I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kiehls to work on a custom formula concentrate for my skin and to target direct problem areas I wanted to work on. For years I have thought of possibly one day formulating my own line for myself and now Kiehls is making that idea easy and accessible for a few target markets in North America including New York City, Dallas and Houston. Inspired by over 160 years of apothecary expertise, Kiehl’s introduces a new level of personalized service with tailor-made facial concentrates to address your unique skin concerns called Apothecary Preparations. While it may seem overwhelming Kiehls has made the process so simple and quite fun. Im going to take you step my step through the experience and tell you a little bit about the results I’ve seen in the first week of use.
The first step is identifying what type of skin you have. I have always thought I was normal to oily skin depending on the season, however during my skin tests I learned that Im actually quite normal to dry. During this process I also learned that I have a below average hydration level which means I need to drink more of the magic elixir H20 if I want to stay away front the wrinkles and fine lines in the long run. After evaluating my skin type and hydration levels we looked through the Apothecary Preparations book to see what my skin care needs were. We evaluated redness, pore size, over all clarity, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and vibrancy. After going though the process I found that my highest of concerns was wrinkles and redness. While it may not seem as though I have deep set wrinkles I am petrified of getting them at a young age therefore I’m taking all the preservative precautions I need to.
Next up we mixed together some samples based on my skin care needs. We diagnosed and sampled some formulas on the back of my wrist to see what I thought of the consistency and dry down time. I fell in love with one of the mixes and decided to stick with that formula. My Kiehls specialist sent me home with the mixing complex and two tubes of the highly potent concentrate to mix in when I was ready to activate my custom serum. Later that night I went home and mixed the concentrates, the process was super easy and only took about two minutes.
After just one week of using the serum I have noticed a significant amount of brightness, clarity, as well as less noticeable fine lines and a dramatic difference in red pigmentation I had in my cheeks. Needless to say I’m very impressed. I love that Im still able to use this with other Kiehl’s products I stick to religiously like the Midnight Recovery and Age Defender. The price of the personalized service is $95 and includes the consultation, diagnosis, one bottle of the Skin-Strengthening Concentrate plus two small tubes of Targeted Complexes that address your top two concerns. This service is only available in-store however once you create your formula it will be coded into the Kiehl’s system and easily accessible to re-order. To find out if Apothecary Preparations is in your city click HERE!