Review: Kiehl’s Photo-Age High Potency Spot Corrector & Intensive Corrective Moisturizer

Here is part two of my review of Kiehl’s Photo-Age series that is aimed to eliminate sun spots and freckles for a brighter, more even complexion.

As I used these products in tandem, I’m going to review the texture and each of their properties separately, and then I’m going to do a summary of the effects that these products on my skin near the end, so please read until the end!

Kiehl’s Photo-Age High Potency Spot Corrector

What it claims (from Our Photo-Age High-Potency Spot Treatment powerfully reverses UV Damage three ways: provides instant luminosity & radiance, reverses visible damage on skin surface, and inhibits invisible damage from rising to the surface.

Price: $49USD/$60CAD for 30mL

Texture/Scent: Very light, slightly runny creamy lotion. Nearly scent-free but with some herbal/lavendar-like scent

The good: This is a super light creamy lotion that absorbs almost instantly. It feels mild and non-drying on my semi-sensitive skin (particularly cheek area). It is not moisturizing, per se, but it is not drying either. It works very well as a day-time serum (especially in the summer time as it is not greasy).

  • Light, absorbs quickly
  • Mild, gentle, non-drying
  • Works well as a day-time serum as it is not greasy
  • Works well on people with more sensitive skin

The bad: Nothing wrong with the product itself. The price is a little high for the quantity that you get. The container design can be improved as the lotion is runny and when in a squeeze tube, the lotion tends to run into the screw on lid and you end up wasting a lot of product. Can be housed better in a bottle with a pump perhaps.

  • Price is a little high
  • Packaging is not practical

Overall: This is a good day-time serum for everyone as it is gentle and not greasy at all.As it is very gentle, it is a good whitening/spot reduction product for people with more sensitive skin.

Product: 18/20
Packaging: 2/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 23/30 | B+
Repurchase? Likely


Kiehl’s Photo-Age Intensive Corrective Moisturizer

What it claims (from Helps moisturize skin and even out overall skin tone.  Non-greasy moisturizer.

Price: $45USD/$55CAD for 75mL

Texture/Scent: Milky creamy lotion (not runny), herbal/lavender scent

The good: This moisturizer is very hydrating without being heavy. It absorbs very well and works perfectly as a day-time (or night time, with an added serum) moisturizer. I love the pump design and two pumps is enough to cover my whole face (three pumps for face and neck). The price is not bad for the quantity as you don’t need much of it.

  • Hydrating without feeling heavy
  • Absorbs well
  • Good day or night-time moisturizer
  • Good bottle design
  • Reasonable price

The bad: None

Overall: This moisturizer is hydrating without feeling greasy or heavy. I would recommend this as a day-time moisturizer (with added sunscreen on top) for people with dry (also need a serum underneath), normal (may need a light serum) or combination skin (on its own). It also works well as a night-time moisturizer for people with slightly dry/dehydrated or normal skin with an added serum underneath, or combination skin with or without a serum underneath.

Product: 18.5/20
Packaging: 4.5/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 26.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes, very likely


Of course with all brightening products, the real pull is how they perform on the skin and the effects they have…

Summary: I’m loving the effects that these products had on my face. My face looks and feels more even and radiant with each day’s use. I also love the herbal/lavender scent that comes with these products as I feel it calms me down. While I haven’t seen all of my sun spots and freckles disappear yet, I do feel that they are slowly starting to lighten and it has also slowed down the production of melanin in my skin (I’ve been out in the sun a lot this summer and my skin hasn’t sprouted too many more freckles or sunspots). I would definitely recommend these products to someone who is looking for more even, radiant skin but wants something gentler and non-drying.


2 thoughts on “Review: Kiehl’s Photo-Age High Potency Spot Corrector & Intensive Corrective Moisturizer

  1. Thank you Sheila for taking the trouble to do such a thorough, well written and comprehensive review! It was really helpful as you explained everything so clearly. I have emailed it to my daughter as she is having trouble with her skin at the moment…and these products sound as if they are just right for her. Thank you. Sincerely, Carol

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