Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kiehl's 10 Day Change Your Skin Challenge

I was recently invited by Kiehl's to participate in their 10 Day Change Your Skin Challenge. The challenge was simple, use Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate for 10 days and report the changes it made to your skin.
What Kiehl's says about their Midnight Recovery Concentrate:

" This lightweight, readily-absorbed elixir effectively restores skin’s healthy appearance overnight, resulting in smoother, more radiant complexion by morning. Enriched with Squalane, a botanical lipid similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids, Evening Primrose Oil, rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and Essential moisture to depleted skin. These naturally derived oils instantly penetrate the skin surface to help replenish it. Our recovery concentrate works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. With skin hydrated, supple and soft, rest assured you can say goodnight to tired-looking skin. Paraben Free. Fragrance Free. Mineral Oil Free."
I must confess that I had a bit of an unfair advantage when it came to doing this challenge, I have actually been an avid user Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate for the last 2 years, and is is my absolute favourite Kiehl's product.
Oil is often vilified in skincare, especially by those with blemish prone skin. If anyone had suggested that I put oil on my face back when I was a teenager, I would think that they were deranged! We believed that oil causes breakouts and tried our utmost to remove any trace of oil from our skin. Little did we know that by doing so, we were robbing our skin of the sebum crucial to protecting our skin as well as sending our sebaceous glands into hyperdrive. Hyperactive sebaceous glads = excess sebum = clogged up pores = pimples. Now that I'm older and a bit wiser, I've learnt that keeping my skin moisturised goes a long way towards keeping it healthy.
Keeping skin hydrated at night is especially important. Medical studies have shown that skin is more permeable at night making it more receptive to active ingredients but also more susceptible to rapid water loss. Indoor heating during Winter makes protecting our skin at night even more of an imperative.
I have combination skin, it is oily around the T-zone with dry cheeks, in addition my skin also gets very sensitive during Winter. After using Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, I no longer wake up with tight, blotchy red skin, instead I have radiant, soft and supple skin by the morning. My skin tone is noticeably more even and the lines under my eyes have become fainter. In addition to using it on my face, I also use it on my knees and elbows and anywhere else that needs an extra boost of hydration.
Despite being an oil, the Midnight Recovery Concentrate is easily absorbed and doesn't leave any greasiness behind. It it very easy to apply using the enclosed dropper and has a soothing lavender scent
I really have nothing but good things to say about this product, I've purchased it for my mom and godmother and they both love it on their more mature skin.
There is a reason why the Midnight Recovery Concentrate has 63 pages of 5/5 customer reviews on the website and why it is recommended by 388 out of 389 reviewers (haha I sound like a toothpaste advert xD), the reason is simply that it works.
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate can be purchased at and Kiehls retail shops for $48

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