“Good skin care pays off. Daily, in cleaner, fresher skin. And over time, skin is going to look healthier, longer.”

      – Dr. David Orentreich, Clinique’s Guiding Dermatologist

Before my friends and I went to an event gig a few weeks back, I stopped by Rustan’s to go see a Clinique consultant to check out their newest skin care product and get full proof diagnosis on my official skin type. Do I need to know? Yes! Full knowledge of what skin type you have will GREATLY affect your future skin care purchases. If you have always been the FOR ALL SKIN TYPES kind of person, perhaps you are missing out on the more advanced and efficacious skin care products there are in this world.

The first thing the consultant did was ask me a series of skin related questions (and hinted that they have a new Clinique skin consultation diagnose tool). Are you oily on the forehead? What are your main concerns – blemishes, dark spots, e.g.? Is your skin dry in all areas? What are the size of your pores? Do you have facial lines?

Here are my results:

You are a Skin Type 2 – Dry Combination
Your skin is comfortable in the cheeks and oily in the T-Zone.
You may have a tendency to break out.
You need preventive maintenance to control shine and refine texture.
See below for the dermatologist-developed 3-Step routine-plus special treatment-selected for your oil-prone skin.

Well, that solves the dilemma on choosing the right skin care products, yes?

The consultant was patient enough to discuss Clinique’s 3-Step System and asked me if I normally clean my face pre-makeup. I said washing, toning and moisturizing usually makes putting on makeup easier. But do I know how the entire system works prior to makeup? She showed me how.

The cornerstone of the brand was – and is – the now famous Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System: a daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing regime.  Custom fit for dry, oily or combination skin, the 3-Step regimen is designed to help all skins achieve pure radiance. The 3-Step Skin Care System is comprised of Facial Soap to cleanse, Clarifying Lotion to exfoliate and best-selling Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion to moisturize.

3 Steps, 3 Products, 3 Minutes: Twice-a-Day to Your Best Skin Ever

Cleanse with Clinique bar or liquid soaps in Extra-Mild, Mild, or Oily Skin formula variations on makeup-free skin to completely clean, refresh and purify skin without ever leaving it dry, tight, or uncomfortable.

Exfoliate with one of Clarifying Lotions five formulations to sweep away dry, dead skin cells, excess sebum and other pore-clogging debris to get glowing skin and help your moisturizer work its magic.

Replenish with the global favourite Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel to give every skin type the necessary drink it needs to remain supple, soft, healthy looking and perfectly primed for your makeup or problem-solving skin care product of your choice. Apply all over or just in the spots to get your skin back to its basic level.

Suggested Retail Prices:

Liquid Facial Soap 200ml – P1,250
Clarifying Lotion 200ml – P1,200
DDML 125ml (with pump) – P2,400
3 Step Inroductory kits are also available at P1,600.

Ahead of its Time

Created with a visionary dermatologist and Vogue Editor more than 40-years ago, the simple, yet highly efficacious 3-Step Skin Care System pioneered the concept of daily exfoliation with its Clarifying Lotions, the second step of a revolutionary regime designed not only to deliver clearer, brighter, and healthier-looking skin, but also to prep it for the benefits of targeted treatments. This simple system – three minutes, twice-a-day, designed to work together – helps bring skin back to balance without having to spend a lot.


The 3-Step Skin Care System’s dermatological developed formula is still just as effective four decades later. Just cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize – twice-a-day, every day and great skin is guaranteed. Trends come and go. But simply put, Clinique 3-Step has survived the test of time because it works. Women of all different skin types, ethnicities and ages, have achieved beautiful skin with just three products a day.

The results are astounding! If the back of your left hand went through the Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care system and was applied foundation, the skin instantly absorbs and makes it look moisturized compared to the other back of your hand that had foundation sans Clinique’s 3-Step products.  Can’t wait to test them out! At the end of the day, I left home with a nice gift from Clinique.

Clinique Cosmetics in Cebu

Clinique Turn-Around Concentrate
Clinique Repairwear Contour
Clinique Lash Power Mascara
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild
Clinique Turn-Around Instant Facial Mask

Let me know if you have tried any of these. Hopefully, I’d get around to reviewing them one by one. Have a happy Monday!

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Disclosure: This is not a paid post from Clinique nor a favorable PR was exchanged for the gift items.

Kristine Roa The Glamarazzi

**Text and photos by Kristine Roa. Reproduction without consent is not allowed.