A long time ago (in 2009!), Holly wrote about her Clarisonic and at the time I remember thinking, “Ohmygod I totally want a Clarisonic!” and then I forgot about it and every time it came up in my brain it was just kind of SPENDY and it didn’t feel like splurge time or if it was splurge time that wasn’t what I wanted to burn my gift cards on.
MISTAKE. BIG MISTAKE.
Everything Holly already said about it is true. TOTALLY TRUE. It’s not often I find a beauty item (or ANY item) that lives up to and surpasses the hype but THIS IS IT. My face is totally different. And, to be very clear, I didn’t feel like I had BAD skin before. I just had my normal face and it was fine. But then I used this sucker for two weeks and had a NEW face and I thought that was pretty damn good. Amazing, even. But then I kept using it (I’m on week three) and I feel like I have a new face that is also TEN YEARS YOUNGER. For serious.
I use it twice a day with the Clarisonic brand soap stuff but only because my Clarisonic came with a free tube of it. I probably won’t be buying a new tube when it runs out. I normally use Cetaphil Daily Cleanser (different from the Gentle Cleanser, which is EW) and I think that would work fine. Any mild surfactant would do the job, I think. It’s more about the METHOD than the PRODUCT. This is the box mine came in:
When I asked for this for Christmas, I didn’t reallllly quite understand what it was. It was a brush..thingy? For my face? And it was supposed to be amazing? No, no, no. That’s not quite what’s going on here. You know those ultrasonic toothbrushes? (I have a Sonicare.) They vibrate at very high speeds and basically hyperbrush your teeth without wearing them down to nubs. Science, or something. When I travel I do not take my Sonicare and I use a regular toothbrush and after two days of regular toothbrushing? MY MOUTH FEELS SO GROSS. My Sonicare toothbrush is very obviously doing some high-end cleaning that is quite noticeable and I love it and I will never give it up.
Well, a Clarisonic like that, but for your FACE. Instead of manually scrubbing the crap out of your face with little plastic beads in scented soap you can just vibrate the dirt and oil and makeup out of your pores waaaaaaay better (and gentler!) than occasional sand or microplastic beads can do. (Which, by the way, did you know we’re supposed to feel guilty about using those products now? Yes, we are.)
My skin is every beauty product buzzword in the book: Brighter! Softer! More radiant! Fewer fine lines! Smaller pores! Probably more things I don’t even know about!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND for you or anyone you know who washes her face. Or his face. ANYONE WITH A FACE. If you want one, now is a good time to buy because if you go to ulta.com/friends you will get a 20% off your entire purchase coupon (starts tomorrow!), which is good for a Clarisonic purchase (or replacement brushes, if you already have one). (Huge thanks to Jessica for pointing this screaming sale out!)
I have the Mia 2, and I use the more gentle brush with mine and I DO like the two speeds, but I definitely don’t think it’s necessary to get New Face results. Choose whatever Clarisonic fits your price range. Mine came from Macy’s and had a bonus full-size Clarisonic brand cleanser, so maybe shop around a bit because sometimes you can find stuff like this since Valentine’s Day is coming up and usually there are BONUS! type packages at department stores around that time.
I also hear good things about the Olay version, which is much, much cheaper and perhaps a good gateway face scrubby thingy for people who are not in splurge mode at the moment.
I hope you like your new face. I LOVE MINE.