Summer Loving with Kiehl’s!

Hello everybody, i’m back from my ‘2nd’ short hiatus! Was away in Malaysia during the weekends to carry out Wedding Part Two (wedding dinner) for the Hubby’s Malaysia Relatives.. Had tons of fun there (Massive eating and shopping) and all of his relatives are really hospitable! Only rant will be the very hot and dry weather whereby my skin felt as if it’s burning!

Personally, i will prefer the rain over the sun as i will get cranky when the sun is scoring hot! Not forgetting that my sebum production will double when the weather is hot and humid! However, Summer has its own charms too whereby i can flaunt beautiful sundresses and wear slippers (without being scrutinized). Summer also give us the excuse to head for a beach holiday (we are going for one soon!) – I love the vast blue ocean, walking on the sandy beaches, clear skies  Sunny skies and snorkeling fun!

Ok! I’m digressing so let’s get back to topic.. During the trip, Kiehl’s Summer Travel Kit was my best companion in order to stay sane under the hot sun so that i can stay freshed from head to toe!

Inside the kit, there are products to help my skin stay fresh-looking, shine-free and highly moisturized. As for my hair, there’s shampoo and conditioner to keep my scalp and hair healthy! I will tell you more about the products and my thoughts below.. 😀

To prevent itchy scalp and to remove sweat and grime from my hair / scalp, The Kielh’s Amino Acid Shampoo & Conditioner will do the job well!

The Amino Acid Shampoo is suitable for all hair and scalp types as it gently yet thoroughly cleanse the hair with a rich, creamy lather. This naturally derived cleansers contains a special blend of moisturizing ingredients which imparts softness and shine while adding body and fullness to limp hair

After shampoo, the Amino Acid Conditioner (for all hair and scalp types) which contains Pure Coconut and Jojoba Oils will imparts a healthy-looking shine to hair without weighing it down. This condition is gentle enough for daily use (silicone-free) is also formulated with wheat proteins and amino acids for a light, creamy texture. With daily use, it helps to maintain hair’s natural moisture balance to further strengthen hair and improve manageability.

The first thing i like about the Amino Acid Shampoo & conditioner will be the divine coconut scent which smells really pleasant.. The shampoo lathers well and can be washed off easily (therefore you won’t end up stripping your hair / scalp’s vital oils).. Likewise, the conditioner is easy to wash off and it does not leave behind a waxy film.. Despite having sensitive scalp, i did not experience any itchiness after cleansing but instead, hair feels shiny, soft and smooth.

In summer, oil / sebum production will seem to increase and to tackle this, it is best to balance oily skin instead of covering it. Instead of turning to typical tools used to battle shine such as blotting paper, powders or harsh toners (results are normally short-term and can cause clogged pores or encourage skin to produce more oil), it is recommended to use skincare products to maintain ‘freshness’ and a matt-looking face. The key is to actually ensure the skin is properly hydrated so that it doesn’t over-produce oil and switch to a simple routine customized for oiler skin to promote healthy, balanced complexion.

Following the successful launches in 2011 – 2012, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Collection, anchored by moisture-retaining ingredients like Imperata Cylindrica and Glycerin to draw pure hydration into skin barrier and oil-free skin conditioners to control shine for up to 24 hours. Because it balances the skin without stripping and over-drying it, this range has been a top favorite amongst customers.

Moreover, it contains no parabens, no fragrance, no colorants, no oil to help rebalance hydration levels and provide all-day no-shine moisture (just perfect for Summer)!

The daily regimen – featuring a cleanser, toner, and gel cream – works to visibly reduce oil on skin, without stripping skin of essential moisture and without the use of mattifying powders.

The Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is sulfate-free and has a quick-lathering foamy texture that will cleanse skin without disturbing its balance. Containing Imperata Cylindrica Root and Lemon Fruit Extracts, it thoroughly removes impurities and visibly reduces excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving skin looking more balanced.. Suitable for all skin-type, the cleanser leaves skin clean and refreshed without over–drying..

The facial cleanser has a creamy texture and upon lathering, it works into a thick consistency (therefore, just a pea-size amount will suffice).  I have very oily skin and this cleanser does a good job in removing all impurities and make-up residues on my face (i did not spot any impurities on my cotton-pad after toning).. After cleansing, my face feels  squeaky clean without tightness and it feels smooth to the touch… My hubby loves this cleanser as well 🙂

Ultra Facial Oil-Free Toner is an oil-free toner  formulated to visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface, while leaving it instantly fresh and healthy looking. Non–drying and alcohol–free formula (H–balanced, and tested for safety and gentleness), it gently removes residue, dirt and oil without stripping skin of vital moisture. Made with Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract and Antarcticine, this combination of hydrating formula will balance, freshen skin, soothe and hydrate skin.

Since this toner is alcohol-free, i’m more willing to give it a try! It tones my skin without resulting in any stinging sensation and my skin feels refreshed after. Only rant will be the sourish scent of the toner which i find it unpleasant!

No-shine moisture that lasts all day and re-balances skin barrier for a smoother, fresher appearance with Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream!! This non–oily, quickly absorbed hydrator will visibly reduce excess oil on skin’s surface and leaves skin more balanced. It contains Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Antarcticine, and Cucumber Fruit Extract and this award-winning Ultra Facial Gel Cream is back in JUMBO SIZE limited edition (125ml, $82) this June! I have yet to give this a try and i will let you know my thoughts once i have used it..

I cannot stress enough on the importance of using sunscreen daily to guard your delicate skin against skin problems like pigmentation and skin-cancer. In this summer, you can choose a non-oily and non-sticky sunscreen with a light texture (with decent amount of SPF protection) to keep your skin feeling fresh…

The Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 PA+++ is a lightweight oil-free, colorant-free & fragrance-free sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against 90% skin aging.. Further enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin E, this sunscreen will be a great item to have during summer. This sunscreen is also one of Kiehl’s best seller and it has won many awards, such as Her World Beauty Awards for the best sunscreen! To battle the intense sun exposure in Malaysia, i have piled on a thick layer on my face and to my surprise it is not greasy and gets absorbed fast without leaving any white cast behind.. It doesn’t not leave behind any discomfort and it just feels so light on my skin! ❤

If you need extra coverage, you can apply the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50/PA+++ to hide imperfections and to improve skin texture. Available in 3 shades (fair, light and natural), this BB formulation contains high % of skincare ingredients to provide your skin with some love (helps to prevent new imperfections from appearing and correct discoloration overtime) after application! Not only does it offer immediate natural looking coverage with its natural mineral pigments, it contains correction ingredients like Vitamin C and UV filters (one of the highest coverage in the market) which are proven to contribute to longer-term skin tone correction!

To pamper the skin on my body, the Deluxe Hand & Body Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal leaves my skin soft and smooth.. This hand & body lotion is widely adored for its simple efficacy for more than 4 decades with its highly absorbent, silky and lightweight formula.. During humid summer, if you are looking for a lightweight lotion, look no further.. I have tried few body lotion and it will never feel to leave behind a greasy after-feel.. This is the first lotion which never gives me that uncomfortable greasy and heavy after-feel that other lotions do. It is lightly scented, very lightweight and it gets absorbed quickly.. I love how silky smooth and moisturized my skin is after application! Flaky and dry skin no more!

Thank you for reading and i hope enjoy this update! I will be back with a ‘nice-smelling’ review so i’ll see you soon!

* Disclaimer: Products Descriptions are extracted from Kiehl’s website

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