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Skincare · July 14, 2016

Get to Know: Cliniques 3-Step Skincare System

The secret to skincare success is finding a daily routineincluding a superstar cleanser, exfoliating toner, and softening moisturizerfit for the needs of your particular skin type. Not sure if youre dry, oily, or a combination of the two? Cliniques dermatologist-developed 3-Step System comes in four versions designed to match your skin types needs. Here, we help you find the right routine for you:

First Things First: Determine Your Skin Type

To figure out if your skin is dry, combination, or oily, take this three-step test: First, cleanse your face and wait 15 minutes without applying any additional products. Next, run your fingers along your T-zone, then cheeks. Lift your cheek to look for fine lines. Pay attention to which areas are tight and dry or shinythe results will help you determine your skin type.

Next, Pick Your Routine

Clinique has targeted routines for four different skin types: very dry/dry, dry combination, combination oily, and oily. Once youve determined your skin type, follow the 3-step routine for your skin:

Skin Type: Very Dry/Dry


If your entire face feels dry and tight, then youll want to look for products that cleanse and perfect the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. This routine consists of Cliniques Liquid Facial Soap - Extra-Mild, Clarifying Lotion 1, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.

Skin Type: Dry Combination


If you find that your cheeks are tight, but your T-zone is normal, you have dry combination skin. Start with Cliniques Liquid Facial Soap - Mild and the Clarifying Lotion 2 (to remove dry skin and excess oil) then finish with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.

Skin Type: Combination Oily


When your cheeks feel normal but your T-zone shows an excess of shine and oil, use products for combination oily skin. Cliniques Liquid Facial Soap - Oily and Clarifying Lotion 3 will remove excess sebum without causing dryness, and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel provides all-day (oil-free!) moisture.

Skin Type: Oily


If youre suffering from all-over shine, youll want to use a skincare routine designed for oily skin. Start with Cliniques Liquid Facial Soap - Oily followed by the Clarifying Lotion 4, which is formulated to sweep away excess oil and prevent breakouts. Finish your routine with the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, to keep your skin soft and moisturized.

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Maura M. Lynch

Burt's Bees addict. Watches way too much TV. Has never turned down a french fry.