Kiehl’s and Clinique are both ranked globally as the top best skin care brands. Unsure which one would be the best choice for your skin? Let us help you decide with our comparisons, following essential skin care steps: cleansing, toning, moisturising, and pore refining!

Let the skin care showdown begin 🛎🥊 *rings bell*

Step 1: Cleansing

We’ll start by comparing the foremost step in skin care routine - cleansing. Let’s see if Kiehl's Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Face Wash or Clinique Liquid Facial Soap will get you the freshest face.

Skin typeFor normal skin and oily skinAvailable in 3 formulas:
>Extra-Mild is for dry skin
>Mild for dry combination skin
>Oily Skin Formula is for combination oily or very oily skin
EffectsAcne-fighting, anti-agingUV protection

Skin types: When it comes to skin types, Clinique offers a more specific niche (3 types of skin for one same product) for various skin types as compared to Kiehl’s. So if you’re particular about picking the right product for your specific skin type, Clinique’s the choice for you.

Effects: Both products will make your face fresh clean, but their additional effects are different. Clinique offers only UV protection, while Kiehl’s on the other hand, though does not have UV protection but it offers protection against aging and acne problems. So if you prioritise anti-aging and anti-acne in your everyday skin care, go for Kiehl’s face wash!  

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Face Wash

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

Step 2: Toning

Toning the skin is one of the most important steps of daily skin care routine! This is because toner balances your skin’s pH level, which will increase the effectiveness of any moisturiser or serum you'll use afterward. Let’s see if Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner or Clinique Clarifying Lotion is more suitable for you.

Skin typeFor all skin typesAvailable in 4 formulas:
>Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1 is for very dry, or flaky skin
>Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 is for dry combination skin
>Clinique Clarifying Lotions 3 is designed for combination-oily skin
>Clinique Clarifying Lotions 4 is for very oily skin
Promotes wound healing
UV protection
Promotes wound healing

Skin types: Once again, Clinique offers a more specific niche (4 formulas for different types of skin) as compared to Kiehl’s. Like the cleansers above, if you’re particular about using the right product specific skin type, Clinique’s the choice for you.

Effects: Both products offer protection against aging and promotes wound healing (useful for acne scars or sensitive skin). However, Clinique offers additional UV protection and anti-acne properties - so if you’re always under the sun and prone to acne, Clinique’s your choice!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner

Clinique Clarifying Lotion

Step 3: Moisturising

Never skip the moisturiser! Our skin needs to be replenished every single day with proper hydration - it prevents dryness, curbs oily skin, smoothens skin texture, and creates a protective layer of moisture that lasts all day no matter where you are! Let’s see if you should get Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser or Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel.

Skin typeFor all skin typesCombination-oily skin or very oily skin
Promotes wound healing

Skin types: If your skin is more towards the oily spectrum, Clinique’s formula will suit you better. However, if your skin is mostly dry or a combination of dry and oily, Kiehl’s will do just fine!

Effects: Both products offer anti-aging, but Clinique’s moisturiser offers additional wound healing properties (as it contains Sodium Hyaluronate, an ingredient that heals skin tissues) which will also prevent scarring due to acne.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel

Step 4: Pore Refining

Pore refining is an important step in skin care too, as pores can get clogged with excess dirt and oil, due to daily life routines outside (unless you’re home 24/7 like a hermit). Due to this, our pores will appear visibly larger and pimples will grow. Therefore, pore refining is a skin care step not to be missed!

Now let’s compare and see which one of these pore refining products are best for your skin. Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate or Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum?

Skin typeFor all skin typesFor all skin types
Minimise pores
Minimise pores

Skin types: Both are suitable for your skin, no matter what type it is!   

Effects: Both products will make your pores appear smaller and also anti-aging, but Clinique offers an additional effect - brightening! So if you’re looking to brighten your skin as well, Clinique might do the trick.

Kiehl's Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum

▶ The verdict of this showdown is that both brands are good in their own ways! At the end of the day, it all depends on what you personally wish to achieve in skin care.

So did you manage to decide if Kiehl’s or Clinique is better for you? Also, feel free to leave a comment and let us know which brands you’d love to see compared in the future!

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