Beauty product of the week: Clinique iD Moisturiser
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You need to try the Clinique iD system.
Why we love this product
Treating acne scars and texture is a long and painful process. Whether you try facial treatments like skin needling or spend hundreds of dollars on expensive skincare, texture is not something that can just disappear overnight. Enter the Clinique iD, specifically the Active Cartridge Concentrate for Pores and Uneven Texture. This serum, paired with the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, has become my new best friend and an absolute necessity in my skincare routine.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? After continual use, it re-texturises the skin and gives you a glowing complexion.
How much is it? $65 for 115mL of moisturiser and 10mL of the concentrate.
If you've never heard of the Clinique iD system, you are seriously missing out. The idea behind it is to provide you with a personalised skincare routine. It's based on Clinique's most popular and best-selling hydration bases: the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ and the Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. Then, you choose from five Active Cartridge Concentrates and they all address different skin concerns: irritation, fine lines and wrinkles, pores and uneven texture, fatigue and uneven skin. This means there is a total of 15 combinations. After much thought and deliberation, I tried the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel combined with the Active Cartridge Concentrate for Pores and Uneven Texture – and I am obsessed.
My pimples are manageable but I have always been the most concerned with the texture of my skin. I suffered with different pigmentation and scarring issues from my acne and it's finally going away! You don't see results overnight. After using it morning and night for about 2 weeks, I started to notice a difference in my skin. Not only did my skin look glowy and feel incredibly soft, the texture of my skin had dramatically changed. It was finally smooth and I was pretty impressed.
The Dramatically Different Gel is designed for oily skin to normal skin types. It's lightweight and absorbs really quickly thanks to the gel-like formula. It works great when worn underneath makeup and actually protects against skin-damaging pollution. The product also helps to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier, keeping it hydrated for hours and hours. The Active Cartridge Concentrate is a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), specifically glycolic and lactic acid. It works as a chemical exfoliant, promoting cell turnover to give you clear and smooth skin.
I apply the moisturiser after I have cleansed and applied my serum (yes, I am that extra). The Dramatically Different Gel is really lightweight, so I need about 3 to 4 pumps to get the job done. If I have a pesky pimple, I follow up with my Real-U Remove Spot Treatment. I will admit, I was a little confused when I first opened the product because it's definitely innovative! After reading the clear instructions on the box, I was ready to start using it. You are given the cartridge separate to the base, so you simply twist off the lid and insert the vile of goodness into the bottle. No need for shaking, as you pump out the product you get a combination of the hydration base and the Active Cartridge Concentrate.
There is nothing to complain about the Clinique iD system. I am a big fan and I can see myself buying it again and again.
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The Clinique iD range is $65 which gives you 115mL of the hydration base, plus 10mL of the Active Cartridge Concentrate. I think this is a fair price, considering the product actually works. It does wonders for the skin and a little goes a long way – you won't need to use a lot of product to get the results. It's designed to last you around 2 to 3 months when used both morning and night.
Where to buy
You can buy directly from Clinique online but there's actually a load of online retailers that stock the beauty brand. My favourite places to shop are Adore Beauty and David Jones. Did someone mention a beauty haul?