The new year has begun and I have a lot of product reviews lined up.
I’m going to start with a tool that I think every skincare enthusiast should look into: the Clarisonic cleansing brush.
If you are not familiar with the Clarisonic brush, it is a cleansing system that uses incredibly rapid sonic movements (more than 300 movements per second) to gently and thoroughly remove dirt, oil and makeup from the skin. The Clarisonic claims to be able to remove six times more makeup and two times more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone.
I’ve gone through many different type of cleansing creams, foams and exfoliating scrubs, but none have been satisfactory at keeping my skin clear. So this was a tool that really appealed to me.
You may remember from a previous post about how I was having problems ridding myself of the small, flesh-colored bumps on my face (a mild form of acne known as closed comedones, aka whiteheads). And although I’d been regularly using La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo with positive results, the fact is, my skin never became completely free of those little bumps that appeared a year ago.
ROKderm, a blogger who I consider to be a bona fide skincare guru, has lauded the Clarisonic brush time and time again for its effectiveness at cleansing the skin. I also read countless other reviews by people who had suffered from acne and how using the Clarisonic brush had helped clear out their skin. So although I’d looked around and read up on different skincare brushes, in the end, the Clarisonic was my first and only real choice.
After reading all the positive raves and reviews about it, I narrowed my choice down to the Clarisonic Mia 2.
THE CLARISONIC MIA 2
My Experience Thus Far:
The Clarisonic Mia 2 has two speed settings and a one-minute timer that beeps after 10 and 20 second intervals in order to tell you when it’s time to move to a different part of your face. The brush head that came with it is made for sensitive skin, but you can replace it with different types of brushes depending on your skin type and conditions.
I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for three weeks now. I’ve been using it every other night, on the lowest setting. I haven’t used it every night because I wanted to first test out how my skin would react to it.
The first time I tried it, I could barely feel the brush moving against my skin. But immediately afterwards, my skin felt slightly raw and tender. Over time however, my skin adapted to the brush and no longer reacts this way.
During these past three weeks of using the Clarisonic brush, my skin has visibly cleared up and feels wonderfully smooth. I have to keep from touching my face so much because of how smooth my skin feels.
On days when I wear makeup, it’s really satisfying to see on the brush how much makeup has been removed. Besides cleaning your skin, another advantage of using the Clarisonic is that it allows your skin to absorb skincare products more readily, which also means economizing on your moisturizers and serums as you will need less of them for the same effect.
I think the coolest feature of my Clarisonic is the magnetic charger which snaps onto the brush handle and permits the brush to be waterproof. Even though I know it’s waterproof, it still feels pretty weird being able to run the brush under water, like I’m going to mess it up or get myself electrocuted.
Things To Consider:
This is not the type of beauty product that you buy on a whim. I got my Clarisonic for Christmas but for a long time I’d given it a lot of thought. The price of the different Clarisonic cleansing brushes range from $120 to $225. And the brush heads, which are priced at $25 each, have to be replaced every three months.
Personally, I think if you suffer from acne and you are having a hard time keeping your skin clear, or if you wear a lot of makeup, or live in a city and expose your skin to a lot of pollutants, then the Clarisonic cleansing brush is a must-have tool for your skin.