Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer

An effective, oil-free moisturizing cream
  • Lightweight moisturizer ideal for normal to oily skin types

"This moisturizer makes my skin feel supple and soft without any greasy residue."

Laila, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
-Gently massage a small amount of the oil-free moisturizer onto just cleansed skin as needed
-Avoid the eye area
-May be used alone or under makeup


Panthenol is a penetrating moisturizer which absorbs into the skin and hair and is converted into Pantothenic Acid, a B complex vitamin. Assists skin care products in retaining water and also absorbs water from the air, aiding in skin and hair moisturization.

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Sodium PCA is a naturally occurring humectant in the skin, partly responsible for the skin’s moisture-binding capacity. It is derived from amino acids and is highly water absorbing. Due to its moisture-binding ability, it is a high performance humectant which increases the skin’s softness when added to products.

Vitamin E

Naturally occurring in plant leaves and skin, Vitamin E helps neutralize skin-damaging free radicals and has soothing moisturizing properties.

Sodium PCA Oil-Free Moisturizer
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Kiehl's Since 1851 Store asked: Why did you choose this?
xiaoqian q: I want to try it Aug 9, 2014
Kristina D: Because it has been my favorite for years. Please bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jul 19, 2014
Jessica C: I would have bought this again but its out of stock. MY ALL YEAR ROUND favorite gentle moisturizer for face and neck / chest and the rough area on your elbows. May 15, 2014
Shelley P: reduces rosacsea (sp) symptoms of redness and white heads May 5, 2014
xinyue z: oil skin Apr 26, 2014
Chris T: I have used this product for years and it is terrific. Apr 15, 2014
Ashley R: To balance combination skin. Apr 5, 2014
Shelly C: love this moisturizer. Have acne and this provides moisture without the oil. Mar 30, 2014
Jocelyn D: This Item is a staple in my household my husband and I have been using it for years Mar 14, 2014
Jeannine P: was given as a gift and loved it Mar 4, 2014
john b: The best daytime cream. Been using it for years. Jan 28, 2014
Linda S: It was recommended as a moisturizer that doesn't make your face shine but hydrates wonderfully. I'm going to find out! Jan 23, 2014
Christopher H: I have used this for 12 years, excellent moisturizer. Jan 14, 2014
Emily T: I love how this makes my skin feel. Leaves it supple but not oily. Jan 14, 2014
nancy s: love this product. does not have a greasy feel and absorbs quickly Jan 3, 2014
Barbara G: use it as an every day moisturizer Dec 31, 2013
liz p: only moisturizer that does not make my face break out and I am 50 yrs old. Dec 31, 2013
Christine L: A very good product that I have used more than 10 years Dec 30, 2013
Diane G: I love this lotion. It goes on smoothly and never feels greasy. Dec 28, 2013
Yi Chun C: we use it a lot, for men is good as well Dec 25, 2013
Cynthia W: This is my go-to moisturizer. Always light, never greasy. Dec 22, 2013
Gayle G: Been using this for years Dec 22, 2013
Kara C: I have normal to oily (t-zone) skin and this provides all day moisture but doesn't leave skin oily at all. Love it! Dec 19, 2013
Mary Lynn D: i have used many times before and love it! Dec 17, 2013
Casey F: I have sensitive skin! Dec 16, 2013
Catherine S: It's oil free Dec 13, 2013
Xi G: Good for oily skin Dec 9, 2013
CAROLYN R: just wanted to try this Dec 8, 2013
Julie B: best moisturizer ever! for oily to dry skin. It cures them all. Dec 7, 2013
Sharon E: I have oily skin and it is very light Dec 3, 2013
andrea w: have oily skin and this moisturizes and does not break me out! Yippee!!! Dec 3, 2013
Bingxin Y: many people bought it Dec 3, 2013
yuanfeng l: like Dec 2, 2013
Amy M: Use it daily! Dec 2, 2013
