The arrival of summer brings with it different skincare needs. Keeping your skin cool, hydrated and protected from the sun is as important as stocking up on shorts when the weather gets warmer. Here’s how we do it…
A gentle cleanser
Hot, sticky summer nights can not only make it difficult to sleep they can encourage you to sweat. When combined with dirt, bacteria and heat, your skin’s pores can become clogged and blemishes can occur. To keep your skin clear and minimise the risk of breakouts or blemishes appearing, start your day by washing your face or using a gentle cleanser.
Our Ultra Facial Cleanser foaming formula is suitable for all skin types and is formulated with Squalane and Apricot Kernel Oil. It gently exfoliates and dissolves excess oil and dirt and is pH-balanced to maintain skin’s natural balance.
To soothe and cleanse normal to oily skin without stripping it of essential oils and moisture, use Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash. Its gel formula creates a rich foam when combined with water and gently lifts away impurities, dirt and excess oil. Formulated with Glycerin and without alcohol, our formula help soften skin and retain moisture during warmer weather.
Formulated with emollients like Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil and Avocado Oil, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner is soothes, balances and nourishes skin.
Our cult classic Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner contains hand-picked Calendula flower petals plus Great Burdock Root Extract, and is suitable for normal to oily skin types, including sensitive skin. If you have blemish-prone skin we recommend this toner as it is designed to soothe problem skin.
Our Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner is enriched with Lipo Hydroxy Acid and 23% Emollients, including Almond Milk. The dual-action toner gently exfoliates and dissolves impurities while replenishing the skin’s moisture levels. For a hydrating toner that also targets your fine lines, we also recommend our anti-ageing Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence.
A targeted serum
Serums may be small in size but these potent formulas pack a real punch. Thanks to their thin-viscosity formulas and concentrated amounts of active ingredients, they can penetrate the skin’s surface more easily to target dehydration, wrinkles and more. You just need to know what to look for.
When it comes to giving your summer skincare routine a boost of hydration, try Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum. Enriched with Glycerin and low molecular Hyaluronic Acid, which can penetrate up to eight surface layers of skin, it helps strengthen your skin’s barrier function and help your skin better retain moisture. Apply it morning and night to revive tired-looking skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For an added boost of hydration, layer Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrateon top. Formulated with a combination of Epidermal Hydration Filler and 15% Glycerin, it can also penetrate up to 10 surface layers to plump your skin with moisture and target signs of age-related dehydration.
A little extra hydration for your eyes
The seasons can have a big impact on your eyes. From allergies to humidity, it’s common for eyes to experience discomfort and dryness during summer. For a dollop of instant hydration, apply Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado day or night. It’s enriched with Shea Butter and helps to restore skin suppleness and protect from dehydration.
No hydrating skincare routine would be complete without a nourishing moisturiser. Fortunately, our #1 bestselling Ultra Facial Cream works to deeply hydrate and replenish the skin’s barrier function. It’s formulated with olive-derived Squalane and not only provides instant results (your skin feels up to 2.3x more hydrated*), but nourishes for up to 24 hours to help your skin feel soft and smoother.
For oily to normal skin, we recommend our Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream to help maintain your skin’s moisture balance. Its fast-absorbing formula with micronised Amino Acid also helps to control sebum production to keep you shine-free and minimise the appearance of pores.
*Results based on a consumer study with 55 panellists
A slick of SPF
No skincare routine, regardless of its goals, would be complete without a layer of high protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. While UVB rays can lead to sunburn, UVA rays can affect the deeper layers of the skin, where they can damage skin cells, causing signs of premature ageing. Sun exposure can also damage your skin barrier, leading to dryness and sensitivity.
Our Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF provides advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection with SPF 50 PA++++ and all-day hydration to help protect against external aggressors and premature signs of ageing.
While you enjoy some much-needed rest during the night, your skin enters renewal mode repairing the damage from your day. As this is when you get the maximum results from your skincare ingredients, it’s a great time to restore moisture with a hydrating cream or mask. We recommend Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream as an evening moisturiser. It is formulated with Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids and our proprietary blend of rejuvenating botanicals that sink right into the skin, delivering visible radiance.
For an overnight mask, look no further than Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane. It works to deeply hydrate your skin and help you wake up to a plumper, healthier-looking complexion.
Don’t forget your body
The weather, taking too many hot showers, shaving or even working with your hands can all strip your skin of its natural moisture and oil, leaving your skin on your hands, legs and body feeling dry and uncomfortable. In addition to turning the temperature down in the shower, post-shower, we recommend coating your body in a layer of Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, which is packed with ingredients such as Cocoa Butter and Squalane. Combat the effects of overwashing your hands and exposure to the elements by regularly applying our rich, heavy-duty Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.
For more tips on finding the routine that’s right for you, try our Instant Skin Reader. Our skincare analysis tool has been developed with dermatologists and scans your skin to recommend a routine personalised to your skin type. You may also want to book an onlineor in-store consultationand speak to one of our skincare experts for more tips on how to keep your skin hydrated.