Today, we’re going to talk about the ingredients, usage and review of Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate.
About Kiehl’s: I have been using a lot of their products including their Ultra Facial Cream, Ultra Facial Cleanser and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Serum. In fact, I’ve recommended a few of their products in the post “The Right Order of Applying Makeup”.
We also did an event with their team last year, so I always look forward to new releases from Kiehl’s.
What is the meaning of peeling?
OK so, I just explained this to my mom and I’ll do it as succinctly as possible.
Face peels, as the name suggests, literally translates to you, or me, or our dermatologists, helping us take off our existing/soddy/wrinkled layer of skin, and give way to newer, redder, but new skin. So, chemical peels (think Samantha Jones from Sex and The City) can leave your face reddened for days (since you just took one layer off!!)
Why is peeling a good idea?
According to know-how, and dermats, peeling can help reduce acne scars, improve skin texture, elasticity, wrinkles, lines–you get the gist.
Have I tried chemical peels?
I have done a lot of things for this job. I have a cocktail of products I’ve used for the last 5 years but this is where I draw the line. Considering my age (30), my low trust in most people and lower threshold for pain (my skin gets red in facials), I am going to say NO. So I am always open to anything that exfoliates: charcoal, clay, microgranules, coffee, oats and from now on quinoa husk.
How does it look? What was the first impression?
Well, to be honest, I’ve always liked Kiehl’s packaging. It’s a balance of apothecary meets a minimalistic brand. The bottle comes with a cap which is to be replaced with the dropper. The potion (if I may say so) is lightweight, like serums, and seeps into skin easily so the dropper makes it easy to use.
Three core ingredients include:
Quinoa Husk Extract: This is an mild, natural exfoliant and research shows that it helps increase the cell turnover of your skin.
Cactus extracts: Yes you heard that right, it’s more of a protective agent.
Phytic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid: The first stimulates exfoliation process whereas AHA helps renew skin. This ingredient makes your skin more vulnerable to the sun, so make sure to use sunscreen when using the Micro-Peel (or use sunscreen in your daily routine like I do!).
Then there are other ingredients:humectants like Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea and other nature derived things like Sugar Cane Extracts, Phytic Acid, Orange Fruit Water, Lemon Fruit Extract, Sugar Maple Extract and Orange Juice to name a few.
While researching, I also found a blog post that suggested that the main exfoliating agent was HEPES (Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid), that apparently acts a buffering agents and helps speed up the renewal process.
Is it less painful/irritating than peels?
Definitely! I would have said even without research but I have some info on that. In a clinical trial, it seems that Kiehl’s Micro-Peel showed little to no discomfort and sensitivity versus a Glycolic Peel. With regular usage, the trials indicated an improvement in skin texture.
How was my experience?
The first time I tried it, I was a little worried. My skin had just recuperated from an unnecessary experience at Kaya Skin Clinic and I was hoping it didn’t sting.
It’s got a very pleasant, almost mild, minty smell. When you pat it onto your skin, you do feel a bit refreshed. Maybe it’s a premonition of what’s to come.
A lot of articles suggested I go on about my nightly routine (don’t put this in the day, ‘coz the sunlight may redden your skin) but for a few days I just used after washing my face. I sometimes use an eye cream/moisturizer/serum at night.
And I gotta say, there is a very subtle change that only I can feel. ‘Coz I’m the one who’s probably obsessed with it. I think my skin looks more even toned, and when I touch it, there is definitely a change in the texture: it is softer and I can’t feel too many pores around my nose (which is a nightmare coming true to life for me!).
I am going to give it another 2 months and probably update this post a bit later.
Who should use it?
I would recommend it to anybody who’s above 30 and vary of, or hasn’t tried chemical peels of any kind yet. It may prove to be helpful to the ones who do opt in for chemical treatments but there maybe less significant results here.
Here’s a quick recap:
What? Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate
How to use: Take 1-2 drops of Nightly Refining Micro Peel Concentrate on clean fingers. Dab it on your face and neck. You can wear a moisturizer/serum before you sleep. Sometimes, I just leave it as is. You can watch the video here.
Good for: Clear skin, renewal of skin cells, peeling sans chemical peels.
Price: Rs 4,700 for 30 ml
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