Thursday, January 8, 2015

Clinique Skin Care

I was first introduced to Clinique in the early 2000s, I liked their 3-Step skin care system immediately because it catered to my skin type (dry combination) much better than the one-fits-all products that were around. Since then I have been using their skin care range exclusively, that is until recently when I decided it was time to branch out and started experimenting with other brands.

While I'm slowly swapping out some of the Clinique products from my skin care routine, I'd like to share my thoughts on the brand.

Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.
This is what drew me to the brand at first. I'm somewhat susceptible to allergies, it runs in the family, so I have to be careful of what I put on my skin. True to their branding, I have never suffered an allergic reaction to Clinique products, nor have them caused my skin to break out. Considering this is over the span of 10+ years, I reckon that's a pretty good track record. Being 100% fragrance free is also a big plus for me as I don't like strong smelling creams or lotions. 

Over the years I have tried most of the products in the Clinique skin care range, while some didn't quite meet my expectations others became a permanent fixture on my bathroom counter. Here are some of my favourites:    

3-Step Skin Care System
One of the main reasons why I started using Clinique was its 3-step skin care system, a daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising routine. It's simple and straight forward, 3 minutes in the morning and 3 minutes at night, that's all you needed for healthier skin.

Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
I bought it hoping to lighten the freckles on my face, while I haven't seen a drastic improvement in the appearance of my freckles, I have noticed my skin tone seems more even and I like the feel of it on my face, light weight but also moisturising.

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
This is an all time favourite of mine, I especially love using it during the winter months when my skin tends to be more dry. It also doubles as a really good moisturising mask, apply a good amount onto clean skin and leave for 5mins then blot off the excess with a tissue. I tend to do 15mins in winter and it has always left my skin feeling hydrated and silky soft. This is probably one Clinique product that'll stay on my bathroom counter for the foreseeable future.
Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
After Sun Rescue with Aloe
I discovered this a few years ago while looking at after sun care products. The sun in Australia is very strong and wearing sunscreen is a must during the day to protect your skin from sun damage. I normally use aloe gel as an after sun treatment, but I have to apply body lotion first then the aloe gel to make sure I get enough moisture into my skin. I've found this moisturiser and aloe combo to be the perfect skin soothing and cooling gel after spending a lot of time in the sun, especially a day at the beach.

Clinique is by no means cheap but it isn't ridiculously expensive like some of the high end brands. It has done my skin a great service over the last 10+ years, so I definitely recommend it to those who are looking for new skin care products to try.

Gift with Purchase pops up several times a year, both online and at stores that carry the brand. It is THE best time to make a purchase as you'd get a selection of decent sized samples to try, think travel size, plus scoring a bunch of free products makes it that much better value for money.

Take care of your skin and happy shopping! xoxo