For me, Kiehl’s is the skincare equivalent of comfort foods like mac n’ cheese, never trendy but always popular. During stops living in NYC, Milan and London (twice), I’ve made the occasional purchase of the cult Creme de Corps and baby lotion for Sophia (I do like that their products are suitable for sensitive skin) but that’s about it. Recently though, they’ve upped their game with the introduction of Midnight Recovery Concentrate which has many beauty editors all excited and Rosa Arctica cream, the subject of my review.
I bought the latter during the course of my seemingly never-ending search for a good day moisturizer to use in winter when my skin is extra dry (I confess to liking a warm house). Whereas in the summer I simply apply Super Goop’s SPF 35 lotion, the colder weather calls for a heavier cream. The key ingredient behind Rosa Arctica is the “Resurrection Flower”, also known as Haberlea Rhodopensis to you botanists, which has regenerating powers that are not diminished even in extreme conditions. While I’m not sure living in London qualifies as an extreme environment, I do like the concept of a naturally occurring solution to dehydration. The consistency is thick but not at all greasy, making it possible to apply sunscreen underneath if necessary, and has no artificial perfume smell which is quite a pleasant change from other brands. I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and I’m very happy with the results. My skin is no longer parched and as a result, my make-up sits much better. Plus, and maybe this is my imagination, the added plumpness has the effect of younger-looking skin. At £45 for a 50g jar, Rosa Arctica is not cheap but as you only need a small amount, the cost per use is worth it. I think my quest is over!
Available at Kiehl’s (online and in stores) and Space NK.