In the month of May, Kiehl’s* has sent me a ‘Keep Cool and Stay Fresh’ Kit so that i can experience full 24 hours of fresh-feeling hydration during this hot and humid summer. I’m not a summer person as i dislike to sweat and my sebum production will double when the weather is hot and humid! However, Summer has its own charms too whereby i can flaunt beautiful sundresses and wear slippers (without being scrutinized) and also give us the excuse to head for a beach holiday.
*Kiehl’s has originated in New York during 1851 as a classic European style pharmacy which aims to fulfill the needs of every customer. Keeping this slogan “We are delighted to serve you” in mind, every employees and members launched a legendary tradition of personalized service which treats customers as their neighbours / friends. From generations to generations, this legendary Kiehl’s experience is passed down as the ‘Kiehl’s experience’ worldwide as the company continues to delight customers with its high quality skin, body and hair care products.
For over 160 years, Kiehl’s has been serving its customers the most efficacious formulas made with the finest natural ingredients. Throughout that time, they have also sought to develop different formulas for different skin types. To keep cool and stay fresh this summer for people with oily & combination skin, Kiehl’s has recommended the use of the Ultra Facial Oil-Free 3 steps series.
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Formulas contains no Parabens, no fragrance and no silicon and it promises no shine moisture which lasts all day. The 3 steps series consist of the Ultra Facial Oil-free Cleanser, toner & Gel Cream help skin to store and retain moisture efficiently, locks in moisture and reinforces the skin barrier against water loss and works with the natural lips of skin to control shine.
This summer, Kiehl’s is also proud to introduce their newest innovation for the Ultra Facial Oil-Free series – The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration. Formulated to achieve the fine balance necessary to keep skin looking virtually shine-free for 24 hours, while also maintaining its essential moisture for a full 24 hours of fresh hydration.
I will start the ball rolling with the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser! Daily cleansing of skin is important to remove residues (like dead skin cells, dirt, excess sebum & makeup). For oily / combination skin, it is important not to over-dry skin while cleansing as skin still needs hydration and protection of its barrier function. The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser has a lightweight, oil free formula to remove excess oil and impurities while leaving skin looking more balance. This quick-lathering non-stripping cleansing foam will leave skin clean and refreshed without over-drying.
Besides being oil-free and non-stripping, the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is also gentle enough for those with sensitive skin as it is Paraben-free, Silicone-Free, Fragrance-Free and Oil-Free. Key ingredients found in the oil free cleanser are Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Lemon Fruit Extract.
Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract – Helps skin to store and retain moisture efficiently – even in the driest weather conditions. The plant thrives in dry, excessively saline environments and is native to many of Earth’s deserts, but is especially prolific in the Australian Outback. It’s roots contain high concentrations of potassium which provides an immediate and lasting hydrating effect.
Lemon Fruit Extract – Has astringent and antiseptic qualities that freshen, stimulate, and rejuvenate sluggish skin. High in natural fruit acids, It has been reported that Lemon Fruit has the highest percentage of Vitamin C of all of the fruits. It is extracted from the peel of the lemon.
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser retails at the price of $43.00 for 5.0 fl. Oz. /150ml and it is already available in stores since June 2011.
I have a love hate relationship with this Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser. Why?
Love: The facial cleanser has a creamy texture and upon lathering, it works into a thick creamy consistency (therefore, just a pea-size amount will suffice). The cleanser has excellent lathering action and love the feeling as i feel that my skin is cleansed thoroughly. I have very oily skin and this cleanser does a good job in removing all impurities and make-up residues on my face.. After cleansing, my face feels squeaky clean and it feels smooth to the touch…
Dislike: Firstly, i don’t really like the smell but it is not a big issue. Secondly, it can be very drying on my skin if i used it twice a day… If i exceed 1x usage daily, the cleanser seems to strips my skin way too much and leaves beside dry patches under my nose area… Hence to counter dryness, i will only use it once at night to remove my sunblock + impurities as it really cleanses very well… Because it has a rich lather, washing it clean will take more effort and time.. Will recommend this cleanser if you have very oily skin. If not, it is advisable to use it only once a day.
Next, it is important to use a toner after cleanser as it is actually the 2nd part of the cleansing process.. Occasionally, you might not be cleansing your face properly with your facial cleanser and toner will help to remove residues (like dead skin cells, dirt, excess sebum & makeup) left behind. The use of toner will also be able to help the valuable ingredients of your skincare products (like serum & moisturizer) gets absorbed and processed more effectively. It is just as important to choose a toner suitable for your skin and just steer clear of those that contains things that will irritate your skin. The Ultra Facial Oil-Free toner that Kiehl’s has sent me has a hydrating formula to balance and freshen skin. It is also tested for safety and gentleness as it is Paraben free, Silicone Free, Fragrance Free & Oil Free.
The Ultra Facial Oil-Free toner is formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving it instantly fresh and healthy looking. Made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to soothe and hydrate skin, the toner has a non-drying alcohol-free PH-balanced formula to gently removes any remaining residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture.
Ultra Facial Oil-Free toner is retailing at the price of $43.00 for 5.0 fl. Oz. /150ml and it is already available in stores since June 2011.
