Clinique 3-Step Skin Care

Before I start this post, I want to apologies for being M.I.A. the best few days--I'm on spring break and I'm sick. Perfect combo, I know.

Anyway, with inspiration from my February wish list and total frustration with my face, I set out to Nordstrom on Friday ready to hopefully solve all my problems.  I knew I wanted to try Clinique because it's what my mom uses and her skin is way more sensitive than mine.

I had already done my research and figured out that I needed the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel in order to stop my skin from being dry.  The gel is specifically for oily skin, so I figured I had finally found a moisturizer that wouldn't make me feel greasy and break out everywhere.

When I was talking to the woman at the counter, she confirmed that the gel was for me (rather than the lotion) but that dryness wasn't really my problem.  My skin was flaking because I wasn't exfoliating. Plus, oily and dry skin at the same time doesn't really happen--this was an "aha" moment for me.

So after a lengthy discussion about my skin and how it reacts to different products and environments she recommended that I follow the dry combination skin care guide (since the next step up may have been too drying) but use the gel instead of the recommended lotion.

I've been using these products twice daily, and here is what I think about them:

Step 1: Liquid Facial Soap Mild
My skin feels soft and clean after using this.  It still feels weird not having any texture in my face wash, since my old one had beads in it, but the smooth soap turns into a nice foam and washes off easily.

Step 2: Clarifying Lotion 2
I apply some of this to a cotton pad and then apply it all over my face (even my eyebrows and neck!) after I've patted it dry.  Before purchasing this, I did test it on my neck to make sure I didn't have any reactions to it.

Step 3:  Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
A little goes a long way! I only purchased the small tube of this because I know I usually don't like moisturizers, but this one is perfect! It absorbs quickly, I don't feel like I have anything on my face, and I haven't broken out from it.

Overall, I really like all of these products.  Once I've used them up, I may switch to the oily combination skin care guide because my T -Zone still feels a little oily, but this could just be because I'm sick and haven't been using it that long.

This really is a fast and effective skin care routine, and if that doesn't motivate you to start taking better care of your skin here are my mom's words of advice: "Stop using cheap products on your skin!"

xo Marina

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