Happy Labour Day! For those of you who may not know, Kiehl’s has been around since 1851. It initially began with a man wanting to have a pharmacy, and years later it is still trusted as one of the best names in skincare.
I recently ventured to Yorkdale Shopping Centre — they have a brick and mortar Kiehl’s retailer. So I went in for a 5 minute skin consultation and this earned me 5 samples — about a week’s worth, tailored specifically to my needs. The workers there are very knowledgeable about skincare (read: they know their chemistry). Diane — the sales associate that assisted me was very helpful.
The formulation of this reminds me so much of Eucerin facial wash, which is also similar to Cetaphil’s liquid cleanser. It gets sudsy enough to give you a clean feeling without a dry feeling. There’s no scent, so for those of you with sensitive skin, or for those of you who are simply sensitive to certain scents — no worries there. I was surprised that a small amount went such a long way because usually with cleansers formulated like this I find I have to dispense quite a bit.
The toner, at first, surprised me a little. When you think toner, you think of something that smells like witch hazel or something that gives a slight tingle — except for Simple’s Facial Toner. This Kiehl’s Toner however was thick when I had squeezed it out. So then I did again — it was still thick. That being said, it dissolves quickly and still covers your entire face by using just a small amount. I liked it though because it definitely removed what it needed to.
The facial cream is very lightweight. There’s no SPF so you don’t have to worry about that white cast that some moisturizers give. This also means you’ll be needing some SPF if you plan on going in the sun. It did keep my skin moisturized all day though, i.e. over 12 hours. Again, there’s no scent and this dissolves into the skin very quickly.
For those of you who may be unsure, glycerin is a simple compound with hydrating properties. It’s found in soaps, laxatives, and pharmaceutical substances. Anyway, this Hydro Plumping Serum delivers on the hydration front — you apply it, let it sit for a bit, and then blot off the excess with a facial tissue. This was recommended for night usage. Similar to the facial cream, it kept my skin feeling very moisturized.
This products only requires that you use 2 drops at a time — added to your moisturizer. Simply dispense the moisturizer first, and then add 2 drops of this recovery concentrate. To be honest, the product along with the Hydro Plumping Serum appealed to me the least because they seem to focus more on aging skin and prevent aging.
Would I try full sizes of these products? Yes, I would definitely try them!
What I like about Kiehl’s is that visiting the store feels like going to the dermatologist — minus the hefty prices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to the dermatologist and she does a great job taking care of both my skin and my scalp. But if you don’t/can’t make it to the dermatologist heading to Kiehl’s works just as well in my opinion. You’re getting a pretty in-depth consultation (for free), samples as a result of that consultation (also free), and you can then purchase the products that have been tailored to your skin type (not so free, womp).
Regarding the price point, the products will cost you more than Clean and Clear. But when compared to brands like Aveeno and Cetaphil there’s little to no difference.