It’s been just over a week since five readers and I started using two Kiehl’s products – Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and Midnight Recovery complex. I’ve made a short video chatting you through my first impressions of the products, and the five readers have each given me their feedback too.
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Midnight Recovery Concentrate = MRC
Dermatologist Solutions Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate = PSLRC
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Nasheta loves the beautiful packaging of Midnight recovery Concentrate, but doesn’t care much for the plastic Line Reducing Concentrate bottle (although she mentions that the pump is handy). She loves the texture of both products and how quickly they absorb, and she’s not crazy about the smell of PSLRC. Nasheta has had no negative reaction to the products, and she’s hooked on how silky and smooth her skin feels before bedtime.
Sam had a bit of a moment and initially didn’t realise that she’s supposed to unscrew the MRC lid, so she spent a little time figuring that out. She particularly enjoys the MRC texture and how hydrated it makes her skin feel before bed. Sam did get a breakout about three days into this new routine (it’s not necessarily due to the new products, but since it’s likely I’m mentioning it).
Interestingly Imma also loves the PSLRC pump but isn’t crazy about the plastic packaging. She’s using PSLRC almost as generously as I am, and she’s concerned about whether it will last the 28 days. Imma has had no negative reaction and she mentions that her skin feels hydrated and looks good. She’s glad we’re forcing her to include an SPF30 into her daily routine, and she prefers mixing PSLRC and MRC together when applying it at night.
Karen reported that she’s having some issues in the daytime with using PSLRC followed by an SPF and then tinted moisturiser – her makeup doesn’t last well and she feels oily by lunch time. She loves that the packaging of both products keeps everything sanitary, but also mentions that using 3-4 pumps of PSLRC twice daily means that the product isn’t going to last very long. Karen had a bit of a breakout on her forehead, and her eyes water when she applies MRC too close to the eye area.
Nina loves the apothecary-style packaging of both products, although she sometimes finds it hard to disperse the right amount of MRC from the pipette. She’s finding the routine easy enough, but takes a little longer in the mornings as she waits a couple of minutes between each layer. Nina had a breakout of small bumps after the second day, but I was happy to hear it had started to clear up already. She notices that her skin seems better hydrated and more plump already.
I’m glad that it’s generally going well, and that no-one has had a hideous reaction. The mild reactions that Nina, Karen and Sam are experiencing are to be expected if you introduce two active treatment products into your skincare regime. I’m REALLY keen to see where we are at the end of the 28 days! This update focused purely on first impressions, the next one will focus more on how our skins are feeling after two weeks of using the products.
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