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Kiehl's Rosa Arcitca Lightweight Cream and Eye

It’s often said, and not incorrectly (though once in Zoolander), that moisture is the key to beauty. By beauty, of course, we mean glowing, dewy, clear skin. Tell me you don’t want that.

Kiehl’s new paraben-, fragrance-, and silicone-free Rosa Arctica line steps up to the moisturizing plate with a formula packed with vitamin E, white-birch extract (apparently known for its ability to restore hydration and increase skin elasticity and collagen production), squalane, and "the rare ‘Ressurection Flower’ Haberlea Rhodopensis," which the press materials tell me is "known to survive up to 31 months of dehydration and return to life when proper moisture condition are restored.” Though I certainly was not previously aware of the Haberlea Rhodopensis or its magical powers, and I may not be a flower myself, there’s something attractive to the prospect of medically advanced flora “jolting [us] back to youth,” isn’t there? I know I had great skin as a baby.

The Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream has all the benefits of a heavier moisturizer without the typical ointment feel; it's thin, but not at all greasy. I've been using it for a week, and despite the stress/running around/too-many-late-nights trifecta, I feel (as cheesy as it sounds) refreshed: my skin feels healthy, and that is a feat to be reckoned with, considering very little else about me is. The Rosa Arctica Eye is equally nifty, but in a denser balm form, replete with cocoa and shea butters, as well as skin brightening agents which work on skin discoloration to even out your lovely, delicate under-eye areas. (Or, at least it helped a bit with my fashion-fatigued face.) Also, the icy seaglass-colored jars fit in nicely with any white-tile or natural-wood bathroom tableau.

Whether or not you’re worried about aging right now, as my mother always told me, 'Moisturizing is like putting money in the bank.' Or actually, I think she said that about taking calcium supplements, but the point remains: it’s never too soon to start taking care of your skin. So, get a move on.

—Alessandra Codinha

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  • Paulina Bilda

    It's all true about moisturizing! I'm using Korres Wild Rose 24 h cream right now and it's my 2nd container. I think I'll try these Kiehl's creams.

  • katemossdaily

    You're definitely right about starting early. The right products, not necessarily the most expensive or most popular, make all the difference. Of course, high end products feel luxurious and there's nothing wrong with experiencing a little luxury where you can, even if it's a tiny bottle of face cream.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    The Lightweight Cream sounds lovely! As someone approaching 30, I can totally appreciate a gentle anti-aging product that won't leave my combination skin greasy or smothered. The packaging is beautiful too!


  • Aya

    Excited to try their light cream because I thought the original was a bit heavy for me. I also like that they're starting to do more paraben-free etc lines. Thanks for this heads up!

  • mickeyh

    Is anyone else concerned about using jars vs. tubes? About dipping your fingers in each time to use them and getting bacteria in there? Or is that all nonsense? I don't really know but I always lean towards using tubes. That being said I actually really want to try these products.

    • Nomadic D.

      I actually do think that's an issue. And not just hygiene-wise, but I've read that a lot of antioxidants and other great-for-you ingredients actually lose efficacy when exposed to air. Paula Begoun (someone who's research and opinion I alwasy trust when it comes to this stuff) has a lot to say on the matter. You can check her out on beautypedia or cosmeticscop.

      • NYClipstickgal

        Paula is great! I always run products thru her beautypedia site.
        I stay away from jars as well. Makes total sense that not only is this not just un-hygiene-wise, but you did lose the efficacy.

    • Ona_in_Barcelona

      Yup, I'm with you. I don't buy anything in jars anymore - the final straw was when I dropped my jar of Clinique All About Eyes in my slow-draining basin - the jar got filled up with (slightly toothpastey) water... ugh! Basically, even apart from the very important antioxidant issue mentioned, I'm too clumsy for jars!

  • ClosetCravings

    I often feel like Indiana Jones searching for not a rare artifact but rather the perfect moisturizer. Although there are many that I like, I have yet to find one that I absolutely love and can't live without. So I search. My fear is not snakes but wrinkles brought on by dehydrated skin. I'm looking forward to giving the new Kiehl product a chance.
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  • Marta E

    I'm in love with some Kiehl's products, great brand!! I will show you them soon ;)



  • Azrakun

    I've been looking for a good moisturizing cream. I might try this out.

  • charlotte bentley

    I love the original Rose Arctica - I love the balm consistency, actually - and I mix it with Seabuckthorn oil and Kama Aryurveda Oil, as well as a tiny bit of tarte Maracuja oil, and my skin has never looked better.

  • Stephanie Liu

    I use both Rosa Arctica products and they have made my skin look amazing. My skin was good to begin with, but now it's brighter and yes, more refreshed! And there's something about that icy packaging that is so lustworthy.

    xx Steph

  • Crystallography

    great article. thanks for sharing. it is always nice to hear about new and up coming products to try. i do feel it's good to change things up every now and then, whether that be a brand change or product change.

  • ROKderm

    " moisturizing is like putting money in the bakn" ha! I like it! And live by it. I love kiehl's! I recently did some purchases of my own here in London, I am extremely happy with the products, and it's fast become one of my favorite brands!
    Read about my Kiehl's experience here:

  • Mona

    I have tried after I got a sample at Barney's last year, and honestly I don't notice a difference!

  • Rachel LC

    My mum swears by Kiehl's Rose Arctica line and her skin is always luminous... since there's a lightweight version, I guess I should take her product suggestions and not put all my hopes into good genetics.