Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Deep Moisture Clarifying Day Cream and Dark Circle Perfector

A product range designed for the Asian market if ever I’ve seen one with the heavy use of emotive language signifying that having brighter and sadly, whiter skin, is better. But, this is an age old trend and confuses us in the west as much as many in Asia are befuddled with our need to be tanned and darker! Both are physical characteristics of luxury and a good lifestyle.

Hard play and no work

In Asia, being whiter/paler traditionally meant that you don’t work out in the sunlit fields and spend your time relaxing in the shade living a life of luxury. In the West, having a tan usually signifies travel and holidaying in climates hotter and brighter than your own; again, not working.

Skin Discolouration

For more information on why our skin changes colour and more insight into hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, check out my Dark Spots Explained skin concern guide.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream


Using a blend of chemical exfoliants from both artificial and natural sources; this cream firstly exfoliates surface dead skin cells which carry the darkest and most oxygenated levels of skin pigmentation. Ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Vitamin C (working also as an antioxidant) and Citric Acid.


White Birch and Tree Peony extract have been proven and known to help block the signal pathways that lead to the skin’s melanin/dark cell production therefore brightening darker spots.


Finally super-hydrating Beeswax, stearic acid, Vitamin E and calming lavender oil work to hydrate and condition the skin; soothing and locking in moisture.

In use

It’s a little richer than you’d normally expect for a brightening formulation which tend to be lighter and more gel like, designed for a more typical East Asian skin type. However it’s not sticky and didn’t leave my with any cloying residue, just it does take a few moments to sink in.

Application tip

I found it best to apply with the butterfly effect which is when you gently rub the products over the top of your palms and forefingers then press it gently into the skin. This aids natural absorption.

Does it actually work?

I don’t have any specific dark spots but particularly in summer I can get very uneven skin tone. Using this over a period of a couple of weeks, my skin has looked a little brighter and more even but I haven’t noticed massive changes. To see more changes, you’d typically have to use a product like this religiously for around 10-12 weeks. The ingredients Kiehl’s have used are very much proven to work.


Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream is available here from John Lewis at £41/50ml + £3 delivery.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30

As the name almost suggests, this doesn’t correct dark circles, but helps to prevent them from getting worse and protects the skin around. In fact its quite difficult to use skin care to correct dark circles but you’ll find massage and other techniques more effective. For more information, do check out my Dark Circles Explained skin concern guide.

Skin brightening extracts

With brightening Vitamin C and Liquorice Root Extract (The Body Shop used to use this in their amazing but now defunct Moisture White range) it it will brighten/lighten the skin, but remember most of the darkness from dark eye circles comes from underneath the skin *points and waves frantically to the concern guide link above*.

Smoothing concealer

As well as the gentle skin exfoliating ingredients, there’s also several incarnations of Dimethicone, acting as both a smoothing agent and hydration delivery system. The cream is quite coloured, more like a typical under-eye concealer in fact rather than an eye cream, although it really does hydrate!

On the left is the solid swatch and faintly, if you can tilt your screen enough, on the right is it blended.

Sun protection

Finally the SPF30 is an amazing addition; keeping the delicate skin around the eye area protected and smoothed whilst preventing any more dark spots/marks.


Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 eye cream is available here from John Lewis at £29/15ml + £3 delivery.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 16:43 July 2, 2015
Josh | The Kentucky Gent

I think I may need to pick up that eye cream next time I’m out shopping!

Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    Harvey Specter
    Posted at 20:10 July 26, 2015
    Thom Watson

    It’s seriously good, just make sure you use the tiniest amount else you’ll look like an inverted PANDA. x

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