Fact: Lack of moisture emphasises fine lines, compromises the skin’s natural barrier and makes it look dull and feel rough. To combat this, you’re required to moisturise daily. Yet, most people overlook this basic, yet essential step that will set them on the right track in the pursuit of great skin. You want a moisturiser that will improve skin tone and texture without feeling too heavy or causing congestion.
The Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream ticks all the boxes. It has this luxurious texture, and once warmed between your fingertips and applied all over, sinks in to instantly plump the skin. I always find the tiny lines on my forehead look better after.
The cream gets its uber hydrating qualities from New Zealand Manuka Honey. Popular for its hydrating, anti bacterial and anti microbial properties, honey keeps the skin moisturised and plump. This helps strengthen it against external irritants which means it is less likely to get sensitised. What makes New Zealand Manuka Honey so special is that it has the highest levels of polyphenols (i.e naturally occurring compounds that have huge anti-oxidant benefits) making it ideal to repair existing damage caused by external aggressors like pollution and sun damage.
The other key ingredient in Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is Korean Red Ginseng Root. This helps stimulate skin cell renewal, boost collagen production and reduces oxidative stress to reveal plumper, smoother skin with a unified skin tone, which gives you a more youthful appearance.
Mostly naturally derived (99.6%) the moisturiser was put through 68 trials to ensure ingredients worked perfectly together and that the texture was indeed lush and beautiful to use. We all know how a perfectly good naturally derived moisturiser can be relegated to the beauty graveyard if texture and scent is off and it just doesn’t do what it claims, and Kiehl’s gets it absolutely right.
The key ingredients, along with the lush texture make the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream particularly useful if you’re in your late 20s or early 30s when the first signs of skin ageing – reduced skin turn over, dullness, roughness, loss of moisture – start to appear.
As I write this post in Bombay, I’m enjoying the cool (well, compared to Singapore) weather. My skin not so much. Had it not been for the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, my naturally dry skin would have felt stretched and taut. This moisturiser helps keep it comfortable and ensures there are no dry patches. I find that my skin is smoother as well. My skin is also prone to dullness in this city, thanks to high levels of pollution, and together with the Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, this moisturiser has kept my complexion even and glowing.
I think the Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is probably a tad heavy for Singapore in the day, but can be used at night when you sleep in an air-conditioned environment – another cause of skin dehydration. And while oily or combination skin may find it too much, mature and dry skin types will relish the moisture boost.