Thursday, February 9, 2012

28 Day Challenge: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye

On the tube, Kiehl’s all new Midnight Recovery Eye promises “fresher, younger looking eyes by morning”. Ambitious claim yes? Does it live up to it?
Well I’m soon to find out as I embark on the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye 28 Day Challenge, which if all reports are to be believed will have my tired old peepers totally popping!
But first, a little rundown on what this puppy contains – and promises. Following the successful introduction of Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl’s chemists set to formulating Midnight Recovery Eye – paraben-free, fragrance-free, and mineral oil-free – with the active ingredient Butcher’s Broom, a root extract known to increase microcirculation. Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatus), used for centuries by old-world pharmacists, is high in bioflavonoids, and is said to improve cutaneous microcirculation and reduce inflammation. It has been traditionally used to combat edema – a swelling of skin due to water retention caused by weak blood circulation - by strengthening blood vessels. Midnight Recovery Eye utilizes these properties of Butcher’s Broom to soothe and calm under eye skin to reduce morning puffiness. 
Other active essential and botanical oils in the Midnight Recovery Eye formula like Squalane, Evening Primrose and Lavender help to strengthen the thin skin under the eyes, which is only 1/3 as thick as other facial skin. This under-eye area has the fewest sebaceous glands on the face, and is therefore highly susceptible to dehydration, resulting in a weak barrier, a factor in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The unique blend of oils – made up of Fatty acids (Omega 3, 6 and 9) – has a restructuring benefit that also helps to reinforce the protective barrier and slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles…
I like the sound of that!
Kiehl’s recommends a nightly regimen as much of the skin’s energy during the day is used to protect itself, with less energy to spare on repair. Therefore, the primary activity of the skin during the night - when one is sleeping and not exposed to as many damaging free radicals - is to repair itself, especially in the fragile eye area, which is prone to puffiness and early signs of wrinkles.

root extract which is known to increase microcirculation. When combined with other tried and true powerhouse oils, the extract helps to reduce puffiness and strengthen the delicate eye area overnight.
The product has already been a big success for Kiehl’s internationally and has won quite a celebrity following, so I’m very keen to see the results.


  1. I'd love to try this, I use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate at the moment. What does this retail for in NZ?

  2. $61.00 I think? It smells a lot like the concentrate too - beautiful : )