I did say the Kiehl's ULtra Facial Cream is famous. The moisturizer is known to provide 24-hour hydration, and in fact, Kiehl's partnered with adventure explorer and polar guide Doug Stoup, on his recent expedition to the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. So if it is the cream of choice for someone making an expedition to the North Pole, it's gotta be good, right?
Explorer Doug Stoup uses Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream! If it works for him in the North Pole, it would probably work on me too! (Kiehl's website)
Because of the Ultra Facial Cream's reputation for being used by explorer to the North Pole and such, when I tried the Ultra Facial Cream, I expected it to be all thick and heavy and greasy. But to my surprise, it wasn't. In fact, it fared much better than I expected!
The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is actually a pretty lightweight cream that could be used for everyday. For a cream, it sinks in fairly fast and did not leave much residue behind. While it's certainly substantial enough to be used as a night cream if you so desire, it also works well as a day cream used under makeup. I've tried it both as a day and night cream, and was happy with it either way. It also seems a little thinner than some of the other Kiehl's creams I've tried (I'm thinking of the Powerful Wrinkle and Pore Reducing Cream, actually). Also, the Ultra Facial Cream has no fragrance, which is great.
Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream: Heavy on the moisturization, light-feeling on the skin
The ingredients for the Ultra Facial Cream are also really great if you're looking to moisturize your skin. The key ingredients are water, of course, as well as Glycerin, a very useful humectant in skincare. Other than that, there are ingredients that help to moisturize the skin. These include Squalane, another excellent moisturizing ingredient, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, which despite its long name is actually an ingredient that helps with moisturizing the skin, and improving the texture of the cream, Sucrose Stearate, another emollient, and Stearyl Alcohol, which despite the "alcohol" in its name is actually not drying to skin - it's a fatty alcohol, which helps to moisturize the skin. (Just clearing up that bit of misinformation which seems to be aggressively lobbied for in some parts of the Internetz. Not all alcohols are drying, fatty alcohols have a different chemical structure so they behave differently and are moisturizing to the skin.) And because so many emollients in the cream mean it could be pretty heavy-feeling, there's also Cyclohexasiloxane, which helps give the otherwise-would-be-quite-thick cream a more spreadable texture. So yes, the Ultra Facial Cream is packed with lots of humectants and emollients, to give you great hydration, while still feeling light on the skin.
As Kiehl's advertises, there are also some plant extracts, the main ones being Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, and Oryza Sativa Bran Oil. Those are great additions as natural moisturizers too.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream ingredient list: Useful, heavy-duty ingredients include glycerin, squalane, and other skin-moisturizing heavyweights.
The best part about trying out Kiehl's products is that Kiehl's has a 100% satisfaction and money-back guarantee to our customers, within 28 days of purchase! I only recently knew about this as Kiehl's is currenty more aggressive in getting hte word out, so I thought I'd share this with you guys! I know, I know, I really should have mentioned this right at the beginning of the post. But better late than never, right? So now you get to try some of the products I've been pleased by and think work, with a money-back guarantee!
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream: Now easier to try with the money-back guarantee!
So if you're looking for a cream that offers great hydration with a solid, tried-and-tested-and-loved formula, and if you're looking for a value-for-money purchase that's effective, then this is worth checking out. After all, for the price you pay, you do get a tub that will last a long time (I always seem to go through my Kiehl's products slower than other brands!), and for the kind of formula you get in the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, the price is fair. I could definitely imagine another more high-end brand using a near-identical formula, while bumping up the price by a few more fifties. Because there isn't any fragrance, it's likely to work well even if you have somewhat sensitive skin, too. So yes, I do think this cream is pretty good, and if you're angling to try it, the money-back guarantee can't hurt, either!
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)