Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

All Skin Types, including Sensitive Skin

An anti-aging facial essence formulated to reactivate skin’s youthful appearance.

Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 39.
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Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence

An anti-aging facial essence formulated to reactivate skin’s youthful appearance.

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What It Is

Our unique facial essence is an essential “first step” anti-aging treatment to help smooth skin texture, reduce fine lines and boost radiance. Enhance your routine with our efficacious anti-aging facial essence to hydrate, exfoliate and prepare skin.

What It’s Good For

  • Hydrates skin while helping to smooth fine lines and improve texture
  • Helps activate skin’s exfoliation process for a smoother, more radiant appearance
  • Prepares and primes skin as a “first step” in an anti-aging skincare routine
  • Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines, dullness and rough skin texture over time
  • For all skin types

Key Ingredients

How to Use

How to Use

How to Use
  • After cleansing, pour a few drops of our anti-aging facial essence into the palm of hand
  • Gently press facial essence onto cheeks, forehead and chin areas
  • Apply before your usual skincare routine to help prime skin for serums and concentrates
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Can be used morning and night
  • Discover more of our facial essence products including Midnight Recovery Concentrate to complete your skincare routine

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True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
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Sustainable Sourcing
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important step I LOVE this stuff and agree with other reviewers that it doesn't get the attention it deserves. Why do I have to search for it on the Kiehls site? I'm always worried they've discontinued it. It's usually enough of a nighttime moisturizer for me during all but the driest part of the winter, brightens, exfoliates, and smells great. Doesn't interfere with any of my other products. And, as other reviewers said, it's an excellent value - a few drops every day, feels amazing, and the bottle has lasted forever.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this oh a whim. After reading all the great reviews I HAD to go get it. I've only used this product twice, but so far i'm loving it! It takes a minute for your skin to soak it up. But once it does your skin is glowing! I use it morning and night right after I tone and before i use any of my other serums. This was advised to me buy one of the ladies that works in kiehls. A must have in your daily and nightly routine! Oh and the smell is wonderful! Not overpowering at all!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! Apparently, this is what my skin craves. Bought this because I am always looking for something to improve my skin texture, clarity, etc. Within two weeks, I received 3 compliments on my skin -- from a friend (who also asked if I was pregnant, because my skin was glowing!), my mother (who notices everything), and a waitress at a restaurant. I have NEVER been complimented on my skin in my entire life before this, I usually have acne and acne scars, and my skin is either dry and dull or oily. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my first bottle, and my skin is the best it's ever been. Apparently, all it wanted was the right amount of exfoliation and moisture, and this magical formula provides exactly that. I use it morning and night, and transfer it into an eyedropper bottle, because the original packaging is not quite right. It's the first product I use immediately after washing my face, usually followed by the hydro-plumping serum (also a fantastic product).
Date published: 2016-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Skin is Glowing! I love this product. As an essence, you'll want to use this product after your toner, before your serum and treatment oil. I've noticed this only takes 1-2 drops to do the job - making this bottle last for up to a year. I've also noticed this product has brought more hydration to my skin and lightly exfoliated my skin. I've never seen my skin glowing as much as it does after using this treatment! Wish there was a smaller size
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why isn't this on every buzz list? I have been using this product for a few months now and consider it an essential part of my skin care routine. I have always had problematic skin - dry yet prone to break outs in addition to just general issues from aging to sun exposure. Since using this, I have seen a noticeable difference in my skin such that I feel totally comfortable with no make-up at all. In addition the wrinkles around my eyes are barely apparent. I think that this essence just makes the other products I use work better and conditions the skin to better absorb moisture. This is especially apparent on my lips which are chronically chapped. A few taps of essence and a lip balm and I am ready to go. I start with ultra facial toner, this essence, midnight recovery or line reducing concentrate and end with either crème d'elegance or skin rescue. Nothing too crazy, but the results are great. I truly attribute this to the essence.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product My local store was out of this particular product but sent me home with samples.. I didn't think an item closely compared to a cosmetic water could be this great! I got so many complements on my complection after just one use and it was a rough weekend sleep wise for me! It is heavier than water with a silky texture, nice light floral fragrance. I can absolutely see a difference on days when I don't put it on.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So underrated! I found this by watching a Youtube Beauty Guru talk about how much this changed her skin, and I was shocked because I am an avid Kiehls user and never heard about it. I went to Nordstroms and picked up a bottle immediately and fell in love. I use it morning and night. I cleanse my face, tone (AM and PM), go in with this essence, and then continue with my serums and other products. It is watery, and not oily, and makes your skin look healthy and supple. I bought my bottle in February, and still have about 75% left, so it does last a long time. Kiehls needs to advertise this so much more! You see a difference. Please make a travel size version!!
