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?