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Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum

A potent Vitamin C serum formulated with 12.5% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum

A potent Vitamin C serum formulated with 12.5% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

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Boost radiance, visibly firm skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores with our customer-favorite Vitamin C serum. Formulated with 10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid and 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside plus Hyaluronic Acid, this patented, water-free concentrate helps improve skin’s appearance for radiant, younger-looking skin.

  • Helps visibly reduce lines and wrinkles while helping firm skin over time
  • Smoothes skin’s texture and helps visibly minimize the appearance of pores
  • Antioxidant Vitamin C penetrates skin’s deeper surface layers and remains effective in skin for up to 6 days
  • Provides visible results in just 2 weeks
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety
  • For all skin types, including sensitive skin
Key Ingredients
Vitamin C

Pure Vitamin C

L-Ascorbic Acid, also known as Pure Vitamin C, is a highly efficacious antioxidant known for its ability to improve the appearance of aging skin. In addition to antioxidant protection, Pure Vitamin C is known to help boost radiance, improve texture and visibly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Vitamin C

Vitamin Cg

Vitamin Cg, or Ascorbyl Glucoside, is a Vitamin C derivative that activates once absorbed into the upper layers of the skin’s surface. With antioxidant benefits, this form of Vitamin C is frequently used in anti-wrinkle skincare products to help reduce facial lines over time.

Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid

Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid acts like a sponge to draw moisture into skin’s surface layers and then expands as it absorbs. Within our formulas, Hyaluronic Acid is known to help smooth and plump skin.

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Boost radiance, visibly firm skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores with our customer-favorite Vitamin C serum. Formulated with 10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid and 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside plus Hyaluronic Acid, this patented, water-free concentrate helps improve skin’s appearance for radiant, younger-looking skin.

  • Helps visibly reduce lines and wrinkles while helping firm skin over time
  • Smoothes skin’s texture and helps visibly minimize the appearance of pores
  • Antioxidant Vitamin C penetrates skin’s deeper surface layers and remains effective in skin for up to 6 days
  • Provides visible results in just 2 weeks
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety
  • For all skin types, including sensitive skin
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Vitamin C

Pure Vitamin C

L-Ascorbic Acid, also known as Pure Vitamin C, is a highly efficacious antioxidant known for its ability to improve the appearance of aging skin. In addition to antioxidant protection, Pure Vitamin C is known to help boost radiance, improve texture and visibly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Vitamin C

Vitamin Cg

Vitamin Cg, or Ascorbyl Glucoside, is a Vitamin C derivative that activates once absorbed into the upper layers of the skin’s surface. With antioxidant benefits, this form of Vitamin C is frequently used in anti-wrinkle skincare products to help reduce facial lines over time.

Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid

Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid acts like a sponge to draw moisture into skin’s surface layers and then expands as it absorbs. Within our formulas, Hyaluronic Acid is known to help smooth and plump skin.

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what it is

A Vitamin C serum that boosts radiance, helps firm skin and visibly diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and pores for smoother-looking skin. Formulated with 10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid and 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside plus Hyaluronic Acid, this patented, water-free concentrate is a Kiehl’s customer favorite.

what it’s good for

  • Helps visibly reduce lines and wrinkles while helping firm skin over time
  • Smoothes skin’s texture and helps visibly minimize the appearance of pores
  • Antioxidant Vitamin C penetrates skin’s deeper surface layers and remains effective in skin for up to 6 days
  • Provides visible results in just 2 weeks
  • Dermatologist-tested for safety

key ingredients

Key Ingredients

Pure Vitamin C

L-Ascorbic Acid, also known as Pure Vitamin C, is a highly efficacious antioxidant known for its ability to improve the appearance of skin aging. In addition to antioxidant protection, Pure Vitamin C is known to help boost radiance, improve texture and visibly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Vitamin Cg

Vitamin Cg, or Ascorbyl Glucoside, is a Vitamin C derivative that activates once absorbed into the upper layers of the skin’s surface. With antioxidant benefits, this form of Vitamin C is frequently used in anti-wrinkle skincare products to help reduce facial lines over time.

Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid

This fast-absorbing form of Hyaluronic Acid is known for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Acting like a sponge, it draws moisture into skin’s surface layers and expands as it absorbs. Hyaluronic Acid is known to help smooth and plump fine lines and is commonly used in skincare products intended to visibly reduce facial lines and refine texture.