I love alcohol free toner as i have oily yet sensitive skin! The Ultra Facial Oil-Free toner has met my expectation and it is indeed one awesome toner! Firstly, the toner is PH balanced and doesn’t contains alcohol so it is suitable for people with very sensitive skin. I love how my skin feels after using this toner as it doesn’t dry my skin but yet cleanse it well… After application of the toner, my skin feels ‘happy’, light, refreshed and hydrated! Some toner will leave skin feeling tight but the Ultra Facial Oil-Free toner won’t. Only rant of this toner would be the scent of the toner – It smells a little sourish but this is not a big issue. Will highly recommend it as the toner is effective, gentle and doesn’t irritate.
Last step to ‘Beat the Heat’ this summer is to MOISTURIZE! For myself and many other ladies, we spent long hours in air-conditioned environment hence we cannot run away from dehydrated skin problems… A lot of skin issues surface due to skin being too dry so the undeniable truth is that hydration is important for all skin types!
If you have oily / sensitive skin, you will need to keep your skin well moisturized so that it wont give the brain the signal to produce more oil to protect it.
If you have normal skin type, it is important to maintain the healthiness of skin types with moisture.
If you have dry skin, you will need intensive moisture to restore suppleness and prevent premature aging
As such, it is important to invest in a moisturizer that best suits your skin type. If you have oily skin like mine, it is important to get a moisturizer to fight the shine, hydrates well and yet not too rich… Globally, normal to oily skin types represent a significant proportion of skincare customers. Ultra Facial Cream, a Kiehl’s worldwide bestseller, offers 24-hour hydration. But for normal to oily skin types, there is the additional need to manage shine along with moisture levels. With this in mind, Kiehl’s chemists have created Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration to address the specific hydration and shine control needs for these skin types.. Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration has a new refreshing, non-sticky formula that conditions normal to oily skin for a full 24 hours of fresh-feeling hydration. It is also fragrance-free and will not leave a residue. Used daily, this lightweight gel cream minimizes the appearance of shine.
“When caring for oily skin, it is important to strive for balance rather than simply using products to remove oil and degrease the skin,” shares Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist. “Although it seems counterintuitive, oily skin still needs hydration and protection of its barrier function. I frequently see patients try to reduce oil by over-drying their skin, which often leads to more oil as the skin compensates to protect its essential moisture. A product with an oil-free gel cream formula that does not add oil but maintains moisture is a good foundation for an effective skin care regimen for those with oily skin.”
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration is allergy-tested, and formulated without parabens, silicones, fragrance, colorants, or oil. It is non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores. Clinically demonstrated to reduce the appearance of shine and pore size for 24 hours. The appearance of shine after 24 hours was reduced by 21%1 andthe appearance of pore size reduced by 8% after 8 hours.
In consumer tests after 1 week:
– 94% of women said their skin felt moisturized;
– 90% said their skin did not feel oily or greasy;
– 86% said skin felt refreshed;
– 86% said their skin appeared more balanced.
Inside the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration lies an efficacious blend of ingredients to work together to help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, leaving it velvety-soft and looking virtually shine-free.
Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract – The plant thrives in dry, excessively saline environments and is native to many of Earth’s deserts, but is especially prolific in the Australian Outback. Its roots contain high concentrations of potassium, and help to provide an immediate and lasting hydrating effect.
Antarcticine – The formula, with Antarcticine, will help to provide superb protection against dryness, and helps hydrate skin, providing it with a noticeably smoother appearance while shielding skin from external aggressors. It further helps to protect the skin by facilitating skin’s retention of natural water reserves. Sourced from Antarctica, it is a glycoprotein.
Glycerin – Glycerin attracts and pulls moisture from the air to replenish and hydrate skin.
To reduce both shine and to hydrate at the same time, the new formula contains moisture-replenishing Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to help skin retain moisture for a full 24 hours. With moisture retained, the skin will be more balanced, and have a reduced appearance of shine. With the reduction of oil, pores will also appear more refined and skin stays matt. The lightweight, gel cream, oil-free formula does not add additional oil to the skin. The formula, containing a menthol-derivative, provides a refreshing feeling to the skin.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration retails at $48.00 for 50ml and it is already available in stores since June 2014.
Have been using the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream for the past one year and sticking to it as it hydrates well without being too heavy. Only rant is that i cannot over apply if not it will feel very sticky.. After trying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration, i prefer the latter as it works better in hydration and it makes my skin feels very good after application.
The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Fresh Hydration has a gel texture and is odorless! Upon application, it soothes my dry skin with a refreshing, invigorating & non-sticky/greasy texture. It gets penetrated into skin very fast makes it soft & supple. The Gel cream is very light-weighted but i’m amazed by its hydration capability. If you refer to the picture below (Click to enlarge for better clarity), i have quite a fair bit of dry patches on my hand. After applying the gel cream, the dryness instantly went away and skin appears to be healthier and supple! Remember that i have some patches of dry skin under my nose area (due to over-cleansing)? The Gel Cream is able to salvage it and after using it for few days, the dry patches disappeared. Moreover, there’s no stinging sensation after application and no adverse reaction like clogged pores or redness. 🙂
Overall, i would highly recommend the Ultra Facial Oil-Free series if you have oily skin or combination skin… It will also be very useful this summer if you feel that your skin gets oily very easily due to higher sebum production. However if you have sensitive skin, you might wish to skip the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser as it is on the drying side. Hope you have enjoyed my review and i would be back with more updates soon.
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