(This post is written for The Glosse Posse.)
As most of Canada and the United States battle the terrorising winter that Ned Stark warned about, Vancouver, British Columbia has had another fine winter. We barely had any snow and temperatures rarely dropped past -10C. What I’m trying to say is, this is a very biased review on Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I can’t tell you if this is the face cream to save your face from being frostbitten. However, I can point out what Kiehl’s is very proud to note that the heroic six explorers of the ‘Greenland First Ascent’ expedition were able to protect their skin from the elements in 2005 using Kiehl’s UFC. (Meanwhile, Prince Harry reportedly used Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream during his expedition to Antarctica. I personally did not like the texture nor the smell of the cream. I almost thought the product in the testers had expired. It felt quite sticky. Maybe it would feel amazing had I tested it in more than -20C temperatures.)
I received a sample of UFC during my last visit to the States. I squeezed out a thumb-sized amount from my packet every morning for about a week. The cream claims it has 24-hour coverage (can’t really test this if you wash your face at night…), light texture (this is what I like about it), and keeps skin hydrated (worked well in -1C!). It is formulated with Antarcticine (has the ability to protect skin from cold temperatures) and Imperata Cylindrica (has the ability to retain water in dry conditions), and Squalane (helps the skin ‘instantly restore and replenish’). In other words, your skin will look as healthy as it would be on a warm summer day. 🙂 UFC comes in 50mL (1.7 fl oz) for C$32/US$26.50 and 125mL (4.2 fl oz) for $56/US$46.50.
If my review is not convincing enough, read the reviews from other buyers on the websites, especially ones who have to endure harsh winters. 😉
P.S. (9 June 2014)
I have not bought a jar of UFC yet because Nivea’s Pure & Natural cream is doing a splendid job in keeping my face moisturised. However, should I move to a country or city where winters are harsh, I would definitely buy a jar of Ultra Face Cream. 🙂 I recently found an Ultra Facial Cream jar for C$19 at Winners. Now that I’ve finished my Nivea’s Pure & Natural cream, I’ve been using UFC to moisturise my face, even now during spring/summer because it is very lightweight and moisturising.