Guide to Clinique Skin Care Products

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Company History

The Clinique skin care line was developed in 1968. The brand, founded by The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., is a leader in the beauty industry and sold in over 130 countries and territories. In addition to skin care, the company also produces prestige makeup and fragrance products. Under the guidance of a team of dermatologists, Clinique continually develops an ever-growing collection of gentle, allergy-tested and fragrance-free products.

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System

It's no coincidence that the most eye-catching products behind the Clinique counter are the components of the renowned 3-Step Skin Care System. Simple in theory and in practice, Clinique's skin care system is ingeniously designed to suit any skin type. The secret is in the brand's skin analysis, a virtual "personal skin report" that quickly and efficiently determines which 3-Step product combination is appropriate for each individual. The following products comprise the complete collection, in step-by-step order:

Facial Soap/Liquid Facial Soap

Available in the classic bar and the newer liquid formula, Clinique's facial soap cleanses without stripping the skin of protective and necessary lipids. An ultra-mild version is available for those with extremely sensitive skin.

Clarifying Lotion

Clinique refers to this exfoliating toner as the "difference-maker." Applied with a cotton ball and swept lightly over the face and throat, it gently releases dead skin cells and dull flakes, revealing a vibrant complexion and natural glow.

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion/Gel

The famous yellow moisture "drink" is the Clinique skin care line's claim to fame. Available in a rich cream and a new, oil-free gel formula, this moisturizer acts as a double agent: as it softens, it also protects the skin's integrity, making it less susceptible to external aggravation.

Clinique Skin Care Collections

Clinique has a product for every skin woe out there. The brand's extensive collection includes the following lines:

  • Anti-Aging: A collection of hand, lip, eye and facial skin care products designed to combat the appearance of lines, brighten and hydrate dull skin, enhance natural collagen levels and replenish antioxidants.
  • Acne: A collection of medicated, moisturizing and cleansing products specially formulated for acne-prone skin.
  • CX: Addressing the unique needs of irritated, vulnerable skin, this Clinique skin care collection provides comfort and heals redness and irritation.
  • Derma White: A collection designed to brighten and illuminate skin from within, breaking down dark spots in the process.
  • Pores: Refining, reducing and unclogging pores, this skin care collection is lightweight and oil-free.
  • Special Care: This collection targets the multitude of maladies that afflict the skin at any given time. Soothers, hydrators, renewing agents and inhibitors work to heal and repair the skin gently and effectively.
Clinique Skin Care At a Glance
Skin Type Collection
Dry Anti-Aging, CX, Special Care
Oily Acne, Pores
Sensitive CX, Special Care
Aging Anti-Aging, Derma White

Take the Day Off

Removing makeup at the end of the day doesn't have to be a chore, but it "is" a necessity in order to maintain clear, healthy, vibrant skin. Clinique skin care offers a collection of cleansers, which make it a breeze to take the day off.

  • Take the Day Off: Available in milk, balm and the classic oil-based formula, this cleanser efficiently removes even the most stubborn makeup. A swipe of an oil-soaked cotton ball will quickly remove waterproof mascara, for example, while a quick milk massage will vanquish any trace of long-wearing foundation in a snap.
  • Rinse Off: The Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser and Eye Makeup Solvent are ideal for all skin types.
  • Gentle: The Extremely Gentle Cleansing Cream and Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover treat sensitive skin with care and comfort.
  • Wash Away: Designed for oily skin, the cool blue Gel Cleanser is a concentrated foam that easily removes makeup while soothing the face.

Club Clinique

Club Clinique is a members-only group offering customers exclusive benefits and special offers. Available online, the membership offers complimentary samples, limited-time promotions and access to Clinique Lab Reports, among other benefits. Clinique skin care users receive free shipping with the purchase of two 3-Step Skin Care products.

Where to Purchase

Clinique is a mainstay at fine department stores across the United States and around the world. It is also available online at the brand's company web site, as well as cosmetic retailers Sephora and Macy's. The Clinique skin care line is readily available at most of these establishments.

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