I'm constantly changing my skin care routine. With new releases promising to be the answer to all of my skincare woes, it's hard not to get sucked into the hype.
Out of all of the brands and products I've tried, I've actually never turned to Clinique and their range of products.
My mom has been using Clinique for as long as I can remember and one of my favourite memories of my childhood was sitting at their counter in Macy's and playing with their skin care chart and the sliders that help match you to your perfect products. With such an advocate for the brand living under my roof, I decided to give them a try and went off to Boots ready to spend.
As soon as I got to the stand and told the assistant (I wish I got her name, she was so lovely!) that I wanted to hear more about the 3-Step program, I felt like I was in good hands. She sat down with me and her iPad (the old-school chart was still there though, much to my delight!) and we did a short survey to get an idea of what my skin type was, what my problem areas are and what I wanted from my skincare routine.
She then presented me with what would hopefully be my perfect daily skincare routine. As a bit of background, I have combination skin (dry in some areas, oily in others) with the occasional breakout and patchy redness (hot!). I told her what was really frustrating about my routine was that I would try out a product in the beginning of the month and love it and then absolutely hate it by the end of the month. It's as if my skin gets oilier the longer I use the same product. With all of this in mind, here is what she matched me up with:
First up was a sub-step to their 3-Step system: taking off all of your makeup (quite possibly the best and my favourite part of the day). I normally use my Garnier Micellar Water, but I've been finding it quite drying and just not doing the job for me. I was recommended Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk. What I love about this is that it's a milk. You rub a small amount into your skin and it completely dissolves your makeup. Rinse it off with warm water and your makeup should be gone! I'm going to combine this with my Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and my skin should be ready for Step #1.
Step 1 is to gently clean the skin. I was recommended the Mild Facial Soap. Honestly, I love that this is a bar of soap. I've only ever used liquid formulas in the past and I know that I waste more product than necessary. This soap is so much more economical! There's no need to delve too deep into this process, but you literally lather it between your palms and massage it into your skin. Rinse with warm water and you're on to Step 2.
Step 3 is to moisturise, a step that is often overlooked for us gals with oily/combination skin. I was matched with Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + which is made for those of us with combination skin. The formula is specifically designed to give moisture to places where you skin is thirsty and leave the areas alone that are doing well on their own.
As an extra step, I picked up Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. It's hard to believe that someone who is prone to breakouts didn't own a spot treatment, but I didn't. Call me old fashioned, but toothpaste was always my treatment of choice... yes... toothpaste. Laugh all you want, but it's actually really good for drying out spots, I swear! Anyways, I wanted something that would start working as soon as I felt a spot under my skin. This is where my new spot treatment comes in. As soon as I feel a spot under my skin or start to see redness that would indicate there's one brewing, I cover it with a thing layer of this gel. It acts as a sort of shield, keeping any bacteria out and confining the spot to itself. It's the perfect size for my handbag and can be used under/over makeup as it dries clear.
So, there you have it, my new skincare routine.
The icing on the cake of my Clinique experience is there after-care service. Not only was I set up with a profile so that my skin type, product history, etc could easily be pulled up at any Clinique counter, but I was promised I would receive a phone call the following week and again 3 weeks later to see how I was finding the products I was set up with. It's really nice to see that a brand actually cares about how their customers are finding their purchases and ready to re-think the program if a product isn't working for them!
After a few uses I can say that I' m really enjoying the program so far. Even though it's more products than I'm used to using, I'm really hopeful that I'll see results over the next few weeks!
Have you ever tried the 3-Step program?