I Can’t Stop Using the New Kiehl's Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Face Mask as a Cleansing Balm — Here’s Why

May 26, 2022
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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As someone with super dry, sensitive skin, there are certain features I will rarely pass up when it comes to skincare: if the product promises moisture, hydration and/or smoother, softer skin, I’m almost always willing to give it a try. So when Kiehl’s offered to send me their new Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask with 10.5% Squalane, I had high hopes for the hydrating, balm-like formula. Keep reading for my review of the face mask below.

The Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask Formula

Kiehl’s describes this as a hydrating face mask that prevents moisture loss overnight and helps strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a balm-to-oil formula that can be used three different ways: as an overnight mask (up to three times a week), as a short, 15-minute treatment or as a cleansing balm on dry skin. Key ingredients include squalane, a lipid that helps restore the skin’s moisture barrier and promotes a softer, more supple-looking complexion, and glacial glycoprotein, which helps to hydrate. The mask is suitable for all skin types, but those with oily skin will appreciate that it’s non-comedogenic. The fact that it’s packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled jar is an added bonus.

kiehls ultra facial overnight hydrating face mask formula

My Experience Using the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask

Given how dry my skin is, I was excited to try a formula that sounded so comforting and hydrating. I love the rich, balmy consistency — it reminds me of slathering on shea butter straight from the tub. It melts into a creamier consistency as you apply it, which makes it easy to spread all over your face. Surprisingly, my favorite way to use the product is as a cleansing balm on full-makeup days. I scoop some of the formula out using my fingers (if you’re worried about hygiene, you can use a small spatula), rub it into my skin and watch traces of foundation and blush come off when I wipe it away with a cotton pad. I follow that with my typical cleanser and warm water, and am left with skin that feels clean and soft, not stripped. I’ve never tried a cleansing balm before, but I now swear by this one for taking my makeup and sunscreen off.

As an overnight mask, I can see myself reaching for this on days where my skin is so dry it’s flaky. I’m always seeking out the most hydrating, nourishing skincare products I can find, but I think I would prefer using this more consistently as a mask if its texture were closer to that of a moisturizer. Despite this one qualm, it does make my skin feel pillowy soft the next day, so if you like the texture, you might enjoy it as a mask. But for me, integrating the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask as part of a double-cleansing routine has worked wonders!

Photo: Ariel Wodarcyk, Design: Juliana Campisi

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