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from takes long time to be absorbed I purchased this because I saw review from someone who used SK2 for 6 years and thinks it is good alternative. I also have been using SK2 facial treatment essence for last 4~5 years. But it is way too expensive so I was looking for cheaper options. It is true this kiehl one is thicker and silkier . I like texture and moisturizing seems good. However it stays on my face for really long time before it is completely absorbed. so I had to wait a quite long time to proceed my next step of skin care.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product This essence is very nice. It's not sticky or heavy. Smells good. It has a watery texture that goes on easily. I apply a salicylic toner first then the essence and follow up with a moisturizer. I have yet to see a noticeable difference in fine lines but I believe it has helped in smoothing out texture. I have combination skin and always worry about breaking out with new products. I have had no reactions to this whatsoever and have been using this for several weeks. A little goes a long way and I am pleased that this bottle will last me awhile. Bottom line is that it just feels so darn good. It is a real treat in my skincare routine.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start in the morning I use this in the morning before I go down for morning prayer and meditation. Then after my shower I start with this before applying the Kiehls products I use. I repeat this at night and sometimes middle of day to freshen my face,. Thus extract is less expensive than the Japaneses product I was using. It is a product I plan on sticking with and thank you Kiehls.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from About time What a great product. The Asian market has been ahead of us with a product like this for years. What a difference in just 2 weeks of using. LOVE IT NEW FAVORITE.
Date published: 2015-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best decision ever! I actually stumbled across this product after browsing through the Kiehl's website. Initially, I was skeptical about this product because of the price. However, after reading the reviews I decided to give it a try and it seriously doesn't disappoint! I'm amazed how hydrated and smooth my face feels! I like the scent of the product, it's very light. Since it's an essence, I use this AFTER applying the Kiehl's Clarity Activating Toner. Really easy to use. I put a drop in my palm, rub my hands together, and then gently pat my face. I've been using it consistently for the last 2 weeks and I've been getting compliments on how radiant my skin looks. Can't wait to see the long term effects on my face!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no noticeable difference I've been fortunate to have good skin that would easily bounce back if any problems arose. But, lately, I have had problems with extreme dryness and flakiness; and noticed patches of red on my face. I've tried everything to relieve me of this recent problem. When I saw this essence, I thought I would give it try (as well as other products from other brands) but there was no difference. My skin was neither smoother nor radiant after consistent use of this product for a couple weeks. I showed it to my esthetician during my last facial and she studied the ingredients. She suggested products with ingredients not listed in this essence to help me with my dry skin. I've always been happy with Kiehl's skincare until now.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I use this product every morning after I cleanse my face and before I apply the Super Multi-Corrective cream. Hydrates without feeling oily. I let it dry thoroughly before I put anything else on. A little goes a long way, so the bottle lasts a long time. Skin feels hydrated and glows.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product very much! I love this product, already purchased three time. very rich essential location. Little sticky but perfect using before a toner for my combination skin. This is great performance and value.
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not worth the price I only have myself to blame: I caved in to the marketing and now I have a bottle of basically scented water that I splash on my face every morning. No bad effects, but I haven't noticed any benefits either. The only plus is that one bottle will probably last over a year.
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product I love the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, it is very light and easy to use. It gives my skin a healthy glow and I stopped using powder since I've used it.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Totally Disappointed.... I honestly have no idea how this product got rated 5 stars by anyone. I am a loyal Kiehls customer but I have to say, this is by far the worst skincare product I have ever bought by any company. I have been using this for two months now and not only don't I see any difference whatsoever, I feel like it is actually drying out my skin. I have normal to dry skin and am 49 years old if that helps anyone else looking to buy this product. I have been using it twice a day as directed and although it goes a long way and the bottle is still practically full, it was a total waste of money. I am very disappointed since it sounded like a great product based on the description but my recommendation is to save your money and buy something else. This is a definite swing and a miss by Kiehls.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favorite Although i love the texture (i'm a texture snob) i haven noticed much in the depart of "illumination" i guess its because I use midnight recovery. Overall its a nice hydrating formula (I have dry skin).
