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I would be lying if I said I’ve never gone to bed without washing my face. Long commutes to work, busy office hours and nights spent binge-watching my favorite TV shows have resulted in me falling asleep on the couch while wearing makeup … and whatever dirt that’s still stuck to me from the day.
As a beauty expert, I am very aware of the downside of not giving my skin a proper cleansing before hitting the sheets, the primetime for skin cell regeneration. I put my faith in correcting my skin-care mistake and dull, tired complexion — flaws and all — with the new Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil.
This new addition to the brand’s Midnight Recovery line is an oil cleanser packed with the same botanical ingredients (squalene, evening primrose and lavender oils) used in the Concentrate serum, which closeted beauty junkie Viola Davis happens to be a fan of. The label reads “for all skin types,” but in my past experience with cleansing oils, I find that many strip away all the good oils from my face and leave me drier than ever.
Kiehl’s says that its potent formulation does just the opposite — it breaks down makeup and unclogs pores to cleanse and nourish skin. And yes, this stuff does just that!
For the past two weeks, I’ve stuck to a nighttime skin-care routine that consisted of washing my face with the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. It really only takes three to four pumps of the product to coat my entire face, neck and ears. I massage it into my skin, using firm upward movements to help stimulate blood flow. Not to mention — the smell of lavender and evening primrose oils assist with relaxation. The oil immediately emulsifies into a milky consistency when it’s rinsed off with lukewarm water.
Every night, my skin started to feel softer to the touch, and my boyfriend even complimented me, saying, “Your skin looks brighter!” While I did apply aloe vera gel as a moisturizer right after cleansing, my skin no longer felt taut or appeared lackluster.
It’s rare that I swipe on liquid eyeliner, but when I did wear a cat eye with lots of mascara, I noticed how easily the oil broke down the black pigment without causing irritation or redness. It also melts away medium-to-full coverage foundation seamlessly.
I would recommend this cleansing oil to anyone considering switching up their face-washing regimen, especially to those who wear makeup and want to cut down on the amount of time spent in the bathroom taking it off. It saved me loads of time, which means I didn’t miss out on reality TV.
You can purchase the new Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil ($32) at Kiehl’s stores nationwide and on kiehls.com.