When it comes to skin care, there is still no substitute for cleansing, toning and moisturising. This is the focus of Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care Great Skin Guaranteed programme this month. According to Clinique, its three products, used twice daily, are all that women need to create soft, smooth and translucent skin at any age. To highlight the 3-Step Skin Care System, Clinique is carrying out a sampling programme with a 3-Step Discovery Kit of miniature products offered for three skin types. Every sale of the 3-Step Clinique will be followed up with a phone call or personal consultation. In the past five years, about 100 million 3-Step Clinique products have been sold worldwide. To complement its 3-Step system, Clinique has a range of exfoliation products to slough off dead skin cells, lessen the appearance of fine lines and make skin glow. The latest is its 7-Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula ($160), a 30-second workout for skin. 'In the past it was a cream that could only be tissued off,' said public relations manager Rita Wong. 'The texture of this scrub is still a cream base with fine granules inside but it has been formulated to either rinse off or tissue off.' This lightweight scrub 'exercises' tired, sluggish skin, helping to accelerate cell turnover and bring new cells to the surface. Skin is renewed, refined and more translucent as a result. For oil-prone or combination skin affected by heat and humidity, Clinique offers a refreshing Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask which energises and invigorates skin under stress and leaves it matt and supple. This lightweight, rinse-off mask contains natural and synthetic clays (cornstarch and kaolin) to draw out excess oil and dirt. Patent-pending technology allows for the gentle, controlled delivery of salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and help sweep away surface flakiness. In addition, a special polymer controls the spread of oil to help inhibit the outbreak of acne. Surface sebum is reduced by up to 40 per cent for up to six hours and the appearance of pores is temporarily reduced by up to 50 per cent. Kola nut extract and aloe vera soothe skin, while menthol and rosemary offer an exhilarating lift. Deep Cleansing Emergency Mask can be used either as a five-minute quick fix or a 20-minute mini-spa facial treatment (fresh from the fridge, it cools overheated skin). It serves either as an all-over mask or a spot treatment for oily T-zones and should be followed with Clinique's 3-Step system.