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Clinique 3 Step.

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Well, I normally would not start a blog on a negative note but I have never been this disappointed before. I do not expect any product to give miraculous results or make my skin look like those of the models that advertise them, but I do expect an acceptable performance; to live up to at least a part of the claims.

Sadly, Clinique 3 Step did nothing for me but also gave me adverse skin reaction ( read ahead to see how). And don’t even ask me how much money I pumped into this!

Here is what the product claims to do :

  • “Immediately: Skin seems smoother, brighter when you get it totally clean, sweep away dulling flakes and balance skin’s moisture. If you see a pimple after a few days, don’t stop. You’re bringing up the deep-seated dirt that gets skin into trouble.
  • Week 1: The effects of getting skin on a good daily routine become apparent. Skin looks—and feels—healthier, fresher. You may also notice less flakiness and dullness, and a more even texture. Makeup goes on smoother, too.
  • Week 2: With consistent use, change accelerates. Skin looks more radiant as twice-daily exfoliation begins to regulate the natural cell-renewal process. You may also notice the moisture level of skin is more balanced.
  • Over Time: Drier skins feel more comfortable, and oilier skins are less prone to breakouts. You’ll also find that moisture sinks in faster, fine lines are softened, even treatments work better. The long-term payoff: skin in ideal condition is going to act—and look—better longer”.
    Clinically formulated. Allergy tested. 100% fragrance free.
    Here is a snap shot of the regime I was put on :

    My regime. Soap is missing here as I used it up....as a hand wash.

    The SA examined my face under a magnifying glass like object and said that I have sensitive, oily skin which is true. She put me on the following:
    1. Soap/gel wash for oily skin. I picked the soap. It come is an elegant plastic container  tailor made for the soap.
    2.Clinique Clarifying Lotion 1.  Althought no.1 is generally for dry to very dry skin, it was suggested that due to my sensitive skin, I should use this only.
    3.Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel for combination oily-oily skin.

    THE SOAP :
    Comes with it’s own tailor made,
    beautiful sturdy case. I wish I had a picture to include here.
    -Soap does not crumble or melt under water into a gooey thing.
    -Lathers very well.
    -Cleans up all the muck and grime on the face without giving a feeling of dryness.
    -Lasts good for a long time. Mine lasted for around 3 months each.
    -No fragrance.

    THE CLARIFYING LOTION :
    Touted as the ”difference maker”, “exfoliating lotion”.

    -Essentially a alcohol based toner I reckon. The product smells strongly of alcohol.
    -Associated with a slight tingling sensation which is supposed to indicate that the product is working.

    THE MOISTURIZING GEL :
    Oil free , as per the package.

    -Comes in a pump mechanism bottle. Just one pump is sufficient for the whole face.
    -Looks oily on application initially but completely soaks up to a matt finish. Here are the pics:

    DURATION OF USAGE : Six months.


    MY EXPERIENCE:
    I noticed no improvement in my skin. Not immediately, not after a week, not after 2 weeks.

    Here is what I noticed:
    -Aggravation of acne : The SA told me that it happens as the product tries to bring up the impurities and finally eliminates them. Understandable, does happen with exfoliants.
    -Urticarial rashes or as you may call them hives off and on; the itchy skin eruptions you have with mosquito bites.

    I eliminated everything from my skin care regime one by one to zero on the culprit.
    It turned out to be Clinique.
    What can I say, maybe I got unlucky and I hope was one of the isolated cases.

    WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS ?
    I did a  lot of online research before I invested in Clinique 3 Step. It had mixed reviews with some people raving about it while some completely deriding it citing reasons from no effect to aggravated acne to allergic reactions. However, there was a significant percentage of people who loved 3 Step and thus my decision to make a purchase and stick by it for 6 months!!!

    So here is what I think…. This is definitely not for me.

    As for the rest of you ladies (or men) out there, I suggest you first try out the samples if they give them at the store or borrow some from your friend who is using it. If you must, start with the smallest size available at the store.

    If it you see it working for you….bingo!! If not, you still get out easy. Discontinue immediately if you believe it could be giving you an allergic reaction. For all its  claim about being allergy tested on so and so many thousand people, there are a significant number of people out there who have developed an allergic reaction to it.

    Thanks.

     

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Clinique Pore Minimizer – thermal active skin refiner.

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Starting with a SNAP SHOT OF THE PRODUCT:



HERE IS WHAT THE WEBSITE STATES:

Whether clogged with debris, enlarged by oiliness or weakened by time, all pores can be noticeably smaller. 

-Clinique’s pore minimizing team helps shrink the look of pores.

-Instantly refines skin texture.

-So you can watch the pore go small, smaller smallest.


HERE IS WHAT THE PACKAGE STATES :


The “dislodges pore clogging debris” statement got me in because that is one of the reasons why acne results.


WHY I CHOSE THIS PRODUCT:

I am a person who has a super oily skin plagued with acne (blackheads and whiteheads). Combine that with the heat, humidity and pollution of Delhi…..you have an infallible recipe for disaster.

As expected I have large pores on my face (cheek area) and wanted a remedy for that.


DURATION OF MY USAGE
:

Five months approx. I had to discontinue it after I started using topical retinoids to control my comedones which made my skin ultra sensitive.


METHOD OF USAGE :

(The product comes with a package insert that details the usage method. I discarded that long time back and what I am stating now is the way I used the product)
-Wet your face, take a small amount of product on your finger and gently massage on to your face for a few minutes. The cream heats up on contact with water.  Rinse off or rub off with a tissue. Not to be used in the eye area.



MY EXPERIENCE :

-The first time I used it, it freaked me out because it felt like my face was on fire!! I have a sensitive skin and that may account for the ‘fire’. I immediately rinsed it off. A search on the internet revealed that I am not the only one and the way to get around this is to first wet the cream on your hand and then apply to the face. This formula worked for me. By using it in this manner, the fire was extinguished and all that was left behind was a feeling of pleasant warmth 😛

-From the first use on immediatly, I did notice my skin smoother to look and to feel. It felt really good.

-Pore size decreased significantly in a span of 2weeks.

-On online research, I found that some use it as a way to keep blackheads and white heads at bay and it has worked very well for them. As for me, I did notice less comedones for the first few days only. I soon had to shift to topical retinoids for the same and thus had to discontinue this wonderful product as my skin had become all the more sensitive.


COST : 

Sorry, but I lost the invoice and do not remember the exact amount, but it was in the range of  INR 1500 to 2000.


PROS :
Lives up to its claims of  decreasing the por
e size and immediate refinement of skin texture.


CONS
:

-Price may be a prohibitive factor for some , but in my opinion, it is worth the price.

-People with sensitive skin may have issues with it as the heat that comes out on contact with water may be unbearable.

-Not to be used when you are using any regime/product that involves skin peeling like retinoids, AHA’s, chemical peelings etc…

-It is a chore to squeeze out the product from the tube. The product is almost semi-solid and one has to squeeze real hard to get anything out. See the pic below; I have squeezed out a good 1cm of the cream out of the tube and instead of collapsing like a normal cream should, it is sticking out with no signs of bending. To get this thing out of the tube……did I mention how hard it is?


It does not spread easy. Be prepared to lose a few dollops of the costly cream in the sink in the initial stages of usage ,while you are attempting to spread the cream on your  face!


WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN :

Yes, but only when I am not using any other product that has peeling agent in it. I think if you are using any peeling product, it is best to avoid this.


Thanks!!