Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner
This fragrance-free toner for all skin types couldn’t be more basic, and ends up being a waste of money, even though it doesn’t contain problematic ingredients like alcohol or fragrant oils as many toners do.
What’s missing (and what your skin needs from a toner) is a range of skin-repairing ingredients along with antioxidants and ingredients that encourage healthier skin cells. This toner is mostly water, glycerin, and preservative. Kiehl’s included a couple of novel plant extracts, but neither of them has research proving any benefit for skin, so they amount to a “why bother?” rather than a must-have, and the amount is so small they end up being merely window dressing. The tiny amount of sodium hyaluronate (a good repairing ingredient found naturally in healthy skin) is likely too low to provide any benefit for your skin.
Please see our list of Best Toners for examples of formulas that make adding a toner to your daily routine an excellent idea.
- Fragrance- and alcohol-free.
- Suitable for all skin types.
- Expensive for what amounts to a below-standard formula.
- Lacks an impressive range of repairing and antioxidant ingredients to help skin become healthier and act younger.
- Doesn’t add much to your skin-care routine.
Our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner is formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on skins surface, while leaving it instantly fresh and healthy looking. Made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to soothe and hydrate skin, our non-drying alcohol-free formula gently removes any remaining residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture. pH-balanced, and tested for safety and gentleness.
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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