Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 PA Review: Hello People! There is nothing more damaging for the skin than the harmful rays of the sun! And there is nothing more exasperating than looking for a sunscreen that performs without giving additional problems of sticky and greasy skin, perspiration and pimples. So my quest for a good sunscreen is almost eternal. Here is one sunscreen that I recently tried…
Claims for Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 PA++++
Kiehl’s claims that the new formulation of the sunscreen now offers better anti-aging protection, and in particular UVA protection (the type of sun exposure that causes long term aging. In addition, the company also says that this product also:
• Prevents up to 90% of skin aging, including lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, breakdown of collagen and elastin, brown spots.
• Oil-free, ultra-lightweight texture delivers a synergistic UV filtering system combining patented photo-stabilized technology with long-lasting broad-spectrum protection to deliver outstanding efficacy against UVA & UVB rays on the skin’s surface.
• Paraben-free, mineral-oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free, and suitable for sensitive skin
• Quick-to-absorb – ultra-lightweight texture
• It has a refreshing feel on the skin after application
• Glowy matte finish
• Non-comedogenic – does not clog pores and so no breakouts!
The main sunscreen filters in this product are Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (UVB protection), Drometrizole Trisiloxane (aka Mexoryl XL, a L’Oreal patented ingredient, with UVA2 protection), Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (aka Mexoryl SX, another L’Oreal patented ingredient, and has UVA1 and UVA2 protection), and Titanium Dioxide (UVA2 and UVB protection). Other ingredients are Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL,Vitamin E, Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80.
Kiehl’s has also added a few plant extracts (in small amounts) to the sunscreen – at the end, we see a bunch of plant extracts, including Corn Kernel, Yeast, Peppermint Leaf, and Rosa Gallica Flower extract (which I’m told helps to calm the skin).
How to Use
Layer over your moisturizer on clean skin for optimal UV protection and to help prevent skin aging.
Rs. 2800/- for 30ml.
In Detail Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 PA Review and My Experience
I have noticed that sunscreens that are gel-based may not cause pimples – but they are hardly good in performance. While cream-based sunscreens may keep the sun damage away, but they lead to a lot of breakouts! Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense seems to have found the right balance, offering a cream-based sunscreen that is long-lasting and yet remained lightweight in feel. It is an amazing sun-block with a very high value of SPF 50 PA+++. Now I did not know about what this meant. So, I found out that higher the amount of SPF in your sunscreen means it saves your skin from damage for a longer period of time. Here PA is a ranking given to sunscreens. It has three stages PA+, PA++ and PA+++. Higher the grades better the protection. I read that this can prevent 90% of the skin ageing. It is Paraben free and fragrance free. It does not have that chemical scent that usually comes from sunscreens.
The sunscreen doesn’t feel thick, and it blends out to a finish that’s not shiny or oily, and doesn’t leave behind a white cast. The finish is a nearly matte one with a hint of glowy radiance (which I was told by the salespeople at the Kiehl’s store is because of the light reflecting qualities of the physical sunblock ingredients). There’s no sticky nor greasy after-feel, and the skin feels pleasantly refreshed (without that feeling of being weighed down or clogged up).
I suppose these are the reasons why it is listed as the Top 3 Customers’ Favorites among Kiehl’s entire range of products.
How I Use it
I apply it all over my face and neck 30 minutes before going out in the sun. I even wear it under make-up.
This is by far the best sun-block I’ve used. Its lightweight, no perfume, and sinks in the skin almost immediately. Most of the sunscreens I have tried either used to cast a white film all over my face or were too oily. Thus I stopped buying sunscreens. But this is like a manna sent from heaven. It gets absorbed nicely; skin doesn’t feel greasy at all. More than anything else, this oil-free product doesn’t clog pores or contribute to pimple issues. It acts as a nice makeup base too. It has very effective active ingredients that protect skin from sun’s damage. It is very moisturizing on its own. Overall, sunscreens are an extra step but totally worth the effort. Over the period of time skin would show results. I believe this product is awesome for those who can afford it. It is really the best sun screen I have ever used!
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Pros of Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
• Higher SPF value
• Very moisturizing
• Doesn’t make skin oily
• Gets easily Absorbed
• Good makeup base
• Great packaging
• Paraben Free
Cons of Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
• Expensive – especially considering how tiny the tube is.
First application is crucial. In case you are towel drying or swimming, you should apply it again after 2-3 hours.