Review: Kiehls – Hydro plumping re texturizing serum concentrate


Brand: Kiehl’s

Skin type: All types

How to use: Cleanse skin thoroughly prior to application. Apply Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate into the palm of your hand and then smooth over entire face and neck.

Ingredients: Aqua/water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Dimethicone/ PEG- 10/15, Cross polymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Citrate, p-Anisic Acid, Disodium EDTA, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Adenosine, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract, Citric Acid

How does it smell? No strong/distinct scent

How does it feel? My favourite thing about this product – it feels very soothing because of the utilization of liquid to serum technology which makes it feel like a gel.

Cost? £41/$58 for 50ml

How long did I test for? 6 months on varying days.

What I liked? I must admit that there is an instantaneous rehydration of the skin after application and as I mentioned before I really like the application. I quite like that fact that it has Shiso leaf extract in it. It is a powerful antioxidant that sooths sensitive skin and I think that cooling, soothing effect is what I enjoy most when I apply this.

What I disliked? My major concern here is that the hydrating effects are not long term as I don’t see them last long enough through the day to say that it is. Having said that in all instances any skincare should be reapplied to work well. The two main ingredients, as advertised by Kiehl’s, are Glycerin and Shiso leaf extract. Glycerin is a humectant, which basically means it hydrates the skin by drawing in water from its environment. Also, it prevents water loss by creating a protective layer over the skin. This is great when your environment is humid enough to provide the humectant with water but when it isn’t this could lead to the Glycerin taking up water from the lower levels of the skin. This is maybe why I don’t feel that the hydration lasts as long as I’d want it to.

Would I buy again? 75% I do really like the consistency and the instant brightening effect. It is pricey so maybe as a treat because I could probably get a serum that hydrates my just as well but more cheaply.

Where can you purchase? Selfridges, House of Fraser, Nordstrom, Debenhams,

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