Clinique has taken a giant leap into the digital arena with their in-store iPad skin analysis app.
So you all remember last October when I was tweeting about Clinique’s new in-store iPad app for skin analysis. Well, now I can tell you about it in more depth, as I’ve had time to try the products recommended to me by the app.
The app offers an incredible new way for skin diagnosis. The iPad is on the counter, and you can choose to either go through the questionnaire yourself, or with a Clinique consultant. This is fab for those of us who sometimes feel harassed by counter consultants.
The series of questions takes about 5-10 minutes, and at the end will give you a list of recommended Clinique products for your skin type and major concerns. You can also find-out more about these products, by clicking through to the info page of the product. You can then choose to either print your product list (it comes out like a till slip), or you can mail it to yourself. I did both, just incase I lost the slip. Don’t worry – all of the info is deleted once your session is finished, so nobody can get hold of your info.
Skin analysis is the main function of the app, but you can also scan the barcode of any Clinique product, and it will give you more detailed information, recommendations and the price.
My skin came-out as dry/combination, which is spot on. My cheeks are dry, and my t-zone tends to be a little problematic. The major concern I chose to work on was my pigmentation, so was given some recommendations for that too. Now, of course, Clinique wants to sell you their products, and they will always have a list of products you should be using. That’s exactly why I’ve waited and tested the products to see if they actually worked before I told you all about it. I also opted to use the entire range, so that if something didn’t work, any other products I was using couldn’t be blamed.
So here is my line-up:
I cleanse with the good old 3 step – 1 Mild Liquid Face Soap for Dry Combination Skin, followed with the same 2 Clarifying Lotion. I don’t use the 3 Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion because I have the Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF20 that I apply after the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. At night I follow the same routine, but instead of the SPF20, I use Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. I was also given the Redness Solutions Urgent Relief Cream for the sudden red flare-up’s I’m prone to.
I’ve been on this routine for just over 6 weeks now, and I’m thoroughly impressed. As with any change in skin care, the first few weeks were rough; my skin broke-out and was dry in places it usually isn’t, but I persevered, and have come out the other side a very happy camper. My skin feels smoother and softer, and my pigmentation has decreased so dramatically that somebody asked me if I’d been having MDA. I haven’t.
The only thing I didn’t like was the Moisture Surge, as I found it a bit heavy. But I’m keeping it for winter, as I suspect this is because I’ve been using it in very hot weather, and my skin isn’t as dry as it was in October.
I can highly recommend the app, especially if you’re stuck in a skincare rut, and not sure what to do about it. It’s only available at a few counters at the moment, but they are working on rolling-out to the rest of them soon.