Beauty Review: Why Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream is loved by Singapore beauty editors

The first step to healthy skin is proper hydration – there's really no argument about that. However, not all moisturisers are made equal. Here are five reasons why Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is one that will give you healthy, hydrated skin

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Firstly, are moisturisers even necessary in Singapore?

Hydrating serums can help boost moisture levels, but most do not contain fatty acids or oils found in moisturisers. These ingredients retain moisture in the skin and strengthen your moisture barrier for healthy skin functions. The skin barrier keeps moisture in, and germs and pollutants out. It can be weakened by daily aggressors like UV rays, harsh weather and unsuitable skincare. When that happens, the weakened barrier allows all the nasties in, disrupting various skin functions. 

Enter Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. It plumps up skin cells on the outermost skin layer, purportedly reducing the amount of space which skin aggressors can enter, strengthening the skin and protecting it from the daily onslaught of environmental pollutants.

1. Hydrates skin, no matter where you are
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

As a general rule, fatty acids and oils are good at retaining moisture but not all are non-comedogenic: This means they have a propensity to clog pores. Biocompatible oils such as squalane, found in Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, is similar in molecular structure to skin’s natural lipids, allowing it to hydrate, strengthen and restore the skin barrier more easily.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream also has glacial glycoproteins derived from a microorganism found off the coast of Antarctica. The ferment extracted from this microorganism has exceptional hydrating properties and helps prevent water loss no matter the climate you’re in, making it suitable for use in Singapore or if you’re travelling to a cold country.

The result of this skin-loving formula? An improvement of 47.9 per cent in the strength of skin’s moisture barrier*!

I’ve used the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream in both Iceland and Thailand during my travels, and was surprised that the hydrating effects of this lightweight moisturiser held up, even in vastly different climates.

Arissa Ha, Beauty Editor, The Singapore Women’s Weekly

*Results based on an instrumental test vs. baseline.


2. Rigorously tested for sensitive skin

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

There are more and more people reporting that they have sensitive skin, and it has been found that certain ingredients used in skincare are more likely to create sensitivity issues. With that, skincare brands such as Kiehl’s are even more focused on creating effective formulations that are gentle to use. In fact, Kiehl’s prides itself on its dermatologically-tested products and has a panel of five dermatologists who work hand in hand to develop their Dermatologist Solutions line.

While Ultra Facial Cream is not part of this line, it has still underwent rigorous testing on 41 subjects with sensitive skin*. This was conducted with daily tests over four weeks, to ensure skin compatibility so that it doesn’t trigger skin sensitivity. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is also formulated without parabens, carbamide and triethanolamine (T.E.A), which are ingredients that could potentially trigger allergies.

Coming from an OG skincare brand, the well-loved and trusted product didn’t stop at where it was. In fact, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream went paraben-free in 2019 and is now proven to improve the strength of your skin’s moisture barrier. There’s no reason to dislike Ultra Facial Cream; if you didn’t like it before, give it another chance and who knows, it might suit your current skin condition.

Chua Shimin, Online Writer, NÜYOU

*Self-perceived. Safety In-Use Test. 41 subjects. Four weeks of use. Korea.


3. Non-greasy texture you will love
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

With the reformulation of Ultra Facial Cream last year, it now has improved hydration properties.

Providing 24-hour hydration, the skin becomes 2.3 times more hydrated, even on the driest parts*, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream also has been clinically proven to give you softer, smoother and visibly healthier looking skin with just seven days of use**. You’ll find the texture lightweight and non greasy, absorbing quickly without leaving skin sticky or greasy.

As someone with sensitive skin, certain products may trigger itchiness and redness for my skin. I’m happy to report that Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has become my go-to moisturiser. I have a patch of eczema-prone skin on my cheek that flares up every now and then, and leaves behind a layer of dry flakes. With the Ultra Facial Cream, I saw improvements in that area in as early as three days.

Arissa Ha, Beauty Editor, The Singapore Women’s Weekly

* Based on clinical results: Corneometer study run in extreme low humidity settings on 25 subjects.
** Four week, Clinical Grader Study, 55 subjects.


4. Loved by thousands all over the world

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Since its launch in 2006, over 200,000 people have expressed their love for Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. With an average rating of 4.9/5* from users all over the world and 10 jars sold every minute, Ultra Facial Cream is Kiehl’s undisputed No.1 moisturiser. Among these reviews, users cited excellent texture, hydration and fast absorption.

The texture of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream was a lot lighter than my regular moisturiser, almost sinking into the skin like water. The next morning: a skin surprise. I was expecting my skin to be severely dry and parched – as it usually happens when I conduct such beauty experiments without my arsenal of skincare behind me. But it wasn’t.

Penelope Chan, Executive Editor (Beauty), Her World

*Across top platforms.


5. Healthier skin for all

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

While most stores have testers on display, applying skincare on the back of your hands just isn’t the same as applying it on your face. Kiehl’s has amazing sampling generousity and encourages people to bring sachets of their products home to try.

It’s also worth noting that the friendly Kiehl’s Customer Representatives value the education of healthy skin for each customer.

What’s more, Kiehl’s newest Healthy Skin Assessment tool can help you understand your skin health and find suitable products – for which you can then bring home samples to try before committing to any purchase.


Get Healthier Skin

Sign up for your healthy skin check and get a consultation from Kiehl’s Customer Representatives using the Healthy Skin Assessment Tool. Don’t forget to pick up free samples of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for healthy and hydrated skin!

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