Today we are gonna talk about one of my favorite skin care products. I've been using this product for a very long time (since it came out actually, which is a couple of years ago) and I'm still a very big fan of it. It's the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
The Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate (and the Eye Cream), has been a staple in my evening skincare routine since the product first came out. It's an oily serum that you apply all over your face, right before you go to bed. Now, I know I said this is an oily serum, so most people with oily skin are probably already thinking that this won't be a good product for them. I'm here to tell you that it is! I have oily skin myself, so I was pretty sceptic when the lady in the Kiehl's store recommended this to me, but I'm so glad I listened to her and gave this product a chance! It helps clear up my skin, it helps to make the scars (from previous breakouts) on my face less visible and it gives your skin a more vibrant look by morning.
I think it's pretty obvious by now that I like this product a lot. But let's take a look through the ingredients together to see if what's in it is actually good for you.
On the bottle itself, it says that this is a replenishing elixir of pure essential oils and distilled botanicals, and you can see that in the ingredient list. It contains more than ten different botanical and essential oils or extracts, which is a lot! I'm not gonna go through all of these, since that would make this a very long post, but I'll give you a little bit more information about the most important ones (I researched all of them and then chose the most important ingredients).
Evening Primrose Oil is an oil derived from the seeds of the evening primrose plant and it has many uses, from treating nerve pains to reducing wrinkles. Evening primrose oil contains a lot of omega-6 essential fatty acids, fatty acids that your body can't naturally produce. More specifically it contains linoleic acid and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). All of these substances have anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing redness, dark circles and acne. The fatty acids are also absorbed into the skin, where they help restore the natural skin barrier, resulting in the retaining of moisture and flexibility of the skin (thus reducing the occurrence of wrinkles).
Tocopherol is also known as vitamine E. If you want to know more about vitamine E in your skin care routine, go check out our previous blogpost all about it.
Lavender Essential Oil is probably best known for it's scent. It's pleasant scent can have relaxing effect on your body and can help you calm down or it can even help you sleep. It is, unfairly so, less known for its skin benefits, of which there are many. It can help soothe inflamed or irritated skin and it helps reduce blotchiness, thus leaving you with more even and more radiant skin. Lavandula hybrida Oil is, in fact, also lavender essential oil, but it uses a slightly different species of lavender. It does however have roughly the same skin benefits as normal lavender oil.
Pelargonium graveolens Flower Oil, better known as Geranium Oil, has no real skin care benefits but is used purely for it's pleasant flowery scent. So is Linalool, the next ingredient on our list, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene and Citral, all of which have a citrussy scents. Remember, you are supposed to use this product overnight, so it helps that this serum has a pleasant and calming scent, that can help you drift off to sleep.
The last ingredient I will be discussing is Sunflower Seed Oil. This oil is also very rich in linoleic acid, just as Evening Primrose Oil is, that's why it has roughly the same properties. It helps retain the skin's moisture and is found to be effective against acne, redness, eczema and general irritation of the skin. It's also high in Vitamin E and beta-carotene, which can be converted by the body into vitamin A, which in turn is a strong antioxidant.
So I think we can agree, that looking at these ingredients, this serum has a whole lot of stuff in it that's very beneficial to overall better looking skin. It has a lot of oils, but since these oils help lock in moisture, they will actually help reduce the production of sebum, thus reducing the oiliness of the skin. This is the same reason why, even though you might have oily skin, you should never skip moisturizing your face!
As I have already mentioned (and the name of the product suggests), you should use this serum overnight.
The way I use this is as follows: I apply this serum to my face, right before I crawl into bed. I put 4-5 drops (the bottle comes with a handy dropper) of the serum on the back on my hand (a little goes a long way). Then I gently dab some of the product on my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. From there I distribute the serum over my face, still dabbing gently instead of rubbing it in. I don't know if this is the right way to do this, but this is the way the lady in the store told me to do it and it has been working for me this way.
The reason you should use this product overnight, while you sleep, is because when you sleep, your skin will naturally restore itself (as good as possible). So if you use this overnight, you are using the naturally occurring nocturnal activity of your skin to improve the appearance of your skin, thus giving you better results then if you were to use this in the daytime. Also, it's pretty oily, so I don't think you would want to walk around all day with this on your face, it just wouldn't feel or look that great ;).
The last thing we should probably talk about is the price. You pay 23€ for a 15ml bottle, 42€ for a 30ml bottle or 63€ for a 50ml bottle (on the official Kiehl's website), which may seem like a lot of money, but if you see how long you can last with one bottle, I really think it's worth it. I currently have a 50ml bottle, but I would suggest going for a size smaller, just because a little goes a long way. This means this bottle will last you a while, but the bottle also says that it expires after 18 months and you might not finish your bottle in time..
I love this product very very much, and I haven't felt the need to look for something else since I first started using this. Even if you have oily skin, this is a great product for you. I found that it helps reduce blemishes, it helps with acne (even hormonally induced acne) and it makes my skin more even. I haven't noticed the anti-aging effects, may be because I'm only 23-years old ;), but they always say you should start using anti-aging products around the age of 20-25, so I guess that's a bonus as well.
Recently, Kiehl's have also come out with a Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, and I can't wait to get my hands on that, since I love the serum so much. I'll keep you updated if and when I try that one out.
Let me know if you use any kind of serum that you think I should give a try? I'm not looking for a replacement for this one, but I'm always curious to try out new stuff.
I wish you all a very happy New Year and a great 2017 and I hope to see you in the new year!
Talk to you soon,