As a blogger, I am always trying something new albeit skincare, makeup, haircare or bodycare but even though I’m constantly trialling new products, the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a product I find myself constantly reaching for. I first tried the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate back in 2015 and I’ve never looked back so make sure you check out my initial review (here) but in a nutshell it’s an absolute godsend for anyone with skin.
Following the success of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehls extended the range to include an eye cream however the range has been extended even further with the addition of a cleansing oil. The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate Collection (here) now consists of three products; the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, the Midnight Recovery Eye and Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and I’ve thoroughly been enjoying trying all three products together for the ultimate, relaxing, evening skincare routine.
The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate £38 is described as being a replenishing nighttime facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning, and is enriched with a blend of 99.8% naturally derived ingredients including squalane, evening primrose oil, omega-6 fatty acids and essential oils including lavender. To use the concentrate you simply need to apply 2-3 drops to cleansed skin by gently pressing the fingertips on the cheeks, forehead and chin to evenly distribute the application before gentle massaging into the skin and can be worn alone or under moisturiser. I tend to use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate most nights as one of my final steps within my skincare routine and I absolutely love its very strong and relaxing lavender scent.
I know lavender isn’t for everyone, and I struggle with some lavender scents but I love an authentic lavender scent and that’s exactly what they’ve achieved with the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Collection. All three of the products have an amazingly soothing and therapeutic scent which really helps me to unwind in the evenings especially alongside my lavender pillow mist. I’ve only ever used the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate the way it was intended, as a skincare treatment but Kiehls have some extra uses in which the concentrate can be used and I just had to share them with you as they’re amazing.
- For dry hands:
Add a few drops to your hand cream and massage palms thoroughly, rubbing into cuticles and knuckles.
- For dry skin on heels and elbows:
Mix 2-3 drops into your body cream before you apply for extra nourishment, especially during the winter months.
- For a spa-like bathing experience:
Add several drops to your bathwater and enjoy the soothing lavender scent.
- For relieving stress:
Warm 2-3 drops on fingertips and gently massage at temples, inhaling the calming scent.
The Kiehls Midnight Recovery Eye £26 is specifically formulated for the delicate under-eye area to achieve fresher, younger looking eyes by morning by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To apply the cream you simply need to use two small drops of cream on your fingertip, and gently pat onto the under-eyes and along the orbital bone without pulling the skin. The claims for the eye cream are as follows;
- Leaves under-eye skin feeling strengthened and replenished
- Diminishes the appearance of fine lines
- Reduces puffiness and dark under-eye circles
- Infused with the same natural ingredients as Midnight Recovery Concentrate plus Butcher’s Broom, which improves microcirculation and reduces inflammation
- No parabens, fragrance, mineral oil or silicones
The eye cream is packaged within a squeezy plastic tube with a very fine nozzle which offers really great control when dispensing product from the tube as you can squeeze out as little or as much as you need without worrying about unnecessary wastage. To apply the cream I like to squeeze the cream onto my ring finger and press my two ring fingers together to warm the cream up, and then pat the cream on to my under-eyes and around my orbital bone. I have to admit I usually apply my eye cream by just gently massaging it in with my ring finger, but I’ve really been enjoying applying the Kiehls Midnight Recoery Eye by just patting it in to my skin.
The cream has a lovely lightweight consistency so it absorbs easily through just patting it in, but it’s rich enough that you can feel it working its magic on the skin and I never find that it migrates into my eyes either which I hugely appreciate as I hate it when eye creams leave my eyes stinging and watering. I really like that the cream feels nice and thin as it doesn’t take a lot of patting to get the cream fully absorbed as I’m always very conscious about how delicate the skin is around my eyes but this formula of this eye cream is just perfect. I don’t suffer from fine lines as of yet so I can’t comment on its efficacy on diminishing them but I can however confirm that it does help to reduce puffiness and my under eye circles look a lot less prominent in the mornings which follow the evenings I’ve applied the cream so I’m very happy.
The third and final product within the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Collection is the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil £32 which is Kiehls’ most recent release and their first lightweight essential oil facial cleanser. The cleansing oil is described as having an all-in-one non-comedogenic cleansing formula which emulsifies with water to become a cleansing milk which gently, yet effectively helps to dissolve difficult to remove makeup and impurities without over drying the skin. The oil is said to not only leave the skin feeling fresh and clean, but also balanced, soothed and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. The facial cleanser is made from an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils: Squalane (a plant-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin). evening primrose oil (rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids) and lavender essential oil with a soap-free, sulphate-free and mineral oil-free formula.
The oil is to be your very first skincare step within your regime by gentle massaging several pumps of the oil in a circular motion onto dry skin, and then add water to gently melt and dissolve all traces of dirt, oil, sunscreen, and makeup then gently rinse away. What particularly appealed to me with this cleansing oil is that it can be used to remove your eye makeup as it’s ophthalmologist tested for the sensitive eye area so you don’t have to worry about burning/stinging your eyes. I’ve found that almost all cleansing oils I’ve tried have really stung my eyes but this one really doesn’t, and it doesn’t leave my eyes watering all night after using it either. It does a fantastic job at melting my makeup, and I use it with a muslin cloth to ensure all traces are removed with my skin being left soft, smooth and soothed.
The first time I used the oil I found that I did breakout twice within a couple of days, but I’m currently on day nine of using it twice daily and I’ve not had any more breakouts so I think it would work well for most skin types as long as your skin isn’t sensitive to essential oils. It’s such an enjoyable cleansing oil and I only need two pumps to remove every scrap of my makeup, and I love how soothing the oil feels on my skin once it’s emulsified into a milk and I very much appreciate the handy pump dispenser especially when you have wet hands and I like that the blue bottle helps to protect the ingredients.
Overall I’m loving using the Kiehls Midnight Recovery Collection, and would love to know if you’ve tried any of these products and if you’re tempted by the new Cleansing Oil?