Kiehl’s: Fun in the Sun with 24 hours ultra hydrator protection?
Fun in the Sun but NO to oily dry face?
Kiehl's New Ultra Hydrator - the Ultra Oil Free Gel Cream provides the solution with 24 Hours protection! :)
As the saying goes, Never try never know...
Once upon a time, I was wrapped up like a cocoon with my daily rituals. Slowly, I began to grow and morphed. Still unsure of many things and how to start, like butterfly still shaky, waiting to spread the wings. But time and tide waits for no man, sometimes this butterfly flew where ever the wind blew. So my flights have lead me to sunny weather and windy days.
As a kid, I was very fond of arts and designs in various forms in both traditional paper or clay and online digital format. I did my first series of family portraits using charcoal (from our BBQ pit) before my pre-school years. Unfortunately, it was unappreciated as I did it on the walls and floor of my house. The night that I (proudly) unveil it to my parents, my mum transformed into a Godzilla Tiger and grabbed me like King Kong. It was a tragic nightmare. As punishment, I ended up scrubbing (& playing with bubbles) for the next couple of days. That did not stop me from playing with my food. Everything was a plaything and playtime. Fortunately, I was later introduced to paper & pen by my father.
As an adult, I don’t have much time to express myself & indulged in my hobbies. Excuses mostly! Till I began exploring with different canvas & media – photography AND using myself, my face, my body – can be a canvas, an art statement and many more.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Curiosity leads this birdy to flutter and ended up joining group: The Butterfly Project. Personally, met and known many of the members years ago . Usually, I would visit Butterfly Project member sites to kakacaucau their Facebook sites, read their blog posts, discuss and mostly as a silent reader (haha stalker! :O ). Well working almost 12 hours daily (non-Malaysian work shift) in IT line, doesn’t leave me with real life social interaction.
Beep beep! When I first saw Butterfly Project’s Kiehl’s Fun in the Sun Blogger’s Event to welcome the Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream.
That sounds FUN! - Butterfly Project’s events are always awesome! This time it’s near to my place & on a weekend too! So no excuses!
Then I felt wait wait.. what's this with Kiehl's? That’s NEW! Yes. A brand new product – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream! The keyword “oil free” makes my eyes go extra big.
What do I love about Kiehl’s it’s strange old but familiar...*space off*
Kiehl’s has existed since 1861. An international renowned apothecary in skincare, bodycare and haircare.
Apothecary = one that prepared and sold medicines and drugs or pharmacy.
As a junior executive at work, I used to tag along with my senior co-workers during their shopping spree there. I told myself, one day when I get older... I want to experience this serious customized solutions, personalized service with premium care.
It’s sales assistant’s attire: white lab coat, the whole store including the products looked right off a school lab. Rest assured, Kiehl’s employees are skin specialist - academically & professionally qualified and very FRANK too! A few years ago, my Kiehl's skin diagnosed as:
Skin type: combination and young was diagnosed as unsuitable with most of rich/oil based product as it’s mostly for oily or dry skin especially catering for premature skin type. Overall, only suitable to use light/water based products. At that time, they did not have stocks or sample which suits my skin type and although I wanted to try their eye cream but it was also told not suitable as I have oily eye lids thus if the product is too rich might create outbreaks or eye seeds.
They would rather not do my business than to put my skin to any harm. Kudos to Kiehl’s! So, I have always kept them in my “white list” like Santa’s good list. Recently, my skin has aged thru time, weather, hormone and health thus it’s time to save it!
Which is why I need 24 hour no-shine fresh hydration...
The Kiehl’s latest product: Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream might hold the answer...
Now, before trying a new product.
The first thing I would do is research then test it personally as each product is unique just like our skin.
A quick search revealed
Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream: 24 hour No-shine fresh hydration for normal to oil skin types. Non-oily, quickly absorbed hydrator that visibly reduces the appearance of oil and leaves skin looking and feeling more balanced. The oil-free gel cream works synergistically with skin’s natural lipids to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface. It is non-greasy, and retains essential moisture in skin for a healthier, re-balanced skin barrier and a smoother, fresher appearance. With Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, and Cucumber Fruit Extract, this unique preparation helps skin retain moisture and protect it from arid conditions. The unique gel cream texture is instantly absorbed leaving a dry feel. Oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free.
Cucumber! I used to do DIY Facials using cucumber thus this ingredient's certainly in my good list. Oil-free also works for my combo skin type.
24 hours a whole fantastic day. (yeah!)
No-shine means no kuali face! Many often remarked,
“Oh, why is your face’s so OILY?”
I cannot help it as my face’s natural way to hydrate itself despite putting on so many products – serum, moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation. :'(
But by end of the day, many screamed,
“Oh, why is your face so DRY!”
Well that’s because the cold air from air conditioner and computer screen glare slowly dries up my skin for over 8 hours.
Thus the Ultra Facial is like the Ultra Hydrator, the Ultraman in providing the extra super protect & defence...
This event came in the bright right time as:
1. El Niño
will bring in the dry spells to Malaysia this June for at least 3-4 months. Dry, hot plus irregular water disruption is NOT a good thing since I cannot wash my face regularly in the office or at home. According to the news yesterday, the current downpour of rain is not still insufficient for our water dams. x(
Complain all we want, we can only be prepared for the worse by being smart & creative consumers!
2. Regularly exposed to sun, water and cold.
2-3 hours of sun exposure from walking & commuting using public transport (Dry)
+ 1-2 hours of swimming every 2-3 days (Drier)
+ 8-10 hours of cold air conditioner (Driest)
= Dry, Drier & Driest skin. :(
Our skin are smart, it will naturally produce oil to protect our skin in dry condition but if it’s overactive in producing the oil. Like a natural well, no more water, no more stock already :( Which would lead to dry skin which contributes to wrinkle, premature aging. Too little, too late by then. Thus, better start our skincare regime now than later. I dislike to change products, but got to admit it one must experiment and switch around the products & routine. Yes, we have to “listen to our skin, feel it’s condition”.
Perhaps Kiehl’s latest Ultra Facial, Ultra Hydrator might hold the answer. :)
If it works for my combination skin type, I will share the review out.
Till then, I do hope to join in the Fun in the Sun! Woohoo!