Editor’s Pick: Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream Review
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If you’ve ever tried one of our DIY skin care recipes you know we’re big fans of Manuka honey at Skincare.com. So just imagine our elation when we saw Kiehl’s latest launch of Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream formulated with this amazing ingredient! Curious if this cream is just as good as the honey itself? We got our hands on a complimentary sample from the brand to try and you can read our review of Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream (as well as learn more about this innovative product) below!
Not that we ever underestimated the talent of Kiehl’s chemists, but they really deserve a collective round of applause for their latest creation. Dubbed Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, the 99.6 percent naturally-derived formula combines two world-renowned wellness ingredients: New Zealand Manuka honey and Korean red ginseng root. Inspired by traditional Western and Eastern practices, the skin-revitalizing and fortifying moisturizer helps skin renew itself and improves resilience for smoother texture and more youthful radiance. But that’s not all. The cream can also help increase skin vibrancy and build a stronger skin barrier. With newfound strength to bounce back from the visible signs of skin aging, skin is smoothed, refined, and glows with youthful vitality (hence the name, hint hint).
“As we age, beginning in our 20s, our skin starts to function less optimally. The skin barrier can become weakened, less resistant, and skin renewal slows,” says Dr. Geoff Genesky, Kiehl’s Head Chemist. “Our focus for this formula wasn’t tackling the typical anti-aging attributes; it was the global look and feel of the skin—a more macro approach that offers our customers the opportunity to have their skin look its healthiest and most vital.”
SKIN CARE BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY
A product is only as good as the research behind it and the ingredients within its formula. So, it’s worth diving deeper into the all-star ingredients in Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. First up? Manuka honey. This trendy superfood has the approval of celebrities, beauty junkies, and editors alike thanks to its wide-ranging skin benefits, particularly as it relates to anti-aging.
Dry skin can exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles, and one of the first steps to reducing the visible signs of aging on skin is by adding moisture. That’s where Manuka honey comes in. The ingredient can help skin lock in moisture without leaving behind an oily film. But not just that. Since hydration is key for radiant, supple-looking skin, applying topical Manuka honey can help enhance these properties for a truly glowing complexion. No wonder the super-ingredient makes a cameo in a bevy of skin care products!
SKIN CARE BENEFITS OF KOREAN RED GINSENG ROOT
According to Dr. Genesky, Korean red ginseng root has been used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine and has demonstrated to be one of the most powerful ginsengs. This ancient botanical can help increase surface cell turnover rate while improving skin texture, vitality and glow, as shown in a Kiehl’s test.
KIEHL’S PURE VITALITY SKIN RENEWING CREAM REVIEW
To assess the advanced efficacy of the new formula, Kiehl’s chemists conducted a clinical study. In the study, a Healthy Skin Panel of women, ages 20 to 30, were assessed for skin radiance, smoothness, and softness, while a Less-Healthy Skin Panel of women, ages 35 to 49—treated with Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream—were tested for the same attributes before and after use of the new formula. After eight weeks of using Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, 88 percent of the older subjects said skin felt immediately comforted, 86 percent said skin felt nourished in one week, and 87 percent saw smoother, more refined skin in four weeks. Their clinical scores were either on par with or surpassed the Healthy Skin Panel.
With these results in mind, I tried Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream for myself. The cream goes on rich yet immediately absorbs into the skin leaving a velvety soft, smooth feel. I’m pleased to report that there was no lingering scent and/or residue on my skin. After a few seconds, it felt like I wasn’t wearing anything on my skin at all! To use, I applied Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream on my skin after cleansing and toning—morning and night—with gentle circular motions. After using it consecutively for a week, I noticed that my skin felt immensely hydrated, soft, and smooth. I also noticed a healthy, natural-looking glow to my complexion. I’m looking forward to using this cream even longer for more beauty-boosting benefits!