Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Review: Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream

At a recent event, I was introduced to Kiehl's latest moisturiser, Rose Arctica.  Branded a "youth regenerating cream", it claims to keep skin looking youthful whilst reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and providing excellent hydration.  It apparently contains something called "Haberlea Rhodopensis", a plant which can withstand months and months of extreme dehydration.

The pretty pale green glass pot provides a whopping 50ml of product - which, given the cream's rich texture, means that you're actually getting a good number of months moisturisation for your money.  And wow, the texture is incredibly thick - it's almost like a wax, as opposed to a cream - a dab scooped out of the jar with a fingertip doesn't spread at all without a good bit of massage and the warmth of the fingers.

And therein lies the problem for me - this cream is too rich and and too heavy for my skin.  At the event, I was told that despite its heaviness, it was suitable for all skin types - but having used it for a month, I can't agree.  My slightly-dry-with-normal-to-oily-t-zone skin found this way too heavy, and whilst I didn't notice any rebellious breakouts, my skin just felt a little bit coated and treated throughout the day.  I tested this cream out in November - and whilst the weather wasn't freezingly cold, it was still slightly chilly in places - and still, I found this too moisturising.

While this product very definitely isn't for me, I suspect that it will suit those with more mature skin, or those suffering from extreme dryness.  A small dab left my skin feeling overloaded for an entire day - so I can well imagine that on truly dry skin, a small dab would ease tightness and provide moisture for an entire day.  If your skin is dry, tight, or dries out during the day, I'd definitely recommend hot-footing it down to a Kiehl's store to grab a sample - this could well be your winter saviour.  For normal, oily, or slightly dry skins - stay well clear.

Kiehl's Rosa Arctica cream is available at Kiehl's concessions and stores, and via their website, where a big ol' 50ml jar will set you back £45.  If your skin is on the dry side and you decide to try it out - please do let us know how you get along with it!

Disclosure: PR sample

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