I’m a big fan of Kiehl’s skin care and I broke down the best sellers in a post last year! This summer, the Kiehl’s Ginger Leaf & Hibiscus Firming Mask was released! It is branded as an overnight mask but you can also use it as a night time moisturizer which is what I’ve been doing.
The mask comes in a plastic jar with the classic Kiehl’s packaging. Usually, each collection will have corresponding colors. For example, the Calendula collection is a mustard yellow (pictured in the background). As this mask is the first product in a possible collection, it comes in a brand new fuschia color with a lime green accent. Inside the jar is the product with a light hint of pink.
The product aims to instantly firm the skin using the extract of hibiscus. The overnight mask comes from the idea that the hibiscus flower closes during the nighttime to preserve its nectar. The other anti-aging claims include smoothing, hydration, and smooth fine lines.
The texture of this product is extremely thick. It reminds me of a body butter more so than a facial moisturizer. Surprisingly, it’s not greasy at all and actually feels refreshing! It does take a little while to fully sink in the skin though and is slightly sticky in the meantime. The smell of this product at first threw me off and I didn’t immediately love it. It is earthy and vegetable but smells very fresh. Now that I’ve been using this product more, I have come to like the scent. It smells like an eco-friendly spa!
How to Use
You can use this product after serum or right after cleaning your face. In the morning, you should rinse it off with water. But often by morning time, I don’t find I have any product left on my face. Due to the thick texture, I definitely feel an immediate tightening and firming effect on my face. It actually also feels cooling upon application. I haven’t noticed any dramatic changes in how my skin looks and feels in terms of firming in the long term. I also find that I get small bumps (not pimples) around my face when I use this product.
I find that this provides me with immediate hydration and firming effects. But I don’t feel any long term benefits unfortunately. The Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream is one of my favorites from the brand as it’s so gentle and yet makes my skin feel smooth and supple. If you are looking for a firming effect, another good one I recently tried is this Works No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturizer.