Understatement: I’m a big fan of vitamin C serums. A little topically applied vitamin C helps to give skin that lightful, lustrous, I’ve-had-eight-hours-of-sleep-and-a-glass-bubbly glow, as well as naturally smoothing out fine dehydration lines around the nose, cheekbones and forehead. For someone with fair, cool toned skin like myself who can easily looked ashen and washed out, a little touch of C in my skincare routine helps me from looking like a – admittedly fabulous – cadaver.
Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate by Kiehl’s is a heavyweight contender when it comes to vitamin C serums, clocking in at a heavy 10.5%. The serum itself is a thickish gel-cream with a slight warming effect when applied to the skin. It doesn’t melt into the skin completely but rather has a faintly tacky ‘second skin’ feel to it, not entirely dissimilar to a thick face primer.
It does have an instant smoothing effect which is nice, and after a few weeks I definitely noticed a silky smoothness across the top of my cheekbones (air conditioning dehydration), between my eyes (squinting when I don’t wear my glasses) and my forehead (Squinty McGee doesn’t wear her glasses in bed and pulls terrible faces when trying to read things on the telly). The downside is that my skin seems to take a particular dislike to vitamin C products over a certain percentage when applied frequently, and shows this displeasure in the form of fine sebum plugs across my cheeks and chin. They’re not a disaster by any means, but I do eventually find myself reaching for this serum every second night rather than wearing it every day just so my skin stays presentable and smooth.
If you’re looking for a topical line smoother with instant effects, you could use this product but you’d be missing the point just a tad. If you have ongoing fine lines caused by dehydration and/or your skin is looking a little dull, this potent line reducing concentrate might be just what you’re after to give you a bit’o’glow and smoothness.
Kiehl’s Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate is AU$89 for 50ml, available from Kiehl’s stands at Myer and David Jones, their freestanding boutique in Paddington Sydney, and from kiehls.com.au. Smooth on!
This item was a gift from Kiehl’s Australia.