Jennifer T: This moisturizer is light and hydrates just enough without my skin having that oily feeling. I wear it at night and under my makeup. Dec 2, 2013
Yuchuan S: want to try Dec 1, 2013
Cathy N: I have used this moisturizer for years. It is perfect for my combination skin Dec 1, 2013
Yee Ping L: It's good product and good deal. Dec 1, 2013
Valerie G: I've used this product for years, and it's great for my skin. Dec 1, 2013
fanxing s: good Nov 28, 2013
Johann B: Great and non oily Nov 26, 2013
Lorrie G: Oil-free & it is for my daughter Nov 25, 2013
Joyce L: Seem good to my normal to oil skin. Never try it but would love to give it shoot. Nov 21, 2013
jungmin c: Because I have been using this Nov 17, 2013
yanwen h: it's well-sold in China Nov 15, 2013
Caixin W: nice product for oil skin Nov 13, 2013
Hui X: m Nov 13, 2013
maggie h: i wanna try it ! Nov 13, 2013
Christie M. K: I've used this for years and it's one of my favorite Kiehl's products. Nov 11, 2013
Maria T: I have really oily skin and this is the best. I've tried everything and this is the only moisturizer I can wear. It doesn't make me break out and my skin is super sensitive. Nov 1, 2013
Tarsha S: cause i love it and it doesn't make my face break out Nov 1, 2013
Jacque-Lynne J: love this moisturizer, other kinds make me break out. Unfortunately it's not available in canada anymore and the closest one they recommended for me doesn't agree with my skin. Oct 23, 2013
Melissa C: I love this face cream to wear under my makeup. Oct 16, 2013
pablo b: i like the oil free and scent free features. Oct 14, 2013
Heather H: Don't like oily moisturizers. Oct 13, 2013
Megan K: I have oily skin and it's difficult to find moisturizers that will help dry areas, but not make my skin overly oily. Oct 11, 2013
Jennifer D: The only face cream I use! Sep 26, 2013
junying z: always good Sep 25, 2013
Xiaobo H: works good for my oily skin Sep 22, 2013
Jiaofeng W: I HAVE been using it Sep 21, 2013
HA RIM K: suitable for oily skin Sep 21, 2013
Faith Y: i used this wif midnight works very well when i slept late or something Sep 16, 2013
Wendy W: Love how soft my complexion feels when I moisturize with this. Sep 10, 2013
JIAJUN H: I have tried this before and I want to use it again for the coming winter. Sep 9, 2013
Vahan A: great product for summer time. Sep 6, 2013
Joy C: My friend told me that this is a good product Aug 16, 2013
Sonia C: Great moisturizing without the oily "sheen" afterwards. Aug 15, 2013
Joanna H: I've used this moisturizer for years and won't use any other. Feels great and keeps my face hydrated without being oily. Aug 13, 2013
Allyson G: I have extremely oily skin. Originally wanted something with salicylic acid but we'll see how well this one works for me. Aug 11, 2013
Heather P: I have been a faithful user of this product for years! It's the only moisturizer that doesn't irritate my acne-prone, combination skin. It's light weight, but provides great moisture and layers well with my make-up. Aug 10, 2013
Kelly B: It's a great lightweight moisturizer for the summer! Not oily and keeps my skin looking great in the heat. Aug 9, 2013
Sallie S: I heard it was being phased out. Aug 8, 2013
Sara M: I've been using it for 25 years Aug 5, 2013
amanda e: Tried and true. Best moisturizer ever. Jul 25, 2013
Dean S: Used for years Jul 25, 2013
Jennifer C: My sister uses this and her skin looks wonderful. Jul 24, 2013
Dorothy P: Been using this for a couple years now. Like that it is not oily. Jul 22, 2013
elizabeth s: The perfect night time cream for the warmer months. Don't need the SPF for overnight, and want something without oil to contradict my overactive summer pores. Jul 2, 2013
Carla W: Purchased this for my husband. This is the only moisturizer I can get him to use daily. No scent is a plus. This is my go-to winter facial lotion. It absorbs quickly and no greasy feeling. Jun 18, 2013
janet c: IDEAL TO MY OILY SKIN Jun 18, 2013
