Intensive Treatment and Moisturizer for Dry or Callused Areas
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.
Kiehls 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; Kiehls 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 dont 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 Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Kiehl's, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.
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