Truth be told, I never planned on setting out to buy Kiehl's Facial Fuel SPF 15 ($20.50 for 2.5oz). I had slept through my wake-up call while working in Bimini, Bahamas and had no choice but to make a bee-line to the airport, leaving all my toiletries in the bathroom. With that said (and looking forward to three days in Miami) I needed a good moisturizer with sunscreen. The first store I happened to come across was Kiehl's.
I admit that I do secretly like a handful of Kiehl's products, which clearly gives me something in common with Jodie Foster. The company practices an environmentally-conscious philosophy and doesn't test on animals. Furthermore, the truth is (arguably) in the quality of the products since they do very minimal national advertising.
I tried the new men's Facial Fuel series, the energizing moisture treatment with SPF 15 (I urge everyone to use SPF in their facial moisturizers!). The active ingredients include Ensulizole (1.8%) and Octinoxate (7.5%). Ensulizole is a sunscreen agent that's water soluble, so it actually feels lighter on the skin (and you know how pasty sunscreens can get). Ensulizole is a UV filter and the most widely used sunscreen ingredient. While this ingredient (and filters in general) have generated controversy over whether they attack skin cells, there haven't been any riots so far and the product's results have been positive. So I'll take my chances.
Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment also contains vitamins C, E and chestnut extract (helps the skin restore and retain lipids) and soy, which improves the skin's look and texture. It also contains caffeine, which turned me off at first as caffeine is often linked to cellulite issues. But further studies indicate the acid in caffeine functions as an antioxidant so it is now frequently found in face creams and serums. Several studies have also shown it may protect against sun-induced skin cancer, so it is actually beneficial in this product as a sunscreen.
This non-oily moisturizer goes on smoothly and is quite refreshing on the face. And it did make me feel revitalized, kinda like a cold splash on a hot day. The fact that the package states it is a "facial recovery accelerator" would otherwise make me roll my eyes, but after using this for several months, I'm sold.