So you know how I have sworn off facials, right? I think I have mentioned it before. I am blessed with lovely skin. And it’s a blessing I take quite seriously. I invest quite a bit in my skincare. As you probably know. (Read this). Anyway, I happened to get a facial in December from a local lady- you know, the ones who come home and basically wring out everything from your body in the name of a massage- yes, I got one of those. I asked her to be gentle and even gave her my VLCC Facial Kit (I had gotten it for free). But she went all out and scrubbed my cheeks till they were a little raw.
I thought, ‘How bad can it be right?’. Turns out. Very bad. I got little spots on my skin that just wouldn’t go away. I even went to the derm to get it fixed. Nothing was working. Then, on my trip to Dubai, I went to Sephora and decided to get the Clarisonic. Let me tell you now that this is the best (albeit, most expensive) investment in my skincare I have made.
About the Clarisonic
I have the Clarisonic Mia 2. It is a sonic cleansing brush that is supposed to clean 6 times better than manual cleansing – a claim they even put on their packaging. It’s also supposed to be the ‘No.1 Cleansing Brush recommended by US Dermatologists’.
Let me tell you this, the Clarisonic does make plenty of claims- that fine lines will get better, products get absorbed better, you’ll look about 16 (okay, I made that up) and all that. And you don’t know if you believe all this. Which is why, I review it.
Product Review: Clarisonic Mia 2
When you first get the Clarisonic, you end up treating it really carefully, almost like a baby, because it is so expensive. But over time, you realise you can use it in water and that you won’t get a shock, so that’s a good thing. Here are 5 things that make the Clarisonic insanely good.
Gentle: Because the Clarisonic brush head doesn’t have any spinning action (the bristles oscillate), the clean is gives your skin doesn’t leave it feeling raw or irritated. Also, pushing the brush head against the skin isn’t recommended, you just have to gently hold it against your face and then move it around in small circles.
Easy: This baby is super easy to use. You put it on charge for a few hours and then you are ready to give this tiny guy a whirl. Mine came with a brush head, a travel case, a cleanser and a charger, so literally as soon as it was charged, I could use it.
Shower-friendly: It freaked me out initially when I would get too much water on to my Mia 2. But then I read the manual again and it said I could use it even in the shower which means for most reasons, this is waterproof. And I tested this claim, putting the head under running water to dampen the brush head. It worked like a dream.
Quickie: You only need to use your Clarisonic for 60 seconds at a time. Yup, that’s it. When your average CTM routine can take from 8-10 minutes, this one minute magic is a blessing.
Flawless: So here’s the thing- when you first use the Clarisonic, you might break out. This is because it gives you a deeper cleanse, pulling out the gunk from the skin and leaving it squeaky clean. This is called the ‘Purge’ phase. But keep at it and ultimately, your skin will start to clear out. And flawless skin can be a reality.
It’s obvious I love my Clarisonic. But there are a few cons. By few, I mean, two.
- It’s extremely expensive
At approximately Rs.10,000 a pop, the Clarisonic can be a pretty steep investment. There are versions of it but I believe the minimum price for the face brush is that much. Which if you were to calculate is about 5 facials or less at a decent salon and that’s something, right?
2. It has a purge phase
Yes, there is a phase where your skin will look hideous. It’ll break out, you’ll have inflammation and all that. But when you manage to get through that phase, your skin will thank you. Promise. Basically, if you’ve an important function coming up, don’t start using the Clarisonic just then.
Price in India: Rs. 9500 onwards
Available at: Amazon, Ebay etc. You will have to buy it online. They have face brushes and body brushes but unless you’ve crocodile skin, you should be fine with the just the face brush.
How do you use the Clarisonic Mia 2?
Once you’ve charged it, you take it to your wash basin and dampen the brush head. Use a coin size drop of the cleanser on the brush head. And then work the Clarisonic. You’ve to use it for 20 seconds each on the chin and forehead and 10 seconds on each cheek. It has a buzzer for when 20 seconds are up and you know when to switch.
Here are the results:
A picture taken in February
A picture taken just now.