Shortly before Christmas a little Kiehl's store popped up in my local shopping centre. The centre's having a total revamp, and we're even getting a MAC store, so it's all very exciting, as well as bad for the bank balance. At around the same time, I received some Kiehl's products to try, so it's been a perfect introduction to the brand for me.
Kiehl's is an American brand with 150 years' experience in skincare. Everything is very much focused on the science of skin benefits with a preference for using natural ingredients. The products I've tried are three best sellers, and these ones are wearing special holiday edition funky labelling designed by artists Craig & Karl - which is still available in some stores - but they're also sold all year round in their usual sleek and simple Kiehl's packaging too.
I've heard great things about the moisturiser in the past - it holds Holy Grail status with some bloggers - but as I'm very lazy when it comes to body moisturising, I've never given it a try before. It promises to give superb moisture to the skin and to actual improve the texture within ten days, whilst also being really gentle, and contains beta carotene, cocoa butter and sesame oil. I found it to be rich and buttery yet easily absorbed into my skin, and the slightly scaly dryness on my winter legs has quickly disappeared with a few days' use. It's unscented, which surprised me, but it makes it more suitable for those with really sensetive skin. At £27.50 for 250ml, I think it's one of the priciest body moisturisers I've tried, but I can see why it's a bestseller.
This is a herbal toner which contains no alcohol, and it's designed to soothe and balance oily skin and it's great for acne prone skin too. I like my chemical exfoliant toners, but do have to be careful to only use them at night and not every day, so in contrast this more natural and gentle product has slotted well into my morning routine as it both calms the redness and battles the my oily zones. I apply this using a cotton pad and sweeping all over the face. I really like this so far - my only complaint is that the little floaty flower bits sometimes escape the nozzle and get onto the pad or on my face!
The ultra facial cream is another real hero product from the Kiehl's line. It's a super moisturising cream for really dry skin and its key ingredients are antarcticine - a glycoprotein from Antarctica for fighting dryness and imperata cylindrica which is a plant from the Australian outback to provide lasting hydration. I have combination skin, and it's in the winter when the drier areas really act up - especially around the corners of my nose and mouth where the skin almost cracks. I've been trialing this at night all over, but also in the daytime just on those really dry areas if I'm at home with no makeup on. It has a subtle, traditional 'face cream' smell which I like, and is immediately comforting in dry areas. I think my skin would be too oily to wear this during the day, but it's working well to heal and hydrate my super dry areas at all other times.
Are you familiar with Kiehl's? What's your favourite product?