Hi Babblers :)
I was very lucky to receive the Clarisonic Mia for my Christmas from Santa. Yes I'm 25 and Santa still leaves me presents - even better he knows me penchant for pink :)
I was a bit dubious about the Clarisonic. I'd heard amazing things but also some negative reviews from users with problematic skin like myself. I can handle a couple of weeks of 'purging' but I worried that the sonic action would not agree with my skin long term. I'd been considering buying a Clarisonic for about a year but was always put off by the price (£120 for the Mia) and the possible breakouts that would result. When Santa dropped one in my stocking, I was pleased as punch as it would give me an opportunity to try out the much hyped cleansing brush. Fingers and toes were crossed that it would work for me!
Six weeks on and I'm ready to dish the dirt!
I'm sure you'll all have heard loads already about Clarisonic so here's the quick low-down. 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.
I'd heard about amazing benefits such as diminished pores, brighter skin and improved texture so I was very excited about putting the cleansing brush to work.
There are a few different versions that offer different speed options etc but the Clarisonic Mia is a one-speed brush and the cheapest of the Clarisonics on the UK market.
My Clarisonic Mia Experience
Like me, Santa seems a bit of a QVC fan I received the fushia/rose pink Clarisonic Mia which is an exclusive colour for them :) In addition to the Pink unit, sensitive brush head and trial size gentle hydro cleanser, I received three extra brush heads: normal, deep pore and delicate.
Well it's bright pink so naturally I was warming to the Clarisonic very quickly!
The first time I used the Clarisonic, it was in the morning after cleansing the night before. Surely my face wouldn't be too dirty? The proof of the pudding really in in the brush. After dampening my face and the brush head, I smoothed the cleanser over my face and switched on the unit using the delicate brush. Using circular motions I moved the brush around my face - 20 secs for my forehead, 20 secs for my nose and chin and 10 secs for each of my cheeks as per the instructions, before rinsing.
Well firstly, the brush clearly showed the results. Despite removing my make-up the night before there was visibly make up on the Clarisonic brush head. Impressive! My skin felt really smooth and not aggravated as I had expected. The Clarisonic is surprisingly gentle. I didn't really like the smell of the cleanser so decided to continue using my normal (spot fighting) Garnier's Pure Active Face Wash. Plus this means I know for sure it is the brush that is making the difference!
After a few uses I noticed my pores appeared reduced and generally my skin was a lot smoother. Previously I had a distinct bumpiness on my forehead and this appeared to magically disappearing.
Then came the breakouts. I decided to persevere as many reviews I'd read spoke about a purging phase before miraculously improved skin.