Kiehls recently released an oil-free version of their popular Ultra Face Cream, which I have used before but found to be a little heavy. The new lighter gel version is definitely a lot more suited to our warm, tropical weather and especially for those with oily skin.
I was a little apprehensive about getting this gel initially as it contains Alcohol Denat as its 3rd ingredient on the list. I asked for a sample and tested it out for a week. I really liked the results as my skin felt quite smooth and hydrated throughout the day. So I decided to take the plunge and purchased a full sized jar.
* Product Description (from Kiehls) *
Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is said to provide no-shine moisture that lasts all day. To a certain extent, I find this claim to be quite true as my t-zone seems to be less oily. It doesn't control oil and shine the whole day though and I do get a little oily after 6 hours or so.
I find the texture to be more gel-like than cream. It is quite watery and feels rather sticky when first applied but stickiness goes away once the product gets absorbed into my skin. I have not had any adverse effects using this gel daily for the past month and have only used it as a daytime moisturiser below my regular sunscreen. I usually apply serums and a heavier gel moisturiser at night.
* Lightweight texture.
* Good oil-control.
* Hydrating enough for day use.
* Suitable for tropical weather.
* Free from mineral oil and parabens.
* Contains alcohol denat (but I have not had any reactions to date).
* Has a rather weird non-scent.
* Sticky at first but goes away after a while.
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Propanediol, Glycereth-26, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltautamide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Imperata Cylindrical root extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus Juice/Cucumber Fruit Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer Fmla 685478/11 Code FIL D45072/1
Kiehls Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream is available at all local Kiehls outlets and retails at RM100 for each 50ml jar.