Clarisonic Mia 2
The Clarisonic has been on my beauty wish list for a very long time but I could never justify spending £100+ on a cleansing brush, it was just never in my beauty budget. I rarely came across a review that said it wasn’t worth the money, so just as I was about to bite the bullet and hand over my credit card, the Christmas elves came forward and popped a Clarisonic Mia 2 under my Christmas tree, 2013.
I’ve been using the system for almost a month now, so, I figured it was about time I had a little chat with you about it and my impressions after 4 weeks of use!
For those who do not know, the Clarisonic Mia 2 is a sonic cleansing system, claiming to make your skin look smoother, softer and more radiant. Now, sonic might sound a little harsh for our skin, but, the method is actually gentle enough to be used twice a day on all skin types, including rosacea and acne. The brush head oscillates back and forth more than 300x per second cleansing deep down, clearing pores and removing toxins and impurities, as well as all traces of make up. It’s even supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. All this is achieved in just 60 seconds a day – everybody has time for that!
The Mia 2 has two speed settings and an inbuilt T-Timer, the system momentarily shuts off when your time is up on a certain section, indicating you should move on to the next section, the Clarisonic automatically boots itself back up. You have 20 seconds on your forehead, 20 seconds on your nose and chin, then 10 seconds on each cheek. After the minute is up the Clarisonic automatically switches off.
When using the Clarisonic, I find it best to remove all make up first with make-up remover; I do not much fancy all that make up residue being oscillated into my pores. I splash warm water over my face, then apply my cleanser. Ones that lather up well work best with the Clarisonic. The bristles feel harsh and drying if I use a cleanser that doesn’t lather up! Once I’m all lathered up, I wet the brush head and use my Clarisonic on the lowest speed setting. 60 seconds later, a quick final rinse and my skin is actually squeaky clean! It really does squeak!
My skin has seriously never felt so clean – no stand alone cleanser has ever left my skin feeling so fresh and smooth before, not even my trusty St Ives Apricot scrub, and I love that stuff! Initially my skin went through a brief ‘purging’ stage, the Clarisonic is cleansing so deeply that there was a lot of well buried grime being brought up to the surface, causing a breakout. I expected this so didn’t worry too much, my skin was in a pretty rough state when I started using the Clarisonic so any extra pimples just made friends with the ones already there. Now, this is where it got pretty mind blowing for me – after a week of continuous use (and I only use it of an evening too!), my breakouts had completely vanished. They quickly shrunk in size, faded in appearance and poof – gone! The pores on my nose already started to look visibly smaller and even my usual ‘time of the month’ breakout was surprisingly kept at bay. This had to be a fluke – the calm before the acne storm. Surely nothing can be this good…can it?
4 weeks further down the line and my skin is in the best condition it’s been in since I hit puberty! My skin is smoother, softer, and visibly clearer. My acne danger zones, predominantly my chin and t-zone are unbelievably clear. Don’t get me wrong, my skin is not perfect it’s still oily and I still get breakouts BUT, they are very few and far between, the odd pimple here and there, not the clusters of breakouts that lasted for weeks I’ve previously been used to. When I do get a pimple, it lasts 2 or 3 days at most now, and it’s kept very small indeed. The pores on my nose are still visible but they have definatly tightened and to me at least, are much less noticeable! My overall complexion seems more even, the redness on my chin I had from old acne scars even seems to have reduced – but Im not sure if the Clarisonic is responsible for that.
In all, I am so impressed it’s ridiculous, I’m telling anyone and everyone I know to go out and invest in one of these beauties, I wish I had years ago! The Mia 2 is the perfect size, small and idea for travel, it takes up little to no space in my drawer, comes with a solid plastic travel case and a magnetic PLink charger. If I hadn’t been gifted with this from my wonderful parents, I would have handed over my own money and still been just as happy. Clarisonic themselves are so confident you will love the system that they offer a very generous 90 day feel and see guarantee. If you’re not 110% satisfied after 90 days they will give you a full refund and an extended 2 year product warranty.
Prior to purchasing the Clarisonic, I did look into cheaper alternatives, but I’m so glad I went with the real thing – I can’t imagine not using it.
For those who are interested, Clarisonic collaborated with Lancôme and released a limited edition Clarisonic Mia 2 that included 125ml Gel Éclat pearly foam clarifying cleanser, and a 7ml Visionnaire sample. I have been using both of these with the Clarisonic since day 1. I’ve tried and tested a few sample cleansers in between, but the Gel Éclat has been my primary cleanser – reviews on both of these will be coming soon! Clarisonic also included a 30ml Clarisonic gel cleanser that I have yet to try. I got a standard 2 year warranty too.
This is all just after 4 weeks of use, I’m keen to see how my Clarisonic skin journey continues, especially with other cleansers. I’ll update again in a couple of months and let you all know how it’s going!
If you’ve got any questions about the Clarisonic Mia 2, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!
Have you used a Clarisonic before? Thoughts?
Until next time,