• HOW IT WORKS

  • INGREDIENTS

  • Q&A WITH DR. GEYER

  • CLINICAL RESULTS

  • VIVIAN

  • TORY

  • CANDIDA

  • DANIELA

  • ANDREA
INGREDIENTS
Roll over the bottle to see what makes Clearly Corrective so effective.

Q&A With Dr. Adam Geyer

Kiehl’s expert dermatologist helps answer the "Who, What, Why" about dark spots and how Clearly Corrective works to clarify and correct them.

What are skin discolorations? What causes them?

Discolorations can be defined as the darkening of the skin caused by UV damage, natural aging, acne, hormonal fluctuations, and lack of moisture and/or melasma.

Are discolorations and/or dark spots a very common concern?

Yes, these are very common concerns, affecting both women and men of all ethnicities and ages. In the U.S., uneven skin tone/dull complexion is the number one skincare concern.

How do you treat both skin discolorations and fine lines and wrinkles?

To treat both skincare concerns, we recommend using Clearly Corrective layered with Abyssine Cream, both day and night. For a more intensive approach to fine lines and wrinkles, we recommend using Powerful–Strength Line–Reducing Concentrate in the morning and Clearly Corrective at night (or in reverse), before moisturizing.

What makes Clearly Corrective efficacious?

The Clearly Corrective formula includes high (yet safe) concentrations of Activated C, an ingredient that is fast acting at evening skin tone and breaking apart existing dark spots and discolorations. It is 100% active on skin, allowing for faster and deeper penetration. Clearly Corrective contains a potent blend of botanical ingredients, such as White Birch to enhance clarity and luminosity as well as Peony to help prevent future dark spots and discolorations. These ingredients work to effectively reduce pigmentation without the irritation associated with prescription treatments.

Is it best to use the formula as a spot treatment or to apply it all over the face?

Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application. For optimal results, we recommend applying it all over the face twice daily (also applying it to the neck, décolleté and backs of hands) and under your ideal moisturizer. During the day, protect skin by layering with Super Fluid UV Defense. Before bedtime, replenish skin by layering on Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Special attention should be paid to dark spots or areas of concern in this overall application, and in this way you will enjoy the full benefits of enhanced skin clarity and overall evenness. We strongly advise using the formula regularly for at least 12 weeks in order to see the full spectrum of benefits it provides.

Kiehl’s has been selling other skin–clarifying products for some years. What’s different about this new product?

Kiehl’s chemists are experts in hyperpigmentation and it is always our intent to bring the latest science in skincare to our customers. Clearly Corrective with next-generation ingredient Activated C is the latest in discoloration technology — working more efficiently and effectively than other leading ingredients.

What is the recommended regimen for Clearly Corrective?

To maximize results, Clearly Corrective is best used with our Healthy Skin Essentials routine. First cleanse/tone the face, then apply our Clearly Corrective Solution, followed by a moisturizer to lock in the treatment benefits and all–day hydration. While this formula does not cause sun sensitivity, the use of a daily sunscreen such as Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ is imperative for the maintenance of a clarified, even skin tone.

How does Activated C compare to other ingredients in hyperpigmentation products?

Activated C acts faster than Ascorbyl Glucoside (used in leading hyperpigmentation products) as it is a smaller molecule and penetrates quickly right to the melanin — resulting in increased effectiveness. In addition, unlike many competitive products, this formula does not contain optical diffusers or silicon compounds, which are temporary topical fixes. Activated C is highly stable and will remain potent throughout the entire shelf life of the product without the oxidation seen in other Vitamin C based products. Additionally, Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective does not include silicones, parabens, fragrance, colorants or optical diffusers.

How does Activated C compare to retinoids? Can you use this with prescription Retinol?

While retinoids are recommended to address dark spots as well as treat fine lines and wrinkles, patients using retinoids must be cautious about dryness, redness and in the summer — potential photosensitivity issues. Clearly Corrective gently yet powerfully addresses the appearance of dark spots, acne scarring and discolorations without creating irritation as caused by prescription–strength treatments.

Can Clearly Corrective be used on sensitive skin?

Because of the formula’s unique lightweight, yet hydrating texture, even customers with sensitive skin can tolerate the product year–round. Until now we haven’t seen such a perennial product available to address hyperpigmentation concerns and to treat uneven, dull skin. The two most commonly prescribed medications to address hyperpigmentation have guidelines limiting their year–round use. Side effects and topical retinoids should be used cautiously in the summer due to potential photosensitivity. Clearly Corrective can be used twice daily, year–round without concern for either of these side effects.