Sandra P: I've been using this product for about 5 years. I love it. A small amount goes a long way. It does not make my face look greasy and it quickly absorbs into my skin. I use it everyday. It's a must a my daily skin routine. Jun 17, 2013
jie h: i like it. Jun 15, 2013
Daniel B: Light, Oil Free, Soothing, great on my face. Jun 14, 2013
Carissa M: This product was recommended by a friend after I complained about my oily skin. Jun 11, 2013
Xinye C: It may be useful in summer Jun 7, 2013
Taylor R: heard good things from a friend Jun 5, 2013
Jessie C: This is the ONLY moisturizer I can use that doesn't cause me to break out. Jun 4, 2013
Heidi M: Favorite summer moisturizer. Jun 2, 2013
Catherine V: finally an oil free moisturizer that is a creamy moisturizer ! perfect daytime moisture for my combination skin Jun 1, 2013
Hannah H: I have used this moisturizer for over 10 years. I have combination skin that is very oil where it's oily and very dry where it's dry. Dealing with Georgia summers and humidity adds to my issues. This moisturizer provides the perfect balance for my skin without feeling heavy or sticky. I would be lost without it! May 29, 2013
Whitney I: This is my favorite product. I have been using it for years and I don't ever want to use a different moisturizer. May 25, 2013
Gary D: Great product for sensitive, oily skin. I've been using it for years and have never found anything better. A little goes a long way and works for 24 hours. Highly recommended! Especially great for tender, razor-burn prone areas like the neck to soothe after shaving. May 24, 2013
Danielle A: I have combination skin, so this works really well for me. May 21, 2013
Sarah B: It's the best moisturizer ever! May 17, 2013
Dominique G: I have been using this moisturizer for years and it is the only one I can use on my extremely sensitive skin! I live and swear by it! May 2, 2013
Jill M: I have used this for a few years and it is one of the few moisturizer's that doesn't make me break out. Apr 24, 2013
RU W: Just try it. Apr 8, 2013
Tara S: Good price, quality ingredients, I'm out of Dr. Perricone moisturizer. Trying something different. Apr 5, 2013
Katherine P: This is the best moisturizer I've used. Works great without making my face feel greasy. Mar 26, 2013
Kelly M: This is absolutely the BEST moisturizer I have ever used. It's light and not greasy. It does not make my skin "shiny" during the day. Love it! Mar 20, 2013
Lynne J: I need oil free products that give me mositure. Been using it for years and love it! Feb 16, 2013
Akiko B: I cannot live without Sodium PCA oil-free moisturizer! It has changed my skin for the better. It's the best moisturizer I have ever used on my combination/oily skin. Please Kiehl's NEVER stop making this. Feb 15, 2013
Xuexin J: It does make my face clear and fresh. Feb 8, 2013
Joanne C: My daughter uses this moisturizer and loves it. My first time to buy it. Jan 28, 2013
Jaemin K: It is lightweight and long-lasting on the skin. Little to no risk of breaking out with this product. Jan 10, 2013
Mark A: It is oil free and doesn't make me break out. Jan 2, 2013
Youngju J: I love oil free moisturizer. Dec 31, 2012
Lauren P: This is great oil-free moisturizer for a good price. Also, I've heard Sodium PCA recommended on PBS health show. Dec 31, 2012
wenge w: just try it Dec 30, 2012
Jonna A: use all the time, need oil free, I have no break outs with this product Dec 30, 2012
AMY K: I have been using this for 30 years. No other moisturizer works with my skin better than this one!! Dec 30, 2012
Jie L: I am looking for a smooth moisturizer and would like to give this a try Dec 30, 2012
Sophie F: Have been using this great product for some time now and my skin feels great, balanced, not oily or greasy but very well hydrated. Dec 29, 2012
Lucy C: I used it. Pretty good product for combination skin. Dec 28, 2012
Xiang C: I have oily skin, want to try this out. Dec 26, 2012
george t: I have oily skin Dec 26, 2012
xiaoyuan x: this is no oil moisturizer Dec 26, 2012
Elizabeth P: I have had sensitive skin my entire life and this moisturizer is the only one I am able to use. Just love it! Dec 24, 2012
