Clarisonic Mia: My Skin’s Hired Gun

July 16, 2012

BEAUTY, SKIN

A few months ago I may or may not have realized I was possibly the last person on earth that had not given the very popular Clarisonic skin care system a spin. It was at a point where I was truly, truly frustrated with the state of my skin and after an army of people yelling all over Twitter, “ZOMG YOU MUUUUUUST GET ON BOARD!” I decided to, well, get on board.

The case was pretty simple: Sixty seconds, better skin, use your own cleanser.

Okay, FINE. I’m already washing my face. I can at least wash it BETTER. I’m in.

I didn’t want to over purchase, so I went with the Clarisonic Mia. Truth be told the price point of this little device ($119) was part of the reason I had resisted for so long. I don’t know about you, but my kitchen is littered with appliances big and small that don’t get nearly enough use and I didn’t want yet another thing to end up in some sort of mechanical graveyard.

So, after much thought and a decision to be committed to a better skin routine, I bit the bullet. In my case, the bullet was a killer red, but your bullet can be any of a multitude of great colors.

The Mia came with a small sample of Clarisonic’s face wash, but I opted to use my Philosophy Purity Made Simple wash. I purchased the product with the Sensitive Brush Head and it said it was gentle enough to use two times a day, but I found that was still too much for my skin to handle. I took it down to once a day and then ultimately to every other day and that is where I feel my skin is performing the best. Going forward I may switch to the Delicate Brush Head and see how that works as well.

There is no doubt that the brush and its vibrations gets my face cleaner in sixty seconds than I could ever do with just my fingertips. I have seen a noticeable improvement in my skin and its texture. Here was my real “test” – I used it through the week of my period and saw noticeably less blemishes on my chin than I usually do.

(For the record, my chin hates me a few days out of the month and I spend the rest of the month trying to rectify its current temper tantrum. Perhaps it was the increased exfoliation from the Mia that helped – all I know is that I didn’t feel the need to carve off my chin as I would normally.)

The brush heads last about three months if used regularly, so be sure to factor that into your budget, thought it’s not cost prohibitive.

Overall I am pretty damn thrilled with this little red toy. My skin is improved, I feel as if the skin products I’m applying afterwards are getting a better chance at working themselves and I am wearing a bit less makeup because of all of this. It has truly become a part of my routine and I consider it my skin’s hired gun.

So, yes, bite the bullet and get one. It’s worth it.

Then tell me which color you chose!

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