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Posted: Thursday, Apr. 05, 2012

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Rachel Sutherland

Rachel Sutherland has been a professional journalist for 14 years, most recently as the Style Editor for the Charlotte Observer. Her writing and styling work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. She is often a featured guest on syndicated radio programs The Matt & Ramona Show and The Satisfied Life. Find her at or email her:

My love of Kiehl’s is enduring and storied. When I moved to Charlotte almost 14 years ago, there was no place to buy Kiehl’s. Really. I had my mom get my favorite products in suburban Detroit and ship to me.

Thankfully, that’s no longer the case, but my love of the products hasn’t waned. I’ve even turned my product-adverse husband on to the line’s simple, reasonably-priced, high-quality products (he loves the Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash, but I digress).

So when my friends at Kiehl’s sent a bottle of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for me to try, and I assumed I’d love it. However, I was unprepared for just how much I’d adore the serum. Rarely does a product do what it says it will so quickly and effectively.

After three or so weeks of nightly application, my acne-scarred face is bright and even, remarkably so.

Formulated with Vitamin C, white birch extract and peony extract, the fast-acting serum evens skin tone, lessens dark spots and increases skin luminosity. There are no silicones, paragons, fragrance or colorants.

Kiehl’s says in as little as two weeks, 55 percent of women clinically demonstrated a significant reduction in dark spot intensity. In four weeks, 69 percent of women had a continued reduction in dark spot intensity and 73 percent showed a significant reduction in acne scarring.

Clinical studies showed skin tone improved with continued use, and prolonged daily usage would help to prevent the formation of future dark spots and other skin discolorations.

The serum applies and absorbs like a dream — silky and smooth without being tacky or greasy. It layers beautifully under day or night cream. $49.50

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