Our Essential Anti-Aging Skin Care Guide

Here at Kiehl’s, when we talk about anti-aging, what we’re referring to is the idea of allowing your skin to look its healthiest, regardless of how old you are. And, taking preventative steps to help protect and improve surface damage as it forms is something that everyone of every age and skin type should practice.

Your skin is bombarded each day by environmental aggressors, sun, pollution, and biological aging. Over time, that creates cumulative damage, which can impact the appearance of your skin to everything from fine lines and wrinkles to an uneven skin tone. And, depending on your lifestyle and skin habits, that process can start happening as early as in your mid-20s.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this primer to educate you on what’s really going on with your skin as you get older, plus how you can keep your skin looking healthy at any age. Here are the top six signs of aging and what you can do to visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

Our Essential Anti-Aging Skin Care Guide

Here at Kiehl’s, when we talk about anti-aging, what we’re referring to is the idea of allowing your skin to look its healthiest, regardless of how old you are. And, taking preventative steps to help protect and improve surface damage as it forms is something that everyone of every age and skin type should practice.

Your skin is bombarded each day by environmental aggressors, sun, pollution, and biological aging. Over time, that creates cumulative damage, which can impact the appearance of your skin to everything from fine lines and wrinkles to an uneven skin tone. And, depending on your lifestyle and skin habits, that process can start happening as early as in your mid-20s.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this primer to educate you on what’s really going on with your skin as you get older, plus how you can keep your skin looking healthy at any age. Here are the top six signs of aging and what you can do to visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

What is your anti–aging concern?

Those purple-ish blue shadows beneath your eyes aren’t just an aging issue — they are also a hereditary issue or can be caused by things like too little sleep. But, in general, they tend to become more common as you get older. That’s because collagen loss, one of the most common forms of skin aging, causes the skin beneath your eye to get even thinner, resulting in the veins below being more apparent. And, as blood pools in those veins, the shadows become more intense.

Kiehl’s Recommends: First and foremost, you need a product that is designed to minimize the appearance of those shadows. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye is a restorative eye cream formulated with a concentrate of essential oils and botanicals such as Butcher’s Broom Extract, Evening Primrose Oil and Squalane. Apply at night to reveal fresher, younger-looking eyes by morning.

Another key preventative move is to keep the delicate eye area hydrated and protected from damaging free radicals. Our customer-favorite Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is made with Avocado Oil and Beta Carotene to hydrate the under eye area without migrating to the eyes.

Another detrimental effect of that collagen loss? Sagging, loose skin. Collagen helps maintain the structure of your skin, so when it degrades, skin loses its support system and becomes lax and weak.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The Super-Multi Corrective Collection, which is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and skin complexion. Apply the Super Multi-Corrective Cream to help visibly firm and re-texturize skin, and lift. The eye area is especially prone to wrinkling and loss of firmness because the skin here is thin, causing it to be the first location on the face to show visible signs of fatigue or aging. To hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes we recommend our Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum. This eye-opening cream visibly lifts, firms and restores youthful looking shape to eyes. Give skin an intensive firming treatment with the Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Overnight Masque. The velvety cream creates an instant firming effect and deliver smoother-looking skin.

Those crinkles and creases you see forming around your eyes, mouth, and forehead? Blame them on the collagen loss. As you age, your skin becomes less elastic and more fragile, meaning all that repetitive squinting, laughing, and brow furrowing you’ve done over the years starts to become more permanent. While the loss of collagen and elastin are natural side effects of aging, this process can be sped up by sun damage, pollution, and smoking.

Kiehl’s Recommends: Your goal here is to adopt a regimen that both reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as protects skin from external aggressors. Start with the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, which both reduces and visually smooths fine lines as it preps your skin for the skincare treatments to come. After cleansing, apply Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate all over the skin to improve overall tone, texture, and radiance. Lock in the benefits and moisturize with our visibly lifting, firming, and re-texturizing Super Multi-Corrective Cream. Finally, for a more targeted treatment to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, finish your routine with the Midnight Recovery Eye, a restorative treatment with Evening Primrose Oil.

Pro tip: All skincare regimens could benefit from the use of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, but none more so than those looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. In the evening, apply Midnight Recovery Concentrate after Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate to enhance nighttime recovery and restore your skin while you sleep. The aroma of the lavender oil possesses a calming effect promoting a more restful sleep.

