Something happens when you're in your mid-twenties and it feels like it's life changing. The light bulb goes on and you think "finally, I'm adulting."
It happened to me when I realised that I'd bought a spare bottle of makeup remover and kept it behind the one I was using. It meant a deep sigh of relief when I'd finished the old bottle midway through removing my makeup. I now also hoard toilet roll so I never run out. Getting into an 'adult' routine is so satisfying, and something my mother would be proud of.
One of the harder 'adult' routines I struggled to get in to was a skin care routine. It sounds so simple but it's genuinely life changing once you get into the swing of all things skincare.
I never gave much thought really to what I was putting on my face in terms of really taking care of it. I made sure that my products contained some SPF, made sure to always wear suncream when I was out in the sun and that I had a moisturiser to hand. That was about it. I dabbled with exfoliator and toner but never really got the hang of it.
Well enter Kiehl's. Drumroll please.
In winter my skin likes to kick up a fuss and doesn't do what it normally does in the warmer months. The heating and the weather get to it. Teamed with the hormonal changes that us ladies go through, I'd really had enough of it this year.
But then a few weeks ago I went to a Kiehl's event, had my skin tested and had products recommended especially for me which were then used on my face as part of a facial.
The facial really changed my life, my skin was GLOWING for days after and now I have this whole skincare routine nailed. Adult points achieved! My skin was even tested for hydration levels during the facial, my results were shocking so I'm trying to chug as much water as I can.
At Kiehl's the consultants will ask you before the consultation what your 'skin aims' are. My dream is to have a clear and glowing complexion. Whilst I know a lot of that is also down to diet (sigh), I know now that the right products can set me up nicely.
I was recommended the Hydro-Plumpling Re Texturising Concentrate (no photo included in this post because I'm a poor excuse of a blogger) and I was told to use it after cleansing my face. I've been using the concentrate before I moisturise as it's designed to really help target early fine lines, and it helps the skin to soak up all that moisturiser and get through the skin's barrier. This really works wonders for me and my skin just soaks this up.
I wrap things up in the morning by using the famous Ultra Facial Moisturiser and two drops of the Daily Reviving Concentrate. Yes, you've read that right - oil. I wasn't convinced about putting oil on my face in the day but this stuff is the bee's knees. It goes on really nicely and doesn't feel sticky. It also acts as an amazing primer and keeps my make up looking fresher than ever before. I have the tiny sample version of this, and once it runs out I will have a little sob before purchasing the full size.
In the evening I use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate instead. The lavender tones in those are perfect for bed time and really helps relax you. Again my skin just loves this stuff and soaks it up like a sponge. I've noticed it's worked on sorting out the redness that my skin can get in winter and it feels really luxurious. The price might put you off but you only need two to three drops of this to go a long way, so the bottle will last you a long time.
Full disclosure because I realise this post almost sounds too good to be true. The event I went to was ticketed but the cost of the ticket was redeemable on products. We also received a very generous 20% off and received a few samples but I purchased the products with my own money.
I really like the branding of the Kiehl's products. There's no messing about with fancy unnecessary packaging. All of their packaging can be recycled sustainably if you drop it into their shop.
Skincare isn't a one size fits all, having someone do a mini consultation with you is very helpful. These are free in store and let you achieve your skin care dreams. Kiehl's also do an amazing 21 day test, where if you buy a product and don't love it when you use it you can come back and return it. The amazing staff will then help find you something that does work.
Winter is all fun and that but it can get you and your skin down. So finally feeling really committed to a skincare that works for me, has got me feeling so much better.
Do you have any more Kiehl's tips to pass on to me? If so please do!