I found that I was starting to break-out more often lately, so I decided to go see the doctor about my skin. He recommended going to Clinique to buy their products. The three step system, which they are known for. I was greeted by one of the clerks, and I told her what I was interested in. She was very nice, and seemed to be genuinely interested in helping me out. She helped me go through the process of picking out the right system. She was helpful in this because if I would have been doing it myself I probably would have picked the wrong product. For example when they asked how often I broke-out I thought I would pick often, but she said that often was for someone who had a major acne problem, and that I should go with either rare or occasional. I was given the mild bar, which comes in a nice clinique green case, to keep clean. She instructed me on how to use it. Lather it with my hands part dry, etc. She also told me that if I used it on my back to make sure that I didn't use the bar directly on my back skin because it could transfer the bacteria onto my face. I wasn't sure which claryifying lotion I should get, because I have sensitive skin, so she gave me a test to make-sure I wasn't gettting a lotion to strong for me. It felt nice and cool, and she said that the menthol feeling was normal. She showed me the swab and then told me that all the little black dots were dead skin cells. Gross! Since I already had a different moisturizer, I decided to wait before purchasing theirs, but once mine is gone I will definitley buy it. It's been three weeks since I've had the products, and they are working great. They made me break-out a little at first, but after those first few days, my skin has cleared up amazingly. I have no zits and my black heads are going away. My skin also feels much smoother. My mom has even noticed a diferrence and is going to get the system for herself on her next paycheck. It is a bit pricey, but t
he soap lasts forever [the lady said it should last 8 months] and it's good quality. An added bonus is it's unscented. They have a new product for body ance, which comes in a spry can, so it's can easily reach problem areas, which I am thinking of buying after seeing the effects their other products have had.
I was wondering through the beauty department of Fraser’s and thought I had managed to avoid the vulture-like sales assistants. As I had made it half way through the store and there was not even one-“Can I help you”. Until suddenly there was a quick shuffling and a stool was thrust under me and I found myself sitting at the Clinique stand opposite a mirror and a sales assistant. Before I could say the words “I am going to miss my train” I was covered in what seemed like half of the Clinique stock. The sales assistant gasping on what a radical transformation had taken place, it seemed she had plastered as much make-up as possible in the hope that I would at least like something. This face was going to cost a small fortune. I listened to her beauty school banter politelyas she talked of replenishing the deeper core of my skin, neutralising the skin etc. Only this time she had won as I gave in to several Clinique products which I promise you are excellent. Will not go on too much at the risk of sounding too much like one of these sales assistants. All I will say is a lot of the products do what they say on the packet and are excellent and at a fair price. Also brillant for sensitive skins. I especially recommend the dramatically different moisturiser which smoothes the skin without looking too shiny at £24 for 125ml. So go on let them give you the banter if only to get some great products.
After years of bad skin and trying out heaps of lotions and potions to banish it, I decided to invest in the 3 step system from Clinique. The assistant told me it would clear up my spots, reduce the oiliness round my nose area, and make my blackheads disappear - painting an attractive picture of myself here! After having my skin tested, I got myself a small sample set to make sure I wasn't going to react badly to it - but as I was told my skin would get worse before it got better (should settle down after about a week), it was hard to see how I was supposed to know from using this small amount whether it was right for me or not. But I wasn't allergic (the range is supposed to be suitable for everyone, one type or another) so when I found it was "Bonus Time" one day, I bought the whole set of type 2 (for combination skin) in the smaller sizes. I have been using it for about 8 weeks now, with mixed results. At the time I wasn't bothered to find out that as well as the facial soap, you also need to use a cleanser before that if you wear make-up - now I'm finding it a bit time-consuming taking off first eye make-up, then removing make-up from my skin, then washing with Clinique soap, then using the Clarifying lotion (the fumes from it make my eyes water!), and finally the moisturiser. My skin generally is looking a little better than before I started using these products - it's a little smoother, and a bit clearer - but it hasn't worked miracles. I still have obvious (I think they're obvious!) blackheads on my nose, I still get very oily skin over my nose area, and yes, I still get what I can only describe as an unfairly large dose of spots plastered across my chin on a regular basis. I don't think I set my hopes too high when I bought the products, as I was only hoping for a noticeable improvement, not necesarily movie-star skin. But for sticking religiously to all the advice and directions given to me by t
he assistant and on the packaging itself, I just feel like I want a bit more to show for my efforts and money.
