Spring is here, and with it the promise of soaring temperatures, days out in the Sun, an increase in energy, and with all of this, the overall increase of oil and sebum. The increase in sebum then results in clogged pours and nasty skin breakouts, pimples, and blackheads – certainly not the look you are going for if you plan to spend your Summer at the pool or the beach. Thank goodness then for products that know exactly what a man’s skin needs – and with that, Kiehl’s recently launched the Oil Eliminator series into the South African market, promising men, as far as possible, a clear, oil free skin.
So if you have been living under a rock for the past two years, you may be forgiven for not knowing about Kiehl’s. Kiehls is more of an old-world apothecary type business, founded over 150-years ago in New York’s East Village, and has built its business on an extensive experience in, and knowledge of cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, herbal and medicinal remedies. While Kiehl’s first started out a a pharmacy, it is now dedicated to giving customers quality skin care and hair care products developed using natural products within scientific laboratories.
So when it comes to the use of oil control products in South Africa, we need to have a look at the South African climate, environment and the activity levels of men who take care of their skin. Spring and Summer can be harsh under the South African Sun, and this is exacerbated even further by the high activity levels of active men. When you mix harsh sunlight, high UV rays, and excessive sweating, this leads the skin to produce higher levels of moisture, and for the skin to flake and rejuvenate faster. Now, if you do not change your skin regime to take this increase in skin activity into account, you will eventually be left with a built of dead skins cells which have not been properly removed, and underneath all of this, an increase of oil/sebum that gets clogged in the pours leading to breakouts. This is even more true for those of us with a natural oily or combination skin – and we will then first see the results of increased oil on our T-patch (the forehead and nose).
It is therefore rather imperative that in Spring and Summer that we ensure our skin regime includes a good scrub, cleanser, toner and moisturizer, and that we follow a religious morning and evening process of cleaning our skin. It doesn’t hurt that we also include a product range that is specifically designed to control the production of our skin’s oil.
So, I have been using the Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range for around two weeks now, in preparation for Spring – clearing the dead skins cells (resulting from the dry Winter of Johannesburg), and I must admit that the product range is one that I will certainly recommend. While the Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator range includes a Face Wash, a Toner and a Moisturizer, I was only able to test the Face Wash and Toner, but did include another brand’s moisturizer in the mix (as I refuse not to moisturize).
Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Cleaner for Men – Available at the Kiehl’s counter in Edgar’s, RRP 345.00
This powerful little daily cleanser washes away impurities, while leaving the skin feeling softer, but the true benefit of this oil-buster is that it assists with removing excess oil, sweat and pollution to reduce the appearance of shine and pores. its formulated using crushed apricot seeds, it sloughs off dead skin cells without leaving skin feeling overly dry. In terms of it being an exfoliator, I would classify it as a medium scrub, good for removing more difficult dead skins cells, and leaving you with a good degree of satisfaction.
Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Toner for Men – Available at the Kiehl’s counter in Edgar’s, RRP 325.00
The toner is marketed as more of a mist, which one applies by spraying it directly onto your face. Okay, yes, it sounds a bit odd, and you may feel slightly awkward, but it works just fine. Once applied, the ultra-fine toning mist settles easily onto the face, and seeps in quickly – helping to reduce excess oil on contact. The mist instantly cools the skin, and aids in removing excess oil – reducing the appearance of shine and reducing pores. Over time you will notice that the toner does leave the skin with a cleaner, more matte finish.
Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator Moisturizer for Men – Available at the Kiehl’s counter in Edgar’s, RRP 435.00
Untested, but if its anything like the cleanser and toner, then its good a good bet.