Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kiehls Skincare Regime

One thing you should know about me is that for as motivated as I am on one hand the other is extremely lazy. If I can cut a corner I will and my skincare regime is a perfect example of that. A cursory sweep across the skin with a facial wipe is usually the most I can muster and I even wear Bare Minerals foundation as it allows your skin to breathe therefore justifying my lack of cleansing, toning and moisturising. 

Naturally the older one gets you think maybe I should be paying more attention to looking after my skin and reading so many beauty blogs as I do now I was starting to feel a little guilty. An epiphany occurred when I was watching one of Lily's videos on her YouTube channel last week. In it she said that at 25 she needed to use a stronger cleanser than Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and it was probably better suited to younger skins... eeek.... if ever I dabbled in a shortlived skincare regime it was with Liz Earle and the faithful Cleanse & Polish. Lily wasn't saying anything I didn't really know myself and whilst it's true that any skincare regime is better than none at the grand old age of 34 it was time to get serious!

I could've began productive research on the best individual items available but I wanted to strike whilst I was enthusiastic and not allow any further excuses to delay things. Kiehls is a brand I've been aware since early trips to the US but not one I've delved into fully but I like their philosophy and origins and thought any brand that hails from New York and has gone from strength to strength over the past 150 years has to be a good place to start.
Luckily there is a branch across the road from my office so during some quiet time I nipped out and sought help. The first thing I noticed entering the store was a male sales consultant. Now I know we're in 2013 but my first thought was I'm slightly nervous about an older male helping me but as soon as he greeted me all reservations were abandoned and I counted myself lucky that Thursday was his day working in this particular store.

I expained my lazy lack of regime and he kindly said laziness was no excuse but took those comments onboard when explaining and showing me products. Yes he mentioned exfoliators and eye creams but he wanted to help me use the basic products to turn my skin around. I was so impressed with his knowledge, how easy he made everything sound and the fact that he was selling me products that would help me, not increase his sales commission. 

First stop was the Ultra Facial Cleanser. Cleanser is one of those products that I struggle with purely because of the fact I need to stand over the sink and wash it off. Often I'll have jumped into bed before I consider removing all traces of the day and the likelihood of my climbing out of bed to complete stage one is minimal, hence I'll reach for the facial wipes. But that needs to change and I need to suck it up and get standing over that sink!

I started my regime Saturday night figuring if I can start the habit over the weekend when I wasn't relying on alarms and early nights and so far I'm pleased with the product. I'm still using my Liz Earle cloth to wipe residue away and must say I love the clean but not dried out feeling this cleanser leaves with me. I'm also impressed at the minimal amount I need to use - these products were not cheap so I'm interested to see how long they last me.

Toner was an interesting topic of conversation as I was told I didn't need to include it in my regime if I didn't want to! I had a Liz Earle Skin Tonic at home so I decided to use that up instead of the extra expense but was given a sample size of the Kiehls Ultra Facial Toner to try. I'd love to hear if you knew that toner was a take it or leave product and what your thoughts are on that.

Next I was kindly told I needed something to tackle my lines and the product for that is the Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate. This product doesn't do anything but tackle the lines. I was told a story about one of his customers who was planning botox and he told her to try this instead and she never looked back. A sales speech maybe but one I'm interested to prove or disprove myself especially due to this products price tag.

For night I was advised to use the award winning Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Another costly product which smells gorgeous. I was impressed with the products ability to soak in the skin and not leave them greasy whilst feeling like they were working. The midnight recovery feels fantastic on my skin and a few drops do go a long way. If I could only leave the store with 3 products this would be one he recommended I purchased.

A sample of the complimenting Midnight Recovery Eye to aid fresher, younger eyes was thrown into the shopping back ending my nighttime skincare regime.

So far so good. Everything sounded minimal, easy and something even I could follow, but what about those pesky mornings?

The biggest surprise was being told that I didn't need to use cleanser in the mornings as my face was already clean. Genius, this had never even occured to me (maybe because was my face was never clean?!). Already my most onorous skincare task had been removed! All the face needs is a wash with water or toner to freshen up, much easier.

I was told it's up to me whether I want to use the line reducer in the mornings but next essential stop is the Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream - with anti-anging! Again I hate using products that I feel I have to dab off with a tissue, leave my hands feeling greasy or I'm waiting around to dry and this soaks into the skin immediately and my make up looks much better despite being able to apply immediately.

So there you have my new day and night skincare regime but the question is am I using it? The answer would be so far so good. As I said I started at the weekend to ease myself in gently but a few days at work and I've still managed to stick with things despite feeling unwell last night and my struggle of a morning to drag myself from bed.

All my new products have been stored in my new Victoria Secrets make up bag that mum brought me for my birthday so I am able to carry them around from room to room and follow the regime where possible. A quick wash with my cleanser of night and then to bed or the sofa where I sit with my lotions and potions. Ensuring my make up bag is by the bed ready for me in the morning so as I struggle to wake myself up I sweep some Liz Earle Eyebright across my eyelids and a little toner to freshen up and so it begins again.

I've already had a few comments about how "fresh faced" I'm looking so somethings working, fingers crossed I keep up the good work.

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  1. I've heard nice things about Kiehl's, and if people are taking notice, it must be having a great effect!

  2. I don't know the kiehl's product but it was looking good. It was having a cleaner, toner as well as having a cream for all like anti aging, eye creams, skin tonic too. So I will look forward these products in my drug store. Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. I am using the midnight recovery, line reducing concentrate, rosa arctica lightweight for day and the other rosa arctica at night. I also use the gentle foaming cleanser, ultra toner, and the wrinkle reducing eye cream. I started with a couple Kiehls products and loved them so much I have replaced my Clarins skincare with Kiehls as a ran out. Love it all, especially the midnight recovery.

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  5. Wow you know your Kiehls stuff well, girl. I love their Midnight Concentrate too x

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