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Great skin can be achieved!
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Advantages: it clears skin, helps get rid of blemishes, work brilliantly together, leaves skin soft, radiant+
Disadvantages: sometimes moisturising gel is not good enough for winter, may be too expensive for some
~~What is it?~~
The Clinique 3-step skin care is a special skin cair programme specially devised by Clinique in which there are 3 different 'steps' in order to achieve 'great skin'. Clinique are not the oly brand to do this special 3-step system and I have noticed it becoming more popular with other brands as No 7 have not bought one out and athough I have not tried these so I cannot comment I will not be trying these as to me Clinique is the far superior one and has been amazing for my skin!
In the set there are 3 items - a cleanser, toner/exfoliater and moisturiser. Though what I like is that you can be the set depending on your skin type, so the 3-step system will be designed to work with your skin and help any problem areas. They sell introduction kits, which I think is a great idea if you are wanting to try it out in which they all contain the 3-step system in smaller sizes and come in order to suit the following skin tones; *Skin Type 1* - Very dry to dry, *Skin Type 2* - Dry combination, *Skin Type 3* - Oily, *Skin Type 4*- Very Oily.
I personally used Skin Type 3, so this is the one that my review will mainlty be based upon, though each of the sets have slightly different things inside depending on you skin, for example you may recieve a lotion moisturiser if you have very dry skin, yet a gel moisturiser if you have oily, so the items differ in order to work alongside your skin!
~~What Clinique say / the claim~~
Just 3 minutes, morning and night, to see clear, smooth, radiant skin in about two weeks. Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise. Dermatologist-developed to meet your skin's needs and custom-fit by Skin Type. Works gently, each step enhancing the next.
~~Price and Avaliability~~
This differs mainly on what you buy. The full size items will cost you considerably more than the starter set will, however, the initial purchase will always be expensive and then you just have to repurchase which one runs out first (I tend to run out of the toner/clarifying lotion the quickest!).
The introductory set costs £20.00 and in it you recieve 50ml Liquid Facial Soap, 100ml Clarifying Lotion and 30ml Dramatically different moisturising gel. (These are the items you recieve in skin type 3.)
The full prices for these items are as followed:
Liquid Facial soap (200ml) £14.00
Clarifying Lotion (200ml) £15.00 OR (400ml) £24.00
Dramatically Different Moisturising gel (50ml - tube) £16.50 OR (125ml -with pump) £29.00
As you can probably tell it is not the cheapest skin care range, though I definitley feel it is one of the best and to me it is worth paying this - one thing I like is that you nearly always get free samples of other items from Clinique when purchasing there or you get a free fullsize item - they are currently offering a free duo lipstick worth £32 with certain purchases.
Clinique is avaliable online, clinique.co.uk, from Boots and there online store, along with places such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and other large department stores.
~~Using/Applying the products~~
I find the products all to be very simple and easy to use, they fit into my daily routine and I do not find that I have to put extra side to do this as to complete all 3 steps it only takes a couple of minutes!
--The Liquid Facial Soap--
This is very easy to use and I use it like I would any other face wash/scrub. The soap is almost clear in colour and has an ever so slight green tinge to it. It is quite runny and if you are not careful with it it could most likely be easily washed off your hands (I have done this before!). To use it states to start on the T-zone, then in circular motions to slowly work you way out, so this is what I do. I find it works up a very good, yet light lather. On the skin the facial soap feels really light and really strangely it actually feels moisturising. It is by no means harsh on the skin and feels really refreshing. I tend to have quite temperamental skin (teenager skin!) and find that is a product is too heavy or greasy it tends to leave my skin feeling tired or leaving it prone to a breakout, however, this soap is lovely and light and leaves almost no residue, whilst still being able to work deeply into the skin.
I tend to work this into my skin for a minute or so before then washing off, I also then wash off with cold water as the hot water that you wash with opens your pores to it is always a good idea to finish with cold water as this closes them. After washing it off there is no tingly / stinging sensation which my skin sometimes gets if the product is too harsh and my skin is left feeling smooth and soft. Alongside this product I do use a Clinique 'scrub' once a week aswell just to make sure my skin is getting a deep clean as I sometimes wonder whether the soap actually has exfoliating and good deep cleaning qualities.
The Calrifying Lotion is basically a toner and works in near enough the same way in that you apply it to cotton wool pads and apply after you have cleansed. It has all the qualities you would expect from a toner, in that is is liquid form and very runny. I use this product immediatley after I have used the previous as not only will this help to remove any impurities in my skin, it also helps to remove and cleanser or dirt left behind. I find this product to have a very different effect on my skin to the cleanser as although it feels very cool and refreshing, I also feel it feels slightly harsh on my skin and come sometimes make my eyes water. Though, it never actually makes my skin burn / sting, it is definitley not as soft or delicate to use as the cleanser. Nonetheless I do find it refreshing to use and when using it in the morning it definitley gives me that 'awake' feeling. When I am using this product my skin immediatley gets the feeling of being much cleaner and feels more radiant. This removes a lot of impurities / dirt from my skin as I often think I have removed everything from my skin when using the cleanser, however, I am always surprised to see the dirt left over from this on the cotton wool pad, which is why it is so important for the skin to be cleansed, toned and moisturised.
