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Clinique 3-Step Skin Care – yes or no?

Happy New Year!

I’ve been lazy again – I promised this post back in twenty twelve 😉 …which has been such a lousy year, by the way. Here is to a better one for all of us!!!

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Back to the post: As far as Clinique‘s 3-Step Skin Care goes, it’s been around for so long that every beauty junkie has certainly tried out at least one, if not all of the steps.  If you’re still not sure what to make of it, here are my thoughts that might help you decide if it’s right for you! (For reference, my skin is rather fair with warm undertones and, apart from mild rosacea, in quite a good condition).  So, without further ado:


Price: 11 – 15 £; more info here

clinique 3 cleanse

In Clinique’s words, it’s ”the first step to great skin, our hand-milled non-drying bar soap maintains protective lipids while loosening surface flakes. Leaves skin clean, comfortable, refreshed-never taut or dry. Preps skin for the exfoliating action of Clarifying Lotion. Comes with a convenient soap dish. ”

Available in 3 versions – Extra Mild, Mild and Oily, this soap makes for a gentle cleansing routine.  I tried the Mild and Liquid version a couple years ago and, frankly, never was I tempted to repurchase. There wasn’t enough…chemistry, I guess.

However, if you like to keep your cleansing routine basic,  gentle, simple, fragrance-free and effective, this might be worth a try!


Price:  £; available for 5 skin typesfor more info here


”Step 2 in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System-and the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique’s dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smoothes the way for moisture.”

In my words (check the post out here): ”there are very mixed opinions on this one, people seem to either love it or hate it! I’ve been using number 2  for years now and would rather give up on chocolate than this little miracle! True, my skin probably is my best organ (no pun intended this time!), but this toner makes my skin flawless. I use it in the morning and evening, before moisturizing.  My skin used to get quite flaky, especially during winter, but since I’ve been using this that doesn’t happen at all.”  One of my top 5 beauty HGs.

p.s. Clarifying Lotion is currently on sale at Cheapsmells for only 9.99 pounds and they ship worldwide (this is NOT sponsored, I just bought mine!).


Price: 17-29.5 £; more info here

Clinique DDML (with pump)

Clinique DDML (with pump)

Clinique DDML (no pump- avoid this one!)

Clinique DDML (no pump- avoid this one!)

Clinique DDML (Gel - for oily skin)

Clinique DDML (Gel – for oily skin)

”The moisture “drink” all skins need, developed by Clinique’s guiding dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Lotion formula is for drier skins; oil-free Gel is perfect for oilier skins.”

It’s meant to be used UNDER your regular moisturiser, which I find too time-consuming. DDML itself is nothing special really, a good moisturiser indeed but with no SPF nor anti-aging properties, just your basic moisturiser. Make sure you get it in the pump version, as the bottle without the pump is pretty useless. As you can see, I’m not overly excited about this one, although I have to admit I did repurchase twice – just to make sure!

So, I say a definite YES for step 2 and MEH for steps 1 &3!

Any thoughts on Clinique’s 3-Step? Tried it, liked it, hated it?


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5 thoughts on “Clinique 3-Step Skin Care – yes or no?

  1. As someone who has no interest in either SPF (I’m allergic to a lot of sunblocking products) or anti-aging, I find the Clinique moisturizer excellent. I’ve been using it for years and I love it. In fact, I love the soap too because it’s simple and not very scented– I think it all depends on how much you go in for complicated beauty products!


  2. tanja on said:

    I love step 1, I recently got liquid mild facial soap and it is so gentle on my skin, it doesn’t leave it dry and yet I feel it does clean it!I’ve been using step 2 for some time, it’s okay too. I won’t bother with step 3, it seems too much to put 2 moisturizers on.


  3. I actually loved the soap for oily skin when I used to use it and I did rebuy a few times. I also loved the toner/step 2 BUT I have read bad things about how much it can strip the skins own goodness so I gave up on it. I didnt rate step 3 ever. Hated that moisturiser. I could in the future be tempted back to the soap if it wasnt for my love for Lush soaps 🙂


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