The cumulative effects of past sun exposure, especially spending time outdoors without protection such as broad-spectrum sunscreen, can result in noticeable hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. age spots). These brown patches and spots can become more noticeable over time and contribute to a general uneven tone.

Kiehl’s Recommends: We created the Clearly Corrective regimen of products for just this type of issue. First use the Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser to gently exfoliate and help purify skin of environmental pollutants for visibly improved clarity.. Follow with the Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water, to promote a smoother texture and more radiant appearance. Finish with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution on areas of concern for targeted correction (such as intense, stubborn spots), or apply it over the entire face.

Remember, to use sunscreen every day to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. We recommend Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ as the basis of any anti–aging regimen.

Collagen isn’t the only thing we lose when we get older — your skin will also produce less oil as you age. Facial oils are our skin’s natural form of lubrication and what keeps your complexion supple, soft, and vibrant. Without those oils, wrinkles will look more pronounced, skin will appear duller, and there will be rougher texture throughout.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The best way to mitigate this loss of natural hydration is to supplement it with hydrating products. You’ll need to go the extra mile to combat drying due to oil loss, by crafting a routine that both moisturizes and helps your skin retain that moisture. Wash your face just once a day (in the evening) to avoid stripping away the oils you still have.

Start your routine with the Ultra Facial Toner, an alcohol-free, pH-balanced facial toner made with effective emollients Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Avocado Oil. Follow this up with the hydration power duo of the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and the Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream to provide smoothing and overall skin refreshment. Finally, the Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask is a rich and creamy facial mask that, when used weekly, intensely nourishes, softens, and replenishes compromised skin.

Combine a decrease in oil production with a slowdown of natural surface cell turnover and you’ve got a recipe for rough, uneven skin texture. When dead skin cells build up on skin’s surface, your skin can seem uneven and rough. These texture issues may impede your other products from absorbing into skin and result in your complexion appearing dull and patchy.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The solution to this particular issue is twofold: You need to both moisturize existing flaky patches, and exfoliate those lingering dead cells off the surface of the skin. To address the latter, our Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is key. It is formulated with Quinoa Husk Extract and Phytic Acid to help accelerate surface skin turnover, revealing fresh skin beneath, and refines the feel of rough texture over time. It’s also gentle enough to be used nightly.

The rest of your routine should focus on ultra-gentle exfoliation and renewal. Start with the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence to reactivate skin’s youthful look. Follow up with the Daily Reviving Concentrate, a lightweight blend of plant oils, , and the Pure Vitality Skin-Renewing Cream, which uses Manuka Honey and Red Ginseng Root to visibly boost radiance and renew skin for smoother texture.

Dark Circles

Those purple-ish blue shadows beneath your eyes aren’t just an aging issue — they are also a hereditary issue or can be caused by things like too little sleep. But, in general, they tend to become more common as you get older. That’s because collagen loss, one of the most common forms of skin aging, causes the skin beneath your eye to get even thinner, resulting in the veins below being more apparent. And, as blood pools in those veins, the shadows become more intense.

Kiehl’s Recommends: First and foremost, you need a product that is designed to minimize the appearance of those shadows. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye is a restorative eye cream formulated with a concentrate of essential oils and botanicals such as Butcher’s Broom Extract, Evening Primrose Oil and Squalane. Apply at night to reveal fresher, younger-looking eyes by morning.

Another key preventative move is to keep the delicate eye area hydrated and protected from damaging free radicals. Our customer-favorite Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is made with Avocado Oil and Beta Carotene to hydrate the under eye area without migrating to the eyes.

Lifting/firming

Another detrimental effect of that collagen loss? Sagging, loose skin. Collagen helps maintain the structure of your skin, so when it degrades, skin loses its support system and becomes lax and weak.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The Super-Multi Corrective Collection, which is designed to improve the appearance of fine lines and skin complexion. Apply the Super Multi-Corrective Cream to help visibly firm and re-texturize skin, and lift. The eye area is especially prone to wrinkling and loss of firmness because the skin here is thin, causing it to be the first location on the face to show visible signs of fatigue or aging. To hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes we recommend our Super Multi-Corrective Eye Opening Serum. This eye-opening cream visibly lifts, firms and restores youthful looking shape to eyes. Give skin an intensive firming treatment with the Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Overnight Masque. The velvety cream creates an instant firming effect and deliver smoother-looking skin.

