Monday, March 19, 2012

Review:Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate-“One night. Two drops. Younger-looking skin by morning.”

During daytime,the skin is focusing on protection.At night our skin needs to regenerate,repair and replenish what is has lost as a result of daily stresses.Kiehl’s chemists developed a powerhouse blend of active botanical and essential oils that work all night to replenish lipids for a fresher and more radiant appearance by morning-Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
Me:'You again??!!what do you want this time??'My dark spot solution has been stolen by you!!
Babe:I wanna be a sleeping beauty:) 
Me:'Don't be greedy!!'
Deep down in my heart:'There's gonna be one sleeping beauty,that is ME!!NOT YOU,muahahahaha!!'
After 2 years of research,Kiehl’s developed this anhydrous (“water-free”) concentration of Squalane,night-blooming Evening Primrose and essential oils including therapeutic Lavender.The formulation also contains Coriander and Rose Hip Seed Oils,which when combined, provides a complete blend of Omegas (Omega 3, 6 and 9).Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids have a restructuring benefit which reinforces the cutaneous barrier, therefore keeping the epidermis hydrated. 

Let's see the functions of ingredients used to make this elixir~~

What are Essential Oils?
An essential oil is a highly concentrated and volatile substance extracted from plants, which are called aromatic herbs or aromatic plants. The term essential indicates that the oil carries the distinctive scent (essence) of the plant. Most commonly, the essence is extracted from the plant using a technique called steam distillation.
Essential Oils used
Lavender Essential Oil

-stimulates skin’s repair functions and improves skin tone creating a brighter more radiant look,soothes inflamed or irritated skin,reduces skin blotchiness for a more even look,relieves stress and maintain emotional balance.
Rosemary Essential Oil
-retains moisture, improves and brighten skin tone and relax the muscles.
Geranium Essential Oil
-A warming and purifying oil. Helps to detoxify and enhance circulation while balancing the skin’s oil production.
Rose Essential Oil
-improves skin-tone and to soften and condition the skin. Also combats environmental damage and helps to replenish skin oils.  


What are Botanical Oils?
Botanical oils are oils obtained from plants that are fatty, dense and non-volatile. These oils are extracted from the root, stem/bark, leaves, flowers, seeds or fruits of a particular plant, tree or shrub, usually cold pressed or extracted by heat. Many contain proteins, minerals and vitamins.    

Botanical Oils used
A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

•       Lightweight with excellent penetrating qualities
•       Non toxic, non-irritant, non allergen
•       Suitable for sensitive skin
•       High resistance to oxidation
Evening Primrose Oil
Rich in Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids which the body cannot produce on its own,maintains hydration and elasticity
Coriander and Rose Hip Seed Oil
Contains Omega 3,6 and 9 for their nourishing and regenerating properties

What are the highlights other than ingredients??
This potent elixir is 99% naturally-derived,mineral oil-free and paraben-free.Good news for those who use paraben-free products!The glass bottle, dropper and plastic squeeze top are recyclable.Environmentally friendly=)

From the ingredient list,you can see the main function of MRC is to restore skin's appearance,replenish depleted skin,improve skin tone to a smoother,more radiant complexion.It's like turning an ugly duck to a sleeping beauty.Is it true??
Babe:'I want some~~~'
My thoughts:
I like the blue colour bottle,really suits with the theme of midnight.The first time I use the concentrate,my first opinion is 'what a strong bau kunyit(scent of turmerick)!'Turmerick is one of my favourite as it's always used in curry dishes.So I'm fine with the scent.My mom thought it's serai(lemongrass).Thank god it isn't as lemongrass scent is strong and unpleasant to me.Only the lemongrass in tomyam(a kind of soup) is acceptable.Although it's water-free but the texture appears not to be very oily like beauty oil.Seriously I don't know why..

Texture??Very light,not as oily as beauty oil.
Rate of absorption??super duper fast until I'm not sure whether I've applied it on my face or haven't.I'm not kidding.
Does it transform me to a sleeping beauty??I'm a sleeping beauty.I was born to be!I don't need anything to transform me into a sleeping beauty!

Joking aside,my skin is definitely softer,smoother and hydrated,bye bye to flaky skin.When I sleep at late night,my skin looks very lethargic.It has become one of my skin saviour-restore my skin's face is more radiant in the next morning.It is suitable for my skin and doesn't break me out.
colour-light yellow like diluted urine.I doubt you can see the colour because I'm having difficulty to see it too=(
2-3 drops are sufficient enough for whole face and neck.I concentrate on forehead and cheeks.Use your palm/fingertips(palm is better in my opinion) to press and pat the elixir into the skin,do not rub.

For those who have never used oil-based skincare before,you should try might be taken aback by its effect.Girls,if you wanna be zzzz beauty,it's not a dream anymore~~

PROS:mineral oil-free,paraben-free,suitable for sensitive is softer,smoother,hydrated,more radiant,restores skin's appearance,nice scent,doesn't break me out




WHERE TO BUY:All Kiehl's stores


Btw,CC dark spot solution works well with MR Concentrate.Looks like they're fated to be partners!!!

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