Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Personal Skincare Regimen & Product Review

Hey Beauty Fanatics!

I thought I'd share my own personal skincare regimen and do a review of the products. I'm hoping that this may help someone out there who has the same type of skin as me.

Background About My Skin: I have very oily skin with an occasional breakout here and there, but nothing serious. I also have large pores on my nose and on my cheeks immediately to the sides of my nose.

Previous Skincare Regimen: I have searched for years for products that would work with my skin, but have never really found anything until now. Before using the products in my current regimen, I used the Clinique 3-step skincare system for oily skin (Type IV). For those of you who aren't familiar with these products, they are sets of different products specially formulated for different types of skin (dry, normal, combination, oily). It includes a cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer. So, this worked for years, but didn't really control the oil on my face they way I wanted it to. I felt like my skin was just in a league of its own....FRYING PAN OILY!!!!

Current Skincare Regimen: I went on the Clinique website to do another assessment of my skin type. I came across another skincare system that they came out with. This one is called Acne Solutions. Like I mentioned, I don't have a lot of acne or any serious breakouts (knock on wood), but I do have extremely oily skin and large pores. So, I thought I'd give it a try. I've been using it since December, so about 4 months now. I absolutely love it! I use it twice a day (morning & night), along with their City Block Sunscreen during the day at least 30 minutes prior to exposure to the sun.

Here's what it includes:

1. Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam $17.50
2. Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion $13.50
3. Acne Solutions Oil-Free Clearing Moisturizer $16.00

What I Love About It:
-After the first day of use, it made a huge difference (the texture of my skin was smoother)
-Does an amazing job controlling the oil on my skin (my #1 problem)
-Minimized pores
-Got rid of blackheads
-Makes my skin feel clean but not tight and dry
-The pump on the cleanser is so helpful
-The sunscreen can double as a primer
-Even when I would try to use less expensive drug store brands, I ALWAYS came back to Clinique

Things That Could Be Better:
-A pump on the Clarifying Lotion & Moisturizer would have been great (the ones in the other skin types are available with pumps)
-Because of the salicylic acid in the products, it must be kept away from the eye area (so I have to use a separate product to remove eye makeup, but not a huge deal)
-Can be pricey (but I believe when it comes to your skin especially mine, you really get what you pay for)

This system can be purchased online at or at department stores, such as Nordstrom, Macy's or Bloomingdale's.

Please let me know if you have any other questions I can answer about these products or my skincare regimen. I'd also like to know your favorite skincare products.

I really hope this helps someone,

Leilani :P


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