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER! Hi! Truly I am not fond of writing reviews. BUT this time I have to pay my personal respect to creators of this magical essence. It makes my skin glow! You can put it under any cream, mask, face oil and it will sort of boost its performance. This essence brings smoothness, radiance to my skin and it also evens my skin tone. I recommended it so many times and I had so many "thanks") The deluxe sample is pretty big, you can use it for about 2 weeks and Kiehl's often has it as an offer to your order. So, do try it!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Kiehl's Product You Didn't Hear About I've been using Kiehl's products for years and only recently started using the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, thanks to a deluxe sample I had picked up. I absolutely love it. After I wash my face, I use the Calendula Toner and then gently press the essence onto my skin. It feels refreshing and perfectly primes my skin for my serums. There's a ton of product in the bottle and you only need a few drops with each use. Amazing value! Already one of my all-time favorites from Kiehl's.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Toner So Far The texture of this toner is really good. It's very smooth and moisturizing.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Miracle Worker While looking for another product to up my game, I decided give the Iris Extract Treatment a try. This product does what it says. After only using the product for a few days I noticed a change in the texture of my skin, used in conjunction with the rare earth cleanser 2-3 times a week. The results yielded; minimized pore appearance, my skin felt well hydrated and rejuvenated. It’s too early to say anything about fine lines just yet but I have faith that it will deliver. It seems to help my skin absorb other products that follow. At night I layer midnight recovery concentrate, midnight recovery eye and the ginger leaf hibiscus firming mask with no problem. Another plus, a little goes a long way. I been using for going on two weeks now and you can’t even tell that I’ve used any product. I Highly recommend adding this to your daily routine. You won’t be sorry!
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I gave this a try on a whim and I am completely in love with it. It feels like a luxurious moisture layer that seals itself in. It’s the first step in my skincare routine. My fine lines are much less noticeable, and my skin looks healthier and has a nice glow to it. It’s like a power punch of hydration for my skin. I’m 47 and work outside for a living - even on the hottest days, I don’t sweat this stuff off.
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY nice I was drawn to this product, but did not really know what I would use it for. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise, being that I have aging skincare concerns. This essence is SO luxe! I love how it us recommended to be applied, as I had never thought to dab liquid in my palm and apply. I REALLY love the way my my skin feels afterwards. It is a treat for me to apply my Kiehl's products before bedtime.
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anyone over 40... our little miracle! I purchased this product a little over a month ago & wow what a difference in my skin. First of all, I am a sun worshiper. All summer long, by the pool, at the beach & outdoors. No amount or number of spf can save my face from exposure. I use spf religiously ok, but I am 52 years old. I am pre menopausal. Over the past few years, I have noticed significant changes in my skin texture, tone as well as hyperpigmentation that I never had before. Having come from a career background of high end retail, I have tried just about everything. Reviews on here are not allowed to use priceS of products, but I have used the finest available to give comparison. That said, -I had to write this review: I walked into the Dallas Highland Park Village store a little over a month ago to visit my daughter Daphne. I have always used Kiehls body products but lean towards the higher end of luxury products for my face. However, -my daughter Daphne and coworker Nanette convinced me to try some of the Kiehls essence & serums on the spot. Daphne told me the beautiful stories regarding the apothecary, the natural ingredients with detail to science which thoroughly impressed me! I Purchased the essence that day and began using day/night with my regular regime. As a teen I had problematic skin, but as an adult I had pretty amazing skin until a few years ago. I have to say that the essence is Such a wonderful product and great addition to any skincare regimen. And bonus,! at an unbelievably great price point. So now, A little over a month later, my skin is baby smooth, more even in tone and the hyperpigmentation is MUCH less visible. Overall, my skin looks incredibly smooth and radiant. This product is a Little miracle worker. Thank you Kiehls!
Date published: 2019-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best product I didn't know I couldn't live without I've always been doubtful of the necessity of essences, but this is now arguably my favourite part of my skincare routine. I had small bumps on the sides of my face that have evened out, and occasional patches of dryness/roughness/sensitivity that have disappeared since I started using this essence. It also lasts me several months even if I use it twice daily.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the way my skin looks after I use it Love the way my skin looks after I use it. I use the blue astringent first let my face dry, then I use the iris extract it gives me a nice glow then I moisturize
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kept secret I’ve used Kiehl’s for a long time and never knew about this product. I read about it on a blog as Kiehl’s best kept secret and figured I’d give it a whirl. It was described as being the key to unlocking the power of your Kiehl’s products and I couldn’t agree more. By adding this to my skincare routine, my skin is consistent and balanced. It feels like it keeps my products from separating from my skin—and I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone else—but my skin tends to naturally “push” products off of it by about 3pm. But now that my skin is holding onto my serums, oils and moisturizers, I’m seeing my Kiehl’s routine work even better and my skin has stayed consistent throughout the day, not turning into a shiny mess by mid afternoon. Side note for using the Iris Extract: the woman in the store told me to apply it by using a cotton ball and I’m sorry but I have to disagree. I highly recommend just putting a bit of the solution on clean hands and patting onto freshly washed skin. Using a cotton ball wastes a lot of product and can also be a little more harsh on your skin than patting with the palms of your hands. Highly recommend using this product!
Date published: 2019-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for oily skin This product isn't for me. It made my skin even more oily than it already is.
Date published: 2019-07-29
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