This was my very first moisturizer in very dry to dry. Or more like the older formula.
A little history - I have ONLY used drugstore cleansers (no toner, no moisturizer etc) all my life up till I was 26. Some brands (especially the cursed Neutrogena - I tried a couple of their cleansers) broke me out horribly so I was always very skeptical about skincare. Plus was pretty low on funds to give a crap. I'd get cystic acne here and there occasionally, large pores, blackheads and had VERY dry combination skin.
I occasionally went to the dermatologist (like maybe once a year) and they'd always tell me that my skin is horrifyingly dry. I live in Malaysia and with its humid weather, I'd still have dry patches. Oh and of course pigmentation from zero sunscreen.
So one day I decided that I needed to do something about my skin and got myself the Clinique 3 step skincare. I liked their packaging and that they marketed their products for sensitive skin. A little pricey but I thought I'd pamper myself.
After some months of using this (along with their Clarifying Toner 2, cleanser, 7 day scrub), I went to the dermatologist and my therapist was surprised that my skin was a lot better (they had records of my skin's moisture level with their high tech looking machine).
Of course I'm still lazy and sometimes skip days of not moisturizing, but all in all my skin is a lot better. I still get 1-2 monthly hormonal cystic acne on the chin, a couple closed comedones between my brows and have got loads of tiny acne scar holes exclusively on my chin and between brows (no idea what kinda scars they're called) from all the years of not taking care of myself.
I'm 33 now and have gone through many bottles of this for 7 years (if it's not broken, don't fix it mentality) but recently I noticed that it no longer sinks in like it used to, and felt too heavy. I guess it has done its job and my skin is no longer in the dry category. I went to the dermatologist last month and they actually said my skin is normal combination! Yay!
So yeah, I'd definitely recommend, but it's time I moved on to greener pastures. But boo to having to search for my next HG.