My new Kiehl’s skincare regime
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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Kiehl’s store in York for a complimentary facial and a selection of trial sized goodies to try out at home.
If you don’t know much about Kiehl’s it was originally one old world New York pharmacy that was opened in 1851 by a Mr Kiehl and a Mr Morse (poor Mr Morse, he never got his name included in the brand). It offered its customers herbal remedies, over-the-counter drugs, essential oils and the very first Kiehl’s branded products. Fast forward over 150 years and it’s many stores now offer a wide range of skincare and bodycare products that make use of natural ingredients and benefit from Kiehl’s’ medicinal knowledge that has been developed over many years.
Apparently it was the first skincare brand to offer a range specifically aimed at men, although all of their products look fairly unisex and could be used by both men and women.
Kiehl’s still styles itself on a traditional apothecary/pharmacy and at each store you will be greeted by ‘Mr Bones’! He’s a skeleton dressed up in a white coat. The staff all wear white coats too which I think is a nice touch, as they work on the principle that they’re assessing and diagnosing your skin before prescribing the correct products for you, a bit like a doctor or healthcare professional would.
The packaging and displays in the Kiehl’s store are all fairly simple and basic, the ingredients are clearly displayed on each product – often on the front of the bottle – and everything is accessible and easy to find.
If you’ve only ever heard of one Kiehl’s product before it’ll probably be their leading body moisturiser Crème de Corps, a simple but light yellow body lotion that reminds me very much of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion.
The York Kiehl’s store is situated on Stonegate, one of the oldest and most traditional streets in York. You’d be forgiven for missing the store though, the front is only small (although it goes quite a way back once you’re inside) and there are so many other interesting and independent stores on the street. I was welcomed into the store by Hannah, Store Manager, who was really friendly and encouraging. She began by doing a couple of special tests on my skin to determine my skin type and I was told that it was slightly oily and slightly dehydrated (I won’t tell you about the tests, why not find your nearest Kiehl’s store and find out for yourself what they do!?). I thought this was great, I never knew that my skin was dehydrated and Hannah was able to then recommend the products that would counteract this.
I was given a mini-facial that included a cleanse, exfoliate, tone, serum and moisturise, plus eye cream, and it was then finished off with a layer of BB cream. I also had an arm massage using lotion and was also recommended a face mask. The images above and below show some of the skincare products that I was given to take away. Hannah explained that they always like to give customers the opportunity to try products before they buy them, to make sure they are using the right products for their skin type.
I’ve been using my new Kiehl’s skincare regime for two weeks now and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. My skin wasn’t very clear when I started using the products, but it cleared up after around 3 days. Also, the dry patches on my forehead have gone completely – I put this down to using the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate twice a day. After about a week and a half I did have a bad breakout of spots on my cheek but I put this down to something else, not the Kiehl’s products, and the blemishes didn’t seem to last as long as they normally do. I’ve been using the Over-Night Biological Peel twice a week and it has definitely made my skin clearer and brighter (more on this product below).
My 3 favourites products are:
Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash – a clear foaming soap-free facial cleanser that’s quick and easy to use and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry. It contains natural Calendula and is for normal to oily skin. It doesn’t remove eye make-up very well though so you do need to use a separate eye make-up remover.
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream – a light Beauty Balm cream with SPF 50 to help protect skin from the sun’s rays. On returning home from my facial my husband told me my skin looked really good (not something you usually hear after a facial when your skin’s all red and blotchy!) and this BB Cream gently hides blemishes and evens the skintone. I’ve been wearing this at home on ‘non make-up days’ and my skin looks so much better.
Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel – this is just a really different type of face mask, quite ingenious and great to use when you don’t have much time – just apply a thin layer of the clear gel before bed and then rinse it off in the morning. You will need to use an old pillowcase as it can feel a bit sticky overnight, and although it’s not a peel in the traditional sense it definitely helps to remove the top layer of dead skin and leave skin clearer and more radiant.
Hannah also let me try some of the Kiehl’s fragrances, my favourite was the Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit Aromatic Mist, and I’ll definitely be treating myself to this next time I’m in need of some perfume.
I had a lovely experience at the Kiehl’s store in York, Hannah was so knowledgeable about the products and I’ve been really pleased with my new skincare regime. I’m going back there next week for a blogger evening so look out for my review of that – I can’t wait to try some more of their products.
So next time you’re in York, or one of the other cities or towns with a Kiehl’s store, why not pop in to get your skin diagnosed and have a new skincare regime prescribed for you? In my opinion it’s definitely worth it, and I love the fact that the staff only tell you about what’s right for you rather than trying to sell you any old product (other brands take note!!).
Why not have a look at the Kiehl’s website to view their full range of products or to find out where your nearest store is.
Have you tried Kiehl’s products before? Which is your favourite and why?
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These products were PR samples