You know by now that I’m into sunscreens yes? You didn’t? Well now you know 🙂 So when Kiehl’s asked if I might like to try their new Ultra Light Daily UV Defense with SPF50 PA+++ UVA rating I said yes 😛
The new Kiehl’s Ultra Light sunscreen is just as it says. The texture is ultra ultra light! It looks like a white cream but applies like a gel sliding onto the skin easily and does not leave the skin oily. Not. At. All.
There is high SPF50 rating for protection against UVB rays that burn and PA+++ to protect against UVA rays that age the skin. I’ve come to expect these conditions as de rigueur in any sunscreen I purchase or will even deign to look at. I’m very fussy about my sunscreens.
For those who are fussy about the type of sunscreen they use, it should be noted that the Kiehl’s UV Defense sunscreen is a chemical sunscreen with L’Oreal patented Mexoryl chemical uv blockers. There is also Titanium Dioxide included but the primary blocker is Mexoryl XL so if you are sensitive to either, nows the time to stop reading.
Unlike other Mexoryl based sunscreens (L’oreal UV Perfect, Lancome UV Expert) this Kiehl’s UV Defense sunscreen is less oily. It in fact feels a bit like the Vichy UV Activ sunscreen a comparison I will come back to in a bit.
The cream is not thick and feels quite moisturizing on the skin. I will not recommend you to use it on its own. Like all sunscreens, it should go on the skin last after you have applied moisturizer.
I find it sufficient protection for daily use but I tried taking it for a spot of fun in the sun and I definitely had to reapply after about 2 hours or my face would feel baked. I later switched to a thicker formula zinc oxide sunscreen which required less reapplication.
Is it love? For me, yes. I’ve always had good results with Mexoryl based sunscreens from way way back and this is no exception. The non oily factor and high SPF PA+++ rating is a big reason for me to highly recommend this to anyone especially those who have oily skin. Unlike many sunscreens, this one does not add to the oil factor yet does not dry out the skin.
BUT there is one big blowfly in the ointment.
A 30ml tube costs RM140. RM140! I nearly dropped the box when I saw the tag. Its been a month and I’m already nearly finished with this because I use it everyday! I use a pea size for each part of my face – that’s 5 pea sizes for the face and 1 for the neck. I’m liberal with my sunscreen use and this isn’t allowing me that luxury. Not at those prices. For a part of skincare that is so necessary, I find it hard to pay for this every month if I were to stick with this one.
Pros: Very light texture, Non Oily, High SPF 50 and PA+++ rating, Slim compact packaging
Cons: Expensive 🙁
I’m sorry Kiehl’s, I love your Ultra Light Daily UV Defense sunscreen – its everything I could want in a sunscreen – I might even ditch my La Roche Porsay Anthelios XL for you (because LRP isn’t here and you are) – but I’d have to stay with my Vichy UV Activ sunscreen for now. Its just more affordable for me. Besides thus far, its all in the family eh? 😉
Have you tried this new Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defense sunscreen? Like it? Hate it? Or maybe you just aren’t into sunscreens? 🙂