And the awards for “Best Clinique Products” goes to…
Oh my, was it hard to pick. Clinique is one of the few skincare brands I bother to check out at department stores.
While everyone else (yes, La Mer, I’m looking at you) asks you for a kidney for a basic moisturising cream, Clinique fills its little tubes and bottles with plenty of antioxidants, acne fighters and all sorts of goodies to help you achieve clear and bright skin – you know, the reason why you’re buying skincare in the first place.
Heck, they even have a vitamin C serum that works. You know how rare that is?! Of course, that made the cut.
You want to know what else is on the list? Let’s get on with it then. Here are the 5 best Clinique products for your skin:
Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion ($18.00)
I know a lot of you don’t like benzoyl peroxide because it’s harsh as hell. But it truly is one of the best treatments for acne. BP works because it kills P. Acnes, the bacteria that’s making your life miserable. A killer can’t be too gentle, can it? If you’re willing to give BP a chance, Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion tames its harsh side with a blend of soothing agents, like green tea and kola extract, that counteracts irritation. But use it on pimples only!
Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C 10% ($76.50)
I know what you’re thinking: isn’t 10% too low? Not if you have sensitive skin. High concentrations of vitamin C can sting and irritate your skin, putting you off it. And that’s a shame cos vitamin C is an antiaging superstar: it fights free radicals, boosts collagen and brightens the complexion. Even at 10%. The real con is that it has no ferulic acid or vitamin E, two antioxidants that can boost the effectiveness of vitamin C – you need to get them from somewhere else. Still, Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster With Pure Vitamin C 10% has plenty other antioxidants (ironic, isn’t it?) so it’ll still do a lot to prevent the signs of aging.
Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($19.50)
Warning: if you don’t like silicones, Clinique Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is NOT for you. Me, I don’t mind them. For starters, silicones don’t suffocate skin. That’s a common myth that needs to die. Plus, they make the texture easy to spread, fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller and make skin velvety soft. But the stars of the show are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two gentle UV filters that protect from the entire UV range without irritating skin. Usually, they’d leave a white cast behind but the peachy tint takes care of that. It’s still a little thick, though.
Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?
Smart Treatment Oil ($44.50)
I love a good facial oil in the cold winter months. Clinique Smart Treatment Oil is one of my faves because it has no filler ingredients. Just 5 oils (safflower, sunflower, sesame, argan and cranberry) to moisturise skin and kept it soft and supple even in the coldest of weathers. Plus, plenty of antioxidants to prevent premature wrinkles. It’s fragrance-free so sensitive skin types can use it too. The only con? The see-through packaging can spoil the antioxidants. Keep it away from sunlight when you’re not using it.
Related: The Complete Guide To Facial Oils
Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturiser ($49.50)
Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturiser comes in 3 versions: Combination Oily To Oily Skin, Dry Combination Skin and Very Dry To Dry Skin. Because, no one size fits all. The drier skin is, the more rich and moisturising the cream must be. But they all have one thing in common: they’re full to the brim with antioxidants. Rosemary, turmeric, chamomile & co destroy free radicals before they have a chance to give you wrinkles and dark spots. Plus, some of these antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties that calm down redness and irritations. Did I mention they’re all fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin, too?
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