscreen. If you decide to try this formula (though we'd really encourage you to skip it), it's best for normal to combination skin.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight lotion texture hydrates and smoothes.
- Contains a meager amount of antioxidants.
- Lacks an impressive mix of beneficial ingredients found in other daytime moisturizers we rate highly.
This moisturizer is readily absorbed, leaving the surface area soft and nurtured. Broad spectrum SPF 30 protects against sun damage which can cause premature aging. Effects are continued beneath the surface layers for daytime or anytime. Assists in improving skin texture.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 7%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glycerin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalene, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Oleate, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Beeswax, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Stearic Acid, Myristyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil.
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.