Kiehl's - s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

Kiehl's s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Moisturizing
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycerin
  • imperata cylindrica root extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine to soothe and hydrate skin, this non-drying alcohol-free formula gently removes any remaining residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin, imperata cylindrica root extract.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (imperata cylindrica root extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.8% - 5.6%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
3.4% - 5.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
1.5% - 2.3%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
Used to adjust pH of the product and can help improve the product's smell
1.3% - 1.9%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
1% - 1.5%
A plat extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin and attract water to its upper layer
0.85% - 1.25%
0.5% - 1.15%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.95%
0.2% - 0.8%
Might be somewhat helpful in reducing hyperpigmentation and neutralizing free radicals but its typical concentration in a product is too low for having an effect
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.05% - 0.2%

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