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Kiehl's

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 26.50
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Despite a lightweight, silky texture, this moisturizer contains enough alcohol to make it a problem for all skin types. Alcohol causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs healthy collagen production. Please see More Info for additional facts on why irritation is so bad for your skin.

Even without the alcohol, this is a lackluster formula that falls short of providing your skin with what it needs to look and act younger. The tiny amount of plant extracts (which do not have documented benefit for skin, but are not known to be harmful) will not remain stable due to the jar packaging. Check out More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.

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.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the plant extracts stable during use and also presents a hygiene issue because you dip your fingers into the jar each time you apply it.
  • 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.

Jar packaging is a problem because all plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is a non-oily, quickly absorbed hydrator that visibly reduces the appearance of oil and leaves skin looking and feeling more balanced. The oil-free gel cream works synergistically with skins natural lipids to visibly reduce excess oil on skins surface. It is non-greasy, and retains essential moisture in skin for a healthier, re-balanced skin barrier and a smoother, fresher appearance.

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseufoalteromonas Ferment Extract, , Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

Kiehl's At-A-Glance

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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