It’s been a while since I used any product from Kiehl’s. I used to be obsessed with their product because it’s easy to get a sample before you purchase their product so you can test whether you’re going to love their product or not. Apparently, many of the product that I sampled turn into purchases. I especially love their toners and eye creams.
So when I heard that Kiehl’s is coming out with a new moisturiser with Ginseng and Manuka Honey as main ingredients and promises in giving your skin its vital glow back? I’m really curious. It’s time to rekindle my love with Kiehl’s.
What is it? It’s a moisturiser, that you apply last on your skincare routine after anything else. Whether you only use the basic skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturize or you’re the kind of girl that do the whole 10-step skincare routine. It goes at the very last.
When do I use it? I’ve been using it for both day and night. Day time underneath my sunscreen and night time over the oil (yes, I’m using both oil and moisturiser because my skin is that dry!).
Here’s the complete ingredient list:
Aqua/Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Ether, Undecane, Glyceryl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tridecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Mel Extract/Honey Extract, Mica, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Tocopherol, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Salicylic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citric Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens, Flower Oil, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/Sunflower Seed Oil.
There’s a lot of good stuff going on here. Like you can see Sunflower Seed Oil which is among some of the hydrating oil that I like and it’s rich in linoleic acid that helps to maintain skin barrier. There are Orange Peel Oil, Limonene and Soybean that helps with the glow. Kiehl’s also been saying that Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract helps with surface skin’s cell turnover, haven’t been trying their serum but I guess the inclusion of this ingredient is for that purpose. There are a lot of other stuff thrown into the mix.
BUT! Let us focus on the two most important ingredients inside: the manuka honey and red ginseng! What do they do? Manuka honey, as I quote from the Kiehl’s website, “Known in Western medicine to have the highest polyphenol level of all honeys, within our formula it helps fortify the skin barrier, increasing skin’s ability to recover.” What’s also interesting about honey is that this ingredient is really good at calming the skin especially if you have sensitive skin like mine, I always turn into product that have honey in it. Whereas the Red Ginseng is no stranger in the skincare world, it’s a well known anti-ageing ingredient because it helps to increase cell turnover rate, improve texture, vitality and glow.
How have I been using it?
I’ve brought this on my trip to Japan, where the weather is still quite cool and because I’m travelling I’m not that discipline when it comes to my skincare layering and routine. I did go easy a little bit and still, under that condition that made my skin dry and parched it helps to seal in the moisture and hydration as well as maintaining my skin glow.
When I used this on the humid weather of Jakarta, surprisingly although it’s not thin in texture, it doesn’t feel heavy at all even when I did layering with serum, oil and sunscreen underneath. My skin loves this!
But I did the extra mile of isolating my routine and simplify it for couple of days only layering on hydrating toner and booster after I cleanse my face, albeit layering a little bit more, before sealing it in with this one. Normally, during the daytime, I will rely heavily on oil to give my skin that healthy glow look for my makeup. Whenever I skip oil, it’s hard to get that dewy makeup finish. Surprisingly, because my skin drinks this moisturiser and it makes my skin supple and bouncy, even without the oil my makeup finish still look dewy. Don’t believe me? Just see the result below.
How do I use this?
After everything else, I take a pea size of product and warm it up on my palms and kind pat it all over my face with my palms (not only the fingers). It has the herbal scent that I grow to love over the past few years so I will take my time. Please ensure that the moisturiser is well absorbed with the skin and doesn’t feel oily on the skin.
Final verdict? I think this is a keeper. It’s in the middle: not too light nor oily. It maintains hydration well. It keeps its promise to give that glow look to my skin and especially love it because my skin feels bouncy. In terms of its job as a moisturiser it has done well beyond just a moisturiser and a little bit more toward sealing in the faith of your bouncy glowy looking skin. Of course I will suggest you to stay on course with your serum if you have targeted problem. Afterall, this is a moisturiser.
Here’s just a random afterthought. I think I’ve been taking moisturiser for granted lately because I rely so much on product layering in achieving a good skin condition with multiple products. But the truth is, without a good moisturiser that seal in everything and making sure that every single layer that I’ve applied beforehand stay intact, I feel like it’s easier for those layers to evaporate. This product kind of bring back my love for a good moisturiser. Well done Kiehl’s.
Now, BRB, I’m building my list on what to get next from Kiehl’s. Any recommendation?