From an old-world apothecary that started on a corner in 1850s New York to a global skincare phenomenon, Kiehl's century-surpassing roots in plant-derived, science-backed skincare (in those delightfully minimalist bottles and jars) have found the brand a home on millions of bathroom shelves worldwide.
With targeted, efficacious collections designed to suit an extensive range of skin types (even the most sensitive) and a reputation for always being ahead of the curve (they were one of the first companies to list their ingredients on product labels, something we take for granted today), their products have accumulated the kind of statistics and racked up awards that are unheard of in the skincare world to date.
Here, we breakdown the bestselling products from Kiehl’s and why they have more than earned their cult-classic status. Add to cart, now!
Retinol: no other ingredient compares when it comes to skin smoothing, breakout busting and glow giving. Yet these powerful benefits have been known to cause dryness and irritation if used incorrectly (IYKYK). Count on Kiehl’s to find a solve: this powerhouse ‘anti-wrinkle’ serum, meticulously formulated to deliver a micro dose of pure retinol for all those glorious skin-rejuvenating payoffs with minimal risk of redness or discomfort. The controlled dosage makes it gentle enough for daily use, or for beginners and those with sensitive skin, while still delivering healthy, luminous and smooth-looking skin in spades. Plus, it’s bolstered with peptides and ceramides that help to nourish the skin barrier. (Remember, start with a pea-sized amount and ensure you apply to dry skin after cleansing.)
Note: Retinol products are not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding individuals. Always check with your doctor before using any new products while pregnant or breastfeeding.