The 3 Best Friends from Kiehl’s: Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized

by xin on July 13, 2012

About 1.5 years ago when I bought a bottle of Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate Recovery, I finally finished the bottle recently.

A 30ml of oil lasted me for more than a year and I used it very sparingly.


Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate Recovery, Midnight Recovery Eye

And a few months back, I was introduced with a new method to mix Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate Recovery with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for even better result.


Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a whitening serum that is designed to target discoloration and dark spots, using a key ingredient called Activated-C. It claims that you can see the result of black spot reduction with just 2 week’s usage.

Housed in a clear bottle, it’s easy to see how much of product you have left. And i was made to understand that the vitamin C ingredient is very stable hence it can be kept in a clear glass bottle and will not oxidize.Β  Of course, you shouldn’t place it underneath or near the sun.

It’s a gel-like texture, watery and slightly runny. It feels very light and being absorbed into skin easily. It has a faint fragrance because it contains lavender oil too! (yeay!) The way to use it is to dab it on the dark spots, but I used 2 drops for the entire face, just in case πŸ˜‰

I am not sure if I did see significant result but the dark spot patch has been lightened a lot with all the whitening and after 2 sessions of laser treatment.

Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate Recovery

Unlike the other face oil, the texture is on the runny side and it glides on skin easily. The scent is really soothing and calming with the lavender properties.

Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution + Kiehl’s Midnight Concentrate Recovery

mixed oil

You can’t really see from picture but the center drop is the midnight concentrate recovery.

My formula for using the 2 products together is by mixing 2 drops of dark spot solution + 2 drops of midnight concentrate depending on the dryness of my skin.

When I use them together, the oil is actually diluted and feel more hydrating and cooling too. If you have very oily skin, maybe you can adopt this formula to reduce the oily feeling πŸ˜‰

I will usually only use the Midnight Recovery Concentrate at night because I am a little wary about the photo-sentivity of lavender if I use it during the day. But I do use the Dark Spot Solution during the day pairing with face cream. So far it’s been working rather well without breaking me out and it’s actually moisturizing enough.

Midnight Recovery Eye

Midnight Recovery Eye

I have been a long-term user of eye cream, so far I have not seen any eye creams that revolutionize but I do not have a severe dark eye circle or eye bag to begin with.

However, I like the fact that this eye cream also contains lavender essential oil. Some say that by applying it around their eyes it actually helps them to sleep better. I can’t really testify that because the scent is actually very very light, and it probably disappears before it reaches my nose.

The texture of this eye cream is creamy but once you spread it, it feels silky, a little definitely goes a long way.It’s pricey for an eye cream but it can last you for months.

Overall Thoughts:

In a nut shell, I am quite liking this combination especially for the face because it gives me plump and and hydrated skin, especially the calming effect that lavender essential oil brings. The initial cost might seem expensive, but really, the MRC will easily last you for a year even if you use it day and night. However, the Dark Spot Corrector will only last 2-3 months with daily use.


Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution – RM200/30ml
Midnight Recovery Concentrate – RM220/30ml
Midnight Recovery Eye – RM150/15ml


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beetrice July 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

I’ve been mixing the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and MRC as well, but adding the L’Oreal Youth Code as well! Works like a charm for “toing toing” skin.. πŸ˜€
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xin July 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

i have yet to try the youth code, really that awesome?


Nikki July 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

I really enjoy using my Midnight Recovery Concentrate and haven’t tried the Clearly corrective dark spot solution, I may not need it for myself but I’m looking at it for Mr Amw πŸ™‚ Thanks dear hope yo have a good weekend!
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xin July 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

the best part about the clearly corrective is – it’s hydrating too!
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plue July 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

nice combo! maybe most face oils will be more diluted/ easier to absorb when mix with other serums and doesn’t feel as oily/ heavy πŸ˜€
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xin July 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

you are right! it works well especially for people who are afraid of putting oil on their face πŸ˜‰
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Rachel July 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I always wanted to try Khiehl’s! Friends are always raving about how amazing their products are.
Thank you for such an informative post! Will definitely give it a try soon!c


healthline December 15, 2020 at 3:19 am

dark spot on face can sometimes develop after inflammation or an injury to the skin, especially for those suffering from acne, eczema, allergic reactions or other skin conditions


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