Everyone “knows” Kiehl’s. But do you really know how they single-handedly brought today’s science and their original, no-nonsense natural- and plant-based philosophy full circle?
Here’s a good selection of day and night products that are very unisex and equally assertive in regaining youthful skin. If you’re a twentysomething or a sixtysomething, you should be staving off skin aging or trying to remove aged-looking skin, I’m more the latter. And here’s what I would fill up my shopping cart with if I were you. All of it.
Let’s start at the beginning of our beautification process with the cleanse and scrub segment. I wanted to use all of the twelve or more products in this range. But since we’re peeling back facial years, I’d suggest Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator for both steps. It buffs away dead skin cells while giving skin a fresh pop. And it’s dense enough to lift a man’s beard for a thorough shave. If you’re a bit sensitive, the Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser is gentle and effective, while the Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub cleans and scrubs equally without irritation.
Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is definitely in the corrective category, gently turning up the un-wrinkle dial, while increasing your skins cell turnover for a clearer, smoother complexion (like a zippy car’s “sport” button on those fancy gear shifters). Proceed with Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate, a rich serum-type that does what it says. Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate reduces the look of lines by vigorously plumping skin (letting your corrector serums actually gently remove over time). I use layers of serums, as I mentioned above. And a lighter, or smaller amount of, “active” lotion or cream to further keep the anti-aging machine revved up. That being: Super Multi-Corrective Cream which is a moisturizer first, but also seriously aids in lifting, smoothing and equally important, sculpting and re-texturizing! Other powerhouses are Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream or Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream. If you want more basic hydration after your powerful serum application, then Ultra Facial Cream – Intense Hydration or Ultra Facial Moisturizer (which provides 24-hour saturation) is great for those long days.
The most important age-rewind happens during bedtime cleansing. And Kiehl’s has some bazookas flexing big muscles so you can sleep sound and wake up looking better, day after day. A pre-dream facial routine starts with Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion, gently removing dead cells, smoothing lines and evening out skin tone. One of my favorite product types of the decade is a Kiehl’s favorite for many: Over-Night Biological Peel, which gently and over time (without redness or discomfort) will reveal a better you every day if used every night! Been burning the midnight oil? Then you need Midnight RecoveryConcentrate which repairs, regenerates and dramatically restores skin, working with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity—“when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors.” Hint: Alternate Iris Extract on all your off nights from the above night treatments.
If you’re on a serious brightening program, I suggest Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective lineup—from start to finish, followed by BB Cream – Actively Correcting and Beautifying with SPF 50 PA+++ or their overachieving Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, a broad spectrum SPF 50+ protection with an ultra-light, matte finish.
The Men’s Lounge:
If you’re shopping or recommending for the man in your life, I highly recommend Shaving Formula #31-0: a dual purpose rinseable pre-shave oil and lubricant shave in one (very cool!). Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream – Blue Eagle is unscented and contains Aloe so they’re not feeling a burn after the previous brightening or exfoliating scrubs. Facial Fuel Transformer Age Correcting Moisture-Gel for men seriously steps up a man’s anti-aging game in the most masculinely matte (non-shiny) way.
Kiehl’s still has a permanent residency in my life—only now it can move towards the front of the line to punch out the mean years that constantly try to resume a place on my face. Aside from being a great, affordable brand, Kiehl’s has your back in the most scientifically natural, very assertive, kind of way. I would know.