First part of the I love Kiehl’s saga (I’d like to make a brief disclaimer and say I am not sponsored by them in any way) in which I’ll review one of my most favorite products: Kiehl’s Hydro – Plumping Re- Texturizing Serum Concentrate, aka plumps.
This is what Kiehl’s says about plumps:
”A serum concentrate that gives new life to dull, tired skin. Utilizes next generation liquid-to-serum technology to intensively hydrate skin’s deepest surface layers. Clinically demonstrated to help correct the signs of age-related dehydration. Youthfully plumps skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines & rough texture. Formulated with a potent complex of 15% plant-based Glycerin and Shiso Leaf Extract.”
And I gotta say they don’t lie, the product acts as described. After rubbing it in my skin feels like it has taken a deep breath of fresh air or like I’ve dove in fresh stream water, the feeling of relief. Similar to the feeling when you drink water dehydrated in the morning and feel it going into every pore of your being. That’s how it feels on my face.
AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CHLORPHENESIN, SODIUM CITRATE, p-ANISIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ADENOSINE PERILLA OCYMOIDES EXTRACT / PERILLA OCYMOIDES LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID
It says on the bottle that the products contains 15% of glycerin and shiso leaf extract. Shiso leaf or Chinese basil, purple mint, wild sesame is a plant that produces oil which has been used for centuries on the far East for troubled skin, as well as hair and nail care. It is easily absorbed although there is always a thin layer left on the surface of the skin. It reduces wrinkles, helps to remove redness and makes the ten softer. It has antiseptic qualities so it’s also used with eczema and psoriasis, helps with acne treatment and other skin inflammations and irregularities.
So as you can see, it’s a carefully chosen plant which combined with glycerin leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Some of the ingredients I put in bold because I wanted to steer your focus in their direction. They’re different type of cosmetic silicone ( which is used in cosmetic to give you that instant smoothness effect and to make it lather properly). I pointed them out just because I know some of you don’t like them. I ‘m not running away from them, but I also don’t like to have them in all of my products due to a simple fact that I feel it’s suffocating my skin and scalp if used a lot.
To get back to the subject and what it’s all about. Plumps has what is called ”water – releasing cosmetic composition” which means that it’s formulated in a way that during applications it releases its water component into the skin in a form of little droplets. So by rubbing it in this products goes from white jello like serum to colorless fluid.
It gives you a feeling of hydration and fullness. But (!) this is not a product that will solve your dry skin issue. I’d rather say it creates a security layer on your face which keeps the skin away from outer effects. I usually envision it as a membrane over the skin which allows the process of hydration that’s happening in the deeper layers of skin to run undisturbed. The hydration I achieved by using other serums and creams. There, all explained. 😀
I’d rate this product 5/5 and recommend it to dry and normal skin owners. I would recommend the oily types to stay away because it might give you that feel of skin that’s suffocating (just a hunch). I use it in morning beauty routine, when I want to refresh myself and properly wake up.
I won’t lie and say it’s cheap and affordable to everyone since it’s not. But it’s around 30 pounds/40 euros I think. I bought it six months ago which leads me to conclude this: although slightly pricey, it lasts long, a year in my case, which makes it a great investment. 🙂
Which products do you like and what do you think of this one?