Last month, West Edmonton Mall welcomed skincare boutique Kiehl's to its growing offerings of popular American chains for Edmonton tourists and citizens. Born as an apothecary in New York way back in 1851, Kiehl's now has hundreds of stores around the world with serious skincare hunters clamouring for the neat and tidy packaged products promising youthful skin and shiny hair.
I attended the media preview of the new store in West Edmonton Mall and luckily took home a bag full of goodies to try, specifically recommended for my dry skin type. After a religious testing of many of the products over the past three weeks I've picked my top five favourites to share with you.
1. Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream [$63]: Wowzers this is a good one. Definitely my favourite out of all the products I tried. The pretty jar packs a rich moisturizer containing "Resurrection Flower", apparently a rare plant able to endure extreme dehydration. I couldn't care less about the flower - the cream has completely revitalized my skin. I applied it four nights in a row after first receiving it, and I'm now only using it once a week because my skin is so hydrated I no longer need such a rich moisturizer nightly. If you suffer from dry skin I would highly recommend investing in this product. A little goes a long way and the next morning your skin feels supple and hydrated.
2. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado [$35]: Creamy is right. An indulgent eye cream great for both night and daytime under makeup. I haven't noticed any decrease in lines around my eyes, but the skin is definitely more hydrated.
3. Midnight Recovery Concentrate [$48]: A lovely night serum worn under your moisturizer. I tried it alone without night cream a few nights and it seemed to be just as effective. The small bottle contains Evening Primrose Oil, which packs a soothing scent along with Omega-6 Fatty Acids, which dermatologists rave is the key to helping recover damaged skin. I'm looking forward to seeing how this improves my skin in the long run. So far I've noticed my skin is much better at holding in moisture, but also some of the discolouration on my cheeks has gone down, which I believe is thanks to this concentrate.
4/5. Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner [$25.50 & $26.50]: A super gentle shampoo and conditioner that - get this - actually does what it claims. I was running my hands through my hair last week after a shower thinking "man, my hair is so thick"... and then realized I have been religiously using this body building duo. I am super impressed and will be continuing to purchase this pair.