Ah Kiehl’s. Some of their products are fabulous and others just don’t hit the spot for me. But when they crank out a goodie it’s great. Examples? Their Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is the bomb diggity in that you only need the teensiest little drop and it foams up like a boss. I can honestly make a tube last almost a year. I’m also a fan of their Original Musk cologne – very sexy stuff – and their Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion scrub is Amazing with a captial A.
Now, I have a new favourite to add to my fab list and that’s new Nightly Refining Micro-Peel concentrate (R750).
Essentially a gentle chemical exfoliater, Kiehl’s formula makes use of sustainably sourced quinoa seed husk that contains enzymes that are able to speed up your skin’s cellular turnover to reveal a brighter, fresher-looking face. Other exfoliators in the mix include a form of urea and sugar cane extract and you’ll find antioxidant-rich bilberry extract (vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract) sitting fairly high on the ingredients list.
So, does it work? Yep, it totally does. I’ve been slapping it on my face every other night or so and when I wake up I can definitely tell my skin looks more ‘refined’ and fresher-looking. It also does a nice job of blitzing any teensy little flakes I sometimes get around my nose when I’ve been hitting up the retinol too hard. Also, it’s important to note that, despite the fact that I’m currently throwing a potent 2% retinol serum at my skin, it’s not finding Kiehl’s concentrate irritating in the least.
In the past, I’ve used and liked Kiehl’s other chemical exfoliator, Over-Night Biological Peel, but it never became a fixture in my beauty routine as I didn’t like it’s texture. It kind of felt like I was going to bed with heel balm slathered on my face. Kiehl’s new micro-peel, however, doesn’t feel tacky at all and you could happily use it like a serum under another product, provided it’s at night time as most chemical exfoliators can increase your sensitivity to the sun.
As far as the price point goes, a cool R750 means it’s not exactly wallet-friendly, but if you’re not on a budget and want a nice non-irritating chemical exfoliator, it’s a nice pick. If, however, you are pinching your pennies, never fear. Chemical exfoliators aren’t unique to Kiehl’s. Just a few that I’ve used and adored include Environ Derma-Lac lotion (R220), Dr. Dermal Texture Correction pads (R475 for 30) and Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads (R265). These are all AHA-based (glycolic acid in particular) so they’re a little more potent than Kiehl’s peel, something to keep in mind if you’ve got very sensitive skin.