... I was thoroughly convinced if I invested in 5 products from iS Clinical, totaling £263, it would change my skin for the better.

I wouldn’t consider myself the biggest beauty junkie but if something comes highly recommended and promises impressive results, I’m all ears.  As a previous victim of acne and still a long-term sufferer of enlarged/congested pores I’m constantly on the hunt for miracle solutions.  

Last year I was kindly gifted a course of Diamond Peel facials by Phi Clinic on Harley Street (read a full review HERE).  Samantha, the practitioner nurse overseeing my treatments, had been raving about iS Clinical skincare during my appointments and how it would resolve my problem areas. 

Being at a clinic such as Phi which is so highly regarded and positioned on one of the world’s best medical streets, you know you’re dealing with experts, so you automatically trust everything they tell you.  For this reason, I was thoroughly convinced if I invested in 5 products from iS Clinical, totaling £263, it would change my skin for the better. 

I took home the following products: 

Cleansing Complex | Active Serum | Pro Heal Serum | Advance+ | Hydra-Cool Serum | Extreme Protect SPF 30

iS Clinical’s mantra is it only takes 4 steps to great skin. Each product has active ingredients which work simultaneously to create (and I’m quoting them here) “incredible skin”.

Step 1: Cleanse 

Cleansing with their “Cleansing Complex” cleanser promises to resurface, clear and deep-cleanse which is powerful yet gentle enough for hypersensitive skin.

Step 2: Treat 

The second step targets your specific skin concerns and successfully treats them.  

I used the Active Serum, iS Clinical’s hero product, as part of my evening routine.  It’s described as a fast-acting, long term, “results orientated” formula aimed at decreasing the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, evening skin tone and excellent for blemish-prone skin. It produces results within a “couple of days”.  

The Pro Heal Serum Advance + was my morning treatment and is basically a potent dose of vitamin C to brighten the skin and increase antioxidant protection.

Step 3: Hydrate 

Step 3 is all about replenishing and balancing the skin’s moisture without clogging pores or feeling heavy.  This is done via the Hydra Cool serum which is formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate and visibly soothe the skin.  

Step 4: Protect 

We all know SPF is vital against the sun’s harmful rays.  The Extreme Protect+ SPF 30 claims to offer advanced sun protection.

I consistently used the products night and day for 2 months.  In the first couple of weeks, I was full of hope. The Hydra-Cool Serum particularly stood out adding some much-needed hydration from the potency of the treatment serums.  

At the one month mark I began to notice just how dry skin had become.  My skin does get noticeably drier during the winter months, but this was far worse than I’d ever seen it before.  I was getting flaky patches of skin around my nose and between my eyebrows which I simply couldn’t hide.  It clung to makeup which looked awful but even worse if I didn’t try to hide it at all.  

I also have to mention that The Extreme Protect moisturiser, which retails for £57, was simply a glorified SPF. Even as someone with dry skin, I found it to be unnecessarily thick which left you increasingly greasy as the day went on. It reminded me of those SPFs you use while skiing which leaves your skin white after you’ve applied them. Great if you’re in the Alps, not so great if you’re in London.

The massive lesson I took home from this very expensive skin experiment is a hefty price tag doesn’t always equate to better results.  In this case, my desperation for better, less congested skin clouded my judgement.  I was so keen to believe the claims Phi Clinic were promising but the truth is these products were simply not suited to my skin type. Clinics, skincare and beauty brands build their businesses on lulling us into a false sense of hope and it’s so easy to fall into that trap. Sadly, ongoing skin issues can’t be eradicated with big promises and the swipe of a credit card.

Also, just because there’s hype or importance surrounding a brand, it doesn’t mean it’s better. I was suckered into the clever marketing of iS Clinical. In order to be able to even buy the product, you’re required to have an appointment which made it seem so special and exclusory. Now I’ve learned if a brand really believes their promises they’ll happily give you a tester or two to take away before they take your money.

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