Please be aware that this op is about the clinique 3 step skin care routine and not the whole Clinique range :o) It is a well known fact (or, rather, perhaps, a well-informed assumption) that beautiful people have beautiful skin. Would a spot ever dare to invade Jennifer Lopez's face? No, of course not! And would Jennifer Anniston ever be seen with bags or dark circles under her eyes? Good grief, no! Well for us mere mortals who are not blessed with perfect features and a flawless complexion...is there any hope? Well, yes, actually there is! And it comes in the shape of Clinique's 3-step skin care routine (Mild Facial Soap; Clarifying Lotion and Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion). The quest for radiant-looking skin has been that bit more taxing for me since I have very sensitive skin which cries out if I dare to use the wrong product. However, thanks to the lovely people at Allders, I managed to blag myself some Clinique skin care samples. Having had the skin analysis to determine my "type", I was fortunate enough to receive the appropriate products to try out. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The first time I used the products, I noticed a visible difference. My skin felt smoother, cleaner and fresher. Unlike some products than can leave the skin feeling taut, this left behind a more toned effect. After using up the samples, I wasted no time in accosting more of the products. To reap the full benefits from this 3 step skin care routine, it is recommended that you use all 3 consecutively: firstly you use the facial soap to cleanse and soften your skin. It is fragrance free and suitable for even the most sensitive of skins - there are 3 different bars available: Extra Mild; Mild and Oily (which one you require is entirely dependent upon your skin type). I have very sensitive skin and use the mild one. I find it most effective to use a facial buffer sponge (from The Body Shop) to get a really good lather from the s
oap and then gently massage the face and neck area. Like with all soaps, you have to be careful not to get this in your eye as despite it being mild, it will most likely sting! It is also important to rinse it all off properly. Once done, you can apply the Clarifying Lotion which I found to be the most effective product of the trio. Whilst it looks like a glorified toner, this does its job - and does it well. You only need a small amount applied to a cotton wool pad/ball to polish and de-flake the skin and unclog those pores, thus ensuring a smooth base for your moisturiser and your makeup. The only downside to the product is its smell. It is actually fragrance free but there is definitely a noticeable scent to it, although of what I can't be sure. Admittedly, it isn't the nicest smelling lotion but unless you drown yourself in it, it really isn't that obvious! I think if you use it fairly sparingly it should be fine, and your skin will still get that nice smooth fresh feeling. I personally don't use it all the time, (which is recommended) but instead just use it when my skin needs a bit of a "lift". As with the facial soap, the Clarifying Lotion has 4 different varieties so that the consumer can obtain the most appropriate product for their skin type. Lotion #1 is suitable for sensitive skin; #2 for normal to oily; #3 for oily; and #4 for very oily skins. The Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion is housed in a small 50ml sized bottle and is yellow in colour. It has a nice, creamy consistency to it and is easy to apply. As with the above two items, it is fragrance free and I can't really detect any scent emanating from it. You only need use this sparingly, in particular on dry areas of the face and neck in which it is most effective, and it does last a considerable amount of time. Price-wise, products cost between £8.50-£11 for the Facial Soap; £12+ for the Clarifying Lotion and £14+ for the Dramatica
lly Different Moisturising Lotion. Although a little pricey, these products do go a long way and if you were to splash out then I would say the best buy would be the Clarifying Lotion. One more point that I would make is, before you do purchase any, find out your skin type first. You can either pop in to a large Boots store, or department store, and get a quick analysis or go to .clinique.co.uk and find out there! (Click on "Which products are right for you?") Lastly, as mentioned above, Clinique products are available from large Boots stores, Boots online (wellbeing.com) and large department stores. ©Weeping_Willow, 2002
I've always had problem skin, very oily; prone to spots, highly sensitive and very allergic. All my life I've stuck to a very simple routine of Imperial Leather and Nivea cold cream simply because it was the only stuff that didn't bring me out in a dirty great big rash. I put up with the little blackheads on the tip of my nose and those tiny little white spots on the chin and gave up trying to wear make-up regularly. Well, it came to a point I'd had enough. A friend with, lovely, lovely skin recommended Clinique to me and I decided I'd dig deep into my fluff filled pockets and get myself some of this so called magic. You can buy Clinique in a number of places, department stores such as John Lewis', House of Fraiser and Debenhams. It is also available in Larger boots stores. The staff wear white lab coats which make them appear very knowledgeable but they also have that weird pancake make-up thing going on that really makes me distrust their advice on how to look after my skin. With this in mind I decided to check out the boots website wellbeing.com. There's no direct link on the site so I typed in Clinique in the search box and told it to look in 'shop and info' this resulted in 100 Clinique product and the Clinique boutique home page which is where I went. On the Home page you get the option of: Product Directory Which products are right for you? Clinique at a glance Whast new? For men only Tips library. I chose which products are right for me, this took me to three further options: Skin typing, Foundation Finder, Hairtyping. I chose skin typing, this took me to a short questionnaire asking. Eye colour (Blue, Green grey or golden, Hazel, Brown or Black) Natural Hair Colour (Blond, Red, Light Brown, Dark brown or black) Skin colour without sun protection (Always burns, Burns then Tans, Tans, Tans easily
