Come winter in New York, my skin does this cool thing where it achieves the feel of sandpaper in mysteriously rando places, so I thought I’d seize the opportunity to slap some of the brand new goodness from Kiehl’s on to my face to see what it did–or like most skincare products–didn’t do.
The balm, called Ultra facial deep moisture balm, claims “to envelope skin in rich comforting hydration.” It’s enriched with the stuff of Eidelweiss, of The Sound of Music fame. (They say it’s sustainably sourced in the Swiss Alps, and unlike most faces in extreme temps, this is one tough flower.)
I tried it exclusively on the right side of my face just in case listening to Rihanna’s album caused better skin because I don’t want to mess with the scientific method of treating yoself. After a week of pampering the hell out of the right side of my mug, for which I want only the best, and treating the left side of my face like the piece of trash it is, this stuff actually does what it says–unlike everyone you know. I used my fingertips to smooth the stuff on in little circles twice daily in the brief moments when I looked up from the internet.
When you twist it open, it looks like giant lip balm, and it smells like that weird mix of medicine and flowers of a spa you might frequent if you’re more #blessed than I am. When I scooped it on, it felt dubiously balmy at first, but it disappears into your skin quickly and has a nice finish. It’s more concentrated than a creamy cream, which is helpful if you’re really dried out.
Eventually, my cheek felt moisturized, which is how I like things to feel. The whole thing was really quite nourishing. It was instant magic silkiness when I tried it on my non-dry patches. But if your face is dry from winter’s bastard blows like mine, it’ll take more than a few applications to start greeting the world with the softness of North West’s bottom.
The tub boldly says it provides 24 hour hydration. I don’t know about that, but I have a softer side now. Thanks Eidelweiss.