Clarisonic – Is it worth the hype?
I’ve had my eye on the Clarisonic Mia for a very long time, as a bit of a gadget junkie, (I have an overflowing cupboard full of unused and useless kitchen appliances) I just can’t resist a mini machine! And the only reason I didn’t cave before now is the cost, at $139.00 the Clarisonic is essentially just an electronic cleansing brush. Hard to justify when I know how to cleanse my skin properly without it.
But in the end, I couldn’t resist, because the company website said “We promise to transform your skin” and I loved the idea of using a device that would cleanse my face “six times better than your hands alone”.
There is a wide range of Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Systems to choose from, from the top of the line Clarisonic Plus to the Clarisonic Mia. I couldn’t see the advantage of investing $265 for something that, when it comes down to it, does exactly the same thing so I opted for the Mia which seems to be the most popular choice.
This is the smallest brush (good because I found holding the larger version a bit cumbersome and I feel this works well for detailed cleansing around the eyes, nose and mouth). It has one speed which is all you really need and a one minute timer, which is the recommended time to do your entire face. It’s rechargeable, comes with a removable head which can be easily sanitized and replaced when it wears out and a one year warranty. It’s also completely waterproof, so you can cleanse your skin in the shower which is a bonus.
So it is just a cleansing brush and why do we need it?
According to the company blurb…”Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.”
And they have a great pic (yes I’m gullible) to show you how much more effective it really cleanses the skin.
Finally the claims and my verdict.
– Smoother, softer, healthier-looking skin
I’d agree with this, from the first time I used it my skin felt much smoother. I put this down to the mild exfoliation caused by the brush and the great deep cleansing action. I also feel the action of the brush was stimulating enough to bring blood to the surface of the skin which helped to oxygenate the skin cells, giving my skin a bit of life and vitality which it was sadly lacking at the time.
– Minimises appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles
Definitely reduced the size of my pores which are largish around the centre of the face, in fact after a week of use they are now barely visible. As far as fine lines and wrinkles, I don’t see any change after one month of use, will let you know if that changes.
– Cleanses so thoroughly, skin care products absorb better
I’d agree with this too, my concentrates and moisturiser tend to sink in better. A bonus has been my makeup also sits on the skin better and lasts longer.
– Gentle enough to use 2X daily on all skin types
I wouldn’t agree with this. While the action is gentle I find cleansing twice a day left my skin a little sensitive. This would also depend on what skin care products you are using; AHA and BHA users might find this too much exfoliation for the skin. I would recommend using it once a day to begin with and see how you go.
Would I recommend it?
Most definitely. It’s not inexpensive but to me the results are worth it. You can cleanse your skin effectively with your hands and a great cleanser, however this little device does more than that and it only takes a minute a day. It cleanses deeply, causes a slight micro-exfoliation which helps to even skin texture and tone and it stimulates the circulation which oxygenates the skin. All of those actions together make it a great device for the time poor who don’t get to scrub and mask and massage as much as they’d like to.
To find out more or purchase a Clarisonic go here.
So will you give it a try?