Did you know: Young skin takes only 6 hours to recover and repair itself. Aged skin takes over 30 hours for the same effects.
This is because our cells becomes less resilient to internal and environmental aggressors as we age, causing problems like loss of elasticity, appearance of wrinkles and rough texture.
In a bid to come up with a multi-corrective anti-ageing cream, Kiehl’s scientists took 39 trials over 17 months to overcome the following challenges before coming out with the Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream:
Efficacy of a serum, in cream version
1. Incorporate Jasmonic Acid into a cream base: Jasmonic Acid is proven to offer gentle retexturising benefits to the skin and without irritation. However, this is usually put in a serum base because it’s more stable in that state. It’s tough for this ingredient to become more viscous (thicker). What’s interesting is that, by breaking through this technical issue, the Kiehl’s is essentially creating an anti-ageing cream that offers the efficacy of a serum.
Soft, elegant, hydrating texture
The problem with using Jasmonic Acid as a cream base (instead of serum) is that it becomes less spreadable. Now, nobody would want to use a cream that doesn’t spread easily. With the addition of emollient Shea Butter, the scientists were able to make this cream silky and hydrated as well.
Potent formula, refreshing sensation
Just like how the most bitter medicine may be most potent, but also the toughest to drink, while the Beech Tree Extract is key to producing a multi-tasking anti-ageing formula, it is also known to encourage a sticky texture in a formula. After many trials, the ideal emollients were finally selected to, well, get out of this sticky situation.
Does the Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Cream work?
Industry achievements aside, I think what most people want to know (and I guess, truly matters anyway) is whether the product works. This product has a huge claim, that says that they’re capable of not just focusing on resolving single signs of ageing (e.g. wrinkles is just one of them), but using its tri-active technology, to target multiple key signs of ageing, including: lift, firm, visibly redefine skin contours and retexture skin.
It does make sense, doesn’t it? You can still look old if you have no wrinkles but saggy skin.
I am very impressed with the texture of the product. The work that the scientists have put in has definitely paid off. Upon first look, the texture seems extremely rich. However, once I dip my finger into it, I notice how soft it actually is. Upon application, it quickly melts into an almost gel-like texture, absorbing very quickly into the skin. It leaves a matte finish, no oil, no shine.
Thanks to the great hydrating benefit that it brings to the table, immediately you’d notice that fine lines that are caused by dehydration are visibly softer. Skin also feels supple and bouncy – all signs of a great hydrating product.
The product, like most Kiehl’s products, isn’t your sweet-smelling potion. But it gives off a very light floral scent that is pleasant to smell. After a while, however, it has a slightly “fishy” smell. While a great-smelling product always adds as a feather to the hat for me, but it’s never a top consideration for me. This is because we all know that if fragrance has t be added just to give that “sweet scent”, it only means that ingredients that don’t benefit us are redundantly added, and we run the risk of having to deal with a potential allergen. But if scent is a huge issue for you, then this is something you may have to take note.
After using it consistently for around two weeks, I noticed that my frown lines become less “sad-looking”. I’m pushing 30, and my frown lines are something that I feel have become more obvious over the years, making me look worried and tired. While I can use bright-coloured makeup (e.g. red lipsticks!) to distract people from it, it’s hard for me to not notice them when I’m bare faced.
Don’t forget to apply it onto your neck too. I suppose it will work well for those who are very concerned with neck folds.
The good news is that Kiehl’s has a “try before you buy” policy that they strongly advocate. This means that you can always pop by the store, speak with the store assistants, and get samples to try before you decide if this is a great product for you.