Fine lines & wrinkles

Those crinkles and creases you see forming around your eyes, mouth, and forehead? Blame them on the collagen loss. As you age, your skin becomes less elastic and more fragile, meaning all that repetitive squinting, laughing, and brow furrowing you’ve done over the years starts to become more permanent. While the loss of collagen and elastin are natural side effects of aging, this process can be sped up by sun damage, pollution, and smoking.

Kiehl’s Recommends: Your goal here is to adopt a regimen that both reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as protects skin from external aggressors. Start with the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, which both reduces and visually smooths fine lines as it preps your skin for the skincare treatments to come. After cleansing, apply Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate all over the skin to improve overall tone, texture, and radiance. Lock in the benefits and moisturize with our visibly lifting, firming, and re-texturizing Super Multi-Corrective Cream. Finally, for a more targeted treatment to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area, finish your routine with the Midnight Recovery Eye, a restorative treatment with Evening Primrose Oil.

Pro tip: All skincare regimens could benefit from the use of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, but none more so than those looking to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. In the evening, apply Midnight Recovery Concentrate after Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate to enhance nighttime recovery and restore your skin while you sleep. The aroma of the lavender oil possesses a calming effect promoting a more restful sleep.

Age spots

The cumulative effects of past sun exposure, especially spending time outdoors without protection such as broad-spectrum sunscreen, can result in noticeable hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. age spots). These brown patches and spots can become more noticeable over time and contribute to a general uneven tone.

Kiehl’s Recommends: We created the Clearly Corrective regimen of products for just this type of issue. First use the Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser to gently exfoliate and help purify skin of environmental pollutants for visibly improved clarity.. Follow with the Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water, to promote a smoother texture and more radiant appearance. Finish with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution on areas of concern for targeted correction (such as intense, stubborn spots), or apply it over the entire face.

Remember, to use sunscreen every day to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. We recommend Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ as the basis of any anti–aging regimen.

Dry Skin

Collagen isn’t the only thing we lose when we get older — your skin will also produce less oil as you age. Facial oils are our skin’s natural form of lubrication and what keeps your complexion supple, soft, and vibrant. Without those oils, wrinkles will look more pronounced, skin will appear duller, and there will be rougher texture throughout.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The best way to mitigate this loss of natural hydration is to supplement it with hydrating products. You’ll need to go the extra mile to combat drying due to oil loss, by crafting a routine that both moisturizes and helps your skin retain that moisture. Wash your face just once a day (in the evening) to avoid stripping away the oils you still have.

Start your routine with the Ultra Facial Toner, an alcohol-free, pH-balanced facial toner made with effective emollients Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Avocado Oil. Follow this up with the hydration power duo of the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and the Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream to provide smoothing and overall skin refreshment. Finally, the Avocado Nourishing Hydrating Mask is a rich and creamy facial mask that, when used weekly, intensely nourishes, softens, and replenishes compromised skin.

Rough Texture

Combine a decrease in oil production with a slowdown of natural surface cell turnover and you’ve got a recipe for rough, uneven skin texture. When dead skin cells build up on skin’s surface, your skin can seem uneven and rough. These texture issues may impede your other products from absorbing into skin and result in your complexion appearing dull and patchy.

Kiehl’s Recommends: The solution to this particular issue is twofold: You need to both moisturize existing flaky patches, and exfoliate those lingering dead cells off the surface of the skin. To address the latter, our Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is key. It is formulated with Quinoa Husk Extract and Phytic Acid to help accelerate surface skin turnover, revealing fresh skin beneath, and refines the feel of rough texture over time. It’s also gentle enough to be used nightly.

The rest of your routine should focus on ultra-gentle exfoliation and renewal. Start with the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence to reactivate skin’s youthful look. Follow up with the Daily Reviving Concentrate, a lightweight blend of plant oils, , and the Pure Vitality Skin-Renewing Cream, which uses Manuka Honey and Red Ginseng Root to visibly boost radiance and renew skin for smoother texture.