When we live in the tropics and are constantly exposed to the sun, it is really important to have good sun protection on daily. Recently, Kiehls sent me the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 and it’s a good thing they did because this has now become my favourite facial sunblock.
The Kiehls Daily UV Defense dispenses in a white cream form. I was skeptical at first because I have tried a few sunblocks with similar consistencies and they all felt rather heavy and muggy. However, the Kiehls sunblock felt quite lightweight and I was surprised that it wasn’t even shiny when applied.
It is very easy to spread and blends into my skin without leaving a white cast. My face feels soft and moisturised yet matte because it does not leave a visible sheen behind. I usually need to apply a moisturiser beforehand as my skin is dehydrated and being in air-conditioned environments all day long can dry out my skin quite badly. But the Kiehls sunblock pairs well with my light daytime moisturiser and I don’t feel that my skin is extra greasy, which can sometimes happen with heavier sunblocks. For very oily skin folks, wearing the Kiehls sunblock alone will probably suffice.
I had to attend a team building event just last weekend and wore the Kiehls sunblock on my face. It lasted through the blood, sweat and tears (we had all sorts of rigorous outdoor activities) and my skin did not burn or darken. However my arms did turn a shade darker as I was using a separate sunblock with SPF45, so you can imagine how strong the sun was the two days. I am quite sensitive to UV exposure and usually try to stay well away from strong sunlight.
Overall, I am very pleased with Kiehls sunblock and wonder why I didn’t try it out sooner. It may not completely help with oil control but most sun protection products don’t and I don’t really expect them to. It is mildly scented but the scent is hardly noticeable unless I take a real good sniff at the tube. I have been using it for two weeks now and all’s been well so far.
If you’re looking for a lightweight yet creamy sunblock with high protection factor, I’d recommend giving the Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 a go. Believe it or not, this has now over taken my previous favourite. A 30ml tube costs RM140 and is sold at all Kiehls counters and stores nationwide.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Nylon-12, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Tromethamine, Ethylparaben, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 80
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