Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Clinique Skin Care Routine


I switched to using Clinique skin care products just over a year ago, after trying a variety of products that caused one reaction after another, and I haven’t looked back since! So I thought I would do a review of the Clinique 3 Step skin routine (or 4 steps in my case), that I have been using.

The Clinique 3 Step skin routine consists of a cleanser, a toner and a moisturiser, each tailored to your specific skin type. These skin types are categorised as follows:

Skin Type 1 – Very Dry to Dry
Skin Type 2 – Dry Combination
Skin Type 3 – Oily
Skin Type 4 – Very Oily

If you’re not sure of your skin type, there is a link on the Clinique website entitled “Find Your Routine” that can help to determine which products are most suitable for you. Or alternatively, you can go to a Clinique counter and ask for a skin consultation.

This is exactly what I did, as I wanted to ensure that the products were suitable for my skin type and did not cause a reaction. From this, the Clinique consultant recommended that I look at the 3 Step routine for Skin Type 1, and after sampling the products I came away with all three and one extra!

The cleanser that I use is Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra-Mild. This is exactly what it says on the tin, but I would say that even though it is the mildest of the cleansers, for sensitive skin such as mine, it still takes a little getting used to.

The next step of the Clinique 3 Step routine is the toner. I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1. This is a watery solution that you apply onto cotton wool, and wipe over your face to remove any excess dry skin, dirt and oil.

Step 3 of the routine is the moisturiser. I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion, which is one of their most well known and best selling products. The moisturiser has a thin consistency that applies well, and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.

Although not part of the 3 Step routine, I also picked up Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. This is a multipurpose makeup remover that can be used to remove all makeup, rather than using separate products for eyes and face.

If you’re unsure about purchasing the full size products to begin with, Clinique also sells 3 Step Introduction Kits for each skin type, which contain smaller versions of all three products for £20!

Grace xXx

Label: Skin Care


  1. I've always wanted to try this ski think I might look in to getting the introduction kit which I didn't know they did. Thanks for the great post! X

    1. Glad it's been useful :). If you do find that you like the products, the Introduction Kits are also good for holidays, as the full size bottles aren't exactly travel friendly! xXx

  2. Such a great review! I absolutely love the Clinique moisturizer and use it every single morning before I put on any foundation or makeup!

    1. Thank you :). I do the same, it's definitely my favourite moisturiser! xXx

  3. I really want to like Clinique skincare more, but I always seem to struggle with it even though my skin isn't sensitive, I always think everything smells so alcohol-y and harsh, and the facial soap stings my eyes, I think I'm a big baby! I do absolutely ADORE the dramatically different moisturiser though, one of my alltime favourite products xxx

    1. I have heard a few people say that Clinique is too chemical for them, but I think I must have just got used to it! I must admit I was a little apprehensive before trying some of their products, but it all worked out well in the end! xXx


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