Earlier this year I decided to mix up my skin care regime and decided to try the Clinique 3 step skin care system for dry-combination skin. The three step system consists of a liquid facial soap, clarifying lotion (a toner) and the dramatically different moisturiser.
These products are the first 'high end' skin care products I have tried and I chose Clinique because of their reputation and because their products are demagogically tested. In all honesty, I have really enjoyed using these three products and have been pleasantly surprised with the results.
The first product in the Clinique 3 step system is the liquid facial soap for dry-oily skin. The product comes in a generously sized 200ml bottle that has a pump which delivers the perfect amount of product without any wastage. The cleanser itself is a clear gel which lathers up beautifully with a bit of water. I love the feeling this product gives my skin. It makes my skin feel clean without stripping and making it feel dry. It also does not cause me any irritations which is always a huge bonus.
One thing I did not particularly enjoy about this product was the scent. The cleanser has a chemical scent which is not the best and I would prefer if it was not so strong. However, given that this product feels so lovely on my skin and makes my skin feel so soft and refreshed, I think it is only a small negative for such a great product. Finally, the cleanser retails at $29.00 which is not too bad given that you get quite a lot of product for the price.
The next product in the regime is the Clarifying Lotion which is basically a toner. The thing I really like about this toner is that it does not feel harsh on my skin. According to Clinique this product helps clear away pollution, dulling flakes for smooth, glowing skin. It is also meant to help minimise the appearance of pores.
This product comes in a huge 400ml bottle that lasts ages. It retails at $52.00 which is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way with this product so this bottle will last you at least 6 months.
The third product in the range is the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. This is a really lovely moisturiser that makes your skin feel so soft and smooth. The product is non greasy and light so it is perfect to apply underneath your foundation.
The only thing that this product lacks is sun protection. It does not contain any SPF so you need to make sure that you pair it up with a quality sunscreen during the day. A large 125ml bottle of this little beauty will set you back around $74 so it is pricey but it will last quite a while as well.
Overall, I have been using the Clinique 3 step system for around 6 months now and have really loved how the products do not feel harsh on my skin. The products also work well in balancing the moisture of my combination skin while also helping control the oil production on my t-zone.
The products are by a high end brand so they are not exactly cheap but they are still affordable and last a while.
Have you tried the Clinique 3 step system? What did you think of it?