The Affordable, Easy Skincare Kit Everyone's Talking About

The Affordable, Easy Skincare Kit Everyone's Talking About


By now you probably know the theory you should be cleansing and moisturising, but putting an actual skincare routine in place can be easier said than done. Fortunately, Kiehl’s and its cult formulas are here to make looking after your skin simple. Here's what you need to know about their clever new starter kit…

What’s Kiehl’s all about?

With its straight talking packaging and bestselling formulas, Kiehl’s is the name to know for skincare that does what it says on the tin. The brand is celebrating its 170th anniversary this year, and its products are a staple in the fine-tuned routines of skincare enthusiasts worldwide. The first Kiehl’s store opened in 1851 in New York City and by the 1960s it was selling bold new products like its cult Blue Astringent Lotion (a favourite of Andy Warhol) and Ultra Facial Moisturiser, which was used by climbers summiting Mount Everest in 1988.

What makes it different?

Kiehl’s has always been forward thinking and transparent: It was one of the first skincare brands in the US to list the ingredients on the products (starting in 1924). Today, Kiehl’s is known for clever formulas – inspired by both nature and science – that create multi-tasking products designed to simplify and streamline your routine. Calling on cutting-edge technology, the brand’s key buys are simple yet effective, working to brighten, moisturise and provide a healthier-looking complexion.

Which are the products to know?

A skincare regime doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re new to the world of grooming or are looking for a refresh, these Kiehl’s bestsellers are worth using. Plus, shop the Kiehl's Discovery Set here.

STEP 1: Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

Why It’s Iconic: When we think of clean skin, we’re conditioned to expect a dry, squeaky-clean feeling, but this isn’t actually how a decent cleanser should leave your skin feeling. If a product does this, it’s probably stripped away the good oils that keep skin moisturised. This hero cleanser contains aloe vera and Amazonian white clay to deeply cleanse and remove dirt, while keeping skin soft and moisturised – without stripping those essential oils.

How To Use It: Apply a generous amount to damp skin and gently massage into the face in an upward and outward circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and, for the best results, use morning and evening. 

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STEP 2: Facial Fuel Energising Scrub

Why It’s Iconic: Regular exfoliation is a vital step in a skincare routine. It’ll get rid of dead skin cells, which can clog pores and keep other products from working their best. Kiehl’s Energising Scrub gently sloughs away these dead skin cells and nourishes the skin with vitamin E, citrus extracts and apricot kernel oil, which helps to soften the skin. It also contains caffeine to help reduce dullness. 

How To Use It: Wet your face and gently massage into the skin. Use two to three times weekly, depending on how oily your skin is. For best results, use before shaving to break down tough facial hair and minimise ingrown hairs. 

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STEP 3: Facial Fuel Daily Energising Moisture Treatment

Why It’s Iconic: A bestseller for a reason, this multipurpose hero product is designed for skin that tends towards oiliness. Concentrated with a burst of caffeine and vitamins, it’ll leave skin looking brighter and smoother in an instant. Plus, it has an SPF of 15, so you’re covered in more ways than one. Proof that not all moisturiser has to leave the skin feeling greasy, this intelligent non-oily formula absorbs instantly into the skin – ideal for warm-weather days – and controls shine.

How To Use It: Apply to a clean face in the morning to kick-start fatigued skin. Its non-greasy formula means you can reapply throughout the day if needed, too.
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Want in?

Kiehl’s Discovery Set is the perfect way to refresh your routine. Containing a 75ml Deep Pore Cleanser and a mini 15ml each of the Facial Fuel Scrub and Moisturiser for just £10, it has everything you need for brighter, happier skin. Try all three products for just £10 (with free UK standard delivery).

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