Kiehl’s has an army of loyal fans, so much so that you can’t visit a major city without stumbling across a buzzy storefront or kiosk dedicated to the brand. That’s because this stuff works wonderfully (and since 1851!). What was once a pharmacy brand has grown to one of the biggest cult-status labels in skin, hair, and body care.
If you’re wondering which of the brand’s offerings are worth your while (and your precious dollars), then have a look below at the best Kiehl’s products. They’re listed in no particular order, but should have you covered, from scalp to toes. (Also there’s a sale going on now!)
1. Creme de Corps Body Lotion
Perhaps the brand’s most beloved product, this body lotion is powered by shea and cocoa butter to quench the thirstiest skin, or maintain moisture every single day. It also has squalene, which helps the skin’s barrier functions, namely keeping it soft, hydrated, and resilient. The buttery whip-like texture is the best part of all; it absorbs into the skin and warms like a blanket on a cold night.
2. Facial Fuel Daily Energizing Moisturizer
A morning application of Facial Fuel moisturizer awakens both skin and senses. It tingles on contact, thanks to menthol and caffeine, together stimulating blood flow and nutrient delivery to your mug. Vitamin C and E keep skin bright, nourished, and fortified against the day’s many oppressors (namely skin-aging toxins).
3. Avocado Eye Cream
Another whipped, shea butter marvel, this eye cream uses avocado oil to deliver fatty acids to the delicate area around the eye — this keeps skin firm, bright, soft, and resilient, while beta-carotenes shield against dangerous, skin-damaging toxins. Then there are the immediate benefits of using this in the morning to depuff eyes and minimize dark circles, or before bed to prevent their progression as you sleep.
4. Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil
Apply this as the last step in your bedtime regimen to fuel and protect skin with calming lavender oil, while giving its resilience a major boost thanks to evening primrose oil. Squalene seeps into the skin for a hydration supercharge, allowing you to wake up with glowing, healthy skin. Don’t be discouraged to use this if you have naturally oily skin, either; though it might feel excessive to you in the hot, humid summer, it is a life saver in the dregs of bone-dry winter.
5. Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Two of Kiehl’s’ favorite ingredients combine in this salve: ultra nourishing shea butter and firming + fortifying avocado oil. This will keep your mitts soft through winter’s longest, coldest days (and year round, for that matter). Add to that the softening, buoyancy-building abilities of sesame oil, and you have a recipe for fast resuscitation and enduring suppleness.
6. Amino Acid Scalp Scrub Detox Treatment
With amino acids aplenty, this scalp scrub hydrates and refreshes the scalp as sea salt lifts away dead skin cells. This prevents dandruff for starters, while also balancing oil and pH levels on the dome. Meanwhile, salicylic acid boosts the oil toning as it dissolves dead skin cells on the surface and trapped within the pores; this minimizes blemishes and gives your follicles a clean runway for growth. Having a healthy, balanced, exfoliated scalp is overall a terrific way to promote stronger follicles and hair shafts, and this scrub is one excellent way to get there.
7. Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask
If you have oily or acne-prone skin (or even if it’s perfectly balanced), then deploy this clay mask once weekly. It soaks up all the gunk from within your pores, with its blend of kaolin and bentonite clay, and even neutralizes acne-causing bacteria. It uses aloe to soothe and moisturize on contact, which prevents the clays from over drying the skin. After all, you don’t want to fight oil with total dryness—that will only create more oil in the end as skin tries to recover; this product prevents that.
8. Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Toners can help balance oily skin and restore natural pH balance, in turn preventing redness and irritation—especially for stressed-out or over-productive skin. Always make sure your toner is alcohol free, as is the case with Kiehl’s’. This product uses calendula and allantoin to soothe and harmonize skin, as well as extract or burdock root to hydrate (and soothe as well), while tempering oil production.
9.Vital Super-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum
Hyaluronic acid can absorb its weight in moisture, up to 1,000 times. So, a couple drops applied beneath your moisturizer allows the skin to absorb moisture from the air, and in turn keep skin resilient, hydrated, and soft. This serum also uses an herbal complex with elements of ginseng root, basil, and schisandra berry, creating a blend of adaptogens that keep your skin’s brightest, healthiest cells on the surface—thus keeping skin bright and smooth all the while.
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