Darnell C B: My skin has an oily T-zone prone to breaks out, and extreme sensitivity to sunscreens. I read an interview where a model named Kiehl's Sodium PCA as her go-to face Moisturizer because she knew it would never clog her pores. I thought that's what I need! I tracked down where I could buy it, and found out the model was absolutely right - I never have a breakout when I'm using this moisturizer - best moisturizer for my type of skin. Dec 22, 2012
cassidy t: I am absolutely committed to this moisturizer, have been using it for years. I owe my balanced complexion to this product, which is light weight, never greasy & offers perfect hydration. Dec 21, 2012
Suzanne S: love the rich creamy consistency that absorbs so nicely and doesn't feel greasy! Dec 20, 2012
John C: best product in the world to me as I can not put anything on my skin with oil in it.

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Dec 19, 2012
Brandon C: It works perfectly for me. Dec 19, 2012
YA H: words from friend this is a good product. Dec 19, 2012
Richard H: This is great product! Dec 17, 2012
Nicole T: Looking for a good non-oily moisturizer that won't make my skin breakout - Hope this is it!! Dec 16, 2012
Ahram K: I have oily skin, but sometimes I feel dry. so I was looking for oil-free mosturizer. Dec 14, 2012
King David T: works best on my face Dec 14, 2012
LILY L: This product is good for the oily skin. Dec 12, 2012
gaofeng c: my friend ask for this Dec 12, 2012
yidan m: i heard its good for oily skin Dec 11, 2012
Sharon E: My son wants this for Christmas. Nov 25, 2012
Tammy B: I have oily skin and this is great for oily skin Nov 25, 2012
Sherene C: Great moisturiser. Gets absorbed quickly without a spot of greasiness. Nov 24, 2012
Olga P: Best lightweight cream for finnicky skin Nov 23, 2012
Li Z: used it for couple years Nov 22, 2012
Chenlu S: FRIENDS RECOMMEND Nov 21, 2012
Weisi C: good Nov 19, 2012
Susan R: This is my daily moisturizer and absolutely love it.
I love putting it on.
I love how it feels.
I love how it absorbs into the skin.
I love that it is scent free.
Nov 18, 2012
xudong s: my favor major cream Nov 16, 2012
Jingjing L: My friend used this product. My skin is oily so I prefer to use the product is oil-free. Nov 15, 2012
nicole m: Love oil free products! Nov 5, 2012
Tia B: recommended by a friend Oct 29, 2012
Chelsea N: Great moisturizer for combination skin! Oct 27, 2012
Trina F: Perfect weight for day or night and long lasting hydration. Oct 16, 2012
carrie g: My skin is very oily all year round. This moisturizer never causes breakouts and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized Oct 15, 2012
Maura B: Love it! Have used it for years! Oct 5, 2012
Jennifer B: I have used this moisturizer for years because it feels wonderful going on my skin and makeup goes over it perfectly. Sep 24, 2012
Shoshana F: because it is the best moisturizer ever and i'm almost out! Sep 24, 2012
Jaclyn R: Have tried it and liked it! Sep 23, 2012
I-Ching H: My husband has been use this product for a while and love it. Sep 22, 2012
DI H: Love to use. Sep 22, 2012
Haoyu Z: It is good for oily skin Sep 21, 2012
kelly o: the best oil free moisturizer i've found. feels clean, refreshing and provides just the right amount of moisture for my oily skin. so many people think if you have oily skin you don't need or want a moisturizer, but that's not true. this gives your skin the perfect little "drink" it needs to keep that oil in check! Sep 19, 2012
Shuo Y: first time try Sep 18, 2012
Cheng L: I used it before Sep 18, 2012
Yu T: try a new one Sep 18, 2012
Tamara B: Provides great moisture without causing break-outs or making skin feel greasy. Sep 18, 2012
Xiaonan H: self interest Sep 18, 2012
Josephine H: Sodium PCA is the best moisturizer when your skin is dry and is in desperate need of moisture! Sep 18, 2012
Angela K: We've been using this product daily for 8 years and my husband and I love it. Sep 16, 2012
