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Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment

To complement its award-winning Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution serum (19 awards, 4 million bottles sold), Kiehl’s has launched its new Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment.

The star ingredient in the skin-clarifying Spot Solution is Activated C, a Vitamin C derivative formulated to be more stable and effective in brightening.

To create the Smoothing Moisture Treatment, Kiehl’s chemists worked on a gel-cream made with Activated C and Glycolic Acid.


The Glycolic Acid used in the Treatment softens skin without aggravating it (although this ingredient is usually used in harsher peeling products); preparing it to better absorb the Activated C for skin that is more even in tone. To moisturise, peony and white birch extracts are added.


Just a pea-sized amount of this rather slick gel-cream is enough for the entire face.
It took some time for me to massage the formula into my skin, as it is relatively thick.
But once it was absorbed, my face was left with a satin-matte finish. This makes it perfect as a make-up base.
I layered this on top of the Spot Solution (which has worked on me in the past; it visibly lightens my dark spots) for maximum efficacy. Neither irritated my skin which can be quite intolerant of harsh compounds in skincare formulas.
After a week of this routine, I’ve noticed that my skin is brighter and generally fairer. The Treatment also leaves it nicely hydrated throughout the day.

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