First of all, I’d like to start this post by stating this post is not sponsored by Kiehls or any other brand in any way. I just love the brand and I hope to share with you what, in my opinion, are the best Kiehls skincare products, with a special focus on oily skin needs.
HI girls, how are you today?
Have you ever heard of Kiehls?
This brand is the reason I started my skincare obsession.
Honestly, I am SUCH a fool for Kiehls skincare products. 9 out of 10 things I buy from them is an esteemed asset in my skincare bag.
(I do once in a while try and vary my overall products, but I always go back to Kiehls sooner or later).
It all started when I was living in Switzerland and noticed that my friends who were younger than me starting to have crows feet around their eyes.
It dawned to me that i I wanted to survive my student years in student and still look young site the dry Swiss weather, I desperately needed a good solution. And I needed it FAST!
Kiehls is a brand that had always sparked my curiosity. I love the way they design their products, which are not exactly ‘cute”. Truth be told their packaging looks more like you are buying droplets for a sore throat rather than a premium serum for your face.
Indeed, Kiehls doesn’t focus on investing their budget into marketing for cute packaging. Instead, they choose to wisely invest their money into research and delivering quality products to their ever-growing raving clients. And that is a decision I like to support.
Don’t get me wrong. I am also a fool for cute packages.
Heck, my mascara has ”diamonds’ in it, lol.
But let’s be honest, many times we are paying premium euros to pay for a package that looks like an apple, rather than the content within in it itself?
All this to say, ever since I first started using Kiehls eye creme back then as a broke student, I was hooked for life.
I still try to varyy here and there what type of brands I buy for my skincare routine, given that I love skin care in general.
Yet, there is never a doubt in my mind that every year for Black Friday, Kiehls is the first place I go to in order to restock my favorite products for my day and night skincare routine.
The Correct Order to Apply Skincare Products
I talked about in my Korean Skin Care post, but the reason I ever started doing the Korean routine was because I was not sure about the order in which to apply my skin care products.
It’s the chicken and the egg questions for beauty ”what goes first? the essence or the serum?”
For the sake of comprehension, I write in the same the order in which I apply my Kiehls skincare products.
Disclaimer – Not all the Kiehls skincare products I use are part of the complete Korean skincare routine. If you wish a complete overview of the 10-step Korean skincare habits, read this post (I recommend you giving it a read, by the way).
Best Kiehls Skincare Products for Oily Skin
I must admit that throughout my entire life I I’ve suffered from oily skin. My mother always said that one day I would be thankful for it because, according to her, oily skins get less wrinkles.
I finally reached my thirties (gosh) and I am proud to say I reached the big 3.0 without having any wrinkles in my face! NADA!
Either my mom was right, or maybe it is due to the fact that I I started using Kiehls skincare products since my early twenties (or both), but something I’ve done must’ve worked.
I am the oldest of my group of friends, yet people think I am the youngest. Just the other day I met a girl who was 26 and she thought I wa younge than she was (yayyyy).
If you have oily skin, or if you wish to know more about Kiehls skincare products, or simply if you like me (awwww!), then this post will bring you a lot of value, I am sure.
Product # 1 Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
A cleasning oil should be step one for anyone who wears makeup (yes, even for us oily skin gals).
Hear me out: Most of us believe that scrubbing oil on your face will clog your pores and exacerbate oily skin, but cleansing oils actually do the opposite – they’re excellent at dissolving hard to remove make up and dirt.
PLUS it also washes away excess sebum and blackheads that are stuck inside pores!
What I love about the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is that it is so lightweight, plus its lavender lavender smell makes it a real treat to remove your makeup.
I only use the cleansing oil at nighttime, though, as I don’t see the need of it in the morning times.
Product # 2 Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash
The second step is another cleansing, this time with a foam soap.
It is important to cleanse again after the oil with a foam soap because it helps wash away impurities and dirt. However, if your skin is dry, it might not be the best for you since foaming soaps usually dry the skin up a bit.
This is a very gentle cleanser with Calendula and Glycerin, and its creamy gel formula activates with water to create a dense foam.
I am all about a foaming face wash, and this one really removes all of my makeup & leaves my skin feeling so clean! I also love the smell. I honestly love when my face wash foams up
I’m telling ya, this is great for oily skin and normal skin (and it also smells amaaazing).
Honestly, the entire Kiehls line is perfect for a stay-at-home SPA treatment. It’s fragrances smells and textures are a treat from the cleansing process to the last product you apply.
