Because we’re constantly bombarded with so many new skincare launches, it can be very overwhelming to choose a regime that’s right for you. I always advise my readers to stick to the basics and ensure a treatment formula is thrown into the product mix – one that addresses their particular skin care needs (brightening, anti-ageing, hydrating, oil control, pigmentation). I recently attended a Kiehl’s launch and received the products below. Many of them I’ve used more than once (the Ultra Cream has been a favourite for years) so can vouch for their efficacy. If you’re searching for a basic skincare regime and don’t know where to start, try the products below.

Kiehl’s Cucumber herbal Conditioning Cleanser (R415)

This super gentle foaming gel-cleanser is formulated with cucumber extracts carefully extracted to preserve the quality and nutrients in the fruit. In addition, plant based glycerin has been added to hydrate the skin. You can rest assured that this non-drying, on-irritating cleanser will not only melt away dirt, impurities and make-up; it will also condition skin and maintain moisture levels leaving it feeling smooth and comfortably cleansed. It is also soap and sulfate free and while it is specially formulated for dry, sensitive skin types, can be used on all skin types.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (R400)

If you’re on the hunt for really great basic, a non fragranced, super hydrating moisturising formula, give this classic a try. While my skin type is normal, it does tend to get a little dehydrated during the cold winter months and I like how this formula works to replenish my skin keeping it moisturized throughout the day. It can be used on all skin types (although oily skin may find it a bit heavy) and contains ingredients that moisturize, hydrate and replenish the skin. It contains no fragrance, parabens or colourants, making it a superb choice for those with sensitive or reactive skins.

Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing serum Concentrate (R800)

I’ve used this serum a few times before and really can vouch for its smoothing and hydrating properties. Thanks to the formulas intense hydration, it effectively plumps skin, making fine lines and age related dehydration appear less noticeable. It also gives tried or dull looking skin a healthier appearance. The formula is infused with 15% Glycerin that works to retain moisture and soften the skin. It’s appropriate for all skin types and all you need is one pump used on clean skin before your moisturizer in the morning or at night.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado (R440)

Our beauty writer Helen Clemson rates the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado as one of her favourite eye creams. “It’s hydrating but not tacky and I love it because it’s incredibly moisturising without leaving a greasy film”, says Helen. The formula contains highly effective ingredients like Beta-Carotene (antioxidant), Shea Butter & Avocado Oil (hydration). It works to smooth skin and moisturize the eye area. Also worth a mention is that this uniquely formulated formula won’t migrate under makeup. It’s ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Use day or night by applying the cream along the orbital bone with your fingertip.

Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense (R595)

Nothing protects the skin from the onslaught of UV induced premature ageing like a well formulated sunscreen. This one has advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection, protecting the skin from UV rays, pollution and free radicals. The formula is super lightweight, absorbs really quickly and leaves a matte finish. It can be used on all skin types, even sensitive. 


One lucky reader can stand a chance of winning this whole Kiehl’s skincare hamper valued at R2650 that includes the following products:

1 x Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

1 x Kiehl’s Cucumber herbal Conditioning Cleanser

1 x Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate

1 x Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment with Avocado

1 x Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense


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