If it’s good enough for baby, then it’s good enough for me. That’s what I usually think to myself when I pick up a skin care product meant for use on babies. I’ve always had sensitive skin, and currently, I’m pregnant (8 months!), so it made sense to choose to try the Nurturing Baby Cream For Face & Body. By the well-known, reputable brand Kiehl’s, nonetheless.
Product claims, from the Kiehl’s website:
• Nurtures skin, leaving it smooth and soft and is gentle enough for use on baby’s face to help moisturize and even out dry patches
• Formulated with Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil and Purified Honey
• Infused with a carefully selected blend of vanilla, apples, pears, and sweet berries for a pleasant scent, leaving baby’s (and mom’s) skin smelling fresh
• Tested to help minimize allergy risk; pH-balanced; and sensitivity-tested for daily use
My intention was to use the Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream For Face & Body, first, as a facial moisturizer for myself, then, if it fared well, as a face and body cream for my soon-to-arrive baby.
Kiehl’s, like most other American brands, are sold with high mark-ups here in Manila, where I live. The Nurturing Baby Cream For Face & Body costs 19 USD on the US website, and in Kiehl’s stores here costs nearly double the price at 1485 PHP or around 1900 INR.
The tube is 6.8fl. oz/200 ml though, so it’s pretty huge, and if used solely as mom’s facial cream, should last really long. As a face and body cream for a newborn baby, it should last up to several months, or more.
The Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream For Face & Body, I would say, is a simple cream. It’s white, with a no-scent kind of scent. Very mild and barely detectable, appropriate for babies or moms who prefer unscented skin care.
This cream is on the heavy side, which I find common in moisturizers that claim to be okay for use on both the face and body.And I won’t lie—it feels greasy on the skin when I use more than a pea-sized amount for my whole face (the ingredients list does include Apricot Kernel Oil, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and Shea Butter). But I don’t mind, since my skin right now is so dry! So the facial moisturizers I go for are rich, heavy ones and some greasiness can be expected.
I think that the Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream, as a facial moisturizer, isn’t bad. For dry skin, that is. For oily skin it’ll just be too much. But on my dry skin, I find that it keeps my face feeling moisturized through the night. I use it more as a night cream and in the morning my face doesn’t feel as dry as usual but I still see a few rough, flaky spots. I have experienced no irritation whatsoever with this so I think it’s okay for sensitive skin and it’s a go for using this on the baby.
I’ve been applying it occasionally on the eczema on my hands, and it is great for that. It’s gentle and moisturizes my hands just enough. I wouldn’t feel antsy about applying it on my newborn baby’s skin. I plan to put it on any dry spots on his face and body, but not on the whole body, just because I don’t think babies need all-over body lotion in the humid climate we have here.
Pros of Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body
• Very mild, almost no scent.
• Rich texture.
• Gentle to the skin.
• Keeps dry skin moisturized overnight.
• Good for eczema.
• Didn’t cause pimples (don’t have a lot of breakouts these days, though).
• Hygienic tube packaging.
• Multi-use. For baby and mom, for the face and body.
Cons of Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body
• Greasy feel when used on the face.
• High price.
I think the Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream is a particularly convenient product to have if you’re a mom with an infant. It can be used for the sensitive skin on baby’s face and body, and mom’s too. I really like using it occasionally as a hand cream, and as a moisturizer for the face, I find that it’s nice enough for my dry skin, and while I wouldn’t hesitate to bring this as my only moisturizer for, say, a week-long vacation, I feel that I need to alternate it or supplement it with other products to provide the hydration and care my facial skin needs.
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