ROUTINE

The Clearly Corrective collection is clinically demonstrated* to improve
skin clarity, minimize dark spots and restore hydration.

Purifying Foaming Cleanser

Highly effective cleanser removes skin–surface impurities without stripping, for a noticeably brighter complexion.See Details

For Day and Night

Skin Brightening Exfoliator

High-performance, yet gentle exfoliating cleanser improves surface texture and illuminates skin by removing irregularities and dullness. See Details

For Night

Exfoliator Clarity–Activating Toner

Gently re–texturizes as it infuses skin with hydrating actives, for noticeably cleaner, softer and brighter skin. See Details

For Day and Night

Dark Spot Solution

Apply a several drops of this fast–acting serum to even skin tone and diminish dark spots on your face and neck area. See Details

For Day and Night

Hydrating Moisture Emulsion

Infused with a moisture–enhancing ceramide, this formula provides essential long–lasting moisture, while visibly brightening the skin. See Details

For Day and Night

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Don't forget your daily sun defense!
We recommend layering Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

*Clinical study including 50 Asian females aged 30 to 65 with mild to moderate skin discolorations [including: hyperpigmentation (mottled), dark spots (age/sun spots) and subjects with post–inflammatory hyperpigmentation/acne scars], uneven skin tone, and dull skin on their face as determined by a clinical grader. Change from baseline after 12 weeks.

TESTIMONIALS

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BEFORE & AFTER
VIVIAN

Age: 23

From: St. Louis, MO

When did you first start getting concerned about aging?

6 months ago since I joined the work force ;-)

At what age do you think you looked your best?

I’m still pretty youthful, so I’d say in a few years!

What’s your favorite book?

Harry Potter. And not even ashamed of it!

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

I’m not very outdoorsy, but I like to pretend I am and wear my five-fingered shoes every chance I get!

What is one thing you cannot live without?

My mother’s sage life advice and my iPhone.

What is your number 1 go to product?

Creme De Corp. We all scream for this iconic body cream!

What is something you would say has helped you fight the signs of aging?

Great genes from my mother (people think we are sisters) and meditation music when I am feeling under the weather.

How long do you spend getting ready in the morning?

Probably not long enough.

My Story:

I grew up in St. Louis where I ate a lot of toasted ravioli, green bean casserole and chicken fried chicken. I spent four years in Philly studying marketing and management and recently moved to New York City and joined the Kiehl’s family. My friends would call me a big jetsetter (I’ve been to 23 countries, that’s an average of one country per year!) but I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of all the places I want to visit. In my free time, I love to paint, especially on big canvases. My most recent work was 72in by 100in Warhol reinterpretation and could barely fit in my small New York City apartment! I also LOVE food and can probably eat about 200% of my body weight. Nowadays, I have moved beyond the Midwest favorites (though they will always be near and dear to my heart) and love exploring all the intriguing places and cuisines that New York has to offer!

VIVIAN’S ROUTINE
Ultra Facial Cleanser $19.50
Inspired by the ultimate, award-winning moisturizer, Ultra Facial Cream.
Calendula Toner $21
A Kiehl’s classic, first introduced to customers more than 40 years ago.
Ultra Facial Oil Free Gel Cream $26.50
Our Ultra Facial Oil–Free Gel Cream is a non–oily, quickly absorbed hydrator that visibly reduces the appearance of oil and leaves skin looking and feeling more balanced.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado $28.50
A Kiehl’s classic for a burst of hydration to the eye area.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Super Fluid Defense SPF 50+ $61
Shake-Shake away 90% of skin aging!
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado $28.50
A Kiehl’s classic for a burst of hydration to the eye area.
Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Mask $23
Our Rare Earth masque helps purify and detoxify skin while minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective uses Active C, Peony and White Birch extracts to help remove and prevent dark spots and fine lines.
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BEFORE & AFTER
TORY

Age: 32

From: New York, New York

When did you first start getting concerned about aging?

I have been using eye cream since I was 18. I wanted to take preventative measures!

At what age do you think you looked your best?

My skin probably looked its best when I was 10! My mother always made me slather sunscreen all over myself when I went to the beach or did any outdoor activity. I continued to always wear sunscreen on my face, but I definitely had my fair share of sunburns in my teens.

What’s your favorite book?

