I’m not sure there are many people who haven’t heard of Clinique, given that it has been around since the 1960’s (yes, even before I was born, cheeky). In a nutshell, an article called “Can Great Skin Be Created?” in American Vogue, which was written by Dr Norman Orentreich (a very famous dermatologist) and a beauty editor named Carol Phillips. The article caught the eye of Evelyn Lauder (the daughter in law of Estee Lauder), and a year later, the Clinique range was launched as the world’s first allergy tested and dermatologically-driven line of skincare.
When I say “allergy tested”, I say it with emphasis, because Clinique means business. Every single product is tested 12 times on 600 people. That’s 7200 applications- and if just ONE of those applications causes an allergic reaction, they start all over again. That’s some pretty serious research right there.
I’m also impressed that absolutely no Clinique product contains fragrance. The reason is this: according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Fragrances cause more allergic contact dermatitis than any other ingredient,”. Clinique believes that allergic reactions weaken the skin over time, causing us to get sad things like uneven skin tone and fine lines. Not good. Therefore, I’m more than happy to forgo a perfumed product in favour of keeping my skin happy. It just makes sense!
Specifically, these were the Extra Mild Liquid Facial Soap, the Clarifying Lotion 1, and the super famous Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ (a bottle of this is sold every 3.5 seconds worldwide). I also picked up the Redness Solutions Soothing Cleanser for when my skin has a mare, which is approximately once a week, more so in winter. The first step (Liquid Facial Soap) both removed all my makeup, and made my skin feel ridiculously clean- but not at all dry and tight like I had feared. The second step in the system is to use the Clarifying Lotion, which gently exfoliates and clears away any remaining traces of cleanser, makeup, and other types of pollution. It also makes your skin glow, and preps it perfectly for the final stage. This is, of course, moisturising- my favourite stage.
Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ is TOO good. I only need to use one pump to cover my entire face, it absorbs like a dream, and leaves my skin perfectly primed with no filmy residue. It comes in 2 different formulations, a gel and a lotion- the lotion is great for dryer skin, and the gel is perfect for oily or combination skin. This moisturiser was always incredibly popular, but it has recently undergone a pretty big upgrade. The great things about it remained, i.e. how quickly it absorbs, and how silky it feels; but now the formulation lasts all day long, and strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier by 54%. I don’t generally like change, but I’ll make an exception in this case, because I LOVE it.
Clinique caters perfectly to ALL skin types, and the great staff can put together a skin care regime for you in no time at all- there truly is something for everyone!
To win a little treat from Clinique, you need to do 2 things- first of all, head over to the Clinique NZ Facebook page and 'like' it...then comment on the Clinique pinned post in our group and let me know which Clinique products you'd love to try! Easy!