HOW TO CLEANSE
Apply a bit to your hands and gently rub it for around 1 minute to cleanse. Rinse it off with warm water and dry. You’ll see how smooth your skin will feel.
Product # 3 TONER – Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner
Ok, I said we were done with cleansing, but Toners are a different style of cleansing. Kinda like a ”dry cleanse’, as this step can be done from bed with a cotton.
This toner, which is also formulated with Calendula extracts just like the foam cleanser and what I love about it is that it doesnt have alcohol, being perfect for oily skin
(careful girls, most toners contain alcohol and if you have oily skin, applying products that contain alcohol to your skin can have counter-productive effects and make your skin produce more oil).
Plus, it actually has calendula flower petals inside, which feels so luxurious.
Product # 4 ESSENCE: Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence
They say essence is the, well, the”essence” of the Korean skin care (pun non-intended but impossible to resist).
Seriously, though, it seems Essence is where the magic happens for our Korean friends who have impeccable skins.
In short, Essences are an important “first step” for the anti-aging treatment as it helps smooth skin texture, reduce fine lines and boost the skin’s overall radiance.
It is very light-weight, kinda like water even.
I apply it to the palm of my hands and gently tap them onto myface until it is absorbed.
It is hard to describe the feeling of applying essence. However, know that it feels really nice!
Product # 5 SPOT CORRECTOR – Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
This is a recent aquisition to my collection. As I am addicted to watching skincare videos on YouTube, this product recently called my attention.
You see, I’ve been cusred with endless acne, even in my adult years (they proised me pimples would be a thing of the past by now, but nope).
Don’t get met wrong, it is not severe acne, but it is annoying acne, which usually appear on my cin or cheeks and leave red blemishes. The Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution was the answer to these problems.
It is formulated with Activated C, White Birch and Peony Extracts, which helps brighten skin and diminish the intensity of dark spots and skin discolorations over time.
It has been working really well for me so far.
Product # 6 SERUM: Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
This serum, which has 15% Glycerin and Shiso Leaf Extract is my best friend. I use this one EVERY DAY ever since I bought it in December, and it is still going strong.
I am in love with this Serum. My skin is reacting great to it. It deeply hydrates, while helps with fine lines. Everything a gal like me would want during drier winter months (it is important for people with oily skin to keep their skin hydtrated too, y’know).
Product # 7 SERUM (2): Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum
Yes, I have more than one serum (I have more than 3 serums even, but don’t spread this around. I’m just addicted to skin care).
Cris gave me this vitamin C serum as a Christmas gift (along with other great Kiehls products – I told you I am addicted to both skincare AND Kiehls and my boyfriend knows me well). I’ve noticed that serums help my skin a lot.
I alternate this one with the previous one. It is lightweight, and feels so good on my skin (it warms up a ittle bit once you start spreading, but that is normal) I’m all about a good serum right after cleansing, and before moisturizing.
Vitamin C is important to women who are 25+ as it helps firming the skin and helps with diminishing fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
Product # 8 FACE OIL – Midnight Recovery Face Oil
My boyfriend usually waits wth anticipation for this step, it’s so funny. He loves the gentle lavender smell it leaves.
This is a top-rated night facial oil, which is formulated with distilled botanical. This facial oil helps replenish skin for visibly smoother, more radiant skin by morning.
If I remember correctly, this is the product that made me realize Kiehls was a freakin’ good brand. The results were fantastic.
Product # 9 EYE CREME – Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Last, but oh certainly not least, the magical avocado eye creme.
I took so long to buy this one because the name Avocado sounded very trendy and commercial, and I opted to stay out of marketing strategies.
However, this winter my under eyes were dry as ever before. I bought two other eye cremes, but I was not satistfied and seeing my under eyes drying up was making me panic.
Enters, the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
I was researching online and so many youtubers and bloggers were talking that this product is amazing for hydration. I gave it a go!
The first thing I noticed about it is how creamy and thick its texture is, yet very easy to spread.
And I am in love!! I can not say enough about this eye cream. It literally saved my dry under eyes. It is so hydrating it’s honestly unbelievable.
I really, really recommend it if you are suffering from dry eye under-eyes.
That’s it ladies. I thought this post was going to be short, but i have so much stuff to say about Kiehls skin care products. I honestly love this brand so much and hope you give it a go one day.