| the Clinique 3-step skincare routine |
Being the youngest of three females in my home, I unconsciously took advantage of my mother’s and sister’s skin care regimen when I was a pre-teen. At 12 years old, I wasn’t concerned with my skin but I used all their Clinique skin care products because they were at my fingertips. In the shower, I used the Clinique facial soap and after the shower I used the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. My mother had a strict rule that my sister and I could not wear makeup (or high heels) until we turned 16. With no makeup to remove, my skincare routine was very simple and minimal – as it should be when you’re 12.
Years later, nothing much has changed. My morning skincare routine is still simple and minimal. The Clinique product line has worked so well for my skin, I have never considered changing even though my skincare needs have. I use a 3-step skin care routine that’s hassle free and effective. The Clinique products I use every morning are the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, the 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula and the Clinique Smart™ Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Custom-Repair Moisturizer. Clinique offers different skincare and makeup products that are designed for every skin type, and there price point is more reasonable than other brands at this level of quality.
I’ve been a loyal client of Clinique products for a long time and I believe that the combination of their products and my steadfast commitment to a skincare routine is the reason why I have always had healthy skin. Of course, avoiding the sun is also one of the most important things you can do to have and keep great skin. I protect my face from the sun by wearing a hat, especially when I am at the beach or poolside.
Step 1 – I switched from the facial soap to the rinse-off foaming cleanser because it works better at removing makeup and I like how quick and easy it is to use. I only need a small dab of the product to mix with water and as soon as I lather between my palms, it starts foaming. It’s gentle to my skin and real or imagined, I like to think that all those thousands of tiny bubbles are washing away everything that shouldn’t be on my skin!
Step 2 – After I cleanse, I use the 7 day scrub cream. It definitely makes my skin glow and feel super smooth by deflaking dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles. It washes off without leaving a residue and primes my skin for the final step, moisturizer.
Step 3 – As I have gotten older, my skin has changed and needs more help than the dramatically different moisturizing lotion. I want a moisturizer that has it all! The smart broad spectrum SPF 15 custom-repair moisturizer erases wrinkles, evens skin tone, lifts, and protects against UVA and UVB. The final product I use before applying makeup it eye cream. I use a small amount of repairwear anti-gravity eye cream under each eye and dab it into my skin with the tip of my finger.
My evening skincare routine is a bit different. I still use the foaming cleanser, but follow it with a night time cream.