I’m sure that by now you are all familiar with the name Clarisonic but for anyone who isn’t, Clarisonic facial brushes are designed to cleanse your skins far more effectively than you can do yourself and they are made by the people who make ultrasonic toothbrushes. The aim is that they remove dead skin really well and open up your pores so that all of the other products you use work much better.
There are several brushes in the range, starting with the Mia which has one speed and one brush head, all the way up to the Plus which has a few more knobs and dials and comes with more sample cleansers when you buy it. Now these aren’t cheap, the Mia retails at around £120 in most places so it is one of those things I had been wanting for ages but never bought. Then roughly a month ago, the Mia appeared on BuyaPowa for £90 just as I happened to have some cash to spare so I went for it. BuyaPowa is essentially like Groupon used to be in that group buying power means that you can get products for cheaper – check it out.
Anyhow, I haven’t written a review until now as I really wanted to understand how the Clarisonic would effect my skin before I said anything. I’ve read loads of other reviews and they seem to either say it’s the best thing ever or they say it’s the worst thing ever, leading to dry skin and breakouts so I was pretty intrigued to see how my skin would react.
In my opinion, one of the best things about the Mia is that it is waterproof which means you can use it in the shower or have your bath as usual without having to remember to perform this ritual before you get near the water; I’d never remember to use it if that was the case! Anyhow, after my first use my skin definitely felt softer than usual, I could really tell that I’d used something more powerful than a wash-based exfoliator. I then continued to use the Clarisonic once a day for about a week. It did bring up some small spots on my cheeks but once they had gone, I was left with clearer skin than before. It also cleared the little dent / nook thing in my chin, (you know, under the mouth as your chin juts out!) and a patch on one side of my nose. On the other hand, some patches on my cheeks and the parts where my nose joins my face became a bit dry.
As I was experiencing some dryness, I decided to give my skin a bit of a break and dropped down to using it once every other day. Then, I got lazy and started using it once per week; my cheeks flared up again. If I had a good enough camera, I’d show you the little spots I now have on my cheeks, just like before I ever met the Clarisonic. After all of this rambling, I have to say that for someone with normal or dry skin, I’d say this isn’t worth the money and probably won’t help you. However, for someone with combination skin which verges on the greasy / clogged pores side then I’d say definitely try this out. It’s not a miracle cure, which is what some people seem to expect but it will help treat some of your more problematic areas to the point where at the very least, your make-up will look better on top!
Has anyone else got one of these? What do you think of yours? x