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It is approaching the time of year where I make an effort to use up all the toiletries in my bathroom in preparation for all the new goodies that I get for Christmas. This was one of the items that I had sitting around in my bathroom. I had bought a starter kit of the Clinique 3 step programme a few months back, but only really used the toner and the moisturiser, as I preferred using a facial scrub.
As mine is the smaller 50ml tube, I can't comment on the packaging of the full sized 200ml version. The full sized version does come with a pump action bottle which is supposed to dispense the exact amount needed, but this does also mean there is some wastage at the bottom of the bottle.
The liquid soap is clear coloured and there isn't much of a scent to this soap, it just has a clean, fresh smell in my opinion. Clinique do say that their skincare is fragrance free, so it doesn't irritate your skin.
To use this
Firstly, lather Soap between palms using tepid water. Then Massage over face and throat and rinse thoroughly.
Follow with Steps 2 and 3: the appropriate Clarifying Lotion for your skin type, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel.
For best results it is recommended that you use this twice daily.
I made the mistake when I first used this of squeezing a pea sized amount onto my hand and then lathering it up. It meant that I was left with too much of a lather and I felt as though I was wasting the product.
The soap lathers up really easily and a small amount produces a rich, creamy lather. After using this, my skin feels very clean and refreshed, although it does leave my skin feeling slightly dried out as well.
At £12 for a 150ml tube and £15.50 for 200ml, I feel this is a little expensive, especially since this is only one stage of a 3 stage skincare system. I have had better results with cheaper cleansers, which I think I will stick to rather than buying this one again.
This is available in 3 skincare types - extra mild (very dry to dry skin), type 2 is mild (very dry to dry skin, dry combination) and type 3 is oily (oily or very oily skin). I would recommend if you are interested in this, that you visit a Clinique counter to find out your skin type and the best products for you to use.
Clinique claim "good skin can be created" and their famous 3 step skincare system is very popular among many women of all ages. Clinique have a number of different versions of the 3 step system to suit different skin types and these are as follows:
1. Very dry skin
2. Dry skin
3. Oily skin
4. Very oily skin
Liquid facial soap is step one of the three step system and they recommend following it with Clarifying Lotion for the relevant skin type and Dramatically Different moisturiser.
This liquid facial soap oily skin formula is intended for skin types 1 and 2. I usually use products for skin type 3, and I usually use this version, however I have started to also use the mild formula sometimes as my skin is not as oily these days and I don't want to dry my skin out by constantly using the oily one.
The Clinique website has a virtual consultant who will help you find out which skin type you have by asking a few simple questions and work out which range from 1 to 4 would suit your skin best. If you go to a Clinique counter the assistant will also be able to do this for you in person.
The liquid facial soap comes in a large clear green pump bottle with typical Clinique branding. I wet my face, then use one pump of soap to lather up in my hands and massage over my face. It usually lathers up very well, but occasionally I have found it doesn't produce enough lather and this is because my face was not wet enough. I find I have to completely soak my face and hands, with water sinking into the skin well, before the soap produces a lather.
It is worth pointing out that this cleanser is supposed to cleanse your actual skin, and so it is not really intended as a product to remove your makeup. Clinique have separate makeup removers to do this so that the cleanser can do its work on your bare skin and really do a proper clean. I always take my makeup off first. However, if you don't have a separate cleanser this does do a good job of lifting away most makeup unless you use really longwearing stuff.
Some people worry that it is not good to use soap and I have often seen it recommended not to use soap as it is too harsh and strips away the natural oils. When I first started to use this I did wonder whether I would like it, but I found that I do. This oily skin formula one can occasionally leave my face feeling slightly tight, but not excessively so and I have prevented this by sometimes alternating with the mild one which is more gentle and feels more moisturising. The Clinique liquid facial soap is effective at stripping my skin of oil, as I don't suffer any shininess of face when I am using it. It keeps my skin very clear. Some people warn that soap only makes your skin produce more oil but I don't find that to be the case for me. The whole three step system helps to keep my skin free of oil and shine, and the clarifying lotion is very effective at that, so I don't necessarily always need the oily formula soap and I find the mild one does the job just as well while feeling gentler.
