Review of KIEHL’S Facial Fuel SPF 15 Sunscreen

Posted on April 23, 2013


We were big fans of the Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. So we have decided to continue our product review of the brand. Next stop is the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 sunscreen and moisturizer.

kiehls-facial-fuel-spf-15-sunscreen-skincare-moisturizer-menAccording to the manufacturer’s website, this SPF 15 sunscreen also functions as an energizing moisture treatment for men. We love multi-use skincare products so we were eager to try it out. Facial Fuel SPF15 is also described as a “facial recovery accelerator” helping skin resist affects of environmental stress for a healthy invigorated appearance.

The key moisturizing ingredient in this product is Chestnut Extract — derived from the Horse Chestnut Tree, the extract fom its fruit is used in skincare to improve the skin’s barrier to retain and restore its lipids balance.

Product performance of the Kiehl’s SPF 15 sunscreen during our two week testing period was just average or subpar. We did find that our faces did turn slightly red during outstays basking in the sun even though we reapplied every two hours as one should do for any sunscreen. The UV filters used are Ensulizole 1.80% and Octinoxate 7.4925% which are primarily only UVB filters which help prevent skin redness and sunburn. Please note that this product does not offer broad spectrum sun protection from both UVA & UVB radiation. UVA radiation is the primary cause of pre-mature aging as it penetrates into the skin much more deeply than UVB rays. And this “energizing moisture treatment” for men did provide adequate hydration short-term for the skin but we would not recommend it solely for its moisturization properties.

The pleasant thing about this product was the cooling sensation we encountered upon application. It felt like we were applying a much needed cooling liquid ice lotion quenching our skin’s thirst. We did like its non-greasy smooth consistency and scent-wise the product had a faint minty smell that dissipated in seconds. The product did not clog pores whatsoever so it’s great for people with acne prone skin.

Priced at $35 for 4.2 fl oz, you get what you pay for. The Kiehl’s Facial Fuel SPF 15 was just average at best in product efficacy ratings. It certainly smells and feels great on your skin but does not deliver the same way in its sun protection and re-energizing product claims as compared to higher priced men’s and women’s luxury moisturizing sunscreens.