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Excellent skincare but at a price - Intro Kit Skin Type 2
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Member Name: bush1
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Advantages: Provides soft smotth skin, cleans well
Disadvantages: Expensive - Moisturiser bottle is a silly design
My mother always told me as a child that I should moisturise on a regular basis. Throughout my teens and early twenties, I moisturised occasionally when I could be bothered, but now fast approaching 30, I decided I should be a bit more serious about it. I wear very little make-up, but try to buy relatively decent brands when I do, and Clinique was one of the first ones I bought. I therefore considered them whilst looking for a new moisturiser. Whilst browsing the shelves, a nice lady asked if I wanted to have a skincare consultation which I thoight - 'Why not?' so found myself answering bizarre questions whilst she prodded my skin before announcing I was a skin type 2. She suggested I tried their 3-step system and did a trial on me and showed me all the products. When I heard the price (between £50 and £60), I baulked and said I'd think about it, but then realised I could buy a trial -type kit for a fraction of the cost (£20) so went ahead and bought it on my next visit.
Clinique's philosophy is 'Great Skin Can Be Created'. Their products are supposed to be dermatologically developed, allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. They try to custom-fit different skin types and as a result during the consultation the lady worked out which skin type I was. They have 4 skin types ranging from dry to oily; type 2 is dry combination. This is the product I am reviewing.
--- The 3-step system:
Clinique recommend that you cleanse, tone and moisturise using their 3-step system twice a day. They advertise that it is 3 minutes out of your day to get great skin. The 3 steps include in my pack are a liquid facial soap (mild), a clarifying lotion, and a bottle of dramatically different moisturising lotion. The system is supposed to clean your skin without drying it and then rehydrate it and provide a base for other treatments to be used on, or for make-up. You are supposed to be able to see a difference in your skin in just two weeks.
In this trial pack, the soap is 50 ml. It comes in a green bottle which stands on its lid so that the liquid comes out easily from the flip lid. You are supposed to use this first to remove the dirt from your face. It comes out as a clear liquid which can be rubbed into your face and then washed off before going on to the next step. I don't find that my skin feels that different after using this, but it definitely removes the dirt well!
This comes in a bottle of 100 ml and is a purple colour in the bottle. This is to be wiped across the face to remove any other impurities and dead skin cells and is apparently the 'difference maker'. I use this on a cotton wool pad and have found that my skin feels a lot cleaner and softer after using it. It tingles slightly when you put it on and really hurts if you get it in a cut (!) but feels really nice on your skin once it soaks in.
---Dramatically Different Moisturising lotion:
The one that come in skin type 2 is a lotion and comes in a very annoying 30 ml bottle. It is a small square bottle with a screw lid and you have to tip it to get the lotion out. You can't squeeze it as the bottle is quite solid so I have found the best way to get it out is to shake the bottle first and then you can just tap it onto your finger to get it out. I have read reviews about this product where people have complained about it not being very good but I have found it to work well in conjunction with the other steps. On its own, it sits on top of the skin and doesn't soak in, but with the other steps as well, it makes the skin smooth and soft.
I have been using this for nearly a month now and have been pleased with the results so far. I don't always have time for a full use of these products so once a day I miss out the facial soap and just use the other two. My skin feels so much softer now as a result of using these and the wrinkles on my forehead (frown lines!) have definitely reduced in appearance. I have not had any outbreaks of spots whilst using this and I am very happy to use it. The soft smooth feeling lasts all day which is nice at the end of a long day. My biggest complaint with this it the moisturiser bottle as I do feel it is a silly design and I can imagine that when I get to the bottom of it I will find it hard to get any out. Other than that though, I feel very happy with my purchase. I think it will last me for at least two months but if you use it religiously every day it might not last as long. For £20, I feel that it is a good buy for the effect it has had and I would probably buy it again or purchase the individual products as they run out. 4 stars for me as I can't give it it 5 because of that silly bottle...
Summary: Worth a try for soft smooth skin