There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to health, fitness, or... skincare!
It has taken me years to perfect my simple-but-effective regimen. I have tried everything from harsh scrubs and crazy chemicals to gentle, natural routines that have included all but burning incense in the name of the skin spirits.
After years (years!) of dealing with redness and skin congestion, I am often finding myself being complemented on the appearance of my skin by complete strangers. I have my skincare guru, Kristina Holey and her Marie Veronique formulation recommendations to thank for my current glow.
After several years of using the entire Marie Veronique skincare line to pamper my skin, I kept an eye on the industry in case other brands might come up with their own effective oil formulation.
As someone who is an absolute skincare nerd, I am a fan of therapeutic oils and their ability to simultaneously protect the skin from damage and impart a healthy glow. I was so excited to learn that Kiehl's has launched a new in-store-only service, Apothecary Preparations, that addresses unique skin concerns through a personalized facial concentrate.
I was taken through a personal skincare evaluation by skincare guru, John.
This evaluation addressed several facets of my skin's health, including hydration, oiliness, texture, redness, and wrinkles. I was pretty embarrassed that my skin hydration was low (thanks, Halloween parties) and proceeded to sip (chug) water for the remainder of the appointment.
After being educated on the integrity of the ingredients in the formulation, John then created a unique oil formula specifically designed for my skin's needs.
Here are the ingredients in the skin-strengthening concentrate, the base to which your personalized concentrates are added:
Squalane: A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid derived from the Olive fruit that is highly compatible with the naturals oils present in skin. Within the formula, the Squalane present at a 35% level is approximately 13 times higher than its natural level found in sebum. This ingredient is used for its protecting capacity on skin’s barrier as well as for its safety and stability profile. Squalane has emollient characteristics as well, coating the surface of the skin and helping it maintain moisture. It also has an essential ability to soften and smooth skin without irritation and is free of greasy residues.
Skin Lipid Complex: Also included in Kiehl’s Skin-Strengthening Concentrate is the complementary Skin Lipid Complex, containing a blend of botanical oils (including apricot, coriander, black currant, and echium oils) that are rich in unsaturated fatty acids to offer essential emolliency, skin replenishment and hydration. This highly efficacious concentrate ensures that skin is stronger and more resistant to damage.
John then opened this massive encyclopedia of skincare, punched in some fancy numbers on his iPad, and combined my personalized formula using this super rad test tube holder situation.
After printing a fancy label reminiscent of a prescription bottle, I was sent on my way to test out my new, personalized formula.
After a few weeks of use, I am still loving my personalized face oil. It feels light, nourishing, and absorbs quickly into my skin. There are no perfumey smells or extra unnecessary ingredients. I also love that my particular formula contained Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against sun damage.
The price of the personalized service is $95 and includes the consultation, diagnosis, one bottle of the Skin-Strengthening Concentrate plus two small tubes of Targeted Complexes that address your top two concerns. This service is only available in-store however once you create your formula it will be coded into the Kiehl’s system and easily accessible to re-order. To find out if Apothecary Preparations is in your city click HERE.