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe and Emma by Jane Austen.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

I have so many! I love to play tennis outdoors and running in Central Park is one of my favorite things to do. Does lying on the beach count as an outdoor activity (under an umbrella of course!)? If so, it tops my list.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

My iPhone.

What is your number 1 go to product?

I have to pick two: Abyssine Cream SPF 23 and Calendula Toner. Abyssine Cream is very moisturizing, but not greasy and it has the added benefit of fighting the signs of aging. Calendula Toner has completely changed my skin – the texture has improved and it helps control and get rid of breakouts. It works like magic!

What is something you would say has helped you fight the signs of aging?

Exercise.

How long do you spend getting ready in the morning?

It takes me about 45 minutes to get ready in the morning.

My Story:

I am a true New Yorker — I was born and raised in Manhattan, as were both of my parents. I left New York for college and I lived in Washington DC for two years, but other than that, I have always lived here. I met my husband through my job when I first graduated from college and we have been married now for over five years. He is also a New Yorker.

I love to travel — I lived in Sydney, Australia for six months during college and it is one of my favorite cities. A few years ago I went to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and it was as spectacular as everyone says it is. I also recently went to Napa Valley in California for the first time and it was such a great vacation — relaxing, fun and amazing food and wine.

I have always worked in beauty and retail, but I went to business school a few years ago to make the switch from finance to marketing. It was a fun two years and I learned a lot too!

TORY’S ROUTINE
Ultra Facial Cleanser $19.50
Inspired by the ultimate, award-winning moisturizer, Ultra Facial Cream.
Calendula Toner $21
A Kiehl’s classic, first introduced to customers more than 40 years ago.
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream $52
Enhances skin elasticity for visibly reduced wrinkles and minimized pores.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado $28.50
A Kiehl’s classic for a burst of hydration to the eye area.
Rare Earth Cleanser $23
Our Rare Earth cleanser purifies and thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping away natural oils. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay and Diatomaceous Earth particles to gently remove oil, dirt and toxins that can clog pores.
Calendula Toner $21
A Kiehl’s classic, first introduced to customers more than 40 years ago.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46
Purely Potent Over-Night Repair.
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream $42
Skin–fortifying under–eye cream improves wrinkles and skin texture.
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BEFORE & AFTER
CANDIDA

Age: 34

From: Guyana

At what age do you think you looked your best?

Honestly I think I look my best now. I have never taken care of my body or skin like I do now.

What’s your favorite movie?

Dazed and Confused. It just reminds me of fun high school days where everyone is carefree.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

Running, it is my passion and I run outdoors as much as I can. I just finished my fourth NYC Marathon at the end of last year.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

Nature. I love getting outdoors and breathing in the fresh air. It keeps me grounded.

What is your number 1 go to product?

Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I feel like I sleep better and wake up looking refreshed when I use it. Plus I love the lavender scent!

What is something you would say has helped you fight the signs of aging?

Exercise has definitely helped me stay looking young and healthy.

How long do you spend getting ready in the morning?

30 minutes. I am speedy and like to work out in the morning so I hurry to get ready.

My Story:

I have lived in Manhattan for a while now and I cannot imagine life somewhere else. I love the buzz of the big city, but I also love escaping to quiet places to regroup. I believe in natural beauty and to look my best does not require tons of makeup, it is dependent on a healthy lifestyle and being active.

CANDIDA’S ROUTINE
Rare Earth Deep Cleansing Masque $23
Our Rare Earth masque helps purify and detoxify skin while minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay to gently draw out oil, dirt and toxins that can clog pores.
Cucumber Toner $16
Our iconic toner for dry and sensitive skin…a customer favorite for more than 4 decades!
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 $52
Enhances skin elasticity for visibly reduced wrinkles and minimized pores. With broad spectrum UVA/UVB.
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream $42
Skin fortifying under eye cream improves wrinkles and skin texture.
Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser $19.50
Our Ultra Facial Oil–Free Cleanser is a quick-lathering cleansing foam that thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving skin looking more balanced.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46
Purely Potent Over-Night Repair.
Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream $42
Skin fortifying under eye cream improves wrinkles and skin texture.
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BEFORE & AFTER
DANIELA

Age: 24

From: New Jersey

At what age do you think you looked your best?

Difficult to say — maybe 18–23, as my skin was fresh a blemish free. I started to develop adult acne at 24 and started using Kiehl’s dermatologist line and I love the products and swear by it.

