Last 15 October, Kiehl's Philippines hosted a Thanksgiving event at The Peak in Grand Hyatt Hotel. According to Joan Hwang, Senior Product Manager of Kiehl's, "This event was inspired by the age-old American Thanksgiving tradition." It was an intimate gathering where we were treated to delicious food and homey pastry delights and sweets. Aside from that, we were asked to fill out a lifestyle quiz so we can find out which Kiehl's Power serum we need to help us with our pre-holiday glow up.
The Kiehl's Philippines Team and the cosy set up at the event
During the luncheon, the Kiehl's Philippines team discussed how our skin can suffer during stressful times like during the holidays. And we agree; whether we admit it or not, the holiday season gives us mixed feelings. Yes, it's a joyous season where families come together to celebrate and long-time friends reunite for a catch-up. But sometimes, the seemingly endless events and preparation cause anxiety and the stress do take a toll on our skin — which is unfortunate as this is the very season when we want to put our best face forward. So what to do? Well, you can always prep your complexion ahead of time.
Enter Kiehl's Power Serums, which we were acquainted (and re-acquainted) with during the event: Midnight Recovery Concentrate (for reducing fine lines, improving texture, and boosting radiance), Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and acne marks) and Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (potent anti-ageing and re-texturising). Can this best-selling trio give us the glow up we need for the holidays? Ahead, our impressions on their immediate performance.
On the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution...
"Dressed in a clear dropper-type bottle, the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution gives a sleek and luxurious feel. The product also comes out clear with a distinct floral scent, probably because of peony and white birch extracts in its concoction. As for the texture, it has a slightly slick feel bordering more on watery than oily. I like it better that way since it's more lightweight and not at all tacky to the touch. It dries off nicely and almost invisible, but with the added advantage of leaving the skin soft and supple.
Onto the actual usage, I'm currently using it day and night as advised on their website. Two weeks is a bit too swift to see actual results given that my dark spot problem has been around for ages, but I did get compliments that my skin looked brighter than usual.
I also had a massive zit a couple of days ago on my chin that was bound to become another spot once healed, so I gave it a drop of this product. After two days of doing so, I was actually quite impressed that not only did the pimple dried up and became flat, it also peeled/exfoliated on its own and left me with a smooth skin underneath. They say that partial results can be seen in 12 weeks of usage and with the promising effects I've seen so far, I'm already looking forward to the rest of it.
On Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate...
"On first impression, you can tell that Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate means business. Its no-nonsense box is straightforward — simply showing the product’s formulation, ingredients, and usage. The bottle's design also makes it very easy to use the product. The cap can be twisted to lock or dispense the product, without the risk of getting messy. The pump in the cap also makes it easier to control how much product you’re putting into your hand.
I was particularly excited about the product’s claim that it would immediately make your skin appear smoother and more radiant (in just two weeks!). On the first try, you’ll immediately feel a warm sensation on your skin. At first, I thought it this will sting, but later on, I realised that it’s not actually painful — it's just a bit warm. Given that it has powerful-strength concentrate made of Pure Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, I take this as a sign that the product is actually working.
Left: Before using the serum; Right: After using Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate for three days
Immediately after applying the product, I noticed that there’s a light shimmer on my skin. It leaves a supple feeling on the face that lasts from morning until late afternoon. I intend to use the product regularly for a few more days to see its lasting effects. But even after using it for just a few days (during morning and night), the immediate effects are already desirable — my complexion is now brighter and even-toned."