I’ve read a lot of bloggers raving about the benefits of a Clarisonic recently. I’ve never been much of a skin care fanatic – I used to be a Simple wipe kind of a girl until I turned 30. Then I made the decision to start caring for my skin a bit better (there’s nothing like the thought of wrinkles to scare a girl into some proactive skincare!). So I then started using a proper cleansing, toner, serum and moisturiser – morning and night (well just the serum and moisturiser in the morning). And that actually made my skin a lot better. I was getting fewer spots and my skin just felt and looked nicer. A bit more glowy you might say. I’m a regular reader of a lot of beauty blogs and quite a lot of them have reviewed Clarisonics quite favourably. I had never even heard of one until recently. To summarise, a Clarisonic is like an electric toothbrush for your face, only much bigger!
It’s a facial cleansing brush that uses sonic technology to produce 300 movements per second (apparently) to deeply cleanse the skin and and allow skincare products to be absorbed more easily. It’s meant to be twice as effective as manual cleansing and removes up to six times more make-up.
One their website, they list the benefits as:
- Removes more makeup than manual cleansing
- Helps to prepare the skin for your usual skin care regime
- Leaves skin feeling smoother and healthier
- Tightens the appearance of visible pores
- Helps remove sebum
- Helps to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture
- Gentle cleansing process which can be used up to twice a day for 1 min each time
I’m a bit of a sucker for gadgets, so after mulling it over for a few weeks I decided to go for it and just buy one. So below is my Clarisonic Mia 2 review.
I opted for the Mia 2. Mainly because it wasn’t the most expensive one and it’s quite small compared to the full sized one. I actually ordered it from John Lewis so that I could pick it up in-store (rather than missing the delivery then having to wait 48hrs before I can go to the Post Office depot to pick it up – so annoying!).
Before you can first use it, you have to charge it for 24 agonising hours. I am SO impatient when it comes to things like this, so having to wait a full day to use it was rather irritating. However, the charger is quite nifty – it’s magnetic and just pops on the base of the Clarisonic. The light on the button does pulsate whilst it’s charging though, so I had to put a sock on it overnight so it wouldn’t keep me awake (I’m a delicate sleeper!).
I bought some Origins Checks and Balances foaming cleanser to use with it. This is a lovely cleanser, and works really well with the Clarisonic. It did actually come with its own cleanser, but I would rather use one by Origins as they’re a brilliant brand. I’ll maybe keep hold of the one it came with and use it if I go away for the weekend or something.
How to use the Clarisonic Mia2
To use, you either wet your face and or the Clarisonic, then either add the cleanser to your face directly or squeeze a tiny about onto the Clarisonic brush head. I like to wet the Clarisonic and add the cleanser directly to it. Then you switch it on and start on your forehead, brushing over it in small circles. It then beeps after 20 seconds and you move to your nose and chin for 20 seconds, then either cheek for 10. It beeps after each time period is up. I then switch it on and use it for another minute, giving my jawline, cheeks and chin a good going over. Sometimes I even treat my neck to a bit of a go!
It says to use it twice a day, but I only really use it once in the evenings.
My thoughts so far
I love it! It really leaves my skin feeling so clean and refreshed. I usually always take my make up off before I use it, but even when you do you can see a slight orange colour in the foam of the cleanser afterwards. I also find that my skin is absorbing all my other products so much better now, which can only be a good thing.
I did go through the usual ‘purging’ period, where I got a load of spots during the first couple of weeks using it. But you just have to ride through that, safe in the knowledge that you will soon have gorgeous radiant skin.
Another real benefit I’ve found is that the red marks I’ve got from old spots, which seem to linger for months and months, have all but cleared up. Which really is amazing. I would quite often use more concealer on old spot marks than on actual spots. So I’m really chuffed with that.
Also, if you are on the cusp of getting a spot, I’ve found this helps to prevent it fully forming. Especially those horrid cycstic, lumpy spots that hurt like hell. I used to get load of those round my jawline, but since using the Clarisonic, those have either stopped completely or been stopped in their tracks before they’ve had a chance to develop. So overall, very positive!
So, to summarise:
- Leaves your skin cleaner than it’s ever been before!
- Reduces spots
- Stops the spots you do get in their tracks!
- Quickly reduces red marks left from spots
- Waterproof so you can use it in the shower
- Products absorb much better
- You just look more beautiful in general!
- Takes forever to charge
- Is quite expensive
- Need to replace brush heads, so it’s an ongoing investment
- Ships with the sensitive brush head, but I think I would have preferred the normal skin one
Where to buy
- Clarisonic official website: £125, plus buy any Clarisonic Mia 2 and get a free Deep Pore Cleansing brush head (whilst offer lasts)
- Feel Unique: £120, free delivery
- John Lewis: £125, free delivery or in-store collection
- Amazon; £125, free delivery
Do you have a Clarisonic? What are your thoughts? Thinking of getting one and have some questions? Let me know below!