The facial soap is dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, like all Clinique products, and has never irritated me. It is fragrance free.
I am happy to use other cleansers now and again and sometimes try other brands for a change, but I do find other brands a bit hit and miss and occasionally I have had bad reactions to other products or found my skin looking worse with different cleansers, so I always come back to Clinique. I regularly buy it and I would say it is my preferred cleanser.
It costs £14 for 200 ml.
I received this facial soap as part of a sample pack of Clinique products. If you're unfamiliar with Clinique, they advocate following a 3-Step skincare regime, and this is the first step in that plan for oily skin (step 2 is the Clarifying Lotion and step 3 is a moisturiser). Ordinarily I never buy Clinique because my budget never allows me to so I was keen to put these products to the test and see what they were all about.
Despite being labelled as a liquid soap, this is actually very similar to gel in its consistency. It lathers up very easily, much like actual soap does so it's a bit like using a gel-based facial wash. Being gel-like though means that it's a little less thin than some facial washes so it doesn't immediately drip all over the place (that's a real bugbear of mine as it's such a waste!). There is a mild smell but nothing particularly overpowering or off-putting.
Like every other wash-off cleanser that I've ever used, it makes my skin feel a bit dry after using it. That said, it hasn't been drying my skin as much as the Neutrogena facial wash that I recently binned because my skin didn't like it at all (see my recent review if you're interested in reading about that experience!). I always get some dry, flaky patches around my nose when I use a wash-off cleanser but I've not noticed any horrid dry patches elsewhere so although it looks and feels like it's having the effect of drying blemishes, it doesn't seem to adversely impact on the rest of my skin, which is always good!
When I first started using this about a week ago, I had quite a few nasty blemishes on my chin. Some of these don't look half as bad now, although a few are still lingering around and haven't improved so I wouldn't say that it's any kind of miracle cure for clearing up spots (not the bad ones anyway). I haven't noticed any new blemishes appearing so it does seem to keep my skin clearer than normal. Under normal circumstances, I have new spots cropping up every day if I'm using a cleanser that isn't doing a good enough job of keeping my skin clear and that's the benchmark I use when deciding whether a particular product is having any effect on clearing my skin.
If you want to buy a normal-size version, a 200ml bottle costs £13 from Boots. This is far more than I would ever usually consider paying for a cleanser, especially given that it's part of a three-step plan and you're not done after buying it. It's definitely something that I'm going to put down on my birthday/Christmas wishlist in the hope that someone else will take pity on me and buy me at least of the set but unfortunately, I just can't justify paying so much for skincare products. If they were a bit cheaper, I'd definitely be more willing to buy as I've liked the results.
This is the best cleanser I've ever used! Granted it is expensive at £13 but the 200ml bottle lasts for about 3 months using it twice a day so it's worht it in the end. The liquid facial soap comes in mild, extra mild or oily, so you choose which one's best for you according to your skin type. The one I use is the oily skin one, I use it along with the toner and moisturiser for oily skin aswell.
It's a green bottle with a pump to dispense just the right amount so you're not wasting any, and like all Clinique things it looks nice and you can tell it's quality, you do get what you pay for. I used to use cheap cleansers like clearasil or clean & clear but they're rubbish next to this.
This cleanser is like a gel texture which foams up when you use it. It feels nice and it gives a really nice deep clean feeling without irritating the skin or drying it out. It's great for balancing out oily skin and it's cleared up my skin really well since i've been using it. Nothing else I've tried has worked, but this is really great. It removes all traces of makeup aswell, but you shouldn't use it on the eye area as it's too harsh.
Now I've found this I'll never look back, it's completely changed my skin and my life!