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My daily routine
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Member Name: xmum2threex
Clinique 3-Step Skin System
Advantages: Really good results
Disadvantages: Bit harsh in winter months
**Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (step 1 )**
I always thought you should not use any soap on your face so I was a bit hesitant to use this but as I was following a system I decided to give it a go and I am glad that I did .This packaging of this is great as it is a simple to use simply by squeezing the tube a small amount comes out. It claims to be 100% fragrance free as do all of their products however there is a scent and this smells rather floral but still has a chemical clean smell to it which I am not too fond off but it is very light and fades away as soon as it is rinsed.
I really like this I find it really helps with my skin it is very easy to use and only takes a few minutes. When you begin to work the soap between your hands with a tiny amount of water it really builds up a nice lather. The soap has silky feel to it and is the perfect consistency so it is not to thin and falls through your fingers but not too thick so that it feels heavy and is difficult to build in to a lather. I find there is no tightness after I use this product which I tend to find with similar soaps. You only need a small amount of the product and then either really wet your face before you begin to massage your skin or add a little water with the product in your hands and rub them together until the lather builds. This did not dry my skin out in the slightest and my oily t zone felt a little better but it is certainly not an over drying product which is great.
I like to remove my make up if using it in the evening and then I find it removes the excess makeup really well I spend a minute or so washing my face with this and the makeup comes away without any problem. As soon as I use this on my face and rinse it off with some water I can tell the difference my skin feels a lot cleaner and provides a nice deep clean feel. It leaves no film cover on my face and there is no sign of the product once rinsed away which is a major advantage for me. It is best to use this product morning and night which is what I tend to do as part of the three point system suggested by Clinique and it does leave your skin feeling clean as promised on the bottle.
**Clinique Clarifying Lotion (Step 2)**
This is basically a toner with extra exfoliating properties and when I first used it on my skin I was worried it was going to be a little harsh and nearly gave up using it. It has a screw top lid which reveals the open neck of the bottle so to use I apply it to a cotton wool ball and I only need to tip it up once with the cotton wool bud covering the opening for the pad to be completely soaked. Then work from my t zone outwards in circular motions working it into the skin.
It smells like chemical's and is really strong which I do not like in the slightest. The first week that I used it made my skin tingle a little and slightly felt like it was burning my skin, I was worried it was too much but after the first week of use this wore off and as my skin got used to the product and I began to see the results it was perfect. After further use I could still feel where I had used the lotion by a light tingle of the skin but it was nowhere near as intense as when I first used it.I have combination skin and I find this lotion perfect for helping to clear the skin and remove excess oil from my t zone area. I was a little worried that because it removes the excess oil from your skin that it may be a little drying but even when used without the Clinique moisturiser I really find my skin is fine no dryness or tightness.
After I use this clarifying lotion my skin looks more radiant with a more even skin tone and my pours are visibly smaller. My skin does feel a little tight but not uncomfortable just a nice clean feeling. I do find this toner is a little too much for the winter months as I find it is a little too strong and almost stings the skin so I tend to change to a regular toner when it is extra cold outside but other than that this is great for everyday use. Even when I cleanse my skin everyday this lotion seems to find its way into my pours and remove makeup and muck every single time without fail and I think it is due to the extra exfoliating properties that it works so much better than other toners.
Although while using this lotion I rarely have break outs I do find when I do if I swipe this product of the area needed then it really does make a difference at reducing the spots not only in appearance but it also removes any irritation I may have. Since using this lotion my skin has dramatically improved both in appearance and the feel of it and this is probably my most loved product of the three. This is the harsher toner of the three as my sister in law uses the number 2 of this set and I was extremely worried when the lady at the counter suggested this would be the best for me after testing my skin type. I'm not sure if that is why I felt like giving up with the lotion in the first week but after that it has caused no irritation to my skin and I love it as it provides a deep clean each and every time I use it. My only downside is I wish there was some sort of stopper to reduce the flow of the liquid as I am really clumsy and a few times I have knocked it over and the product tips out so easily and it can end up being an expensive mistake.
**Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (Step 3)**
The moisturiser is the final of the three sets and because I have combination skin I was give the gel which is oil free so my skin can still receive the moisture it needs in the dry areas without cloggy it up with more oil. It comes in a squeeze tube bottle meaning I can use the product very easily and although it is a little watery it is not too thin so that it falls through your hand.
This has a slight smell but not as strong as the other two products and it disappear as soon as it dries's into the skin. I absolutely love this moisturiser I have never found a product that can match it and have I tried lots of different products. What I love about it is it is so versatile I find As soon as I use this my skin feels so much more hydrated yet it provides this finish without it being heavy on my skin or clogging up my pours which I tend to find with other products.
My skin feels a lot softer after using this and my cheeks feel more moisturised which is the area that is usually rather dry. I also find that I can use this as a day cream as it is very light and leaves no residue at all after use but it hydrates my skin enough to also be a night cream so I use the same product for both. Again you only need a small amount of the product and it is very easy to smooth all over you face. Then it sinks in almost instantly and dry's quickly meaning you do not need to sit around waiting for it to dry before you can get ready for the day or go to bed.
**Summary and prices**
I realise it works out better to buy the bigger bottle but my sister in law has a number of problems using the glass bottles so I prefer to buy the travel versions of this set. In the gift sets you get still get the half size products but they come in squeeze tubes which are a lot easier to use and I find these big enough to last for a few months.I love these products as I have very sensitive skin and never had a problem with any of them causing a reaction. My skin has really improved while using this system and although I have other products I always find myself coming back to these. I would highly recommend them to anyone they may be a little more expensive compared to similar products but the results are very noticeable.
I do find all of the products in the system are best used together as these provide the best results I have used each product separately and they do work well but nowhere near as well as when you follow the three point system they suggest. Always remember your skin may get worse in the first two weeks of using this system although I never found that at all. I found my skin became progressively better and better and it continues working. I found it best to go in store to make sure I selected the right products as there is variation for different skin types but there is also a section on the website that will help you identify which number system you will need. You only need a small amount of each product so it last for a fair amount of time.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap £15 200ml pump bottle
Clinique Clarifying Lotion £16 for 200ml £25 for 400ml
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion 50ml tube £17 125ml bottle £29.50
Gift set which includes
50ml Liquid Facial Soap
100ml Clarifying Lotion
30ml Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel £20
Summary: A great skin care routine from Clinique