Should you buy your cleanser and moisturiser from the same brand? If you don’t, will the ingredients complement each other or not? What if one causes breakouts but you don’t know which it is? These questions may not haunt you, but they do haunt me as I dream of smooth, supple skin. Luckily, skincare vets Clinique made it easy for us by creating a 3 Step Skin Regimen that includes a Liquid Facial Soap for cleansing, a Clarifying Lotion for exfoliating and a Moisturising Lotion for Moisturising. The 3 step routine comes in 4 different options for Very Dry to Dry Skin, Dry to Combination Skin, Combination Oily Skin, and Oily Skin. I’ve got combination skin with an oily T-zone. I don’t really suffer from too many breakouts, but I have a bit of hyperpigmentation. Here’s what happened when I tried the 3-step routine.
There isn’t too much of a difference after my first use, but after 3-4 days of using the 3 step routine in the morning and in the evening, my skin definitely feels more hydrated. It also feels a lot cleaner and more fresh after completing the routine. Note: you’ll notice that the clarifying lotion is a bit harsh at first and stings when applied. I recommend following it with a toner or an oil serum to soothe the skin before applying the moisturiser.
My skin feels a lot softer and the few pimples I have are subdued. My pores have shrunken, especially on my nose and there isn’t any build-up of excess oil/sebum which I used to get a lot. Though my skin isn’t fully clear, it does have a more smooth texture and definitely feels a lot cleaner.
There isn’t much of a difference from week 2, but my skin has held up its moisture, softness and brightness. I’d recommend that you try pairing the 3-step routine with an at-home derma planner from Luxe to clear any dead skin. I did this and immediately got a great glow.
Comparing my skin now to what it was like just one month ago, I can see a big difference. My skin’s oil production seems to have been regulated, as it takes longer for my T-zone to light up. My pores have shrunk (something I started noticing in the second week) and I’ve had virtually no breakouts.
The Face Wash made my face feel cleaner.
The Clarifying Lotion reduced excess oil.
The Clarifying Lotion gave my skin a clearer appearance.
The Face Wash wash dried out my skin.
The Moisturiser didn't offer a great amount of hydration.