A consistent skincare routine is one of the best things you can do to take care of your skin. Build a daily routine with our dermatologically tested formulas and it will lead to visibly healthier-looking skin. This guide will help you to determine your skincare type, needs and the products that are right for you. Let’s get started.
WHAT'S MY SKIN TYPE?
Most people have a dominant skin type whether that is dry, oily, combination or normal. To determine your skin type, have a think about the symptoms you get when skin is not at its best, for example when you are unwell or stressed.
If skin feels tight and tends to flake, then it’s likely to be dry, conversely if breakouts appear and the skin gets shiny throughout the day, your skin is oily. Combination skin, as the name suggests combines these two types, usually the T-zone – forehead, chin and nose are oily, while the cheeks can be dry. Normal skin rarely changes but under stress will lean towards one of the types, so pay close attention when skin is out of sorts. Sensitive skin is reactive skin, and can be combined with any other skin type, take note if you experience redness and irritation regularly.
At Kiehl's we cater to all skin types and concerns, so whether you have dry, sensitive or blemish-prone skin, we'll have a skincare routine that's right for you. Everyone can benefit from one-to-one advice with a Kiehl’s skincare professional, so it’s worth booking either an in-store consultation or a virtual consultation.
YOUR NEW DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE
Always begin your evening skincare routine by removing dirt, debris, makeup, and SPF with a gentle cleanser. It’s essential to start with clean skin, otherwise you’re simply placing expensive and beneficial active ingredients atop a layer of dirt and dead skin cells, your active ingredients will work harder on clean skin. Our bestselling Ultra Facial Cleanser is suitable for all skin types including sensitive. Enriched with Squalane, it helps to soften and replenish skin. You’ll need to cleanse skin in the morning too, it’s fine to use the same cleanser.
A multitasking toner is a great second step, it will remove the last traces of cleanser, and any other stubborn grime from skin, plus the latest formulas have other benefits too. Our Clearly Corrective™ Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water visibly boosts skin clarity, improves overall skin tone, refreshes dull skin and hydrates. While our non-comedogenic Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner is ideal for oily skin types. The alcohol-free formula soothes blemish-prone skin and gently refreshes with Calendula, Burdock Root Extract and Allantoin.
Keeping skin hydrated is a key element of any skincare routine, as skin that doesn’t receive enough moisture will quickly become unbalanced. It may show by over-producing oil, or by drying out, depending on your skin type. Give your serum a few minutes to sink into skin, then gently apply your moisturiser, massaging into the skin. Suitable for all skin types including dry skin, and a global bestseller, our Ultra Facial Cream provides up to 24-hour lasting hydration for soft, smooth, healthier-looking skin. Oily types and anyone who prefers a gel textured cream should try our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream which has a refreshing, cooling effect and visibly reduces shine.
IN THE EVENING
Skin is most active during the night, working to replenish, restore and rebuild the skin. It’s a good time to give it an extra helping hand with a treatment, and you can choose to do this every night or every few nights, depending on your skin’s needs. Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a replenishing natural face oil formulated especially for night-time. It helps to visibly reduce fine lines, refine skin texture and boost radiance. Ideal for dry, dull skin, the unique blend of lipid-rich seed, antioxidant-rich flower oils and plant botanicals helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function. You can choose to use Midnight Recovery Concentrate instead of your moisturiser, or as an additional step after moisturising, whenever your skin needs a boost. For a deeply hydrating overnight skin treat, try our Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask With 10.5% Squalane which works to lock in moisture, replenish and strengthen skin.
It’s essential to protect skin every day from the rays of the sun. UV rays can cause premature ageing and damage the skin. A broad spectrum, high SPF like our lightweight, non-comedogenic Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++ applied after moisturiser and before makeup (if you wear makeup) contributes to healthy, strong skin. Oily skin types might prefer Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++, this non-comedogenic, refreshing gel absorbs quickly and leaves skin shine-free.
At Kiehl’s, you can learn more about your skin’s needs and hydration levels with an in-store or online consultation. Our services are complimentary so you can benefit from expert skincare advice at no cost.
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