Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Review - New Formula for 2021
By Ree

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Review – New Formula for 2021

18 Jan 2021

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If you are looking for something super hydrating and barrier protecting yet light enough not to aggravate oily or acne-prone skin types, this is definitely one to check out. Here’s the lowdown on the newly upgraded Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Review - New Formula for 2021
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Review – New Formula for 2021

So this product first launched in 2013 to meet the demands of those that wanted to tackle the appearance of greasiness, or breakouts without using harsh products that strip the skin, disrupt the natural moisture barrier and end up exacerbating those skin issues. It has now been upgraded to perform even better.

What is new in the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream Formula

For 2021, the formula is now alcohol-free which is a much welcomed improvement. It has also been enriched with Glacial Gycoproteins and Micronised Amino Acids.

The formula uses the same cooling gel texture. Even though I am a fan of richer textures, I have to say this is a really beautiful formula and instantly quenches and comforts the skin.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

New Technology in Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

The 2021 formula contains a new specialised ingredient technology that works to reduce the appearance of excess sebum whilst providing long-lasting  hydration. It promises to reduce the feeling of oiliness by 27%, visible shine by 24% and pore size appearance by up to 12% in just 14 days. Upon application, skin is up to 99% more hydrated and shine free for up to 8 hours.

Micronised Amino Acid

This new addition to the formula helps to reduce excessive oil production for reduced shine and visible pores over time.

Glacial Glycoprotein

Works to prevent water loss to keep the skin deeply hydrated.

My Review

The texture is a very lightweight and skin quenching one. It delivers the sensation of watery hydration being infused into the skin and as it is applied, the gel transform into a light liquid that then absorbs effortlessly into the skin. As I said, I usually love a richer, creamier texture, but this is super pleasant to use and perfect for day time when I’m not wearing makeup but want some long lasting hydration.

New Formula for 2021 Kiehl's Gel Cream

I actually love this first thing after I have done a quick cleanse before I get on my Peloton to start the day.

Where to buy the new formula of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream

The new formula is available here at Kiehl’s* now. It will launch nationwide from 20th January 2021.

If you are looking for any other skincare recommendations, check out my Best Skincare for 2021 post.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and stay tuned to the homepage and Instagram for news on all the latest launches and products. The Facebook page is here.



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