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how to apply

  • Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application
  • Apply Vitamin C serum over entire face, avoiding the eye area
  • As it blends into skin, you may experience a feeling of warmth as the formula activates
  • Apply morning and night, after cleansing and toning and before your moisturizer
  • Avoid the eye area; in case of contact with eyes, rinse them immediately
  • Discover our other anti-aging formulas like our anti-aging face cream and nighttime facial oil

did you know?

Kiehl’s became pioneers in Vitamin C skincare when we first stabilized Vitamin C in our efficacious, water-free concentrate. Our patented Vitamin C serum is highly stable ensuring that our formula is concentrated with an efficacious amount of Vitamin C while still being suitable for sensitive skin. Within our formula, our Vitamin C penetrates skin’s deeper surface layers—up to 10 layers deep!

results

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After

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IMMEDIATELY: Visibly Improved Skin Texture and Boosted Radiance

IN 2 WEEKS: Reduced Lines and Wrinkles

IN 4 WEEKS: Visibly Reduced Deep-Set Wrinkles

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The Truth About Vitamin C Skin Care

LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C FOR SKIN

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate unique?

Our formula is clinically demonstrated to help reduce the appearance of lines and deep-set wrinkles, while boosting radiance and helping even skin texture over time. Formulated with antioxidant Pure Vitamin C, which is a powerful skincare ingredient that begins working immediately, our Vitamin C serum is potent, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin and formulated to enhance the efficacy of Vitamin C benefits with continued use. Our formula is specially designed to stabilize Vitamin C. It’s true, Pure Vitamin C can degrade when exposed to water, but our water-free formula helps to keep the high concentrations of Pure Vitamin C stable and effective.

What are the different forms of Vitamin C within Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate?

There are actually several different forms of Vitamin C that are used in skincare formulas. Vitamin Cg, or Ascorbyl Glucoside, is a potent derivative of Vitamin C that provides antioxidant protection and helps to minimize the visible signs of aging. Our Vitamin C serum is formulated with 2% Vitamin Cg to help enhance the efficacy of Vitamin C benefits over time. While they have overlapping benefits, Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is absorbed into skin and starts working immediately upon contact while Vitamin Cg (Ascorbyl Glucoside) activates once absorbed into the upper layers of skin to boost Vitamin C activity over time. Kiehl’s Vitamin C serums and formulas effectively incorporate a form of topical Vitamin C that is carefully selected to maximize its targeted efficacy.

Should you pair Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate with SPF?

We always recommend using SPF protection to help keep skin protected from UVA/UVB rays and pollution, which can cause the first signs of aging. The antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C can complement the protective effects of SPF. In fact, it is beneficial to apply Vitamin C before you head outdoors. Topical Vitamin C has been demonstrated to decrease generation of UVA-induced free radicals and can bolster skin’s antioxidant defenses with Vitamin E regeneration.

What age is a Vitamin C serum recommended for?

Our Vitamin C formula is designed for all ages and helps to visibly treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture and the appearance of pores. Vitamin C levels deplete in skin over time, so using skincare products with Vitamin C is important as you grow older. However, our formula is still effective to use before you start to see fine lines and wrinkles. Our Vitamin C serum helps boost radiance and provide antioxidant protection to help defend skin from early signs of aging.

Is a Vitamin C serum recommended for sensitive and acne-prone skin?

Our vitamin C serums are carefully formulated and tested to be gentle enough for sensitive skin. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is formulated with Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid to help reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and even skin texture for all skin types, including sensitive skin. When first starting with a Vitamin C serum, we recommend using once a day and building gradually to twice daily usage. If you have specific concerns, however, consult your dermatologist before incorporating new skincare products into your routine.

Does Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate help with hyperpigmentation?

While this potent form of Vitamin C penetrates the skin’s surface layers to help visibly even skin tone and enhance clarity, we recommend our Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for a targeted approach to treating hyperpigmentation and dark spots.

How do you apply your Vitamin C serum?

After you cleanse and tone your skin, apply 1-2 pumps of our Vitamin C serum. Smooth it on morning and night before your moisturizer to help lock in the skin benefits of your Vitamin C serum. While Vitamin C help defends skin during the day, it is also an effective ingredient to use in your nighttime skincare routine. For best results, use your Vitamin C serum twice a day, morning and night.

