I’d like to introduce to you today, a product I used a couple of years ago, which I liked and recommended to friends, but never blogged about. I don’t even know why but its one of those things that slipped my mind 🙂 I thought I’d better remedy that, because I got very good results from this serum so I’d like to share the good news too!
The serum in question is the Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (PSLRC for short) which is one of Kiehl’s bestsellers since its introduction in 2005. The product is, as the name implies, targeted at reducing the appearance of lines and improving skin texture, and has as its primary ingredient, Vitamin C – all 10.5% of it.
I have said this often but for some one my age (ahem!) I don’t have a serious line problem. I will count myself blessed in that respect 😉 The most prominent lines I have would be on my forehead and the naso-labial (laugh) lines. I like to think the latter isn’t that bad a thing to have 😛 So while I could not test out its claims on reducing the appearance of lines, I did notice an improvement in skin texture and skin tone. The latter was something I personally noticed, but isn’t the primary concern this product addresses.
I told you about 2 weeks ago that you could pick up samples at the Kiehl’s store and join me on my PLRC journey – did you do that? I’d love to know what you thought about this product too 😉
What this product is then, is a serum containing a high dose of Vitamin C. I’m recently learning about the benefits of Vitamin C on topical skin application and I must say that the results have been very encouraging! I first noticed the results when I was using this Kiehl’s PLRC serum.
The serum comes in a pump bottle and I find that 1 pump is usually enough although I sometimes use 2. The product itself pumps out a creamy off white when it is new. The longer you use it, I found that the colour will change to have a bit of yellow tint. Vitamin C oxidises very quickly on contact with air, so I attribute it to that. You would be well advised to store this serum in a dark place – maybe inside a drawer or cupboard and do not leave it exposed to sunlight. Kiehl’s might have thought about making the bottle totally opaque as well to reduce this oxidization.
This dollop shows you how it looks when relatively fresh. I’ve had this one a month. It isn’t very thick but neither is it runny.
On contact with skin, I notice a warming sensation which is supposed to be expected. High doses of Vitamin C can react with the skin. It isn’t unpleasant and for me, its just a very mild warming sensation that I don’t think much about. The scent is different as well. Not fragrant like most serums but not unpleasant. It smells of antioxidants 😛
The serum isn’t very fluid nor very easy to spread but I like to use the palm method to make sure it gets evenly distributed on my skin. The serum feels silky and smooth and I usually pump 1-2 pumps in my palm, spread it out between my palms and apply my palms to my face. I start with my cheeks, where sometimes gravity starts to take a toll and introduces lines, then I make sure it gets into my naso labial lines, and my forehead. You can follow up with your usual moisturizer thereafter which I usually do.
The thing is, when you work full time and then try to fit everything else you want to do in 24 hours, sometimes, it can really take a toll on your skin. During this test period, I was going through a pretty rough time at work (its not just sitting around looking pretty unfortunately!)…
…when I say I’m snowed under, I usually am quite quite snowed under! LOL!
And then we had the new addition to the family, and I was plying the hospital route a bit, but the good thing was, my skin did not show it (well, not too much) 😀
I have since noticed an improvement in skin texture, where skin looks and feels smoother and I personally notice some skin brightening which isn’t an effect Kiehl’s tells you about, but I see it.
But here’s the deal. I found that it delivered even better results when paired with 1 and maybe 2 other products 😉 I actually use this product like a sandwich – a Kiehl’s sandwich, if I may. It has worked very well for me, and it is one of those concoctions that I stumble upon that work, and which potentially will hurt my wallet 😛
Here’s how I like to use it – from right to left (error in product arrangement LOL!) I start with cleansing and toning, then I go on to a pre-serum and then I apply the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (review to come), then the PSLRC and then Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The recommended method by Kiehl’s is the PSLRC – Clearly Corrective – MRC but I prefer my way 🙂
Why I first started doing this was because I had been using the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution in the hope to brighten my dull skin tone (its a problem I’ve been battling for a while since a botched experiment and am only now starting to see results). I figured that the PSLRC was doing a different job so I layered that on. Little did I realise that what PSLRC did was to work with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution to deliver even better results! You see, I never noticed it earlier, but both products contain Vitamin C as one of their key ingredients.
When I combined the two, I realised that my skin now looked smoother and brighter and better overall. The MRC, I included because I liked the smell and because I found that sometimes, it helped boost how other serums work. I like how it smells and everything but I didn’t think it added anything extra so its something that can be skipped if you are thinking of trying my concoction 😉
I was using it twice a day, but I’ve since cut back to once a day as I’m using a different Vitamin C serum as well. I really do think that this is a great product and one to check out, if your skin can handle it. I have read about people reacting adversely to this serum, which is likely to happen (we all have different skins) but in the main, I think most people have seen good results from this.
In a nutshell
The Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate is a serum containing Vitamin C and targets fine lines and improves skin texture. I can’t vouch for the lines, as I do not generally have that as a primary concern, but I find that my skin texture has improved and that it is smoother and more even toned generally. The serum is rather thick and has a warm sensation on skin which is supposed to be normal. I like using this serum together with the Clearly Corrective serum as I found by accident, that the results were very impressive! The latter serum helped clarify my skin tone, and the high content of Vitamin C in the PLRC helps boost that function. I’m almost sorry I strayed away from this after my first time 😛
Pros: Helped even out my skin tone and makes skin look and feel smoother, High content of Vitamin C, Works impressively well with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector
Cons: The bottle could be more opaque to protect the contents, May not be suitable for anyone sensitive to high amounts of Vitamin C
Who will like this: Anyone who has concerns about fine lines on skin or uneven skin tone
Here is the ingredient list for anyone interested.
I like this one. It does what it says it does, and my skin looks better because of it. Sometimes, you just don’t get better that that 🙂 I hesitate to say that I will never stray. Never is a very long time. But I do know that it is something I will continue to use as long as I see the results until something better comes along 🙂
Have you tried this serum? Did you like it?
If you have picked up any samples from the store to try, I’d love to know what you thought about it 🙂
Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Price: RM240/50ml and RM310/75ml Availability: Kiehl’s stores