It’s nothing like Pro Active or any of the drug store 3 step kits…
Yeah, you’ve heard it all before, probably from all kinds of people, including us – Beauty Advisors.
But what do we really think of Clinique’s 3 step? That’s the big question!
Let me share what I think, and how my skin feels. Bur, first of all, let me make it clear – I got my 3 step for FREE, I work for Clinique, so there you have it!
During my hiring process (trust me it was very long – took about a month) I was skin-typed by the Clinique counter manager, and ended up being Skin Type 2 – Dry/Combination – which basically means, I have dry cheeks and a T-zone. If you get skin-typed in a store, you will probably see one of those:
You can also skin-type yourself on Clinique’s website! That’s especially appealing to those, who don’t feel comfortable talking to a Beauty Advisor (but we are not as scary as you think!)
My 3 step came with a bar-soap, a purple clarifying lotion (2) and the dramatically different moisturizer without pump. I remember back in 2008 my friend Bri swore by Clinique’s bar soap and said that it really helped her skin clear out. Well, if I had a choice, I would’ve rather gone with liquid soap, but it is what it is. Now do Clinique’s products really have no fragrance? No, they do. The soap and the lotion aren’t as bad, because you wash the first one off, and the other one is absorbed by your skin. But the clarifying lotion smells like witch hazel (duh, it’s one of the ingredients, and menthol – also on the list). Oddly enough, clarifying lotion is my favorite product. I’ve been skipping this step for over 2 years now, and oh boy did it feel good coming back to it! It leaves my skin squeaky clean and if i give it a few moments, I can feel the cooling effects of menthol!
Now back to step 1 – the soap. It’s fine, really, it’s just the next time I am definitely getting the liquid soap! If your skin is combination, but tends to get very dry, I’d recommend trying the extra-mild liquid soap. I know people who’ve done it and love it! Another interesting thing I heard from the customers – substituting the soap with this foaming cleanser:
Now last, but not least – the moisturizer (skin type 3 and 4 – you get the gel – less oily!). Yes, it does have the mineral oil in the ingredients. If you don’t know what it is, here is some quick info –
Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil. A mineral oil in this sense is a transparent, colorless oil composed mainly of alkanes and cyclic paraffins, related to petroleum jelly (also known as “white petrolatum”). It has a density of around 0.8 g/cm3. Mineral oil is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very large quantities. Mineral oil is available in light and heavy grades, and can often be found in drug stores.
Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. It is a lightweight inexpensive oil that is odorless and tasteless. It can be used on eyelashes to prevent brittleness and breaking and, in cold cream, is also used to remove creme make-up and temporary tattoos. One of the common concerns regarding the use of mineral oil is its presence on several lists of comedogenicsubstances. These lists of comedogenic substances were developed many years ago and are frequently quoted in the dermatological literature.
A study reported in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2005) found that the type of highly refined and purified mineral oil found in cosmetic and skincare products is noncomedogenic (does not clog pores).
So it’s not as bad as a lot of people make it sound! I use it and love it! I do wish it came with a pump though (it does, mine just didn’t 😉 )
And I do recommend that you try it! If you live in the Twin Citites area, come see me at the Clinique counter in downtown Macy’s, I’ll be more than willing to help you, sign you up for events and make-overs!