A lot has happened to my body over the past 7 months of pregnancy yet the biggest surprise to me was how my skin changed; I never expected my once all-over oily skin would suddenly have dry patches and become more combination. Suddenly, the daily struggles I face with my skin have changed, even though it had been the same for years. That’s where Clinique come in, over the last past weeks I’ve been trying out a handful of their products from Boots and wanted to report on how these have helped me combat the day-to-day struggles.
The first struggle I face with my skin of a morning is the overnight oils my skin produce. This is something I have suffered with for as long as I can remember and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere yet. In the AM, I start by cleansing my face with warm water and a microfiber cloth for a gentle refresh, I then add a clarifying toner with cotton wool to the face focusing on the oil-prone areas and then I add two pumps of the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to add moisture back to my skin. For me, this product is perfect as it’s lightweight so it takes only a few seconds for my skin to absorb (very important when I’m in a rush getting to work) but it also makes my skin look (and feel) great without being greasy. It works perfectly as my final skincare step and helps to lock in moisture that I would have washed away. I had never tried the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel before now but it’s no surprise one is sold every four seconds around the world as it’s such a simple product that finishes off my morning routine and helps my face become the perfect canvas for makeup application as it even provides a soft glow. Whilst others may compliment the glow for pregnancy, I know I have to hand it to this guy.
When I lived in London, I 100% took for granted not having to commute for work. If you keep up to date with videos on my channel then you may know my office has recently moved closer to home which almost halves my journey but even so, it still takes me around half an hour to get to work by car. They’ve also decided to close off the road I would travel on, so now it takes me twice as long to get to work as the traffic and congestion is so bad and it’s remaining closed for the rest of my time at work before I start maternity leave – joy. With this in mind, my commute has become a lot more polluted, congested as well as slow. These fumes can have an effect on your skin, too. I also normally have my window down to get some natural air as the car can get stuffy. Pollution and traffic fumes can also have a negative effect on your skin so when I get home I always remove my makeup using hot water and a microfibre cloth, I have then been trialling the Clinique City Block Charcoal Clay Mask & Scrub which is made to fight pollution, traffic exhaust, smoke and other nasty environmental toxins that can put stress on your skin. The key problem areas I target with this Clinique product are my enlarged pores, dry skin and loss of elasticity. To use, simply apply the mask with fingertips all over the face but avoid your eye area, of course. Then leave on for 5-10 minutes (this depends on how thick you apply) or until the Clinique mask turns blue and then apply warm water to the face and massage into skin and you’ll see the exfoliating properties get to work. I then removed the charcoal mix with a towel once my skin felt refreshed and it definitely made everything feel fresher. I have been applying this 1 to 2 times a week depending on how bad my skin is looking/feeling and I love how pampering it feels. I rarely understood the need for Anti Pollution Skincare but now I’m aware of the effects on my skin, I’ll always consider it when adding new skincare items to my collection.
If your job doesn’t cause you to stress, you’re either lying or lucky. Stress causes a chemical response in your body to make skin more sensitive and reactive namely due to creating hormones such as cortisol which basically tells your skin to make more oil which is why acne and spots can be triggered by stress. Whilst I manage to avoid breakouts, I do have to powder my face at 1pm to prevent looking like an oily mess. This is where the Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel helps, not only does it work against pollution (hence the name) it also works at fighting the production of excess oil whilst deeply cleansing the skin. I’ll use this when I don’t use the Clinique mask, as this is more of a gel, so I take a small amount, massage it into the face with warm water and then use my Clarasonic brush to really penetrate it into my skin for a thorough clean. You then wash off with a warm towel and the biggest surprise to me was how soothing my face felt. I have been using just of an evening, but you can use morning and evening for more effect.
Being pregnant has made my diet so much more important than ever before but if I said I didn’t snack at work, then again I’d be lying. I’m also not alone in knowing I don’t drink enough water. Healthy foods, of course, can lead to healthier-looking skin, however, I’m a sucker for sugar and salty snacks at my desk. These can cause pimples, breakouts and oils as many of you are already aware. Water, of course, is essential in keeping your body hydrated but also your skin so really is important in keeping in mind. Having a hydration tracker bottle has worked wonders for prompting me to drink more by a certain time and really is essential for fellow office workers.
As mentioned, pregnancy has changed my skin from oily to combination. My chin and around my mouth has become unusually dry and pretty sensitive so I always need to make sure my skin is well hydrated and protected especially against external factors. For this, my favourite Clinique product to use on these areas especially is this Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. This super lightweight, oil-free jelly works to repair skin’s moisture barrier and it provides 24-hour hydration. I often use this after the other steps but focus on those dry areas to balance out the overall hydration of my face. This Clinique jelly also contains Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid that attracts moisture and encourages it to bind to the skin. All you need is 1-2 pumps over your face and you can apply morning and night depending on just how dry those areas are. I rarely used hydrating products on my face pre-pregnancy but I’ve enjoyed trying new products over the past few months to help my changing skin.
I’ve mentioned that I take a lot of steps when I get home from work to target the different problems my skin faces during the day, but it’s only until I’ve got a little older do I understand the importance of having a skincare routine that not only works for you but also fights those key areas. My mum used to always say “preventative is better than a cure” and whilst the Clinique products have only been in my collection for a few weeks, they’ve slotted into my everyday routine super quickly and has helped me focus on why my skin is acting the way it has been and ways I can combat them. Clinique products feel so luxurious on the skin and I’m already looking at other products I can try out from the Boots website. Also with Christmas coming up, their gift sets could make great presents for people I know that are having the same skin woes as me.
Boots is the place to go to get hold of all of the Clinique products I have mentioned in today’s post, with both the convenience of online shopping as well as over 2,500 stores in the UK, if you’re unsure on which Clinique products are best for your skin type a member of staff will always be happy to help. If you are skin conscious and looking to find products to work with your skin type then I’d definitely recommend their products – they’re hugely popular for a reason and I’m already obsessed.
Which Clinique products are your favourite? I’d love to know.
*This post is in collaboration with Boots, however, all thoughts are my own, click here to read my full disclaimer.