Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Rant or Rave: Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

Rant or Rave is a new section here in the blog, inspired by Girltalk's Rant and Rave thread. I'll basically just rant or rave about a new beauty product or service I've recently encountered. Trying out the best products out in the market is really a trial and error process. Sometimes you'll just have to do a bit of sifting around to get a diamond in the rough. For this entry, I'll both rant and rave about Kiehl's Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion.

Rant: What I didn't like about this is that it's too drying! It says on the label to put it on oily areas. Since I have oily skin all over, that's precisely what I did after cleansing. Yikes, my face ended up feeling so dry. I think it's because of the alcohol content. You can actually smell the alcohol when you put it on. Immediately after applying this, my face felt too tight and stretched. I didn't experience any major breakouts, thankfully, but if you have particularly sensitive skin, this might be too drying for you. I tried this for several days consecutively and my skin became a bit flaky, which was evident when I was using my moisturizer. You might want to just use this every other day instead of every day. It says on the label too that this product is good to use after shaving so you might want to recommend this to your boyfriends or your dads.

Rave: Now, what I do love about the product is that it completely eliminated this one pimple that was just about to erupt. It's similar to spot treatments or pimple drying treatments in that sense. It might be handy to keep around just in case a pimple is threatening to appear.

I like Kiehl's on the whole, especially its famous Lip Balm #1. Generally, if your face is not an oil mine, you might want to skip this product. Actually, you might want to just consider toners that are alcohol-free as alcohol strips away natural oils that our skin needs.


jillsabs said...

so it's more of a rant than a rave for kiehl's blue astringent?

do they have alcohol-free toners? i have very oily skin too but i don't think i want to go from oily to dry with one swipe of a cotton ball :p

Sumbongera said...

Hi Jill! Yup, more rant than rave but I'm keeping it just in case of a pimple outbreak. I think Kiehl's does have an alcohol-free toner although I haven't tried it yet. I'm using Neutrogena alcohol-free toner now and so far so good. =)

jillsabs said...

have you tried the celeteque toner? parang curious ako don.

Sumbongera said...

Yup I've tried Celeteque toner already. Ok din sya! Alcohol-free din. Wanted to get that too but I thought I'll just check out Neutrogena first.