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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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IMMEDIATELY: Visibly Improved Skin Texture and Boosted Radiance

IN 2 WEEKS: Reduced Lines and Wrinkles

IN 4 WEEKS: Visibly Reduced Deep-Set Wrinkles

Results from an 8-week clinical study. Photos not retouched. Individual results may vary.

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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 800.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels incredible on your skin This serum feels so amazing on the skin, it is so smooth and leaves skin feeling extremely soft. I love vitamin C products. I am not sure if it is doing much for the fine lines on my forehead but I guess time will tell! I would like to know how long it will take for me to start seeing results?
Date published: 2020-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Old version was much better I used 2 large bottles of the original product which did not have hyaluronic acid. I loved it as it made my skin bright and decreased oil production. The new version unfortunately makes my skin oily..
Date published: 2020-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The number one thing I’ll never give up Y’ALL! I get compliments on my skin all the time and I tell everyone that this is the one product I can’t go without is this one. I’ve been using this one for about 5 years. One time I ran out and was lazy to get more and wow. My skin was noticeably dull. Need your skin to glow? This does it! I cleanse, tone and then apply this serum then moisturizer and sunscreen. It’s absolutely worth the price and the extra step in the morning. You won’t regret it!
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Improvement in fine lines I have fine lines in forehead. I use this serum after toner every morning. It’s been an year and not a bit of improvement in the fine lines. I am very disappointed that it’s working for many people and not for me.
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no visible effects I purchased this at the recommendation of a Kiehls employee who said I should consider it for help managing fine lines and large pores. I've used it with the other Kiehl's products in my normal regimen (ultra facial cleanser and ultra facial moisturizer for oily skin) for the last six weeks and have not seen any impact of using this product.
Date published: 2020-02-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Weird!!! I have to join the slew of bad reviews of this product. I bought this serum after receiving a sample. It seemed good but then I noticed my hands smelling really bad. It wouldn't wash off and it lasted for days. The smell was of metal. I went to the doctor. They ran tests and said it has to be something topical. I never in a million years thought it would be this serum. Once I discontinued the use my hands stopped smelling. I started again two weeks later and the smell returned. I know it sounds funny but as I was sitting in my office I could smell my hands and it was driving me nuts!
Date published: 2020-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Effective but ruined all of my clothes It is an effective serum and I would like to use this on my neck and during nighttime but I can't because it stained all of my clothes (esp shirts with collars) and my pillow cases. Most of the dry cleaners, except for one, were unable to get rid of the orange stain.
Date published: 2020-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible results, but... I have been using this product for about a month, and have been really impressed with the results. My skin feels so soft, and has looked the brightest and clearest it has been it a long time. The serum is light and quickly absorbed, and feels great on the skin, plus it is very mattifying so doesn't leave my skin looking greasy. The only issue I have with this is that after a few weeks using it, I have noticed my face/hands smells like I have used fake tan. I expect this is a result of the ascorbic acid oxidising into to erythrulose. It is a little off putting, but it is the only bad thing I have to say about it.
Date published: 2020-01-21
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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

Is there a benefit to using this over Men’s Age Defender Power Serum?

Should this be used instead of or in combination with Age Defender Power Serum?
Asked by: OriginalOG
Hi there! The Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum is a Vitamin C serum that boosts radiance, helps firm skin and visibly diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and pores for smoother-looking skin. If these are concerns you are looking to correct, we suggest using the product before the Men’s Age Defender Power Serum. We hope this helps and that you can use our products with great satisfaction!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-02-10

Can I use this just at night?

Can I use this just at night and another concentrate in the morning or should I pair the 2 in the morning and do it alone at night?
Asked by: Kaymac
Hello! Thank you for inquiring about Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum! Best way to use is to apply morning and night, after cleansing and toning and before your moisturizer. If you want to only use it at night that it fine. You just want to ensure that you never use a vitamin C and a retinol together. We hope you try it out soon!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-01-31

storage

how do i store this product? is it better to store it in the fridge like any other vitamin c products?
Asked by: drafwan
Hi there, thanks for your inquiry! We do not suggest storing the Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum in the refrigerator as it has been tested to be stored at a normal room temperature. We hope this helps and that you can continue to use our products with great satisfaction!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-01-16

Can this be used alongside the Nightly Refining Micro Peel Concentrate? If yes, in what order?

Asked by: Superbokkie
Hello! We do not suggest applying both Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum and Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate together. It can be too much for the skin, as our Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate does exfoliate and promote cell turnover. We hope you find this information to be helpful!
Answered by: KiehlsCCC
Date published: 2020-01-15
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