Clinique Medical: The Department Store Meets The Doctor's OfficeWednesday, November 19, 2008
While there are quite a few products out there to treat aging, acne and various other skin conditions on the market, there aren't any to use in conjunction with "the things that dermatologists do to you that I don't mention here."**
Well, Clinique and Allergan saw the opening in the market and decided to create a new skin care line specially for those that have undergone non-surgical procedures like peels, microdermabrasion or laser retexturing. These procedures often remove outer layers of the epidermis, and it stands to reason that special care is required after such a procedure. So, they've created just such a collection.
The new Clinique Medical collection is optimized for preparing skin pre-procedure, recovering from the procedure and then prolonging your results. While anyone could definitely use these products (and I did like the one I tried), they were formulated to complement the benefits of the procedures. They can be purchased on their own or you can save a few bucks when you buy them in the Optimizing Regimen Kit.
Included in the line:
• Probiotic Cleanser: Pre and Post-treatment
• Skin Conditioning Treatment: A exfoliator with salicylic acid, to be used pre-treatment
• Recovery Week Comples: Post-treatment, 1% Hydrocortisone cream to help combat redness and irritation
• Optimizing Treatment Cream: Pre and Post-treatment, A cream to help prolong results of the treatment, contains Vitamins C and E, Pro-biotics and other anti-irritants
• Daily SPF 38
• Dry Spot Balm: Contains Sea Whip Extract which helps reduce the appearance of redness, irritation and dryness and relieves skin discomfort
Daily SPF 38 Review
Knowing my love of all things sunscreen (and my never-ending quest to find the holy grail of broad spectrum UV coverage to wear under my makeup everyday), I was more than willing to try out the Sunscreen when it was offered to me.
This sunscreen feels much heavier initially than it actually is on the skin. It feels silky and it sinks into my skin rather quickly, leaving behind minimal residue and only a very mild sunscreen scent, which quickly fades. I was definitely able to apply makeup over it without blending issues.
While it doesn't have full broad spectrum coverage, both UVA and UVB coverage is provided. I also like that it has SPF 38 rather than the more typical SPF 15 found in everyday sunscreens.
Overall I thought that this was a great overall everyday sunscreen!
**I just wanted to explain for a moment. I don't discuss things that require a physician to get them. This means I won't talk about surgery, laser treatments, etc. Only things you can just buy or pay for on your own. Over the counter items available in your doctor's office are ok in my mind because sometimes you can get them from an on-line store. The reason I draw this line is that as a physician I don't feel it's right for me to offer my opinion on those things when I'm board certified in a different specialty. I'm not sure that it really matters in the long run since I'm more than willing to share my opinion of a face cream or mascara, but it's my site. So there you go.