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Clarisonic Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush

A New And Even Softer Clarisonic Brush: The Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush

November 20, 2013

One of the biggest points of contention with the Clarisonic is that it can be too rough for the face’s delicate skin.

But during my latest haunt inside a Sephora store, I found that the folks of Clarisonic have come out with a new Luxe Brush Head Collection.

These brushes characteristically have tapered, ultra-long filaments.

The result is that the brushes feel super duper soft. And yet, they still retain the ability to cleanse “6x better than hands alone.”

Clarisonic with Cashmere Luxe Brush

For the blissfully unaware, the Clarisonic Cleansing system uses sonic technology of more than 300 movements per second to deeply cleanse for smoother and more radiant skin.

Another advantage of using the Clarisonic is that it preps the skin to better absorb skincare products.

I, for one, use the Clarisonic Mia 2 (read my first impressions of it).

I began using it in January 2013. Which was the beginning of this year! Time sure is flying…

To this day, I still think my Clarisonic Mia 2 was worth every single penny.

As someone who advocates only the gentlest care and handling of the skin, I’d been using what was, at the time, the softest brush Clarisonic had to offer: the Delicate Brush Head.

Five months of use and the bristles on the Delicate brush finally began to stiffen and feel too rough on my skin. So I replaced it with the Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush Head.

Soft Clarisonic Brushes

[Delicate Brush Head on the Left, Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush on the Right.]

If you’re still on the fence about the Clarisonic, then this new soft-as-a-baby-angel’s-butt-err-wing-tips brush should finally put an end to your fears that the Clarisonic is “too rough” for your skin.

The Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush Head has a dual layer design, to gently massage the skin and generate “fluid forces” to cleanse and increase the skin’s hydration levels. It’s really best for mature and extremely dry skin types. Or for people who are crazy about using only the “gentlest” skincare products.

Using this brush feels wonderfully soft on the skin. But amazingly, it’s still incredibly effective at picking up makeup and dirt. I can literally see all the makeup and grime on the brush after using it.

At $30 per brush, this brush is $5 more expensive than the regular brushes (turning my nose up to this price bump).

But I would bet that this one is actually soft enough to use every day. And that’s something I will not say for the other regular Clarisonic facial brushes out there.

Clarisonic Cashmere Cleanse Facial Brush

[Close-up view of the Cashmere’s dual layer design.]

Even then, using your Clarisonic everyday, twice a day is just never necessary.

I like to use my Clarisonic as my deep cleanser and exfoliator.

Meaning that even with the softest of brushes, it should still only be used 2x per week. No more than 3x per week.

Also, do not fail to follow up your Clarisonic cleansing sessions with a special treatment! Like a Vitamin C Serum or a Retinol.

Recently, I’ve been following up my Clarisonic with this baby…

Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum

[SOS Thirst Quenching Serum by Caudalie. It’s TOTAL LOVE!]

I will have to tell you about this new love of mine another time.

For now, I must be going as tonight happens to be my special date night with my Clarisonic 😉

Q’ for the Clarisonic users out there:
What type of brush heads do you use?

My Skincare Routine

My Current Skincare Routine

April 8, 2013

If you’re curious as to what my current skincare routine looks like…

This Is It:

My Current Skincare Routine

It’s pretty basic, actually.

Ok, you might not believe me from just looking at the photo. But allow me explain.

These products can be broken up into 4 basic categories:

1) Cleansers
2) Moisturizers
3) Toner
4) Exfoliation

My Current Skincare Routine: Cleansers

The MIA 2 Clarisonic Brush: A sonic cleansing system that oscillates back and forth at over 300 movements per second. Also doubles as my exfoliation product. I wrote a review about it here.

Melvita Apicosma Cleansing Cream: This is a rich and gentle cleansing cream that has served me well throughout the winter. This cleansing cream works really well with the Clarisonic. I’m really happy with this one and I also carry this in the Ziba Shop.

Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant: This is an excellent makeup remover that you can find in many french pharmacies. I use this for the delicate area around my eyes and for the days when I don’t use the Clarisonic. It’s great for removing stubborn waterproof eye makeup.

My Current Skincare Routine: Moisturizers

Thémis Eye Contour Smoothing Gel: I can’t believe how long this eye gel has lasted me! I’ve had this since last August. I don’t use this one often because it does not work well under makeup during the day. But it’s excellent at moisturizing the delicate skin around my eyes during the night.

Andalou Naturals Facial Lotion with SPF 18: This has been my absolute favorite daily moisturizer for almost 2 years now!! To find out why this daily protective moisturizer rocks so much, you can read my review of it here.

Eau Thermale Jonzac Light Moisturizing Cream: From the sorry state of the tube, you can tell I’ve been trying to squeeze out every last drop of this cream. This is a really nice light cream that I use mainly at night. It keeps my skin hydrated and matte at the same time.

My Current Skincare Routine: Toner

Sanoflore True Rose Floral Water: If you’ve never tried spritzing some rose floral water on your face, you must! It is absolutely delightful.

Rose has purifying properties. And as a toner, it is non-alcohol based so it does not dry out the skin. I love how rose floral water leaves my skin feeling refreshed, dewy and comfortable.

 My Current Skincare Routine: Exfoliation with the Clarisonic Brush

The Mia 2 Clarisonic Brush: I love my Clarisonic more for its exfoliating abilities than as a cleanser. I’ll explain more in another post where I follow up my first impressions of the Clarisonic with a second look.

MY ROUTINE

In the morning... I wash my face with water. Nothing else. Then I follow this with my sun protective moisturizer, Andalou Naturals Daily Facial Lotion with SPF 18.

In the afternoon, to freshen up my skin, I spritz some Sanoflore Rose Floral Water.

At night, I dedicate the most time caring for my skin. I cleanse by first removing my makeup with Uriage L’Eau Demaquillant. Then I wash my face with Melvita’s Apicosma Cleansing cream. I follow cleansing with moisturizing my eyes with the Themis Eye Cream. Then I moisturize my face and neck with Jonziac Light Moisturizing Cream.

Every third night… my routine changes slightly. I still use my makeup remover, but then I follow this with cleansing and exfoliating with the Clarisonic brush.

The Clarisonic primes the skin to be ready to receive skincare products. So this is actually when I like to follow up with a more potent product, like a serum or retinol. Then I follow up with my usual Jonzac light moisturizing cream.

So you see… my skincare routine really is quite simple after all.

Most of the times, my skincare routine involves only the most basic essentials: a cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliation and a toner.

I wait every third night to bring out the big guns: mainly the Clarisonic, my serums and my retinols. Even then, I make sure to use only one of the more potent creams. I don’t like combining them together.

When I run out of a product, I may switch to a different brand. But the product I choose will still serve the same basic purpose.

In this way, my skincare routine has stayed pretty consistent for the past four months.

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What about you? What is your skincare routine like? How is it similar or how does it differ from the one I just described? 

The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skincare Cleansing Brush

First Impressions: Clarisonic Mia 2

January 16, 2013

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

The Clarisonic Mia 2 Skincare Cleansing Brush

2 Speed Settings

Bristles For Sensitive Skin

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.

A Must-Have Skincare Tool

To Learn More, Visit Clarisonic’s Official Website.