Monday, 17 February 2014

Tried And Tested: Kiehl’s New Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream

Having largely got on top of the brown spots I inflicted upon my face last summer in Spain by stupidly forgetting to reapply my broad spectrum SPF after swimming, I’ve now re-focused my attentions back on my original number one skin concern: wrinkles!

Don’t get me wrong, my wrinkles are not horrendous as they are still quite faint. But I know that as I get older those linear grooves on my forehead and around my eyes in particular are only going to get deeper. Anything that can be done now to slow the advancement of these enemy lines in a natural way - count me in.

Consequently, the name of this new Kiehl’s product (launched at the beginning of this month) got me very excited indeed:  Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream. If this really does pack a punch on wrinkles then I’m going to be one very happy skin obsessed customer.

I’ve been testing this cream for just over two weeks now and, while I don’t like to tempt fate, I can honestly say that I’m really liking the early results I’m seeing.

The Science

Kiehl’s do cram a lot of anti-ageing ingredients into their skincare. Key actives in this include Copper PCA and Abyssine. The former helps to deliver copper, a trace element found naturally in cells which helps skin to stay firm, soft and flexible. The latter is a marine molecule able to survive harsh conditions which Kiehl’s researchers found in the Galapagos Islands and back in the lab discovered used on skin could delay cellular ageing, smooth lines and protect.



I apply this morning and night. It has a buttery texture which quickly absorbs into the skin to leave a lovely matte finish. It sits well on top of my serums and both my dry day-time oil (currently Nuxe) and thicker night oil (currently Nude). I was really pleased about this as I have found some creams flake off when mixed with face oils, regardless of whether I apply the oil before or after the cream – I’ve tried applying them both ways to see if it makes any difference (it doesn’t).

Before (L) after 1 week (M) and after 2 weeks (R)


It has only been two weeks and wrinkles take years to form, so I wasn’t expecting miracles. But I have noticed already a softening of the lines on my forehead and cheekbones, where those smile lines are sadly beginning to extend. My skin also looks and feels smooth after I’ve applied the cream.

Am I impressed? So far, yes. I shall continue using this night and day now and re-assess once I’ve finished the pot. But if the early results are anything to go by then I can certainly see Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream becoming part of my daily skincare arsenal in my personal war against wrinkles.

Kiehl's Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream is available now from Kiehl's here priced at £42 for 50ml.

PR Sample 



  1. Your forehead certainly looks a lot smoother, but it's not necessary the case that the wrinkles are ironed out permanently. It may only be the effect of evened out corneocytes on the top layer of the skin or swelling that you get from better hydrated skin. I researched this a bit as I found this area very interesting, but in general I believe more in beauty devices than I believe in anti-ageing creams. I don't discount the value of a good face cream, but I think it's important to know what's happening after it's applied on skin.
    I know what you mean by not wanting to stop eating sugar. I am the same, I would like to not want sugar,, but given that I do want it, I don not want to quit. Unfortunately, I haven't been good with my exercise regime recently, therefore, it makes my sweet tooth habit even worse.

    1. I take whatever smoothing result I can get these days ;-) Being serious though I do really this this cream but like you I am a massive fan of home beauty devices. I think layering effective devices with good anti-ageing topicals deliver best results overall :-)

  2. Looking good so far! It might just be because the cream is deeply moisturizing your skin though, making lines look less deep.

    1. Thanks and yes, chuffed with these early results. Moisture loss is what happens to our skin as we age and it is a major factor in the development of wrinkles. Applying a topical which is deeply moisturising is desirable as it should, in theory, replenish these moisture stores and thus smooth our skin. It is why a good moisturising product should form an essential part of our daily skincare regime.

  3. I don't really know too much about these products but, having wrinkle issues myself I will have to look into it!

  4. I've only recently started exploring Kiehl's myself. The ingredient lists on their product labels prompted me to look closer - they pack a lot of good antiageing actives across their ranges including hyaluronic acid ( fragmented in some cases), vitamin c, high broad spectrum spf etc. Do ket me know how you get on if you decide to purchase.


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