Hey Friends! I was invited to try Kiehl’s new Apothecary Preparation service and products at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.
When I turned 27 last June, I felt like I was officially in my late 20s. I’m not sure I can pinpoint why – it just was the number in my head. Although #adulting means different things for everyone, one the thoughts I had about being an adult is that I would have a skincare routine that I am consistent with a and proud of. Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried different serums, cleansers, masks – you name it. I tried everything. But, as I neared the end of my 20s, I really wanted to focus on taking better care of my skin. For me this meant 2 things – 1) finding a routine that I could stay consistent with and 2) finding the right products for my skin type.
When Kiehl’s reached out about a month ago to introduce me and invite me to try to their new product line, Apothecary Preparation, launching at the Houston Highland Village location, I immediately jumped at the chance. I’ve been a huge fan of the Kiehl’s products for a couple of years and was excited to try and product that was specifically made for me and my skin concerns.
As I eluded to, the Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations line is available at all free-standing Kiehl’s stores in the U.S and is customizable to meet your skin concerns. When I arrived at the Kiehl’s store a few weeks ago, I was greeted and taken back to the consultation area where my skin was tested for it moisture level and oily properties. My skin responded with dry and moderate oiliness. After the skin testing concluded, I met with one of Kiehl’s Customer Representatives to walk through some of my biggest skin concerns. The whole process was so easy – we used a book Kiehl’s created and I was able to rate my skin based on both the pictures and description of the skin concern.
After reviewing multiple dimensions of my skin, including wrinkles, dullness, redness and pore size, the Kiehl’s team was able to determine the two biggest concerns I have regarding my skin – dullness/sun spots and the texture of my skin. They input my formula into the iPad and printed out a label for my Apothecary Preparations serum, taught me how to properly put it on (you are supposed to dab and then press it into your skin – goodbye to my days of rubbing product in), and they even tested the formula on the inside of my wrist to spot check that I would not have a negative reaction to the products. It was a simple, 15 minute process that I thoroughly enjoyed and it has given me a peace of mind knowing I am using the right products for my skin and my skin concerns.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to use the serum on a daily basis and have started to notice a slight change in my skin. It takes approximately 6-8 weeks to see visible changes with any product, but I have noticed that my skin does not feel as tight (because it was dry) ever since I started using the Apothecary Preparations serum (it’s made with Squalane, which is a lipid (aka. fat) which provides a barrier and helps to moisturize the skin, so I think it’s doing it’s job on my skin). Overall, I would highly recommend going through the evaluation process at the Kiehl’s store to understand what your biggest skin concerns are and creating your unique serum – I can’t wait to start seeing what visible changes happen to my skin as I continue to use it.
Have you ever tried a customized serum? I’d love to hear your experience and/or your biggest skin concern in the comments!
Photos by Elizabeth James Photography