Today we're talking about the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System ($149). I received this as a gift from my mother a few months ago for Christmas (thanks, Mom!) and I find that it just does wonders for my skin.
I never knew my skin wasn't getting really clean until I started using this. After I use it, especially in the shower, my face just feels so clean. I also have sensitive skin, and I've used other similar knock off brushes (for example, the SKINN Sonic Brush) and this is the only one that won't irritate my skin or feel too harsh. I use a gentle face cleanser because the instruction booklet says not to use an exfoliating cleanser (I imagine it would be too harsh to have the brush and the exfoliating beads at the same time). It also really helps to take off any lingering makeup. I use a makeup removing wipe before washing my face, and the amount of makeup I get off afterwards with my Clarisonic is astounding. My brush is actually stained (clean, but stained) from the makeup that it takes off my face, despite the fact that I already "removed" my makeup with a cleansing wipe. Isn't that crazy? It's a good thing I have my Clarisonic, otherwise all of that gunk would just stay on my face! Yuck!
There are two speeds (Normal and High) but I've never found a reason to use High. It has a timer built in for how long you should use it and beeps every time you have to change section (20 seconds for forehead, 20 seconds for nose/chin, 10 seconds for each cheek: 1 minute total). It's pretty expensive, so wait until it's on sale (QVC had it as a Today's Special Value that came with the Fresh. Soy Face Cleanser [$38 value], a plastic travel case, and a little charger). I say wait for a sale, or Christmas when you can ask a really nice relative to buy one for you. But I can see paying full price for one. Also, if you do decide to purchase one, be sure to read the instruction manual! It give you details on how to use it (ex. don't use a cleanser with big exfoliating beads with it, as that might irritate your skin) and how to take care of it (be sure to charge it for 24 hours before your first use!) Also, brushes have to be replaced every three months or so, so be sure to work that into your budget when you try to figure out if it's something you want to spend your money on.
To summarize, I am extremely happy with my Clarisonic and I highly recommend it.
Do you have a holy grail face item that you're loving right now?
Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this review. My mother gave this to me as a gift because I am a poor college student and because she loves me. :)
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