Friday, 6 April 2012

Clinique + Honey Masks

I really should be working on my thesis right now but I felt I had neglected this blog for too long to not update it. It actually feels quite therapeutic to write something other than my 4th year thesis at the moment. The title of this post kind of deviates from the usual posts related to my medical school applications but I think might be beneficial for those of you guys who might be stressed lately and are prone to breakouts like me. I've been using the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care kit for the past 3 months and have to say that it's been pretty effective in clearing up my skin. I got the travel kit for about $40 at a duty free shop at the Orlando Airport when I was travelling back home from my Christmas vacation.

My kit came with:

1. Liquid facial soap  - 30 ml (I still have enough left to last me another month)
2. Clarifying lotion - 60 ml (I've only used less than 1/3 of the bottle)
3. Moisturizing gel - 50 ml (Sadly, I ran out of this just this past week)
4. Makeup remover - 50 ml (a lot left since I don't usually wear makeup)
5. All about eyes lotion cream - 15 ml (again, a lot left since I don't tend to use this)

The above kit was for "combination oily to oily" skin types. I've noticed that after using this kit, my skin has definitely improved with fewer breakouts and just looks a lot healthier and is definitely more smooth to the touch. Now, I still get the occasional breakout (but definitely not as much as before) so this skincare system isn't "perfect". My adolescent sister also used Clinique's 3 Step Skin Care kit but until recently, she has turned to a home-made technique that has significantly improved her breakouts - HONEY!

I actually never knew this but apparently, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. So, while it has the ability to destroy the bacteria that acne causes, it can also soothe, calm, and nourish the skin. What my sister has done is to use a bit of honey on the areas of her skin that have acne and leaves it on for about 15-30 minutes after which, she washes it off. Now, I've personally haven't tried this yet though I have noticed my sister's skin clearing up significantly in the past few weeks using this simple method. Let me know  if you guys have ever tried this before and what the results were!

Disclaimer: This review on Clinique's products are completely my own. I'm not sponsored by the company in any way.


  1. The honey thing totally works wonders for the skin. Love your blog. I just read the section about your MCAT. I took mine today, and felt the exact same way you did. Like you, and most other premeds, I had spent months furiously studying for this exam and felt like I had done the most I could in terms of preparation. Haha, yeah right...I get to the first section, get halfway through and feel great. Then, the stupid pop up comes telling me I've used half my time, and I have a good 3-4 (can't even rmr) passages left. FML- I had gotten so confident with the first two passages, I didn't even get to properly attempt and devote my best effort to the rest of them. The sad thing is- I had been making straight 13s on PS on my practice exams, and think I failed miserably on the real deal. I just got so panicked after seeing that I only had half my time left, my brain literally shut down, and I froze. Thinking of all the hard work- blood, tears and sweat- I had put into this exam, I literally almost got up and left the exam room on the verge of crying. I rarely freeze up like this, but I suppose the possibility that all of the hard work could have been a futile effort overwhelmed me, and I literally almost left the exam. Pray the scores turn out ok for me will you? :)
    The worst part is, I knew the content, and exactly how to apply it - my hands and brain just froze in a weird sort of stand still. I can't explain it. Hope no one else goes through that experience. :)

    1. Hey anonymous,
      The phys sciences section is so deceiving! I Went through basically the same experience. I remember laughing to myself when I wrote the damn thing and was about to walk out too -- sucks that it's the first section. But turns out it was my highest section.
      With the MCAT, you just don't know what will happen.

    2. I'm prone to breakouts when I'm stressed too (organic chemistry and cell bio, anyone?) so this post was very helpful. I might be picking up some Clinique soon.

      Good luck with the thesis :)

    3. @ Anonymous: I think the "post-MCAT" jitters is the norm for anyone who has written that 4+ hour exam so don't stress yourself out too much! You did the best you could and for all you know, your mark can be a lot better than you originally thought! I have to echo Cerena's sentiments because with the MCAT, you honestly do not know what will happen. The important thing is that you finished writing it, you did your best, and now just try to relax (I know it's easier said than done) and just move on and try not to think about it too much =)
      @ Becky: OMG organic chemistry haha! I remember taking that in first year - combine that with physics and biology = I think I was just drowning at that time. Let me know how Clinique ends up working for you!


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