I’ve really been exploring a lot of skincare from Kiehl’s over the past several months, evidenced by posts here and here. While I fortunately can’t say any of the products have been complete misses for me, I definitely have some favorites that I’m very excited about. I’m even at a point where I can chat about 5 of my favorite products covering 5 different product categories, so it seems like a great time to talk about the stuff I’m really enjoying.
Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser ($21 for 8.4 oz.) – This wasn’t the first cleanser that I tried from Kiehl’s, but it was the one that was recommended to me with my skin consultation. So once I finished my bottle of the Ultra-Facial Cleanser (which I thought was ok but not great), I moved on to the Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser, which is formulated with salicylic acid, cinnamon bark, and ginger root. It’s kind of runny, not very foamy, really gentle, and slightly cooling on the skin. I think it’s a very good match for me. My skin can dry out really easily and this cleanser is pleasant and soothing.
Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Mico-Peel Concentrate ($54 for 1.0 oz.) – Again, this isn’t the first serum product I’ve tried from Kiehl’s, but so far it’s my favorite. This is an exfoliating concentrate that you can apply nightly, and I’ve noticed a real difference in my hormonal acne and textural skin issues since starting to use it. I don’t need to use much at a time, so it’s also lasting me a long while, as well. The ingredients aren’t very familiar to me at this point in time so I’m not sure which may be doing the heavy lifting, but Kiehl’s advertises quinoa husk extract. I haven’t had a single concern in terms of skin sensitivity, dryness, irritation, redness, or anything like that.
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29 for 0.5 oz.) – I think the Creamy Eye Treatment is one of the brand’s star products that people talk about all the time. When I first tried it I was surprised at how rich and thick it was, but I’ve found that the way it lays on my skin and sinks in, leaving the skin just feeling hydrated and healthy, is super impressive. I use it twice a day, under makeup and all.
I was initially confused about where it should fall in my skincare routine because how thick it is. I thought maybe that it should go on top of my facial moisturizer because of the richer texture, but later saw that Kiehl’s recommends putting it underneath the facial moisturizer (which is how I’d normally use an eye cream). With experimentation, I’ve found that using it prior to any other moisturizer does seem to work best, at least for me.
It’s really lovely and really not all that expensive compared to other eye creams, and I haven’t found any indication that it’s too rich for my combination skin. It doesn’t boast any wild anti-aging claims, but I’d say it’s a nice middle-of-the-road product that’ll work for all sorts of people.
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream ($62 for 1.7 oz.) – Out of the group, this is the main splurge for me. I don’t normally drop this much money on a moisturizer because I tend to go through them so quickly. And to be honest, the brand’s slightly less expensive Ultra-Facial Moisturizer also seems quite nice (judging from the sample) so I may try a jar of that next to compare.
Like the eye cream, the Super Multi-Corrective Cream looks thick in the jar but smooths over my skin with a lovely slip. It doesn’t completely sink in and disappear, and I’d say it’s probably the most appropriate for normal-to-dry skin. I have combination skin that can get oily toward the center of my face, and I still really like it, though, so it’s a fairly flexible product.
This was originally recommended to me by a sales associate, who suggested that I’m probably not yet in need of a heavy duty anti-aging serum and a cream like this one could probably cover my concerns for the early signs of aging. I generally agree, I think.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense ($37 for 1.7 oz.) – The only real fail I’ve had with Kiehl’s so far is that their original Super Fluid UV Defense lotion seemed to break me out, and so I quickly exchanged it for their mineral formula, which is this bottle with the teal labeling (both versions of the Super Fluid are SPF 50+). I was surprised to find that not only did the UV Mineral Defense treat my skin just fine, but I actually like the formula better than the original version. It’s a titanium dioxide sunblock that’s very thin, runny, and needs to be shaken well, and it has a beige tint so that it doesn’t look white at all on the skin.
The tint gives it some very light coverage and I enjoy how my skin looks once I’ve applied. I follow up with some foundation and powder, and the UV Defense does add a little extra dewiness to my skin but my combination skin can handle it. It’s particularly nice under a drier foundation like the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion. I love how lightweight it is, and it’s one of my favorite sun protection products I’ve tried. The bottle is really little, too, so it’s convenient to travel with, which is certainly handy for a daily SPF product.
Have you tried any of these? Any brand favorites you’d recommend? Let me know!