I’m a doctor and cosmetics expert – avoid Kim Kardashian’s skincare, I doubt she uses the whole line and some are too harsh
BEAUTY lovers and Kardashian fans rejoiced at the launch of SKKN by Kim.
A doctor and cosmetics expert says she won’t use the skincare products and says she doubts Kim Kardashian will either.
Dr. Vanita Rattan is a cosmetics expert with her own skincare line, and according to her website, the brand aims to serve people of color often overlooked by the beauty industry.
When reality TV mogul Kim Kardashian started SKKN, Dr. Rattan felt obliged to express concerns about the products on TikTok.
While there were a few products in the skincare line Dr. Rattan gave her stamp of approval, there were others that she felt would be too harsh for certain skin types — and others that “just aren’t worth the money”.
“I like the cleanser but it’s expensive,” Dr. Rattan said. “A better dupe would be Cetaphil.”
Kim’s cleanser is $43 for 4.2 ounces, while $12 gets you almost five times the product if you choose Cetaphil’s Gentle Cleansing line.
Dr Rattan also said that the cleanser is not suitable for all skin types. “Don’t use this if you have oily, acne-prone skin,” she cautioned.
The second “step” of the SKKN routine received “a big no” from Dr. Rattan.
“This ‘toner’ is not a toner,” she said, showing a photo of the $45 product. “It’s an exfoliator. It’s a chemical and enzymatic exfoliator.”
She warned that witch hazel and denatured alcohol are ingredients that could cause irritation.
If you choose to use the SKKN toner, Dr. Rattan warned against using the line’s targeted exfoliating product.
“This exfoliator is Kim Kardashian’s favorite product, but it’s the worst so far,” she warned. The “mechanical exfoliator” also contains enzymes for added potency.
“It’s too hard after the ‘toner,'” Rattan said. “Please avoid, especially if you have sensitive skin.”
The moisturizer (which Rattan called “base”) didn’t impress her much, nor did the under-eye cream.
She said the moisturizer didn’t contain any ceramides, peptides or vitamins that would justify the $85 price tag.
On the other hand, the eye cream’s trendy packaging could sabotage all the benefits of the ingredient list.
“It contains peptides, but it’s not in airless packaging, which means it’s unlikely to be effective,” Rattan said. “I doubt she actually uses this product.”
There were a few items in the product line that received a more favorable review from Dr. Rattan.
“This vitamin C serum is okay,” Rattan said. She recommended Regena c30 as a “superior dupe”. The affordable brand is $32 instead of SKKN’s $90 serum.
Rattan reacted similarly to Kim’s night oil.
“I like it but it’s not worth the price,” she said. “It’s better to use Paula’s Choice.”
Likewise, the $95 Oil Drops contained one of Dr. Rattan’s favorite ingredients, but it wasn’t enough for him.
“The price just doesn’t match,” Rattan said. She pointed out that several other products on the market cost 1/9 the price and still contain tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, her “favorite vitamin C.”
The Sun reached out to SKKN for feedback on product formulations and pricing.
Concluding his review, Dr. Rattan said Kim probably uses most of her own products, but they aren’t the secret to her enviable skin.
“It complements with professional-grade ceramides, peptides, vitamins, and treatments,” Rattan reminded viewers.