I've recently become an oil advocate. As a result of a a teenage phase with oily skin and a face full of break out rashes I was used to run away anything oily and I was all about everything that would strip and dry my face. If you're yourself in this phase, let me tell you, stop while its not too late! I have now learned that oil is absolutely fine with combination skin (my type) and that it helps a lot with dry patches and the general condition of the skin.
I tell you all this because I've been testing 2 oil based products from Kiehls. I'll start with the very well known Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
It is a pleasure to use this one! I use it after I've double cleansed my skin. The pipete style of the packaging makes you feel like you're pouring some magical concentrate on your hands. And 3/4 drops is enough. It absorbs quickly and with a matte finish. So the oils from your face won't end up on your pillow.
It doesn't give you a magical overnight result, but I feel like my skin likes it. The dry patches are gone, and I think my cheeks look plumpier in the morning.
The botanical scent (calming lavender) it's great to set the mood for going to sleep, so I've been loving this new step on my routine.
The oils include:
Evening Primrose: An effective on skin barrier repair and boosting radiance.
Lavender Essential Oil: It helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. Creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin.
Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal): A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.
I have also tried the day version Daily Reviving Concentrate. This one is for revitalizing the skin throughout the day. Even though i also liked the application and results of this oil, I found putting more than 1 drop messes up with how my make up looks during the day. Specially now that it's getting warmer. I feel it really helps to give you a glow, but on my skin, I have to be careful as glow can quickly become oiliness. So I've reserved it for weekends or days when I don't want to wear make up. It is composed of lightweight oils and it dries completely matte, but I guess it doesn't get along with the make up formula.
I will try it daily again in Autumn when I know my skin needs an extra boost of hydration and care.
The oils included:
Tamanu Botanical Oil: It helps to reduce the appearance of daily damage as well as replenish and soothe skin; sourced from the nut of the fruit of the Tamanu tree, which is indigenous to French Polynesia.
Sunflower Botanical Oil: It helps to strengthen skin’s barrier; also known to improve skin smoothness, texture and hydration.
Ginger Root Essential Oil: It helps defend skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors with antioxidant protection.
These Kiehl's best selling facial oils are now available for the first time in one set with a 20% discount!
Both products have been kindly sent to me for review.