A while ago I shared my Clarisonic initiation experience with you, and promised I would keep you posted about how it works for me. After two months and a half, it’s finally time!
The model I got to try out is a Mia 2 (RRP in Belgium: 149 euros. It is already available on the ICI PARIS XL website, and it will be available in selected stores on September 15th), which is a travel-friendly version of Clarisonic. Besides a brush head (for sensitive skin), it comes with a magnetic charger and travel case.
First thing first: I like how well-designed the device is. Since the charger is magnetic, it is safe enough to take it into the shower. The travel case is great to have around as well. I didn’t have to worry about dust getting onto the brush when I took it back to Taipei this summer!
So how did Clarisonic Mia 2 work for me? In a nutshell, if I monitor the frequency, it works great! I never used it twice a day. I started out using it before bedtime, but I noticed mild breakouts around my chin if I used it for more than 3 days in a row. I tried several times, and each time I came to the same conclusion. At the end, I resolved to using it twice to three times a week, avoiding days on which I was going to follow up with a mask or chemical peel.
The travel case:
When used sparingly, I have noticed how well Clarisonic cleanses my skin. Clarisonic claims the device can remove makeup, and I tried once. A quick toner wipe afterwards confirmed it did a very thorough job. I was impressed! However, I was not a big fan of how dirty the brush got, so I continue to remove as much as I can with a micellar water before busting my Mia 2 out. In terms of cleanser, I prefer to stick to non-foaming, gentle ones (like Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser).
A quick tip: the first couple of times, I put too much water onto the brush head. As a result, I stood there in shock as water and cleanser ran down my face. I have since then learnt to first lightly wet my face and distribute the cleanser before putting the brush head under running water for a second or two. That’s really all the water you need!
After I figured all that out, I have been getting along really well with Clarisonic Mia 2. I especially enjoy it at the end of a warm day or when I am very tired (nothing is easier than putting a buzzing machine on your skin for a minute). It cleanses thoroughly, and my skin ends up being all soft and clean! It really helps reduce blackheads as well, which I am more than pleased with!
My main issue with Clarisonic is that this device is a bit of an investment for almost everybody, but there is no predicting how it will work for anyone. If you live in a country where return/refund policies are practically non-existent, it can be quite a risk. However, you can always try to experiment with different cleansers and frequency, or maybe a Delicate brush head.
Have you tried Clarisonic? If not, are you tempted?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx