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New Solution for Dry Skin: Kiehl's Rosa Arctica Regenerating Cream

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Kiehl's new Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream harnesses the power of the rare Resurrection Flower—the Haberlea rhodopensis—a plant that can dry out completely and survive for 31 days in inclement conditions, only to be restored with just a few drops of water within a day or two. Kiehl's new cream works to trigger the same reaction in skin—helping to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improving the overall firmness and condition of skin. In fact, in a four-week consumer study conducted with 50 women ages 40 to 50, 91% of users said their skin appeared "more revitalized and rejuvenated" and 93% said their skin felt "denser and thicker"—which is a good thing, when we're talking about skin.

The folks at Kiehls sent us a sample to test out. At the outset, we like the pretty packaging (okay, we're really shallow, we know). The cream comes in a pale seafoam green jar that has a good weight to it—it doesn't feel like it will, you know, just fly off your bathroom counter, you know?

The cream itself is different from other creams we've used. Rosa Arctica is much richer in texture—but not in an oily unctuous way—it's more dense, and for people who prefer to use a spatula to scoop out their face cream, this would be a great candidate for spatula-ting.

We have really dry skin, so we thought we'd give this cream a shot overnight on the first try—our very un-scientific standard for what we deem a great skincream is if you put it on at night and wake up in the morning and are able to see an improvement. The texture of Rosa Arctica is not oily, so it didn't leave us shiny, which bodes well for future use as a daycream. The scent is definitely un-perfumed, which you'll like or not depending on how you generally feel about perfumed skincare.

In the morning? Our skin looked great. It still felt moisturized, didn't look shiny or dry. Our pores seemed smaller and some redness we had the night before had disappeared.

Verdict? We'd definitely use Rosa Arctica again—and, with dry skin cream prices being what they are (hello, wtf, $500 for a night cream?), we'd gladly fork over the relatively affordable $60/jar for this Kiehl's solution-oriented product.
· Rosa Arctica, $60 at Kiehl's