Beauty Time with Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care

Clinique's 3-step Solution

My history with Clinique goes waaaayyy back to the years when I was in the States taking my masters degree. Being one with sensitive skin, I always relied on Clinique products which are all allergy-tested and 100% fragrance free. Clinique is not known for being cheap; I had to scrimp and save in order to buy the products I wanted to use. So whenever my late sister-in-law, who lived in Canada then the US,  visited us she regularly gifted me with Clinique products.

Out of the blue, my friend Noemi invites me to a Clinique skin-typing. YEY! We went to Rustan’s Makati and had ourselves “typed” by Clinique. With us also were Noemi’s daughter Lauren and her friend Nikki.

Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System is Cleanse-Exfoliate-Moisturize. Cleansing removes dirt and oil (if you use makeup/foundation, you need a facial cleanser prior to the 3-Step Care. Exfoliating removes dead skin from the surface that make our skin look rough, dull, and flaky and helps skin renew faster. Moisturizing brings back the moisture into the already clean skin to keep it soft and hydrated.

My beauty consultant for the day was Malou Gagarin.

The first step was to analyze my skin type. Clinique categorizes skin types into 4:

The 4 skin types

Malou went through several questions with me which she entered into the Clinique Computer. The result: I am a Type 2 (Dry Skin with Combination Skin — that means my face is oily around the T-zone and dry everywhere else).

Clinique Computer

Next, she used the 3-step care on my right hand while on my left, she simply cleaned the area and applied moisturizer without exfoliation. The scotch tape test below is proof:

More dead skin came off unexfoliated hand (left) vs exfoliated hand (right)

More dead skin came off unexfoliated hand (left) vs exfoliated hand (right)

Malou then made some recommendations for other products that addressed my concerns. I ended up buying two products — a hydrator (Moisture Surge) and an eye cream.

Clinique is known for its generous giveaways when your purchases reach a certain amount. For a minimum of P3,500 they have a summer cosmetic bag with samples.  Here are the free samples I came away with that day. These alone would have cost me several thousands already if bought separately so I think I got quite a good deal!

my free Clinique samples

They’ve got a new product called the Superdefense SPF25/PA+++ Age Defense Moisturizer. The PA+++ is supposed to be added protection from UVB/UVA rays. I have a sample and am eager to try this one out.

Watch out also because Clinique is planning a blogger event soon.

May Samson and Malou Gagarin of Clinique

Thanks May/Malou for making our Clinique experience a wonderful one!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Medspa Irvine
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 05:22:06

    I’ve always been a fan of clinique.


  2. Ashleigh
    Jan 04, 2010 @ 12:23:27

    I just got the three step system!


  3. iliana
    Mar 17, 2010 @ 12:05:36

    i just go it from the makeover party the 3 steps..
    and the consultants give me the 2nd type of skin..
    bt after a few weeks i got acne on my face..
    then i go to the counter to asked abt my face just to know the probs..
    then the consultants said to me my skin is in type 3..
    so she give me another sample to try on..
    then i just used it again for a few weeks bt it still same..
    plz give me an opinion to me either i need to go on use it or not?? plz3333..


    • jaycee
      Mar 23, 2011 @ 05:31:08

      you are skin type:
      1=dry allover
      2=oily in areas, dry for the rest of your face.
      2=by midday, you need to moisturize
      3=oily in areas, comfortable for the rest of your face
      3=by midday, you don’t feel the need to apply a moisturizer
      4=allover oily


    • jaycee
      Mar 23, 2011 @ 05:35:11

      breakouts are normal because our skin is purging itself of what’s trapped in the skin. by continued use, you will see your skin clearing with almost no marks at all. you will have that famous Clinique glow that’s promised by Clinique.


  4. Trisha Hughes
    Aug 15, 2010 @ 06:26:48

    Love to see a fellow skin care enthusiast at work. Would you mind if I share this url with my clients? I think they’d find it useful. Thanks.


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