) Skin colour without suntan (Very fair, Moderately fair, medium, Dark or olive) Pore size (Invisible, Small, Medium, Large) Tendency to break out (Never, Rarely, occasionally, Frequently) Oiliness Vs Dryness (Dry or Quite dry, oily in areas, Oily, Very oily) Surface facial lines (Many, Several, few, Very few) You can choose results for women or men. When you've answered all these you are given a skin condition and a skin strength, which combined make you skin type. The type is explained and basic advice on choosing make-up is given. On the basis on this was recommended three product which fit into the 3 step system Step 1 Cleanse: using Clinique soap. Mine was oily skin formula soap: 100g £8.50 150g £11.00 The soap comes in its own soap dish, which is more a soap case really. It has a slightly medicinal smell to it and works up to a nice lather. It didn't over dry my skin and left me with that really clean feeling you only ever get with soap. Step 2 Exfoliate: Using clarifying lotion 4 200ml £13.50 400ml £21.00 This comes in a good sturdy bottle and mine was fragrance free. I found it quite astringent, but I'm used to it now. Looking at the cotton wool after use you can really see it doing the job (its all a bit gross to me honest) Step 3 Moisturise: Using dramatically different lotion. 50ml £14.00 125ml £19.60 Comes in a small plastic bottle it's a pleasing pale yellow colour. A little goes a very long way, which is just as well given the price. It left my skin nice and supple without any greasiness. And so I've been using this for a couple of weeks now. I was a little alarmed after the first few days as all the little spots, which had been hiding under my skin, broke out and I looked very, very pink. This lasted a few days and ha
ve now all gone. For the most part my skin is now close to something it hasn't been since I was about 12, clear. I have also found that my skin is grease free for most of the day when I go without make-up. I've hardly made a dent in the soap or the clarifying lotion and expect them to last a good few months yet. About a quarter of the moisturiser (I bought the small one) has gone so I will have to restock in around six weeks. Cliniques range includes: Make up Special skin care products (anti ageing, anti blemish etc) Body care Hair care Products for men Sun care and fragrances. Prices range from around £8 (shampoo and conditioner) to £42.50 (Happy perfume spray) I haven't used these so I can't honestly give an opinion or recommendation but I would recommend taking a look at least.
Cosmetics and blokes don't really go together in most peoples minds. Except that we all use certain things don't we? Shaving foam maybe? Deoderant (if that doesn't mean anything to you and no-one seems to like you head for Boots!), spot of after shave now and then? So here's the scoop - when my flatmate wasn't looking I nicked a bit of his Clinique facial scrub to try - for the uninitiated we're talking about a face wash with what feels like little bits of grit mixed in so it really feels like you're scrubbing away. It left me with a strange tingly feeling - and clean skin! Reading through FHM (okay looking at the pictures!) I noticed the grooming awards gave Clinique's Aloe shaving gel the top award. Now I have sensitive skin and Clinique is designed with that in mind. Wandering through the duty free one day, I spotted a special 3 for the price of 2 deal. Having tried one product and had one recommended I thought "I'm having some of that!". I picked up a bottle of the post shave soother as the third item as I know I'm prone to dry skin. It seemed a little bit pricey at the time but consider this: women spend tons on cosmetics - its best not to ask as you'll do yourself damage either laughing or crying depending on who foots the bill; likewise the bottle of soother and the scrub which I bought in April I'm still using which I reckon makes it good value for money! The scrub is best used a couple of times a week - certainly don't need it every day. It gets rid of crap like blackheads and generally leave you feeling shiny and new. The shave gel, is smooth and cool and better than anything else which I've used - I couple it up with a Mach 3 and it keeps me smooth and kissable which is lucky as women appear to appreciate well looked after skin. I top off with a little of the moisturiser after shaving which is an excellent finishing touch.
I have used tons of other products to keep my skin in order - its gets dry and it gets spotty. This is the first time I've been happy with a product and I intend to keep on using it. There is a lot of other stuff in the range which I haven't tried but if the three products that I've used up til now are an indication, it should be the biz! So the message is - shed your prejudices, open your wallet and just as you would invest in a new suit, shoes or after shave, get yourself some decent skin care products coz its a complete package that you're selling!
