Friday, March 8, 2013

Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 - Review

 When I was asked to review the Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30, I have to admit I was a tad hesitant.  I want to diminish my wrinkles, but I also don't want to pay the price of a greasy heavy cream that makes me break out. Because as we all know, Wrinkles AND acne is just ... well ... a bummer. Am I right?  But I agreed because of my new found love for the Kiehl's Creme de Corps body lotion, figuring it would be at least a quality product.  But the idea of putting copper salts (PCA) on my skin.  Well what the heck was that all about?  I was still hesitant.

Copper Crystal, not Copper PCA, but still looks cool!
I did some research (e.g. a quick google search) and found out that Copper PCA is an essential mineral in the skin that helps to prevent the degradation of collagen fibers.  It is a synthetic skin-conditioning agent ( Humectant) composed of the copper salt of PCA (Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid). The sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid (known either as sodium pyroglutamate or sodium pidolate) is used on the skin to retain moisture.  In addition,  the copper PCA is an antioxidant which is 40 times more powerful at getting rid of free radicals as compared to vitamin C.  Humm. This sounds promising.

You see as I have entered into my twilight years, and no I don't mean the book, I mean old age, decrepitude, geriatrics, etc. I have noticed a lack of firmness in my skin.  When I was younger I always thought "skin firmness" was a bunch of BS. Like how can your skin not be firm or be saggy. I noticed  the texture of my skin was changing, my pores were looking larger, and I just had this overall droopy dog appearance to my face, compared to a few years ago.  That's when it hit me like a ton of bricks, (similar to the wall I hit when I turned 40)  

I was not literally hit by a ton of bricks, because I would probably be dead.  This was more in the figurative sense.

I realized  firm skin wasn't BS.  As my youth was a fading and becoming a distant memory, I had lost the elasticity in my skin. I had skin that wasn't "firm" I was turning into droopy dog!

Enter Stage Right - Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30!  I was now ready to try this new cream to  see if the promises of "improvement of skin elasticity by 32% in clinical studies" and "significantly reduces wrinkles, smoothes skin texture and minimizes pores." were true.

I started using the cream everyday  and night. And while the cream I was sent has SPF, and I didn't necessarily need it for night use, I still used it because I genuinely wanted to  give the Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 a fair chance.

The cream itself is fairly thick, so a little goes a long way. I cannot attest to the effectiveness of the SPF, but I can tell you it is fairly moisturizing.  However it is not greasy and seems to sink into the skin rather quickly.  I do like to wait a few minutes before applying makeup after applying the cream, but it does not interfere with makeup application.  I didn't notice a scent, but considering how congested I have been for the past few weeks, I can't be trusted to tell you if it has a strong fragrance or not.

The packaging is a copper colored glass jar with a screw top lid.  Not my favorite packaging. I don't find it hygienic, and honestly I'm not a fan of face cream in a jar. I'd rather have it come in an airless pump because I feel that the ingredients lose their effectiveness when exposed to the air in a jar type vessel. I have no idea if that is true, that's just my OCD.

Here were my results:

1) My skin did not break out from the SPF in the cream. I did not experience an increase in clogged pores and I did not have an allergic or acnegenic reaction to the cream.

2) My oily skin did not become overly oily while using the Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30. I did not experience an increase in oil production and it did not make my makeup slide off because of how emollient it is.  However, it is winter, and the air is dryer, and my skin tends to be a bit drier in the winter.  How this would fair in the summer is unknown, but I have a feeling for those with oily skin, night time use would be our only option during the more humid and hotter months.

3) My skin, after 6 weeks, was FIRMER!  The pores on my cheeks appeared smaller because my skin wasn't sagging, the fine lines in my forehead had diminished, and the fine lines on my upper cheeks (from smiling, which I do occasionally when I see people trip in public) were almost invisible.

From now on, Floyd will be the only droopy dog in my house!

It worked! Hot diggidy dog! Firmer skin, smaller pore size appearance, lessened wrinkles, it was all delivered after consistent use. I haven't gone all gaga over a skin cream since last year with the Stages of Beauty cream. The Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 is now replacing the Stages of Beauty as my new favorite.  In addition, I plan on purchasing the non SPF version for night time use, that's how much I like it.

Do you NEED this?  Yes,  if you have slightly oily to dry skin, It's right for any age, but those wanting to stave off the first signs of aging and those that have noticed a lackluster appearance to their skin would truly benefit from this, in my opinion.  The Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30 retails for $52 USD for 1/7 fl. oz jar.  It also comes in a non SPF formula and as an eye cream. You can find it at Kiehl', Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and other retailers.

Check out the review my buddy Cindy over at Prime Beauty did for this very same cream. She gives a different perspective but still loves this stuff!

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  1. That stuff is magic. I received a deluxe free sample of it from Nordstrom last spring and I LOVED it ... and then cried when it ran out and I saw how much a full bottle costs.

    1. YEs. $52 is pretty high. Maybe you can get it as a birthday present or perhaps save up. :-)

  2. Haha, love the pics you added to the article. And the review itself is pretty decent as well.


    nah, seriously, sounds good! I might have to check it out once things start drooping. Which I hope won't be for another 25 years, lol (yes, I am very optimistic/naive)

    1. Let's hope nothing ever droops on you! :-D

  3. Hi Lola
    Hot diggidy dawg! I just received a sample of this in the Nieman Marcus tote with goodies. I too am no longer as young as I used to be, so am looking forward to testing this out. That wall you were talking about is fast approaching and anything that will keep my skin firmer is on my hit list!

    1. I'd love to hear how it works out for you.

  4. I received a sample of this in a recent Birchbox and really, really liked it (it passed my ridiculously picky smell and feel test). Apparently, so did a lot of other people, because they bought all of it in the Birchbox shop. When it returns, I plan to make my first BB points splurge and buy it. :)

    1. Oooh! Hopefully they will restock it. I would totally use my BB points on that!

  5. This sounds like something I need to try. I always like to hear of 'real people' results. How long do you think a jar would last if just using it my morning skin care routine?

    1. Hi: I have been using ht e cream 2X a day for 6 weeks and I'm a little bit 1/2 though the jar. A little goes a long way. :-)


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