Michael C: I leaves my skin moist but is not oily. I tried more expensive cremes and there is nothing like it. Sep 16, 2012
yuting h: used this before and love it! Sep 10, 2012
Mary C: Love the product! Sep 9, 2012
Shannon B: Used this product before its great Aug 29, 2012
Jocelyn M: i've used it for the past 3 years and have not found anything that matches its' results! Aug 26, 2012
Mary Frances P: Need a good moisturizer Aug 13, 2012
Susan C: Great moisturizer for oily skin, been using it for 22 years! Aug 13, 2012
Alyssa D: Recommended from a friend and oil-free, perfect for my combination skin. Aug 8, 2012
John F: Leaves my sensitive skin hydrated and smooth, plus it absorbs quickly and evenly and you only need a very small amount to get great results. Aug 7, 2012
Barbara L: This is the only moisturizer I've ever found that is truly good for oily skin. No matter what other products say, they feel greasy on your skin. This product does not and it's the only moisturizer I ever use. Wonderful (and unscented, too). Aug 2, 2012
ZHENG L: a friend recommend this product. Jul 26, 2012
david w: light, absorbes well, no shine. Jul 23, 2012
lin y: like it Jul 16, 2012
Judy B: It is kind to my delicate skin. Makes my skin feel fresh and young. Jul 16, 2012
Sasithorn B: my friend uses this and swears by it and since my face is oily as well, I thought I'd try it. Jul 16, 2012
WEN T: Because the good evaluation Jul 15, 2012
Tracey K: The most perfect moisturizer ever. I have used this since I was in my 20s, when I was acne prone. I am now 41 and no one believes that is my age. It has given me such clear, perfect skin for years and I will never use anything else. Jul 15, 2012
Margaret F: My blue lotion's partner, and the best moisturizer I've ever used Jul 14, 2012
Hong G: effective goods Jul 8, 2012
Jonna A: use it all the time, oil free,no break outs Jul 2, 2012
CHRISTINE L: it's what i use Jun 23, 2012
Junli G: A FRIEND TOLD ME Jun 7, 2012
Jennifer B: I always buy this for my mom as a gift, she loves it. May 24, 2012
Anne C: it was recommended by a friend of mine May 13, 2012
Paul A: the best cream for my wife..many thanks..p May 12, 2012
Susan C: "I've been using this for 20 years .. I love it!" May 9, 2012
Erin B: love it May 8, 2012
Jaehoon L: For my sister's one of early birthday's gift May 7, 2012
Amanda D: Replenish May 7, 2012
Amanda D: Replenish May 7, 2012
Xinh S: I have oil skin so it was difficult for me when I am put the make up. Until I found this product is helping me to absorb the make up and make my face is going to smooth and look very nice. May 4, 2012
Stephanie G: Currently use May 3, 2012
Felicia W: Great oil free moisturizer for my face. it controls the oily look after a hard days work. May 1, 2012
Stefan R: This cream I've found is the best overall facial cream w/no oil out there anywhere! I love this stuff... halted my aging at age 26. I'm now 40 and look 30. Apr 30, 2012
Michele M: never leave home without this and i'm almost empty Apr 29, 2012
tae young C: I used to use it Apr 26, 2012
Robin A: Because I LOVE IT. It keeps my face moisturized without making it oily and shiny! Apr 16, 2012
Brian F: Years ago a Kiehl's associate in your original NYC store (before it was bought by L'Oreal) recommended it and have been very happy with and loyal to the product since. Many thanks. Apr 15, 2012
Fiona D: Love the texture, absorbs into skin well, fragrance free Apr 14, 2012
Leslie W: This is the only moisturizer I can use consistently that doesn't make me break out. A little light for dry winter weather, when I use something heavier at night, but still perfect for winter mornings, and morning and night in the warmer, muggier seasons. Apr 11, 2012
Dawn P: have used product for 5 years Apr 4, 2012
Kristine W: gentle, moisturizer that doesn't leave my face feeling oily. Mar 30, 2012
Gary L: works on my face without extra oiliness Mar 29, 2012
Danielle Cazoni asked: The sodium PCA is to be worn during the day or night? Oct 13, 2012
