03.13.2015
5
Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30
2.5 fl. oz. for $21
Expert Rating
Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

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.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight lotion texture hydrates and smoothes.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Contains a meager amount of antioxidants.
  • Lacks an impressive mix of beneficial ingredients found in other daytime moisturizers we rate highly.
Community Reviews
Claims

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.

Ingredients

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.

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.