It’s not often I write beauty features for Little Bird – mostly because I’m pretty cynical about ‘innovative’ new products, and prefer to keep it simple. I am, however, very serious about skincare. My mission for perfect skin has been ongoing for 12 years (and counting).
I won’t bore you with my teenage horror stories – this is no place for pustules. There’ll be no talk of excess oil, blocked pores or (shudder) sebum. I will tell you about the range that’s working for me, right now – the Clinique 3-Step system.
Summer is when my skin struggles most. A combination of heat, humidity and sun cream (factor 30 or above, folks!) means I’m shining like a beacon by 11am. No amount of powder or blotting paper (so 90s!) will reduce the oiliness. The thought of suffering through another summer with a highly reflective forehead was too much to bear, so I marched to my local Debenhams and demanded a solution. Well, okay… I went to the Clinique counter and meekly asked for assistance.
I’ve heard mixed reviews of the famous 3-Step system, but Clinique appeals to me as a brand because it’s so, well, clinical. There’s no fluff, no celebrity, no so-called ‘innovation’. The staff wear white coats like doctors, rather than short skirts like models (I’m looking at you, Benefit). The brand says ‘trust me, I know what I’m doing.’ And the staff really do – I had a skin consultation which highlighted my main areas of concern (oiliness and blemishes) and my products were chosen based on my individual needs. Each product was explained in full and I was given a demonstration of how the three work together. I paid £45 for the set (original RRP £57, special price £50, and an in-store £5 off promo made it £45) and have stuck to the 3-Step system for four weeks. The results?
I’m delighted. The difference is clear (literally) – my skin is almost completely matt, make-up stays put and blemishes have been few and far between. It also looks brighter, fresher and healthier. The results are fantastic and well worth the £45 investment – it’s not as cheap as a bottle of Clearasil on 3 for 2 in Boots, but definitely more effective.
It’s make or break time for the Clinique 3-Step system now though – I usually find after a month of use, my skin gets accustomed to the product and it gradually stops working. If I can get to the end of these bottles and still see such amazing results, I’ll know I’ve found a skincare regime for life. Fingers crossed that this marks the end of my 12 year mission…
Do you suffer with your skin? Do you swear by one single product or flirt with a few? Share your skincare tips in the comments below.