8 years ago, Kiehl’s introduced the Ultra Facial Cream (right). The Ultra Facial Cream promises 24 hour hydration and includes high quality ingredients like Antarcticine, which is a glacial glycoprotein sourced in Antarctica, among other moisturising ingredients like avocado oil and squalene, just to name a few.

Kiehl’s is really killing it when it comes to producing effective products backed by science and the results in terms of sales is astonishing. In 2012 alone, over 2 million jars of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream flew off shelves and into homes around the world. (Let’s just say that’s about 4 jars per minute globally.) The cream has a celebrity following and A-list Hollywood Star Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and style maven, Olivia Palermo are fans of the miraculous super hydrating cream.

In November last year, Kiehl’s finally presented to consumers around the world a revolutionary lightweight version of the Ultra Facial Cream for those with drier skin types – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration. Similar to its predecessor, it promises to provide 24 hour hydration but with a tweak in the formula architecture to allows for deeper hydration specifically catered to drier skin types.

The new Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration contains a potent mix of ingredients that enhances the hydrating powers of the cream.

One key ingredient of the cream is the Enriched Hyaluronic Acid which is a combination of both Hyaluronic Acid and Biomimetic Hydrator. I’m sure we’re all pretty familiar with the humectant, Hyaluronic Acid, which draws moisture into skin to keep it plump and hydrated but how many of us are aware of what the Biomimetic Hydrator is? In simple terms, it is a seal to lock in the moisture drawn in by the Hyaluronic Acid. Together the Enriched Hyaluronic Acid increase water capture on the epidermis of skin and sort of “fills in the cracks” especially at drier areas of the skin. The formula also includes Refined Apricot Oil which contains Omegas 3, 6, 9 as well as fatty acids.

How did both creams fair and which do I prefer? Read my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream review which covers both the Ultra Facial Cream and Ultra Facial Cream Intense Repair.

Disclaimer: Both products have been sponsored for review. I have not been paid to endorse any of the products and all opinions shared in this review are my own.