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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: The Review

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Review of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream: how to use it, what it contains, what it is used for, prices and reviews.

Today we are talking about one of the most famous products of Kiehl’s, namely the Ultra Facial Cream.

This cream is actually a real best seller, as well as being one of the Kiehl’s products on the market for the longest time.

In fact, this cream has recently undergone a reformulation, which lasted 5 years, during which Kiehl’s has tested more than 100 different formulations!

Among the ingredients contained in the renewed formulation, there are also squalane and antarcticine, two ingredients that we will analyze better in this review.

about Kiehl’s

This face cream is produced by Kiehl’s, a US company that has been active in the cosmetics sector for years.

To be precise, the brand was founded in New York in 1851, as a pharmacy.

Over time, Kiehl’s specialises in the creation of creams and treatments for both men and women, with the aim of creating effective skincare products.

Its success also passes through innovative practices for that time, such as the distribution of free samples, to make customers try their products.

As far as market positioning is concerned, Kiehl’s is a medium level brand.

In my experience, Kiehl’s products are characterized by great quality and their price is therefore justified.

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Everything about Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl’s

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a face cream that ensures 24-hour hydration.

It is therefore suitable for those who want to combat dehydration.

In line with the Kiehl’s philosophy, this cream has a minimal packaging. It is in fact contained in a white plastic jar, without drawings or decorations. The style is simple and sober.

Opening the jar for the first time, however, we also notice the presence of a protective film, which prevents the cream from deteriorating. And that’s great!

This face cream is available in 3 sizes: 28 ml, 50 ml and 125 ml. The larger format offers a better quantity/price ratio.

In addition to this moisturizer, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial line also contains other products, namely:

– cleansing gel,

– night mask,

– light moisturizing lotion,

– tonic,

– lotion with SPF,

– moisturiser with SPF.

How to use Ultra Facial Cream

We can use Ultra Facial Cream both in the morning and evening, after cleansing the face.

Take a small amount and spread it on the skin, massaging it gently to make the cream absorb even more quickly.

How to use Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl's.
How to use Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl’s.

Review of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

And now, let’s review Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

I added it into my skincare routine to replace Clinique’s moisturising gel. Here are my opinions!

The fragrance is neutral, since it does not contain perfume: this is an excellent news for those with particularly sensitive skin.

After applying the cream to the face, it is absorbed in a few moments, but its action continues for a long time. In fact, the epidermis becomes softer and I feel it’s nourished, as if it was plumped.

Personally, I find that this cream is slightly more suitable for winter than for the hot season. It can still be used in summer, but its specific nourishing action is excellent for pampering the skin stressed by the intense cold.

The skin isn’t oily nor sticky. Plus, it’s a great makeup base.

I prefer to apply it only in the morning, although it is possible to use it both freshly awake and in the evening. At night, I prefer to choose specific products, such as the Midnight Recovery line by Kiehl’s or a mask created specifcally for the night.

Finally, the price. Here we are in line with Kiehl’s standards and, while we certainly cannot define this product as cheap, its cost is justified by quality.

Review of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream.
Review of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.


Let’s analyze in detail the greatest qualities of Ultra Facial Cream.

It has an excellent moisturizing power, which lasts throughout the day. Its action is particularly nutritious and makes it a perfect ally for those who want to fight skin dehydration.

It is an ideal cream to be applied even in those situations that create more stress to our skin (air conditioning, intense cold, very dry environments,…), because it protects and nourishes it.

It also works well as a base for make-up, especially with primers and foundation.


Let’s now come to the so-called negative aspects of my personal experience with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

First of all this is a rich cream, which in itself is not a negative side. But this feature makes it a product not suitable for those with oily skin, as it could be too heavy.

Additionally, I personally prefer tube packs, both for hygiene reasons and because textures seem to be better preserved. Although, I must admit it, with this type of packaging there is no waste of product.


Inci of Ultra Facial Cream : Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Peg-8 Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethlhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernal Oil/Apricot Kernal Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil/Rice Bran Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Fruit Oil, Chlorphenesin, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium Edta, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Sweet Almond Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myristic Acid, Hydroxypalmitol Sphinganine, Bht, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid.

PAO: 12 months.

Let’s now look at some of the ingredients.

Squalane is an emollient that protects the skin from external agents and regenerates its hydrolipidic film. It is also able to reduce the evaporation of the epidermis, thus ensuring greater hydration.

Apricot kernel oil instead helps to strengthen the skin, also thanks to the presence of carotenoids.

Avocado oil is nourishing and antioxidant, but also promotes skin elasticity.

Rice bran oil, on the other hand, is widely used in Japan, for its ability to fight skin aging, as well as to smooth and hydrate the skin.

As far as antarcticine is concerned, it is important to know that it is a natural glycoprotein with great cryo-protective properties. It is therefore able to protect the skin from intense cold, as well as being an anti-wrinkle, since it increases the formation of elastin.

Benefits of using this cream.

Where to buy it

We have differrent options to buy the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream:

– Kiehl’s official store (prices from $22.00),

In conclusion

So this is the end of our review of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

Well, having said that, if we want to try other moisturising facial treatments, we can also use Moisture Surge by Clinique or the Hydro Boost line by Neutrogena.

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