My skin has been looking a little off lately and I’ve been a little out-of-touch with the new releases from Kiehl’s, so it was about time to turn that around.
I went to their store in Ghent, which is just around the corner of my uni and the cosiest thing ever, to get a proper skin consultation. If you haven’t done one of these, I recommend you do! It’s completely free and the staff is just so helpful to guide you through the ranges and which products would suit your skin the best without being pushy. You sit down with the consultant to talk about the condition of your skin and any issues you may have. Then, they test the hydration level of your skin by pressing a sample onto your forehead and cheeks.
As predicted, my cheeks were normal, while my forehead was oily, which is typical for combination skin types. My hydration level turned out to be only 34%, which is lower than the average/requirement of 40-50%. Time to change that! The friendly consultant presented me with an entire new skin care routine (see photo above), which she wrote down on a “skin care consultation guide” that you can take home. At that point there are two options; you can either immediately buy the product you like or, and this is what’s so great about Kiehl’s, take a few samples home and see what you like first before you buy. There were so many products I wanted to try, but managed to break it down to 2 novelties, the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence and Hydro-Plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate, and a product I’ve had on my wish list for the longest time; the Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
First up in the new routine is the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, a completely new product or skin care step, for both myself and Kiehl’s. It’s inspired by the seemingly endless skin care regimen of Asian women, so of course I just had to try it! You’re supposed to use it after cleansing and toning, and right before a serum. Pour a few drops of the velvety liquid in your hand, press them together and gently pat them onto the skin for smoother, radiant skin. It nourishes thoroughly while visibly improving the appearance of fine lines, dullness and rough texture over time. Sounds pretty promising!
The next step in the routine is the Hydro-Plumping Re-texturizing Serum Concentrate, an emulsion with 15 % glycerin, known for its moisture attraction properties, and shiso leaf extract, which helps to retain moisture within the skin’s surface layers. The ingredients are nice, but what really got me was that the formula transforms into little water droplets when you rub it into the skin. Quite the soothing effect. With continued use, the serum concentrate is said to minimize the look of fine lines, rough skin texture, dullness and a tired-looking complexion that can be caused by age-related dehydration. You apply this morning and night and it’s also suitable for use around the eyes. Sounds like just what I need.
Last new product is one for in the evening, the Midnight Recovery concentrate, one of their bestselling products. You apply it by using the dropper to get 2-3 drops in the palm of your hand and pressing it onto the skin to distribute, before rubbing it in. You wear it on its own or under a moisturizer for a younger-looking, radiant skin. It’s my first try at a leave-on facial oil concentrate and I’m expecting a lot from it because it’s said to visibly restore the appearance of the skin overnight. That is one huge claim! With over 20 beauty awards in the pocket, some of it must be true, right?
So these are my latest additions to the skin care cabinet. It’s a little early to be posting my verdict just yet, but I’ll give you an update in one month or so on how they worked for me, or not. I do must say I have pretty high expectations, because Kiehl’s rarely lets me down. I guess we’ll see! Have you tried any of these products yet? What is your favourite Kiehl’s product?
Kiehl’s Iris Extract Essence (200 ml) – € 43
Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (50 ml) – € 49
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (30 ml) – € 40
You can find Kiehl’s online and in their stores in Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp (BE).