I recently brought a Clarisonic Mia (from my own cash, this was not sent to me to review) since Beauty.com had a 20% off Friends and Family sale and I decided to take advantage of it to upgrade my skincare routine. I was seriously contemplating buying one over the summer, but the price became a major negative factor. From what I know, Clarisonics don’t go ‘on sale.’ You won’t find them on sale in Nordstroms or Macy’s so don’t even try.
I was so excited about it that I ended up telling all my friends. You guys are funny because every time I mention Clarisonic I inevitably get some people who give me blank stares or ask me what it is because it looks like torture. Instead of explaining it a million times I will explain it once in a neat little blog post. (Really guys, I would think that you would know about skincare…)
A Clarisonic looks like this:
These little doodads run from about $120 (Mia) to $225 (Plus).
- What Does REGULAR Face Washing Do?
Basically its a tool that you use about once or twice a day and it helps you clean your face. Usually when you clean your face you use a cleanser and your hands, right? That’s what I used to do. I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash to wash my face once or twice a day. This is actually the least efficient way of washing your face (besides just using plain water). You really only wash the surface and you’ll be surprised as how much dirt is left on the surface. The next best way is to use your face wash with a muslin cloth or a cotton cloth. This will help you exfoliate your skin a tiny bit and wahes it better than using your hands. (Have you ever washed your face in a basin of water? Do you remember how absolutely nasty the water gets? That’s barely even all the dirt you have piled up on your face.)
- What Does a Clarisonic Do?
Then there is the Clarisonic (aka: miracle worker). It uses a soft bristle brush and then it vibrates to get the cleanser deep into your pores and flushes all the dirt out. It flushes out oils, deeply lodged dirt, and gently exfoliates the upper dem layer (but doesn’t kill your skin like some exfoliators do and is gentle enough to use every day). Some people explain it as an electric toothbrush for your face, but that’s a scary way of thinking about it. The brush doesn’t spin at all and it doesn’t drag your face (like the Olay Pro X, which I hate).
The Clarisonic will wash your skin 6 times better than any other method, it can help with preventing acne, if you use an acne fash wash it will help it penetrate the skin better, it evens skin tone over time, it gently removes dead skin cells, it will help your moisturizers and serums absorb better, it massages the skin gently enough to help you exercise those muscles and keep your face firm as you age, over time it will minimize pores, etc. etc. The benefits of are kind of endless. It’s helpful, especially if you wear any kind of makeup.
Your skin becomes instantly softer, it will glow more, and you will notice a reduction in the number of acne breakouts. Here’s an important thing to note: after the first week of use I broke out a little and this is normal. I’ve heard of this from other people who also use the Clarisonic. I predict it has something to do with the fact that your skin is resurfacing all the nasty stuff that’s trapped beneath your derm layers.
So that’s my little spechiel. The bottom line is that it helps. A lot. Love your skin!!!
(I’ll take a picture of my own Clarisonic once I get my DSLR in the mail.)