Back to Basics with Clinique 1 2 3

I have struggled with maintaining my skin ever since I was in school. I truly believe the best way to go about it when you’re having trouble with you skin is to go and see a dermatologist and resolve the core issue. However, I did that a tad too late and some of the scars are still here as a reminder of my confused teenage years!

The three main treatments I have explored (in order of getting them done) are: Roaccutane (Accutane), Obaji and Dermamelan Peel. I have of course tried out different things in between but they were not prescribed treatments.

I will talk about my experiences with all three on the blog, but for now, I’ll tell you about the current trio I’ve been using as the basics for my skin care routine. The current skin situation is: combination skin (dry to oily - at the t-zone of course) and left over mild to medium, very annoying, acne scars. 

After the intense treatments my poor skin has went through, I decided to go back to a simple routine, making sure my skin gets everything it needs without being mean to it. 

The three step system contains a facial cleanser, a toner and a moisturizer…

1. Liquid Facial Soap: A gentle cleanser that leaves you with a clean face without stripping it dry - a balance I look for. It comes in a pump dispenser, making it easy to use. I wouldn’t recommend using it to remove make up.

2. Clarifying Lotion: A toner that gently balances out the oils in your skin and gently exfoliates any dead skin. I never understood the importance of toners until I used the Pixi Glow Tonic and the Clinique Clarifying Lotion, my skin feels firmer and tighter. The packaging irritates me because it pours out; I wish it came with a pump, but nothing to put me off the product.

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3. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion: I have tried both the gel and lotion formula that the moisturizer comes in. I felt my skin was more hydrated when I used the gel formula but you do have to give it a minute to sink in before applying anything to your face. 

The products have not done anything dramatic to my skin, but they have definitely maintained it balanced and are perfect for sensitive skin.

I haven’t come to peace with the situation of my skin, but getting to a point where any treatment I do would be really harsh, so I’m taking my time to decide whether I want to go ahead and get them done. Also, the Clinique trio is not a full skin care routine, if you’re interested, I will share it with you here.

The products are stocked at Muscat Pharmacy Perfumes and Cosmetics in Jawharat Al Shatti.


What’s your basic skin care products?