What’s your favorite movie?

I love my two hour highs with popcorn and as such can call myself a movie addict! My favorites are romantic comedies and tearjerkers. I’m a little embarrassed to say, but I love "Little Women" no matter how many times I’ve seen it, it always gets to me.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

I love swimming, it honestly make me feel amazing and refreshed after a few laps.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

Makeup! There is no question about it.

What is your number 1 go to product?

Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is tiny so I can keep it in my purse and reapplying all day.

What is something you would say has helped you fight the signs of aging?

Water is the most powerful tool for hydration. I just recently started drinking 8 glasses a day and I can see the improvements right away. My skin is refreshed, radiant, healthy, and my complexion is clearing up.

My Story:

I’m from New Jersey, have three amazing cats, and love to travel around the world.

DANIELA’S ROUTINE
Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser $21
Inspired by Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion® for oily, blemish prone skin.
Calendula Toner $21
A Kiehl’s classic, first introduced to customers more than 40 years ago.
Blue Herbal Spot Treatment $18
Inspired by Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion® for oily, blemish prone skin.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Super Fluid Defense SPF 50+ $61
Shake-Shake away 90% of skin aging!
Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser $21
Inspired by Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion® for oily, blemish prone skin.
Calendula Toner $21
A Kiehl’s classic, first introduced to customers more than 40 years ago.
Blue Herbal Spot Treatment $18
Inspired by Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion® for oily, blemish prone skin.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
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BEFORE & AFTER
ANDREA

Age: 28

From: Los Angeles, CA

When did you first start getting concerned about aging or uneven skin?

At 25 when i first noticed little crows feet around my eyes and fine lines on my forehead.

At what age do you think you looked your best?

At age 21 I started running for the first time in my life and i feel like i looked healthy, young, and refreshed. I was also so carefree!

What’s your favorite book?

The Twilight series (team Edward!)

What’s your favorite outdoor activity?

I love when it is finally warm enough to run on the East River in New York, this means winter is over and everyone is so excited about getting back to nature. This is my favorite time of year when the rivers are packed with all the runners that have been hiding all winter long.

What is one thing you cannot live without?

Makeup! There is no question about it.

What is something you cannot live without?

Reality TV! It is a sick addiction, but I love it!

What is something you would say has helped you fight the signs of aging?

I do not take life too seriously. I believe if you have fun and enjoy what you are doing everyday, your face will show your youthful spirit.

If you could have taken care of your body differently, what would you have changed?

I would have worn more sunscreen. I did not really start wearing sunscreen on my face on a daily basis until about a year ago. I wish I would have prevented so many of these freckles!

My Story:

I am born and raised in California, I only moved to New York in my mid twenties. I had only been to New York once before I moved here, but I decided that I had to be here regardless.

One day I just gave my notice at work and moved 3 months later with my future completely unclear. I think this marked the begining of my adulthood, it was the first time I made a decisions without asking my family or weighing options, I moved because I wanted to. Now I am fully independant and every day I think I lean how to be more confident and how to love myself more. For example, this year is the first time in my life I actually like wearing heels. Being a tall girl I have always felt so weird in them, but now I am not afraid to stand out and be seen.

ANDREA’S ROUTINE
Rare Earth Cleanser $23
Our Rare Earth cleanser purifies and thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping away natural oils. Formulated with Amazonian White Clay and Diatomaceous Earth particles to gently remove oil, dirt and toxins that can clog pores.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Ultra Facial Cream $26.50
Step up to 24-Hour moisture.
Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado $28.50
A Kiehl’s classic for a burst of hydration to the eye area.
Super Fluid Defense SPF 50+ $61
Shake-Shake away 90% of skin aging!
Ultra Facial Cleanser $19.50
Inspired by the ultimate, award-winning moisturizer, Ultra Facial Cream.
Clearly Corrective $49.50
Clearly Corrective™ is a fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.
Midnight Recovery Concentrate $46
Purely Potent Over-Night Repair.
Cryste Marine Eye Treatment $40
Lift, rejuvenate, and firm eyes with unique marine extracts.
We’re confident you will see healthier, revitalized skin in
28 days. Guaranteed or your money back.

Kiehl’s Skincare is scientifically formulated to restore and strengthen the skin barrier for healthier, younger-looking skin. Our targeted treatments are powerful, yet safe preparations which act to correct and treat your specific skin needs and concerns.