Kiehl's - Age Defender Moisturizer

Kiehl's Age Defender Moisturizer

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WORKS FOR
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • +1 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • capryloyl salicylic acid
  • ascorbyl glucoside
  • adenosine
  • caffeine
  • dimethicone
  • dimethiconol
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja protein
  • hydrolyzed linseed extract
  • orbignya oleifera seed oil
  • saccharum officinarum extract
  • sodium polyacrylate
  • theobroma cacao seed butter
  • tocopherol
  • +11 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
83 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Anti-aging men’s moisturizer that’s clinically proven to visibly lift, firm, and minimize lines and winkles."
WIMJ summary

This product contains adenosine. This ingredient might be able to help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness, but there is not enough evidence that it actually works.

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

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: capryloyl salicylic acid, glycine soja protein.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
MEDIUM
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Formulated for men’s thicker and coarser skin, this dual-action moisturizer gently exfoliates dead skin cells, allowing for more effective penetration into the skin."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: capryloyl salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Age Defender Moisturizer"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. 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. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, glycine soja protein.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
5.7% - 7%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
4.4% - 5.3%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
3.1% - 3.8%
Helps water and oil mix together
2.4% - 3%
A plant oil that can help soften the upper layer of the skin. Might be helpful in calming down inflammation in skin
2.1% - 2.5%
Used to create a nice product consistency while softening the upper layer of the skin
1.7% - 2.1%
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
1.2% - 1.5%
Used to improve the product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.95% - 1.15%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin and create a pleasant product texture and stabilize the formulation
0.65% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.65% - 1%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to stabilize product formulations and thicken product consistency
0.5% - 0.7%
Used to create a gel-like product texture, as well as to stabilize emulsions
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 0.65%
0.35% - 0.6%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.55%
0.3% - 0.6%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
Is used to enhance product texture and can help to optically mask skin imperfections
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.25% - 0.45%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.25% - 0.5%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.25% - 0.45%
Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. Can have a dehydration effect that might somewhat decrease the look of puffy eyes
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to increase stability of product formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
A plant extract that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and soften it. It might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals. It might be somewhat helpful for evening out the skin tone. It might be able to support elastin production but solid research is lacking
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
0.3% - 0.5%
A vitamin C derivative that is more stable but less potent than pure form of vitamin C. Has a potential to boost collagen production, nutralise free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but the required concentration is likely to be much higher than for the pure form of vitamin C, limiting the ingredient's effectiveness in products
0.2% - 0.4%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.2% - 0.4%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin, but research on its efficacy in skin is lacking
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.6%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that contains small percentage of AHAs. Is unlikely to have any skin benefit due the small concentration of the active compounds
0.15% - 0.25%
Sugar extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.15%
A fragrance with a lemon scent. A likely irritant
0.05% - 0.1%

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