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Kiehl’s is refining skin texture with quinoa husk

Often discarded by the food industry, quinoa husk has become the signature ingredient of Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, a skin care product recently launched as part of L’Oréal’s luxury range.

The product, used as a night treatment, refines the texture of the skin and helps to promote an even tone. According to the manufacturer, quinoa husk has high levels of saponin, which makes it a superior exfoliant, and is rich in anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to these benefits, quinoa husk also accelerates cell renewal by limiting the cohesion of the stratum corneum and maintains the organisation of lipids without irritation.

The formula’s natural composition, which contains fruit acids, cactus extract and phytic acid, allows the product to be used daily, even on sensitive skin.

The quinoa used in the production of Kiehl’s signature husk formula, is a much rounder seed than normal quinoa and is grown in the remote Uyuni region of southern Bolivia under severe weather conditions. The ingredient contains molecules developed by quinoa as a defence against an environment of intense drought, exposure to UV rays, natural predators and disease.

By identifying these properties in what was a previously discarded food material, Kiehl’s chemists were able to extract the active ingredient without impacting the current food supply of quinoa. The raw material is obtained in a concentrated and natural format, with no chemical transformations during the physical extraction. Kiehls claims that the extraction process itself is also carried out in a sustainable manner.

The Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is sold at the recommended retail price of $338 and can be found online, as well as in the São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro stores.

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