What do you do when you are stressed? I make an herbal infusion, hug a kitty (maximize the result by making the kitty purr. It has been proven to lower blood pressure), or catch an episode of something funny (like The Big Bang Theory. Man, that show is hilarious!). What do you do when your skin is stressed? My new answer is Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress Minimizing Daily Hydrator. I’ve had both hits and misses with Kiehl’s, so I don’t really know what to expect when it comes to this brand. Fortunately, this time it’s a happy ending!
In short, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer (75ml/2.5 oz will set you back 35 euros in Belgium) is a solid lightweight moisturizer with calming benefits. It comes in no-muss no-fuss packaging with a pump, and there is a guard on the pump. Just in case you want to throw the bottle in your luggage, the guard will minimize the chance of a lotion explosion.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is unscented. The texture feels lightly creamy when it is pumped out, but it can be easily spread and absorbed by the skin. It is not a heavy lotion, so it will depend on your skin type whether you can use it alone, as well as if it will make a good day/night cream. Usually I layer this over a serum in the morning, and at night it is a serum, a dry oil, and then this lotion. It hydrates and protects well without much grease, which is something most will favor.
Besides keeping my skin hydrated and healthy, Kiehl’s Skin Rescurer has kept it calmer than usual. Redness is not usually one of my main concerns, but my skin could act up due to hormones, fatigue, and seasonal changes. In those situations, my skin becomes uneven- and tired-looking. On top of that, a lot of products that usually work well could end up doing nothing or even being slightly irritating.
Ever since I started using Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, I have noticed less episodes of these angry outbursts. I’m not saying it eliminates them (hormones are a powerful thing, my friend), but when my skin starts flaring up, I minimize my skincare routine and fall back on this lotion. Usually the situation improves fast enough. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I haven’t had one of those nightmarish allergy episodes this season. Perhaps this has helped as well!
Bottom line: Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator is not exactly a miracle worker, but particularly if your skin is on the sensitive side, you might appreciate the calming benefits it provides. It is a solid, basic moisturizer I know I can rely on. Depending on your skin type, you can layer other products beneath it to achieve the desired amount of moisturization. On its own, it is lightweight and pleasant to use.
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What was the last Kiehl’s product you tried and loved? What do you do when your skin gets angry?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx