Today I have an interview at a marketing firm for a summer internship. Eek! I’d say that I would let you know how it goes, but I listed my blog on my resume. It might be a little awkward if I start going on about how good/bad the interview went and have the interviewer read this and think what a smug little brat I am/little confidence I have.
Anyway! Today is all about Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer Oil-Free. I bought it at Sephora, two and a half weeks ago, and it cost $19.50 for 1.7oz/50mL. I looked up reviews before buying, and it has an 89 percent approval out of 264 reviewer on Clinque’s website. So, obviously a lot of people like it. That sounded good to me, so I bought it.
This moisturizer is part of Clinique’s 3 Step Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. I am not doing the system, but according to Clinique this moisturizer is supposed to treat acne and prevent breakouts. Perfect.
I talked a little about my skin in my review of bareMinerals Foundation, but as a recap I have combination dry/oily skin. I am prone to blemishes, so I always keep my eye out for oil free formulas in face products. Before I started using the Clinique moisturizer, I had been using Cetaphil’s Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer for about a year.
But I was ready for a change, so I was excited to try out a new product. My first impression of the Clinique, was that it’s sort of an odd consistency for a moisturizer. It’s kind of runny, almost like benzoyl peroxide (very popular cream for blemishes) that’s been watered down. It is non-fragrance, but it does have a bit of a nice natural scent. Due to the consistency, a little goes a long way, so I can see the tube lasting a pretty long time.
The formula is very light, and non greasy.
When I first used the moisturizer, I noticed my skin was sort of tight from it. After a few days of use (applying every morning), my skin got really dry and flaky. I had to bump down to using it only once a day, every other day like Clinique recommends if your skin gets too dry from the product. However, because I like wearing mineral foundation, dryness is equivalent with a flaky disaster because mineral foundation highlights every patch of dry skin on your face,
I had to start mixing the Clinique with my Cetaphil moisturizer, to give my face enough moisture to apply foundation. But, I wasn’t ready to give up on the Clinique just yet. I tried slowly cutting back on the amount of Cetaphil and increasing the amount of Clinique, but my skin wasn’t having it.The Clinique was simply too drying.
It sort of sucks, that it ended up drying out my skin. On closer review, I’ve noticed that a lot of the reviews on the Clinique website mention having to put on another moisturizer on top of the Clinique moisturizer because it is so drying.
I did notice a difference in number of new blemishes I was getting, but I feel like that has more to do with me having started using Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser.
If you are have just a little bit of dryness and are oily prone then this is probably a good moisturizer for you because it is light, it smells nice, and it has blemish fighting ingredients. However, if your skin is as dry as mine, I would say this probably isn’t the best choice of moisturizers for you.
What’s your favorite brand of moisturizer? Do you have dry skin? Do you moisturize everyday?