Kiehl’s is a company that has always used carefully selected natural ingredients to balance their gentle and yet highly effective formulations. I bought the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence almost at the fag end of a battle with dry and dull skin in humid weather.
According to the Kiehl’s websites, and the claims that the therapist at the store made, the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Essence is an “essential ‘first step’ anti-aging treatment to maintain skin’s youthful texture, reduce fine lines, and activate radiance”, and a “multi-action treatment essence for youthful, radiant skin”.
The product claims to work on fine lines, dullness and rough texture (activate radiance), and to the prime skin by preparing it to receive the skincare regimen that follows. I am thrilled to tell you that does what it claims – and even goes beyond your expectations.
This lightweight and watery (as compared to most lotions or moisturisers) lotion can be applied on your face (I’ve been using it all over!) either on its own or before heavier creams, lotions, sunscreens and so on. The clincher and most unusual physical feature of this product is that it is lightweight, non-sticky, non-greasy and yet gives maximum hydration.
The most important ingredient is the Iris Florentina/Iris Florentina Root Extract. Supposedly rich in flavonoids, it helps increase skin elasticity and suppleness. Additional studies have shown an ability to reduce number and length of wrinkles, further demonstrating its anti-aging efficacy.
Using the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is easy as can be – just pour some into your palm, pat it into your face, and you’re all done! Despite its slightly thicker-than-water consistency, it’s still very easily absorbed into the skin leaving no residue. All it takes it a couple of pats and it dissolves into the skin. I splash on the slightly-heavier-than-water concentrate after cleansing my skin, twice daily. Sometimes on particularly humid days when moisturiser feels too heavy, I only use this and skip the moisturiser. Apart from applying in onto cleansed skin, I have also been using it in combination with other products, simply because of the non-sticky nature of the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. I mixed it with my sunscreen – and it didn’t lump up, blended very well when I wanted to reduce the thick and heavy texture of my foundation to wear it in daytime. My skin is clearer, more even and moisturised, plumper and brighter. Acne scars and sunspots have also reduced by about 50 per cent.
The skin texture actually began improving within a week! This is a veritable multitasking genie in a bottle – it nourishes, moisturises and treats skin concerns such as spots, blemishes and so on. Overall I recommend the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence for all skin types. If you are an avid traveller, do be sure to pack in this one product to pamper your skin even when you are on the move.
Price: Rs. 3500/- for 200ml.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh
Images by Kiehl’s