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By Deanna Pai
When it comes to skin, we’re pretty much all on the same playing field. None of us (even those who never seem to get a spot or splotch) can prevent those dark circles from creeping in after a late night out with friends. Or that rough, dry texture that coats cheeks after a day on the slopes. AC in the summer, heat in the winter, sun, cold, wind, happy hour — life does its thing, and our skin shows the effects.
That’s where our favorite skin-care formulas come in. Moisturizers, oils, eye creams: They make up the always-on support system our complexions crave. They’re vital to helping our skin look healthy, and in turn, keeping us on our game. And for the best results, we turn to Kiehl’s, the apothecary brand you may already know and love for its iconic, effective formulas. We’ve partnered with them and Sephora to share our go-tos for maintaining the best, most nourished and hydrated skin. All it takes is one, two, three.
Who needs an overnight mask when you can have an overnight oil? This formula serves up a solid eight hours in a bottle — for your skin, at least. With a blend of squalane to restore moisture, lavender essential oil to calm inflammation, and evening primrose oil to maintain hydration and elasticity, it refreshes and replenishes as you snooze. To help it sink in, first warm two to three drops between your hands after cleansing. Pat it onto your cheeks, forehead, and chin; massage it in with your fingertips; and then call it a night.
Winter can be a nightmare for skin. Frigid, harsh weather saps out any trace of moisture, leaving even those of us with combination skin feeling dry. This facial cream is full of ingredients that not only hydrate skin but actually help it retain that moisture, even in the driest conditions. The combo of olive oil, squalane (an oil also derived from olives), and glacial glycoproteins restores and fortifies the skin barrier and seals in moisture. Apply it both day and night after cleansers and treatments (like Midnight Recovery Concentrate—just a thought) to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy all season long.
If eyes are the windows to your soul, your under-eye area is like the neon sign that tells everyone what skin concerns you're dealing with. For instance, if you're noticing dryness, it might mean that your usual moisturizer just isn’t cutting it. Enter this iconic eye treatment, which restores hydration to the delicate skin around the eyes with nourishing avocado oil. Plus, shea and cocoa butters — two moisturizing heavyweights — give it a thick, creamy texture that transforms into soothing hydration while absorbing. After applying moisturizer, gently pat on this cream with your ring fingers, working along the orbital bones. Keep tapping until you feel it sink in.