Clinique is a 3-step skin care system which I believe has been available for a few years now. I was first introduced to clinque by my mother, who said that she had visited one of the counters and received some freebies – a facial soap, some clarifying lotion and some moisturising lotion. I decided to try this out for myself as it was free (and being a student, you don’t often turn down many free things) and so visited the clinique counter at ‘Boots’. The lady on the counter was extremely helpful and explained to me what these new products were all about. Basically, there are three different steps to the care system, as mentioned above – Firstly there is the facial soap which is used to cleanse your skin. Once you have applied the soap and rinsed, you then come to the second step, which is to apply clarifying lotion. This is to de-flake your skin. You sweep the lotion over your skin with, say a cotton ball, and then you come to the third step which is to use the moisturising lotion to smooth your skin. This process is said to take just three minutes (if you have seen the adverts then you will be familiar with this), but of course you can take as long as you wish. You are advised to do this twice a day every day. However, it is not as simple as just picking up a soap/bottle/lotion. It is even better than this- there are different types of soap/lotions. When you visit the clinique counter, you are asked a set of questions, from which the answers you give are used to determine what skin type you are, hence what products are most suitable for you. I am skin type 1/11, which means that I have cleansing lotion number 2, but a person with a different skin type may be given cleansing lotion number 1 or 3. The questions you are asked are as follows; each has four answers, from which you choose the one closest to your description (the assistant will help you with anything that you are unsure of): What is th
e colour of your eyes? What is your natural hair colour? What is your skins response to the sun without ant special sun protection? What is your natural skin colouring? What is your pore size? Do you have a tendency to breakout? Oiliness of skin versus dryness? Do you have any surface facial lines? For example, for question 4, you have the option of choosing very fair, moderately fair, medium or dark/olive. From the answers given, you will find a regular pattern of skin type. From my personal experience I can say that this is most definitely something worth trying. You receive a fair size sample of the products (7g of soap, 8ml of clarifying lotion and 4ml of moisturising lotion), and after all it’s free, so what do you have to loose? Everyone who I have spoken to think it’s great, and have always had excellent customer service. If there is a downside to clinique, it is that to buy the products in large, it can be very costly: Facial soap: 150g - £12.00 Clarifying lotion: 400ml – £21.00 200ml - £13.50 Moisturising lotion: 125ml -£24.50 50ml-£14.00 However, it really works! After using the 3 products, my face feels and looks so much better. My skin is softer than before and the clarifying lotion really does get rid of a lot of dirt which you didn’t realise was there. It is also fantastic at removing make-up. Definitely recommended!
As dermatology is my field I'd like to share a few tips with you as I know that the temptation of getting a tan for a fair skin person is usually irresistable but could be very dangerous. Now before you do that there are a few important things that you should know about your skin type and the products you use.First of all you should know you skin type.There are broadly 6 skin types, 1 is that never tans but always burn , 2 is that sometimes tans and usually burns, 3 is always tans and some time burns, 4 is that always tans and never burns, Then 5 and 6 are the darker skins which are not at risk usually. Now you should try to put yourself in one of the above catagories and then determine what sun prorection and precautions you need. There are basically two types of sun screens,The chemical ones that absorbs the Ultrvoilet radiation mainly UVR B and Physical ones that reflects UVR A and B. The chemical ones are more commonly used because they are cosmeticaly more acceptable and transperant But you must keep it in mind that if you are skin type 1 or 2 or sensetive to UVR A or your skin is allergic to cosmetics and other things then you must use the physical sun screens as they are less reactive and give protection against UVR A which the chemical ones don't. As a general rule one should always keep in mind the following points. You should always have sun protection between 11 AM and 3 PM even if the weather is cloudy because the intensity of UVR is same no matter what in the form of Hat, proper clothing and sun screens.At places which are reflective you need more protection like snow and water.For skin type 1 and 2 you need sun screen with sun protection factor of at least 25 or above.While on long sunny vacation refresh your sun screen frequently.A few good medically recommended sun screens are UVISTST ULTRABLOCK 30, ROC Total sunblock cream (SPF 25) and SUN E 45 cream (SPF 25) . These all give protection against both UVR A and B.
This is a very broad subject and these are just a few tips which may help you. Cheers.
