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Get to Know: Clinique’s 3-Step Skincare System

The secret to skincare success is finding a daily routine—including a superstar cleanser, exfoliating toner, and softening moisturizer—fit for the needs of your particular skin type. Not sure if you’re dry, oily, or a combination of the two? Clinique’s dermatologist-developed 3-Step System comes in four versions designed to match your skin type’s 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 shiny—the 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 you’ve determined your skin type, follow the 3-step routine for your skin:

Skin Type: Very Dry/Dry Clinique 3-step Skincare Routine: Very Dry Skin

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

Skin Type: Dry Combination Clinique 3-step Skincare Routine: Very Dry Skin

If you find that your cheeks are tight, but your T-zone is normal, you have dry combination skin. Start with Clinique’s 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 Clinique 3-step Skincare Routine: Very Dry Skin

When your cheeks feel normal but your T-zone shows an excess of shine and oil, use products for combination oily skin. Clinique’s 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 Clinique 3-step Skincare Routine: Very Dry Skin

If you’re suffering from all-over shine, you’ll want to use a skincare routine designed for oily skin. Start with Clinique’s 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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