To Clarisonic or not?

Four years ago I bought my first Clarisonic at a conference. After enjoying the facial the reps gave me in the middle of the expo, I drank the Kool-aid and bought a Clarisonic. That trusty device lasted three and a half years! This summer it finally gave up, and I didn’t replace it. I didn’t replace it because I wasn’t sure it was doing anything. At that same conference four years ago I also bought into the “cosmeceutical” world and started using retinols, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E. My skin did look better, but I wasn’t sure what was really making a difference. So I decided to ditch the Clarisonic and save two minutes in my nightly routine.

Fast forward to this January, I noticed over the past month my skin looked a bit more dull. Other than not using my Clarisonic, nothing else changed with my routine. I decided it was time to try the Clarisonic again. Instead of the “Pro” that I got last time I picked up a Mia 2 (meaning two speeds) in last season’s color at Nordstrom Rack. It cost $99 for the device, one deep pore brush head (for my husband), a deep pore mask and cleanser (both given to my husband). I picked up a “radiance” brush at sephora for myself for $22. I usually use the acne or sensitive brush, but decided to give the “radiance” brush a try because my skin was feeling dull (again drinking the Kool-aid). Overall a pretty good deal.

After one week, I can say my skin feels smoother and looks brighter. I am hopeful things continue to improve. I think the Clarisonic may provide some benefit, it certainly wasn’t the January weather in Seattle that made my skin brighter.


If you decide to buy the Clarisonic here are a few tips:

  1. Buy from an authorized dealer. While I love Amazon, they are not authorized to sell Clarisonic and the reviews suggest many that are sold on Amazon are duds. If you want a good deal try Nordstrom Rack – they usually have the same model in older colors for $50-100 less.
  2. Use the brush that is right for your skin. If you have acne or rosacea use the acne or sensitive skin brush.
  3. Replace your brush ever three months minimum. The brushes can grow lots of bad stuff so keep them clean and replace them often.

This post was not sponsored by Clarisonic. I paid retail price for all products discussed in this post.

Clarisonic Mia 2

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