Post Clinique test skin care routine

Following on from my recent Clinique skin care review (read it HERE) I thought I would do a follow-on post about how I have adapted my skin care routine based on what I liked and didn’t like about the Clinique products I tested out plus the old-faithfuls I have brought back into the fold.

To make it simple I have broken my routine down into remove make-up, cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise.

Remove Make-Up:

I have added in an oil cleanser to remove stubborn make-up, currently using the last bits of my DHC Cleansing Oil, which I love. It does a fantastic job shifting all make-up, including stubborn eye-make up and mascara.

I am still using my old-faithful No7 Eye Make-up remover, which is almost out so will be then moving on to trialing an alternative product I have been sent… the name will be revealed when I have reviewed it.

Cleanse:

I am sticking with the three step programme here, using the liquid cleanser in the evening, followed by the clarifying lotion. I mistakenly described this as a toner in my last review, when in actual fact it is a further cleansing/gentle exfoliating step. It does in many ways ‘feel’ like a toner, in the way that it is used (liquid on a cotton pad, wiped over the face) and that it is refreshing, but the effect is more than a simple toner. I have moved to using this one in the morning (without the liquid cleanser) for a quick freshen-up/cleanse post-shower, before make-up.

Exfoliate:

As I am using the Clarifying Lotion twice daily I am using the Clinique 7-day cleanser around 2/3 times a week for an extra exfoliating boost. My skin really needs this at this time of year, especially with the sudden cold spell – helps shift any dry, flaky skin and keep it glowing.

Moisturise:

I am still using the Dramatically Different Moisturiser twice a day, with the Moisture Surge as an added boost in the day and the Super Rescue Anti-oxidant Night Cream at night. I find this combination is working a treat. I have stopped using the Super Defence SPF 25 as the texture doesn’t work for me. I’m also still using the All About Eyes Rich cream daily for the eye area, I have also returned to using Rodial Glam Balm at night, for an extra over-night boost (under eyes and to soften lips).

I do need to add a new day-time SPF moisturiser to my routine, so any suggestions are welcome. I could also do with finding something that is good for the occasional spot. I love that I haven’t had a *single* break-out since I started using the Clinique (hence sticking with it) but would like to be prepared for the odd spot that will inevitably appear.

SPF and spot-vanishing suggestions below please!

**The Small Print**

All products in this review have been previously mentioned in other reviews. All Clinique products were sent free of charge for review purposes. The DHC cleanse oil was sent free of charge for review purposes all other products were bought with my own money.

All reviews or opinions on this blog are honest and impartial regardless of the source of the product.

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4 Comments

  1. fordgredial
    December 23, 2009 / 9:21 am

    I really highly recommend the origins facial cleansing oil when you run out of DHC. x

  2. Anonymous
    December 23, 2009 / 11:19 pm

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  3. Rosalyn C
    December 24, 2009 / 9:11 am

    To the poster above, you obviously haven’t read many of the reviews on this site- there are plenty of products that our fellow junkie doesn’t like, regardless of how she came across them.

    It even says in this review that she’s not using all the Clinique products still as the texture isn’t right in the Super Defence SPF 25.

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2009 / 11:30 pm

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