How often should you apply a Vitamin C serum?

As with products formulated with active ingredients, when first beginning to use a Vitamin C serum, start with a once-daily application, and gradually build to twice a day. With regular recommended usage in the morning and at night, our 50ml formula should last approximately 1 month. Always consult with your dermatologist when incorporating new skincare products into your routine.

Where do you store your Vitamin C serum?

Because L-Ascorbic Acid serums can degrade in heat and humidity, putting yours in the medicine cabinet could cause it to lose its effectiveness. While many L-Ascorbic Acid serums come in dark-colored or amber bottles that can help protect the formula from light, you should still be sure to keep your products away from direct sunlight.

Is it safe to use this product during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

While every ingredient we use in our products is evaluated for safety, we do not specifically test our products on women who are pregnant or nursing. Kiehl’s ensures there is substantial information supporting the safety of our products when used as directed by consumers. However, as there could be certain ingredients that physicians may not recommend for use during pregnancy and nursing, we always recommend that you discuss this with your physician and follow their advice.

Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 809.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing one of my favorite vitamin C serum. non comedon and not make my skin yellow)
Date published: 2020-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing I rarely write reviews but I have never experienced such a difference with a beauty product. I didn't have too many skin issues to start with. I'd say my skin is "normal", although it can look dull and tired. I've also got some post pregnancy spots and uneven skintone. I've been using this for about two months and I'm thrilled with the results. My skin is even in tone, my pores are minimized, and I've got this incredible youthful glow!! I couldn't be happier! Highly recommend this product and I'm looking forward to using it for many years to come.
Date published: 2020-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems to work I replenished this after using a sample I felt was working for my deeper lines...it can sometimes feel greasy but if you get the amount right for your skin it’s smooth and works in nicely to your skin. Note: I decided to buy this because Kiehl’s kept pestering me to use my rewards points - which I know exist. But when I log in to my account I get a blank screen while looking for “my rewards”...and can not access this “expiring” coupon. Why?
Date published: 2020-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this one SO much I have normal skin without any particular problems. I just want something to keep my skin as nice as it is. This product did more then that. I saw visual improvement in my skin. My skin jot brighter and smoother. It felt weird the first time I applied it on the skin because it warms right away. You get used to it. One pump goes a long way. Would definitely recommend this.
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! After using it for 12 days, yesterday, I received a comment from someone surprised by how good my skin looked! It's really amazing how effective it is. My question is: How long can it be used? After eight weeks of treatment, can you continue or is it advisable to rest for a while?
Date published: 2020-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not ware your money I have been using this serum day and night for over 2 months. Don’t see any difference in my skin . Shall I try longer ?
Date published: 2020-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice I really loved it,it avtivates on your skin,when you put it on you feel that your skin is getting a bite warm,so soft and gentle,smells like orange,absorbs quickly.
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Treat for the skin I am very pleased with this line reducing concentrate , after 10 days use my skin is softer.
Date published: 2020-03-01
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Firm eyelids

I've started putting a little bit on my eyelids thinking this may help them firm up. Now I see we shouldn't put the serum near our eyes.. Please advise.
Asked by: Suzi2828

Does this serum clog pores?

Asked by: lilymay
Hello there! Thank you for your interest in Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. This product smoothes skin’s texture and helps visibly minimize the appearance of pores. We are pleased to inform you that this product has Dermatologist-tested for safety. We hope this information is helpful and we wish you great success with our products!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-03-16

Can this be used with Tretinoin?

Can this be used with Tretinoin? If so before or after Tretinoin application?
Asked by: JanaK
Hi there! For anyone with sensitive skin or using multiple products, we recommend you reach out to your dermatologist to decide what products will be best suited for your skin. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach back out!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-03-10

What is the shelf life of this if unopened? I bought two and now I'm worried.

Asked by: Pattycakes
Our products have been tested to have at least a 3-year shelf life if unopened and stored at normal room temperature, during which they will retain their integrity and perform as expected. After product has been opened, discard after 6 months.
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-03-02

Can I use this with the hydro-plumping retexturing serum? If yes, what order? If no, can I use one at night and one in the day?

Asked by: Tab1114
Hi there! Thank you for your interest in our Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum. Both these products morning and night. They are both serums so they can be used in any order. We hope you found this information helpful!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-02-24
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