Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Skin Salve

Many of us flock to apothecary central – Kiehl’s – for uncomplicated shopping & sampling of tried n' true basics. For certain objects of desire preferred for every day rituals, a pilgrimage to your local flagship shop is the mark of a true skin care connoisseur: a myriad body butters, balms, lotions created to capture the fickle zeitgeist of body care consumers today.

Never being one to leave a Kiehl’s shop empty-handed, I picked up the Superbly Restorative Argan Skin Salve ($25). It’s true salve by standard definition - greasy. In it, you'll find the exciting sharpness of eucalyptus infused with patchouli, orange and cedarwood oils through the creamy Argan base to provide deep rehydration at any time or even any altitude, which makes it the perfect antidote to the drying effects of airplane air. I say this, because the flat sized tub makes it TSA-approved & serves as a rich, multi-functional pick-me-upper wherever you land.

Aside from its anti-aging effects, argan oil can also effectively keep the ends of the hair hydrated. Thus it can provide protection to the skin form the harmful effects of sun exposure, pollution, mental stress, smoking etc. In synergy, patchouli oil is rumoured to help break down cellulite, while stimulating the regeneration of skin cells and speeding up healing and preventing ugly scars forming when wounds heal. When these are coupled together, they make for one splendid salve to sort out rough, cracked and overly dehydrated skin (heels, elbows, etc) and can even be used to treat dry patches incurred from unsightly acne & eczema. Because so little goes so very long, a tub should last you about 2-3 months.

The non-sticky, non-waxy texture is a quite sumptuous. When used over dry patches, it sinks into skin unobtrusively, but in due time. It's the perfect cover-your-tootsies-with cotton-socks treatment suitable for more intense moisturizing, as the morning after, the crow's feet on sides appear much softer. But, the balm quenches as well as a lip treatment, when a tube is out of reach. But, what sets this salve apart from others is the heady Eucalyptus - used to reduce flakiness, the dominating essence is invigorating to the point of being restless. Here it comes fragrantly alive with a second layering.