After using the product my skin feels really fresh and awake and still feels very soft and smooth, though I did find this to be harsher, it had be no way left it feeling damaged or had dryed out the skin.
--Dramatically Different Moisturising gel--
Due to my skin being of the slightly 'oily' skin type in my set I recieved the moisturising gel opposed to the lotion, this is so that it is lighter on my skin and will be less likely to clog up my pores or cause even more oils. The moisturising gel is a yellow in colour, though it is a slightly pale yellow and if you compare it to the moisutrising lotion then it looks considerably lighter. It is slightly runny and feels very light and 'clean' to the touch and does not have the same greasiness or thickness to it that other moisturisers can sometimes have. I again use this product straight after the previous and work it into my skin in circular motions. The gel feels very light on the skin, yet at the same time is able to moisturise the skin leaving it feel soft and smooth. Due to this product being very light, my skin feels very awake and radiant after it being applied and does not feel weighty in the slightest.
The only problem I have with this product is that in the winter, my skin sometimes gets very dry on my forehead and I find that the 'gel' texture of this in not quite good enough in order to cope with this so I do find I have to buy a moisturising lotion, opposed to the gel and use this for a month or two over that period, despite this I find that this product works well on my skin and works in sync with all the other products!
~~Results/ How did my skin look~~
I was thorougly impressed with how my skin looked after using this set and the difference in the overall condition and appearance of my skin is amazing! The first time I used the products I noticed a difference, not in the softness or clarity of my skin, but of how radiant it looked and it had a lovely weightless feeling to it!
It took around a week and a half for me to notice the real differences in the appearance of my skin and over this time I could see that my skin was clearing up and was developing a more even skin tone. My skin felt very soft and smooth to the touch and it was nowhere near as oily as it once was and did not have the same 'shiny' appearance. After around 3 weeks of using these products religously day and night is when my skin really started to appear really clear and even in tone. I really loved the fact that it never really felt dry and neither did it ever really feel oily and the Clinique 3-step system had somehow manage to balance out these two factors.
I am often prone to have breakouts, though since using this product I have had very few and if I do they are only very minor. Even after a year or so of using this product my skin has not become 'use' to it and therefore gone back to it's old ways, but the products still work as good now as they have always done! I am so happy with what these products have been able to achieve and I definitley feel a lot more confident in myself with clearer skin as although my skin was never what you would catergorise as being 'bad' it was definitley not the best which just goes to show that Clinique is right in saying 'great skin can be created!'.
I do notice that if I sometimes miss out on the first step (if I am feeling lazy!) and just use the lotion and moisturising gel then the results are not the same and my skin does not feel as good. The results are especially noticable in the morning if I did not do any of the steps at night then I will wake up and my skin will feel tired and 'groggy' like and I may even have a breakout. Therefore, I would say that the products definitley work, but only alongside each other and have to be used every morning and evening in order to see the best results!
~~How long will it last/ Is it good value for money?~~
The products all seem to last me a different period of time. The Clarifying Lotion seems to run out the fastest and lasts me between 3 and 4 months with daily use, every morning and night, whereas the liquid facial was last me between 8 and 10 months with daily use, every morning and night. I prefer the fact they they run out at different times as it means that every so many months I have to go in and buy all 3 products which would be very expensive in one go. I know that the cost is very high, though I do think they are good value for money. They are still more expensive than other brands, though they do last you a decent period of time before needing to repurchase and not only this but they also work and really improved my skin, which to me means that they are very good value for money!
~~Overall / Would I recommend~~
Overall, I love this 3-step system! It has helped improve my skin significantly and although I often thing that people are either blessed with good, clear skin or are unlucky and have slightly worse skin, I definitley beliee that this system can help anyone to achieve good skin. The most difficult bit is probably deciding what *Skin Type* to get as sometimes we can often mistake the type of skin we think we have for something else, however, the ladies at the counter are very helpful and are more than willing to talk you through your skin type in order to see what products will work best for you.
There is no doubt in the fact that I will recommend this product! I know the price may seem a little off putting for most people, especially the full size costs so I would recommend starting with the introductory kits just to make sure you have selected the right type for you in order for you to see the results for yourself! The initial purchase will always be the most expensive, though to me it is definitley worth it and I often buy mine from Boots as they always seem to have a selection of free mini samples they give you, along with that you can also collec Advantage Card points!
Summary: Great skin can be achieved!