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A shopper asked: Should I choose Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion or this oil free moisturizer? What are the differences? Jun 9, 2013
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JoAnn M: I have bought the Oil Free Moisturizer and the Oil Free gel cream. I would buy them both......I have the gel moisterizer for the summer, hotter weather where it goes on a bit lighter. I do use the Moisterizer a bit more as it's not that hot where I live and it's a nice big container and priced well!
Good luck :)
Jun 9, 2013
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Amanda S: Depends on what your preference is. I tried the Ultra Oil Free and there is menthol in it which I didn't care for-it tingles a little- if I didn't have that I would like it.
The Sodium PCA you just take a little out and rub between your hands and then apply it; it's a light moisturizer.
Jun 9, 2013
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Gary L: I love both the lotion and the moisturizer. I use the lotion in the morning and the moisturizer in the evening. Both are great for skin that tends to be shiny and a bit oily at times but still needs a moisturizer. Jun 9, 2013
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Rachel boskn asked: Could you explain to me what PCA in Sodium PCA stands for? I have been researching online and I found multiple products for sodium PCA. Thank you. May 18, 2014
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Gary L: I'm not sure exactly myself what the PCA stands for? My husband started using it because it was a good moisturizer but not too greasy for oily skin and I then started using it and love it. I tend towards oily skin but get those super dry areas so I can basically lather it on without feeling over oily.

PCA maybe a good question for the knowledgeable sales associates at a Kiehls store.
May 18, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this produce non comedogenic, non scented, and paroben free? Aug 31, 2012
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Kiehl's AStaff: Hello and thanks for your question. This particular product is not paraben-free but many of our products are. We understand that some of our customers are concerned about products with parabens, so we are introducing new products that are be paraben free as well. For a full list of paraben-free forumlas, please send an inquiry to: Sep 12, 2012
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Yi L: it is non scented. I can say I love this product so much that I'm ready for my next purchase. Hope it can help. Aug 31, 2012
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Jerome N: Yes its a great product I've been using it for 15 yrs Aug 31, 2012
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A shopper asked: What is sodium PCA? Jul 8, 2014
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Gary L: I'm sorry I don't know what Sodium PCA stands for, that may be a better question for a Kiehl's representative. I do know it is great for skin that tends to be oily. Jul 9, 2014
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kisung L: It is light moisturizer and it works well with my skin. I always apply sunscreen in the morning and not greasy moisturizer is perfect. Jul 8, 2014
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A shopper asked: Do it have super size (label's texture different from redular size)? Aug 15, 2012
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Kiehl's AStaff: Hello! We have this product in two sizes, 2.0 oz and 4.0 oz, in-stock and available for purchase. Aug 15, 2012
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A shopper asked: Is the Vitamin E in this moisturizer derived from Soy? Is there any Soy in this product? Jun 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: It is a new product? I didn't see it before. Jul 19, 2013
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