I’m happy to announce that I FINALLY (after talking about it months ago) purchased a Clarisonic Mia. For those of you that are not familiar with this revolutionary and high-tech skin cleansing contraption, basically it is a handheld face cleanser (although they also now carry one that can cleanse the body) with a brush head that gently pulsates to cleanse the skin with a built-in timer.
I purchased the Clarisonic Mia (which is one of the most basic models) towards the beginning of the month as an early Christmas/birthday gift to myself, since I have always wanted to try it and every single person I know that owns a Clarisonic states that they cannot imagine life without it.
Many people have also expressed to me that the clarity of their skin has improved tremendously and as I have expressed in previous blogs, I’m kind of going through a skin crisis. (Please excuse that I tend to over exaggerate, but I’m sure you already know this by now ;)). By “skin crisis,” I’m talking about adult acne. I realize there are many people besides myself that are experiencing this, but for someone like myself that has a high standard of how the skin should look and had clear skin for many years, it truly is a skin crisis. (I have concluded that the breakouts I’m experiencing are definitely hormonal and caused as a result of getting off birth control, over a year ago).
Moving ahead to discuss my thoughts on the Clarisonic Mia, I’ll be completely honest….
* I think that this is definitely a great skincare investment and the whole concept is phenomenal. I believe that the Clarisonic definitely gives the skin a good deep cleaning and leaves the skin feeling great afterwards. However, I don’t believe that this electronic face cleanser is going to guarantee you perfect skin or even improve the texture of your skin for that matter. I haven’t used it for a full month yet, but I have used it for enough time to make this assessment (on myself personally). I have not seen my acne clear up at all (which again, I think I’m suffering from something hormonal, so nothing topical is really going to make an impact). Despite my initial thoughts, I’m going to be patient and hope to see results over time with continued use.
* In my opinion, the greatest benefit of the Clarisonic is that it has a timer that provides consistency, which in the long run I think will lead to results. Without a timer, it’s hard to know if you’re spending enough time cleaning your face. When using a Clarisonic, it will actually automatically shut off after each single use.
* I’m a little nervous if the pulsating is too rough on the skin? I haven’t read much research regarding this subject but my concern with a pulsating face cleanser is, will it create wrinkles? I know this is going to sound very crazy, but I just noticed for the first time in my life that I have extremely fine lines under my eyes that just seemed to magically appear out of no where! I’m not stressed over it, they are minor, but I wonder if it’s possible that this was caused by the Clarisonic? I know people are going to tell me absolutely not, but it still makes me wonder.
How I Use My Clarisonic Mia:
Personally, I only use it once a day when I take a shower and conveniently store it there. I know they say it’s best to use it also at night when you take off your makeup, but I kind of think it’s a bit excessive to use it twice a day.
While I’m in the shower: Being that I’m a little concerned regarding the roughness of the pulsating brush, I first massage into my face an oil based cleanser with my hands. In my shower, I have Origins Clean Energy, which I find to be an amazing cleanser in itself. It has a nice scent and leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. After I let that sit for a few minutes, instead of completely rinsing it off, I then go ahead and use the Clarisonic Mia with a completely different face cleanser (non-oil based). I have quite a number of facial cleansers in my shower and when I decide on what to use, I’ll go ahead and rub a little on the face and then load up the actual brush head with a small amount of the cleanser. I’ll turn the Clarisonic on rub the face in circular motions until it shuts off. Afterwards I rinse my face completely.
[Once I'm out of the shower, I'll use a skin toner followed by a moisturizer. If I had a good face serum right now, then I would tone the skin, apply the serum, and then lastly moisturize].
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