I have been using my Clarisonic Mia electric face brush for about 6 months now so I feel that its the right time to be able to review it properly.
Basically there are three Clarisonic models
!. The Plus : £179 all singing and dancing and includes a body brush function.
2. The Classic : £155 with two speed option.
3. The Mia : £120 the smallest size with one only speed option.
I went for the cheapest option – the Mia mainly because I didnt really want to spend lots and I didn’t really need the options provided by the other two models. All come with a brush head which they recommend replacing every 3 months.
My skin is fairly well behaved. Overall I would say I have combination skin that normally doesn’t really have major problems. Having said that I have had a bout of break outs around my chin area which I have finally tackled through a combination of using the Mia weekly and also some specific skincare (Effaclar Duo).
The reason that I bought the Mia was really because I am a beauty junkie and couldn’t live without trying this gadget out given the great reviews it’s had! You are advised to use it once or twice a day. I only use mine once a week on average as I find that’s all I need. I tend to use it with my Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser or my Una Brennan Neroli cleanser. As I dont use it that often I have found that my brush head has not needed replacing yet. I clean it really well after each use with some hand wash and leave it to dry (see picture below). This stops any mould developing and has worked a treat so far!
The Clarisonic Mia basically works like giant electric toothbrush for your face (see picture below for size)! Once you press the button it comes on for one minute before switching itself off. In that one minute you are meant to clean each part of your face with a light circular motion (cheeks, forehead, chin, nose, neck and even down to your décolletage). The other Clarisonic models beep to tell you when to move to another part of your face. I just roughly go for 10-20 seconds depending on where I feel needs more cleansing. You have to be gentle with this or your skin will not thank you for it!
So what’s my verdict? I really like it but it does have its drawbacks.
The reason I really like it is because it gives my skin a lovely massage as it cleanses which really does wonders the morning after a night out. It makes your skin glow and basically gives you a great lift. It’s also particularly good for a pre-mask cleanse as I feel like my pores are fully cleansed and awaiting the goodness of the mask to really get into them! Over time I also do feel like it has contributed to improving the overall texture of my skin making it smoother and softer.
I don’t love it because you have to cleanse your face first before you can use this. You can’t really use this to do your first cleanse with a full face of makeup because you can’t use it to remove your eye makeup. I always hot cloth cleanse at the end of everyday so its not that big a deal to use the Clarisonic after but to be honest I actually find it a bit too thorough a cleanse. What I mean is that although its great at removing all traces of makeup, it can also strip away all your natural skin oils, something I don’t find with the hot cloth method.
By not using it everyday I get glowing, extra clean skin when I need it without stripping my skin of all moisture. I think over cleansing is a recipe for disaster no matter your skin type so I wouldn’t recommend anyone use this twice a day!
So on balance I would say that I am glad I got it as I think it is a good investment for my skincare routine and one that I hope will result in long term improvements to my skin tone and texture.