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.