I went into boots today and noticed an offer that they had on for Clinique and as I am such a sucker for such freebies I had to investigate. Basically upon purchasing two or more products from clinique you were entitled to a free gift but what’s the free gift I here you cry? Well actually it’s EIGHT!!! free gifts. The box contained samples of different products from the clinique range and they include, 7 day Scrub cream rinse off formula 30ml, Dramatically different moisturising lotion 15ml, Anti gravity firming cream 7ml, Blended face powder 4.2g, long lasting lipstick 4g (in heather moon), Gloss wear SPF8 2.4g (air kiss), Clinique Happy perfume spray 4ml and a retractable lip brush in a shiny silver case. See what I mean great huh?!? When you purchase your two clinique products you are asked your skin type i.e.; oily, dry or combination and some of the products in your gift box will differ depending on your skin type mine is combination. I don’t normally buy from clinique but it has been recommended to me by lots of people so I thought why not I’d just been paid and wanted to splurge on myself. The two products I bought to qualify for the free gift were, naturally glossy mascara and long last lipstick both of which I have tried since I got home and am very satisfied the mascara cost £11.00 and really adds length and thickness to my eyelashes and the lipstick cost £10.50 and its really creamy and feels like silk on your lips, so far its stayed on all day so it does as it says! I know some people might think that I may have wasted £21.50 today just to get the free gifts but I needed some lipstick and mascara and although I wouldn’t normally use clinique I now think that it would be worth investing. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and I definitely feel that I haven’t been ripped off and have instead stumbled upon a great deal!!
I have been using this 3 Step Skin Care system for the best part of five years now. I think it is brilliant. If you've never used it and want to give it a go here's a guide to help you. Go to any Clinique counter - these can be found in any department stores - Debenhams, Rackhams, and even larger Boots. I know that the assistants at these counters can seem slightly patronizing but it will be worth it in the end! The assistant will take you through a consultation; this is to find out what type of skin you have so that the 3-Step system can be tailored to your individual needs. You will be asked the following questions: * What colour eyes do you have? * What is the natural colour of you hair? * How does you skin react to the sun without protection? * What is your skin’s natural colour (without a suntan)? * What is your pore size? (By this they mean what size are your pores on your face) * Do you have a tendency to breakout? (Do you get a lot of spots - best not to go near the time of the month!)? * Is your skin oily or dry or a combination of both? * How many facial lines do you have? They will put the answers to these questions on a special chart, which will then determine which types of the system you require. The 3 Step system is made up of three products (no you don't say!) which are: Clinique Facial Soap This comes in three strengths - Extra Mild, Mild and Extra Strength. Extra mild - for very sensitive skin that is quite dry Mild - for sensitive skin that is usually combination (oily and dry) Extra Strength - for very oily skin prone to breakouts. This comes in a bar with it's own dish. The soap has no real smell and produces a good lather. This dish is very useful if you are going on holiday. You use the soap as you would any other soap - just lather up, wash and rinse. This soap works better on skin free of makeup so use a
makeup remover before washing your face. Next comes Clarifying Lotion This comes in two sizes - 6.7 fl oz and 13.5 fl oz. The larger size is better value for money. It comes in five strengths - Mild, 1,2,3,4 Mild is for super sensitive skin ranging to lotion 4 which removes nail varnish (I kid you not!) The smell is rather off putting, as it smells quite clinical. You use this after you have washed and dried you face. Put a little lotion on a cotton wool pad and wipe it over your skin using one stroke only per area. Remember to keep away from the eye area. This lotion acts as an exfoliator removing dead skin cells and priming the skin for moisturising. Finally use Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. This comes in two sizes - 4 fl oz and 1.7 fl oz. It is yellow in colour and is quite runny but doesn't have any smell to it. You only need a small amount. Apply it to your face after the clarifying lotion. Because this moisturiser has been formulated for use after clarifying it should sink into your skin without a trace leaving it soft and smooth. You can buy the 3 Step Skin Care System as a pack, which reduces the cost. This system really is value for money at around £35.00 for the 3 items they will last a good six months if used in the correct amounts. I noticed a difference in my skin after about three weeks’ continuous use, and I can tell the difference immediately if I don't use it every day. Brilliant system, value for money and most importantly nice skin to boot!
The Clinique range is without doubt one of the best, if not the best range of hypo allergenic products on the market. They offer hair products, makeup products, skin care and fragrance for both men and women. These are a bit more expensive than Superdrug or Boots own products but the quality is excellent. They are no where near the extortionate price you have to pat for the likes of Lancome, etc. If you go to the Clinique counter in a large department store like House of Fraser or Debenhams the assistant will be able to advise on products that are suitable for your skin type and colouring. If you are making a major purchase make sure you ask for sample products. These are available but you usually have to ask. They are quite happy to give you these because if you find the samples useful they stand a good chance of future business from you. The Clinique range is always up to date and you can purchase it in all major department stores. The products are competitively priced when you take into account the quality. If you can't see what you want in the range on the counter make sure you ask. The complete range is sure to have something to offer and the assistant is trained to advise you.