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:
- 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.
- Use the brush that is right for your skin. If you have acne or rosacea use the acne or sensitive skin brush.
- 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.