Beauty Pairing: Kiehl’s Since 1851’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque & Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration

March 10, 2014 • Beauty, Fashion Blog

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I know we have talked about dry skin this season ad nauseam, but since the winter doesn’t seem to end, neither does our painfully dry and flaky skin. Even we are sick of talking about it. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about these two superior anti-aging products from Kiehl’s Since 1851’s, that when used together…hydrate your skin like few others. Oh and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Let’s start with Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque which works to amplify the hydration provided by a daily moisture. While you sleep, the intensive moisturizing treatment helps boost your skin’s ability to retain water, resulting in long-lasting hydration and a healthier, youthful appearance. It’s formulated with Ophiopogon Japonicus Extract, also known as “Fountain Plant” it helps protect and reinforce the skin barrier – boosting hydration levels and leaving skin smoother and softer, refreshed and supple.

“I educate my patients that a consistent, daily skincare regimen of a cleanser, toner and moisturizer with SPF are a baseline to maintaining healthy skin. In addition, masques are important supplements that should be incorporated into one’s weekly regimen to address more specific concerns or to provide additional benefits to the overall healthy skin barrier,” shares Dr. Sherry Hsiung, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist. “Our skin is always fighting to retain moisture. Loss of moisture in the skin can cause premature lines and can make lines or wrinkles appear more prominent. Improving the moisturization level of one’s skin and improving skin’s ability to retain moisture provides for a healthier, more youthful appearance.”

Simply cover your just-washed face and neck with a substantial amount of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque before bed. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then use a tissue to remove the majority of it, but leave some on your skin and let it do it’s thing while you sleep. The next morning you will wake up to visibly softer and more hydrated skin! It’s crazy good. Then follow your normal morning skincare routine.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $35

Now, as mentioned above, a really good moisturizer is recommended to use with this masque. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration is one I suggest especially if your skin is seriously dry, but you prefer a lighter formula. This new formulation provides improved 24 hour hydration and leaves skin immediately smoother, softer and more radiant.

Dry and very dry skin types comprise a large part of the world’s population: 33% in the United States, 32% in Korea, and 21% in Europe.1 These customers experience more intense symptoms than normal or combination skin: dry and very dry skin can feel itchy and tight, and look flaky and prematurely aged.

“Very dry skin, sometimes called xeroderma or asteatosis, is a common skin condition. It is characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water and lipids retained in the superficial layers of the skin. Skin suffering from dehydration struggles to preserve optimal moisture reserves. What very dry skin needs is not simply any old heavy moisturizer – it needs an effective one that penetrates well and integrates into the stratum corneum to deliver moisture continuously throughout the day and night. Many products on the market are thick and occlusive and, even to those with the driest skin, can feel and look greasy, yet the hydration they provide is limited and still requires reapplication throughout the day” shares Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist.

A common mistake even I make is loading on thick cream and then I break out because my pores are clogged. So then I have dry, yet zitty skin and it’s not pretty. I prefer to live with the dry skin, but why should I? Unlike heavy creams available on the market to treat dry skin types, Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration does not use traditional thickeners, such as waxes or butters that can feel heavy on the skin. Instead, it uses a lightweight cream foundation to impart a moisturizing, yet weightless feel to the skin.

The chemists at Kiehl’s focused on a key ingredient, Enriched Hyaluronic Acid, a co-encapsulation of two hydrating molecules that work to complement each other and provide powerful, multi-action hydration benefits. This co-encapsulation is designed to “break” upon application to skin to deliver concentrated hydration pockets, providing immediate results which leave skin hydrated for 24 hours. The result is an increase in the skin’s ability to capture this hydration in the outermost layer of the epidermis, “filling the cracks” on dry skin.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration for Drier Skin Types, $26.50

– Lauren Dimet Waters

Kiehl’s provided a product samples for review purposes. Opinions are my own.

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