To put it bluntly; my skin had been horrendous in the last few months. I can’t quite work out the cause, but all I know is that my skin has been breaking out constantly, and getting incredibly sore and dry in certain patches- particularly around my eyes. I had been using Liz Earle’s Skin Care, which I still absolutely love, but I thought that it was about time I invested in something that actually helped to fight against spots.
Back in March, I made my way into my local Boots store and walked over to the Clinique counter. I have heard amazing things about Clinique in the past, but the one thing that stuck with me was people talking about how good their Anti-Blemish Solutions 3 Step is, so I thought I would give it a go. The lady I spoke to was super helpful- after I explained how sensitive my skin was she tested all the products on my hands and told me to come back tomorrow, just to make sure I wouldn’t find myself having some kind of reaction to the products. Sure enough, the next day I went back in-reaction free- and purchased the Starter Kit, which includes mini versions of the cleansing foam, clarifying lotion and the all over clearing treatment, all for just £25.
I have been using these products continuously for 2 months now twice a day, (I am onto my second starter kit now as they only last about 4-5 weeks, and am about to splash out on the full sized versions!) and I am definitely enjoying this new skin care routine. Whilst I’m still not entirely convinced that it’s helping fight my breakouts, it has definitely helped control them.
These products claim to help clear and prevent blemishes, remove dirt and excess oil, unclog pores, calm, soothe, and reduce the look of redness. They aim to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and comfortable.
The cleansing foam is to be used on wet skin, so first off I splash my face with cold water before using two pumps- a little goes a long way!- and massaging it into my skin. I have found that this product is gentle on my skin, despite the slightly unappealing clinical smell it has, and is easy to wash off. This product also comes in gel form, if that is more your cup of tea. This cleansing foam leaves your skin feeling super clean and fresh, but also slightly tight. This isn’t a massive problem though as the next two steps solve that issue!!
I think this product might have become my new holy grail! All you need to do is shake the bottle to mix the product together and put a small amount onto a cotton wool pad and swipe it all over your face and neck- but be careful to avoid the eye area! The only thing I dislike about this product is how strong it is- it can sting your face a little if your skin is more on the sensitive side but it’s nothing to major. I find that if you have some particularly angry spots it can also sting those quite a bit, but at least you know its working! I have found that using this at night definitely helps my spots to calm down overnight, I wake up to find that they are a lot less red and sometimes have even reduced in size. Again, this products lasts a while because you don’t have to use a lot of it. Just be careful when using this one around your eyes as like I have already mentioned- it can really hurt if you get it into your eyes!
All Over Clearing Treatment
So the final step of this 3 step skin care is the moisturiser. I love this product as it is not at all sticky or greasy and skins into your skin almost instantly. This moisturiser is great to use in the mornings under make up as not only does it not leave a strange barrier between your skin and make up which I often find with other moisturisers, but it is also helping to fight your spots during the day. It leaves your skin feeling really soft and smooth, and I have found it easy to apply too. My only complaint with this product is how quickly it runs out. Maybe I am using too much in one go, but I find that this one runs out a lot faster than the other two products.
Overall, I absolutely love this 3 Step Solution and I highly recommend it!
Over to you: have you tried these products? What are your top skin care products?