25 before 25 update: Clinique 3 Step Skincare
I realized that I needed a proper skincare routine when I started to wear makeup and hated how my skin looked with foundation on. Though my skin looked fine bare, foundation just accentuates every dry patch and fine line, defeating the purpose of wearing makeup.
I chose the Clinique 3 Step set for my new routine because it's touted as a dermatologist-tested brand and fragrance free, which is crucial for someone with a sensitive nose like me. I also like how it's a cohesive set with only three products, greatly reducing the possibility of me slacking off.
I immediately noticed a drastic change in my skin after I started using this set. What used to be dull and rough transformed into bright and clear skin and appeared to be several shades lighter, a pleasant side effect. However, I feel like the difference is prominent because of my lack of effort before and others probably won't see such good results.
While I am comfortable with my new routine, I don't think I will continue to use Clinique's 3 Step due to a few reasons. Firstly, while the brand is easily accessible in Taiwan, the products are all marked up by at least US$3, making it quite a expensive brand. Secondly, the alcohol in the toner can set my nose off and I do not appreciate the fact that a dermatologist-tested brand knows not to add fragrance, but still uses colouring in their products. Thirdly, I'm trying to switch to MIT brands, both to support local businesses and to reduce negative impact on the environment.
All in all, the Clinique 3 Step is not the answer for me, but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a simple skincare solution and is not averse to alcohol or colouring in their products.