Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Masque Review

kiehl's turmeric face mask masque skincare radiance

The launch of Kiehl's new face masks lit up my skincare radar. Not only are these vivid coloured tubs eye catching on any bathroom shelf, they contain a brilliant choice of ingredients for an effective at-home facial. To aid the ridiculous acne breakouts I've been having over the last 3 months, I purchased the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Masque which aims to energise and brighten the skin leaving you with a healthy, radiant glow.


Turmeric A top player when it comes to dealing with acne as it's an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It helps clear acne scarring by brightening the skin and reducing inflammation as well as reducing oil secretion to help calm breakouts. There are many DIY face mask recipes that use turmeric and lemon juice but tread carefully as it will stain your skin a yellow colour that's not the easiest to remove. Hence why I opted for the Kiehl's Masque instead.
Cranberry A natural antioxidant and source of resveratrol which contains natural AHAs. (I talk about this in my NEOGEN Exfoliating Pads Review). The crushed cranberry seeds add a gentle manual exfoliation property to the masque. Just before washing off, I like to lightly massage the mask into my skin a little more to activate this process. It refines skin texture and adds to the brightening and radiant effect.


On clean, dry skin, apply a layer of the mask to the face avoiding the eye area. I like to go over my jaw line a little to ensure I'm covering the surface of all of my hormonal acne. It will dry within 5-10 minutes and you can then wash off with warm water. I've left it on for 30 minutes before with no issues.


This kaolin clay based mask is a pretty muted yellow sprinkled with micronized cranberry seeds throughout. What put me off buying this mask at first was the scent. Many reviews I'd read said the scent was quite strong. However, I didn't find it to be that bad. Yes, it does smell like turmeric but it's not a spicy in your face and between the eyes hit. It doesn't make my eyes water when applied and as it's drying on my skin I can no longer pick up on the scent.

When first applied, it does generate a light warming sensation on the skin. It's not tingling and disappears after a few minutes. My skin was not red, sore or agitated afterwards so I'm putting this warming down as something normal about this mask. As opposed to a bad reaction on my part. However, if you have incredibly sensitive skin, patch test first.

I love that although this is a clay mask it doesn't dry too hard that your skin starts to feel tight and you can't open your mouth to thank the postman for your parcels. It almost becomes a strange second skin and requires little effort to wash off. I wouldn't recommend using a hot cloth to remove because the bits of cranberry seed will get stuck in it. 

kiehl's turmeric face mask masque skincare radiance

This mask does well to simmer down angry breakouts. It helps to reduce swelling and redness. I reach for this followed by a sheet mask if I'm heading out somewhere nice and want to look my best. I have also been known to use this as a target spot treatment all along my jawline and chin. Whilst I wouldn't say it's a sole form of treatment, it works well in the moment for emergency situations or when you see a spot planning to rear its angry head. 

There's no need to worry about your skin staining a yellow tinge either. In fact, this mask leaves my skin looking brighter with an air of radiance in complexion. Because this mask isn't drying, it also tends to leave a nice healthy glow to my skin too. 

The first face mask I've ever tried from Kiehl's and I'm impressed. I use this at least once a week and will continue to do so. Acne-prone, dull or stressed skin - this one is for you!

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