As skincare experts, we’re constantly asked questions about the “best” skincare products to use. It’s not surprising—after all, we’d all love to find a product that magically eliminates our skin concerns—but it’s also not very realistic. Skincare isn’t universal, and the products that work for one person may not do the same for the next. There are, however, ingredients that experts have found time and time again to be uniquely beneficial. These potent, efficacious ingredients are what our expert chemists turned to when formulating the products in Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions line.
The efficacious products in this collection are among some of Kiehl’s top sellers. Here, we’ll tell you why. Ahead, you’ll learn about the individual products in Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions collection, what ingredients they contain, and how they work. We’ll also provide tips on how to incorporate these effective Kiehl’s favorites into your skincare routine. Read on for our deep dive into this high-quality Kiehl’s collection.
What is Kiehl’s Known For?
In the 150-plus years since Kiehl’s first opened its doors, there’s one thing that we’ve remained committed to, and that’s efficacy. It has always been our goal to create products that help address your skin concerns. In order to do that, we take care to source high-quality ingredients backed by science—and to do so responsibly. We source our natural ingredients sustainably when we can and work to lessen our environmental footprint when possible. Ultimately, we want to help you achieve healthy-looking (and healthy-feeling) skin, while simultaneously working to ensure that we give back to the communities we work with. The products in our Dermatologist Solutions collection exemplify these goals and can help provide the visible results associated with Kiehl’s skincare.
What Is Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Line?
Our Dermatologist Solutions products are carefully formulated by Kiehl’s expert chemists, who work closely with leading dermatologists to ensure that the formulations are balanced and effective. Here, learn more about the specific products in this advanced skincare collection and how you can use them in your routine.
Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum
If you do a Google search for “what skincare products do dermatologists recommend,” you’ll likely find that vitamin C serums appear on many lists. Here’s why: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your skin from damaging free radicals. It’s also celebrated for its ability to help visibly brighten the skin and diminish the appearance of discolorations. You’ll find this powerhouse ingredient in Powerful-Strength Vitamin C Serum, which contains 12.5% vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. The concentrated formula boosts visible radiance while helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It’s dermatologist-tested for safety and gentleness and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
How To Use: After cleansing and toning your face, apply two pumps of our vitamin C serum to your entire face, avoiding the immediate eye area. You may experience a warm feeling on your skin as the product activates. Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen.
Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum
Vitamin C can also be beneficial for your eye area. For the best results, you want to make sure you use a product specifically designed for this delicate skin, such as Powerful-Strength Dark Circle-Reducing Vitamin C Eye Serum. Formulated with 10% pure vitamin C, this potent serum instantly smooths and hydrates the under-eye area to help refresh the appearance of tired-looking eyes. With regular use, it is clinically-demonstrated to help decrease the appearance of dark under-eye circles, puffiness, and fine lines around the eyes.* It’s both dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested for safety and can be used morning and night as part of your regular skincare routine.
*Clinical grading of the full panel tested in an eight-week study.
How To Use: Dispense one pump of eye serum onto your fingertip and gently pat the lightweight formula underneath your eyes using your ring finger for a light touch. This serum can be used alone or layered under a moisturizing eye cream for added hydration.
Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide
Retinol is a form of vitamin A celebrated for its ability to help address the visible signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles. It’s one of the key ingredients in Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide, a gentle, daily-use serum formulated for all skin types. The unique anti-aging serum helps encourage gentle skin surface turnover, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and firming the skin. It delivers visible anti-aging results with minimal dryness, redness, or peeling and is gentle enough even for the delicate eye area.
How To Use: Once daily, smooth our retinol serum onto clean skin. Follow with moisturizer and make sure to apply sunscreen in the morning.
Retinol Fast-Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum
Those looking for more rapid anti-aging results can reach for Fast-Release Wrinkle-Reducing 0.3% Retinol Night Serum. This powerful night serum is formulated with our highest percentage of retinol at 0.3%—and it’s in powder form. The innovative packaging keeps the high-potency retinol powder separate from the serum base until the first use, at which point the different components are mixed together. This helps ensure maximum efficacy and freshness. Our unique formula is clinically-demonstrated to minimize fine lines within five days,* with visible improvement on deeper wrinkles in as little as two weeks.** Because this retinol serum is high potency, it’s best suited for advanced retinol users looking for fast results.
*Based on expert grading in a 10-week clinical study of 71 panelists.
**Based on expert grading in a 10-week clinical study of 27 panelists.
How To Use: Apply two to three drops of the retinol serum to your face at night, avoiding the eye area. Let it absorb, then follow with a night cream or an overnight face mask for long-lasting hydration. Because of its high percentage of Pure Retinol, make sure you use sunscreen daily.
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector
Dark spots and skin discolorations can result from trauma to the skin, excessive sun exposure, or even as a natural result of aging. Some may fade on their own with time, but this isn’t always the case. If you’re struggling with discolorations, we suggest adding Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector to your routine. The powerful facial serum with activated vitamin C, peony root extract, and buffered salicylic acid is clinically-demonstrated to help reduce a wide range of skin discolorations, including age spots and post-blemish marks.* It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used daily to help reveal more even, radiant-looking skin over time.
*Results based on expert grading in a 12-week clinical test on 104 subjects.
How To Use: After cleansing and toning, apply Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector to your entire face to help brighten and diminish dark spots. This serum can also be used as a treatment for discolorations on your neck, chest, and hands.
Hydro-Plumping Hydrating Serum
Skin needs moisture to look and feel its best, but there are a lot of factors—both internal and external—that can cause moisture loss (in other words, dehydration). Our Hydro-Plumping Hydrating Serum can help restore skin’s moisture. Formulated with glycerin, the gentle hydrating serum visibly improves the appearance of dehydrated skin, smoothing fine lines and leaving the skin looking plumper. It’s suitable for all skin types and is both dermatologist and ophthalmologist-tested for safety.
How To Use: After cleansing and toning, smooth our hydrating serum over your entire face (you can even use it around your eye area). It can be used morning and night, worn alone or layered over another facial serum.
Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner
If you’re looking to incorporate exfoliation into your regular skincare routine, we recommend doing so with Milk-Peel Gentle Exfoliating Toner. The dual-phase formula with lipo-hydroxy acid and 23% emollients gently exfoliates and dissolves impurities while helping to restore the skin’s moisture levels. It’s clinically-demonstrated to smooth and brighten dull-looking skin with consistent use.* The toner is suitable for all skin types and can be used daily for a clearer, more refined appearance.
*Results based on expert grading in a clinical study of 44 panelists, age 30-50, after 4 weeks of use.
How To Use: After cleansing, moisten a clean cotton round with toner and sweep over your face, avoiding your eye area. Follow with the serum of your choice, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Super Fluid UV Defense Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+
Regardless of your skin type or concerns, sunscreen is a must, every single day. Experts typically recommend reaching for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 for the best protection. Try Super Fluid UV Defense Daily Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+, which offers broad-spectrum protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays. The lightweight, antioxidant-infused formula also helps defend against free radicals and other external skin-aging stressors. It’s non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types and leaves the skin with a matte finish.
How To Use: At the end of your morning skincare routine, apply a liberal amount of our broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and neck. Reapply every two hours or after sweating or swimming. We also recommend following other sun protection measures, such as wearing protective clothing and UV-blocking sunglasses.
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