Clinique 3-Step Skin Care + Sonic System.

The Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System is one of the most basic and one of the best skin care systems out there. It was the first way I was introduced to skin care when I was in my late teens when my Mom brought me to the Clinique counter. While the products have been upgraded a bit, the system has remained true to its core with the simple 3-step process, which takes just 3 minutes. With the addition of the Clinique Sonic System, skin is more clean and clear than ever before.

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care + Sonic System

When my skin is feeling stressed or dehydrated, as it has been lately, or when I experience a freak-out, I always go back to the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System. This system always seems to get my skin back on track and back to normal.

The Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System includes 3 products, and you guessed it, 3 steps. There are multiple products, each designed for your skin type. No matter what kind of skin type you have, there is a product for you. If you are dry, oily, normal, etc., there are different product choices for each step and of course, you can mix and match products. 

Step 1: Cleanse
You start with a selection of cleansers to leave the skin clean and feeling fresh. I like the Liquid Facial Soap. This is a very mild cleanser that has a beautiful soft later. It cleanses my skin while removing all of my makeup, even stubborn and hard to remove long-wearing products. Sometimes, especially in the summer, it's great to pick up a different cleanser like the new City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleanser Gel. This cleanser contains natural charcoal that helps to clean out the oil and dirt that build up in the pores.

City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleanser Gel

Step 2: Exfoliate
In this step, you exfoliate all the gunk and junk from your skin like excess oil and dry skin flakes that dull the skin with a toner. I go between using Clarifying Lotion 2 and Clarifying Lotion 1. I use Clarifying Lotion 1 in the winter months when my skin is drier and Clarifying Lotion, which has more of an astringent feel, in the warm weather months. I one of the Clarifying Lotions as my toner year round. 

Step 3: Moisturize
Skin needs moisture to maintain its optimal hydration level and a moisturizer based on your skin's specific needs is the final step in the 3-Step Skin Care System. If you have dry or normal skin, you will use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (see my complete review here), or if you skin is oily you will use the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

The newer addition to the 3-Step Skin Care System is the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush. Now, I often talk about my love for the Clarisonic devices, and this is similar to the Clarisonic in that it is a sonic system, yet it's different in the way that the brush is tilted and the brush itself. I actually feel like my face gets cleaner when using the Clinique Sonic System. With the unique tilted brush head plus the sonic technology and the two types of bristles that thoroughly clean hard to reach areas of my face, I never experienced this kind of clean before. Areas like my chin, forehead and nose get super clean — right where dirt and oil like to hang out. The entire cleanse with this brush only takes one minute.  I think of the Clarisonic as a skin care system for anti-aging and the Clinique Sonic System as a cleansing system. I highly recommend both. 

Clinique products are available at and at all Clinique counters (where a consultant will help you find the right products for your skin type) in stores like Nordstrom and Macy's. It's also available at Sephora and Ulta


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Teri Cosenzi

I'm Teri, your resident beauty expert. While I'm not playing with beauty products, painting my nails or shopping for makeup with my daughter who loves trying products with me, you will probably find me sneaking off to Florida with my husband of over 25 years or cheering on one of my three sons. I like baking, re-decorating, drinking tea, fussing with my flowers and facials.