What the heck is a Clarisonic? Your Questions Answered

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.)


4 thoughts on “What the heck is a Clarisonic? Your Questions Answered

  1. What is it: Sonic skin cleansing. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth–now it’s changing how we cleanse our skin! This cleansing method is so gentle and effective, it is used and recommended by leading spas and dermatologists. Who is it for: All skin types. Why is it different: This sonic micro-massage gently cleans pores–loosening dirt, makeup and oil as it reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles. It’s proven to remove six times more dirt, sebum, and makeup than traditional, superficial cleansing, allowing your serums and moisturizers to absorb better. Skin is left soft, pampered, radiant, and younger looking–without harsh abrasion or chemicals. It’s so gentle, you can use it twice daily. You can also use it on your face, decollete, and body, if desired. How do I use it: Use for one minute twice a day, every day. It’s waterproof, so you can even use it in the shower or tub. Pair it with any non-abrasive cleanser. Prior to first use, charge unit for 24 hours. Remove eye makeup. Wet your face with warm water and apply cleanser. Wet the Clarisonic brush head with warm water, press the power button, and gently move the brush in circular movements across the face. It is recommended that you use the brush for 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and mouth, and 10 seconds on each cheek. When you are finished, rinse the brush and place back in the charger. From Clarisonic.

  2. The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the brush gently, yet thoroughly removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than manual cleansing alone. Removing these impurities has been shown to allow a 61% better absorption of Vitamin C, and better prepares skin for other products.

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