Today I’m reviewing two moisturisers I’ve been using throughout the last year. Neither has disappointed me, so hopefully those of you looking for a new day cream will find this helpful.
Kiehl’s – Ultra Facial Cream
This has to be one of my favourite moisturisers of all time. In fact, I’m already using my second jar of it. It comes in a lovely little white 50 ml tub. The only downside to this is that, obviously, you need to put your fingers inside, and I know some people don’t like that, as you may run the risk of contaminating the product. You just have to make sure your hands are clean! 50 ml is a very good quantity and it will last up to 4-5 months of daily use. I only use it in the morning — at night I prefer to use serums — so it’s fair to say I only use it once a day. Even so, the first jar lasted me a long time.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has a light consistency, though not as light as Toleriane Ultra Fluid. Its aim, as stated on their website, is to “help reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air”. It does a good job, in fact in hydrating your skin it makes it feel plump and replenished. As a moisturiser it feels quite rich, it’s easily absorbed by my skin and doesn’t leave any residues. Having combination to dry skin, Ultra Facial Cream has been lovely during the cold months and it’s all I want from a moisturiser. It makes a perfect base for makeup and can be followed by Spf. However, I want to make it clear, it would probably not be the best option if your skin tends to be oily or doesn’t need that much hydration. For that, you could find the perfect option in the Toleriane Fluide, reviewed below.
Now a brief note on the ingredients:
- Antarcticine: a glycoprotein that protects against dryness, damaging effects of free-radicals, cold temperatures.
- The Imperata Cylindrica: contains potassium which provides an immediate and lasting hydrating effect, helps skin to store and retain moisture efficiently.
- Squalane: also present in Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.
To be fair I should say it’s not the greenest cream you can possibly find, by any means. It contains parabens and though it hasn’t given me any issues, I want to make it clear because some people might prefer using something without such ingredients. Kiehl’s does tests on animals (which I’ve only discovered now)*
Price for 50 ml: € 26 / £ 24
Overall judgment: 4.5 / 5
*Ultra Facial Cream is above – Toleriane Fluide below*
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La Roche Posay – Toleriane Fluide
This is one of the lightest moisturisers I’ve ever tried. Like all La Roche Posay products it is formulated for sensitive and intolerant skins that are prone to allergic reactions, and contains thermal water. So with this one you can be sure your skin won’t react in any way and you’re unlikely to suffer redness or discomfort. The packaging itself is designed to “minimize any possible bacterial contamination” and comes with a pump. Its only problem is that, given the opaque bottle, you won’t see when you’re running out of it, unlike the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial jar.
It has an extremely light watery texture and is very runny. It sinks in the skin even quicker than Ultra Facial Cream and leaves a kind of matte finish. Toleriane Fluide is in fact formulated for combination to oily skin and, though I don’t have oily skin, this works wonderfully when I want to moisturise my skin and don’t currently have any dry patches or specific concerns. If I feel like my skin needs that little more hydration, I’ll go for the Kiehl’s one.
I’ve used it as a morning cream (with an Spf on top or Hydraluron under, or the three of them together) or, on the top of a serum, because it’s so light and gentle you don’t even feel it and won’t make you feel like you have too many layers on.
Just to be clear, LaRochePosay tests on animals too*
Price for 30 ml: £ 15
Overall judgment: 4/5
*Basically, both these brands belong to L’oréal, which doesn’t test on animals anymore but, exports its products to China. China carries out tests on animals on any product before putting it on the market. Just so you know.
Hope this was helpful. Have you tried any of these two? Let me know.
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