Clarisonic Aria Is Much Better for Delicate Skin!

Clarisonic Aria review

A while ago I was introduced to Clarisonic Mia 2. While it does cleanse my skin spectacularly well, I have to keep track of the frequency carefully so that it wouldn’t break me out. Clarisonic has recently launched their latest model, *Aria. With three different speed settings, I can actually enjoy Clarisonic more!

Clarisonic Aria packaging

The first thing I noticed about Aria is all the details are carefully designed. It has a hefty drying stand. You can hook the pLink charger onto the plug as well as a USB port, which is convenient when you are traveling (no need for plug converters)!

Clarisonic Aria charger

Now let’s go back to the speed settings. My skin is no longer a fan of physical exfoliation, so naturally I dial the setting down to speed 1. Clarisonic does state that the higher the speed setting, the better it cleans. However, even at the lowest speed, it cleanses more thoroughly than hands. What’s more, there really isn’t a point if your skin simply cannot deal with all the “tough love!”

Clarisonic Aria

I certainly enjoy Aria much more than Mia 2, and I have been able to use it more frequently as well (I can safely bump it up to 3-4 times a week). In Belgium, Aria goes for 199 euros (it will be available in February). It is 50 euros more than Mia 2 (which already seems like quite an investment), but here is what I think: if you already have Mia 2 and it works well for you, you probably won’t need to ditch it and switch to Aria. However, if you have never owned a Clarisonic and you live in a country where it is impossible to get a refund, I would view the 50 euros as an insurance policy, as you have the possibility of getting a more gentle cleansing action out of Aria.

One last piece of unsolicited advice: if Clarisonic, or any skincare product for that matter breaks you out, do not try to “tough it out.” Cut down on the frequency or cut it out altogether immediately. When your skin is back to normal, re-introduce the device or product with a lower frequency and see what happens. Your skin does not have to get worse before it gets better. When something simply does not work for you (or when it’s one of those “too much of a good thing” case), there is no point trying to stick it out and paying the price of having breakouts and pigmentation issues that come with them!

  • Natalie Wang

    I’ve been thinking of getting one of these, will definitely be checking this model out now!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natalie, I personally like this a lot more than Mia! If you ever decide to get one, I hope it’ll work for you as well!

  • casey23

    Hi Sunny!!!! I have a Mia2 question for you. My skin is oily and prone to breakout and I bought Mia2 last week. I gave it a shot last weekend, used only once with my usual cleanser and it broke me out sooo bad. I know that when there is acne on your skin, you should not exfoliate so I didn’t use it since but I really want to use it continously in a normal manner. Can you give me some advices in oder for me to use it efficiently… Thank you :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, ouch I’m so sorry to hear this! If it breaks you out so bad after one use, I’m not sure it’ll ever work for you to be honest. You should wait for the breakout to heal before you try again, but my best advice is re-approach with caution! Also, did you use it within a day or two of a scrub or chemical peel?

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Good tips there at the end! This sounds like something my skin could handle, but it’s still a scary thought for me!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Tracy! I can use it more if I set it on the lowest speed, so all in all I like this a lot more than Mia!

  • Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)

    Great advice in the last paragraph lady – so true. I made that mistake once before and still have some marks to show for it – I should have given up immediately when the product broke me out x

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Emma! Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope with time and some AHA the marks will go away!

  • Beauties Eva

    it looks good in pink :) too bad my skin can’t get along with a clarisonic

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yeah I wanted a SHAMELESSLY girly color! Too bad it doesn’t work for you! Have you tried to use it at a lower frequency?

  • Kate Driveller

    Great advice, Sunny! I really dislike the ‘kill or cure’ approach to skincare and no one product or prorcess is a panacea.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kate, yeah I know. It’s not because something works for everyone and their mom that it’d work for you! Always listen to your skin first!

  • Lily

    Hey Sunny, thanks for this review! I already have the Clarisonic Plus, so I won’t be getting anything else, but my skin is definitely better than 2 years ago because of regular exfoliation. I’ve read some really negative reviews about the Clarisonic, and I gathered this works better for those with normal / combination oily skin? Either way, it’s one of the best investments I’ve made so far :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, if you have that one you’re probably good! The thing with Clarisonic is there is really no predicting how your skin will react to it. I’ve read about girls with sensitive/dry skin that end up loving it. I personally can’t use it twice a day every day, but otherwise I like how it cleanses my skin effectively (in a minute as well)!

  • Icaria

    It’s great that they are making a gentler one. I’m not big on exfoliation but for those who like it this is a nice option. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, yeah I like how I can dial it down. I don’t exfoliate otherwise, but this is GREAT after having worn makeup for a long day!

  • Memoiselle

    Thanks for the thorough tips for using this product. I haven’t had any Clarisonic yet (I know I am very late on this.. Dooh!) So I might check this out and give it a try! Will do some more research on the difference between this and the other Clarisonic products :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Meryl, yeah you should look into it! I know they have several models, and this is the latest one. It’s not as big as Clarisonic Plus, but it has more settings than Mia.

  • Lauren @ iSeeMakeup

    I picked up the Aria back in August and it’s completely changed my skin. I’ve dealt with breakouts along my cheeks, jaw line and neck over the past few years and this significantly reduced how often I’m getting them. Plus, my skin overall just looks “better” and I notice my skin looks dull when I’ve forgotten to recharge and don’t use it for a few days. Glad to hear you’re liking it too!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lauren, oh wow I’m so glad it’s working so well for you! The thing with a device like this is there is really no predicting what might happen. I have a friend who has much more sensitive skin, but she ended up using hers twice a day with no problem whatsoever! I on the other hand, have to exercise a bit of caution.

  • Jaa

    Your advice at the end is right on! My skin too was breaking out like crazy when I was using the Mia 2! So I stopped using it. I remember my skin feeling super squeaky clean after every use, though, so I think it does its job.. but yeah, so much for the tough love that my skin can’t handle. Haha!

    I might just check this one out, though. Because deep down, I still want the Clarisonic to work on me!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jaa, aww I’m so sorry to hear that! Have you tried to reduce the frequency and see if it works better? I know that I can use Mia 2 for two days in a row, but after that I need to go off it for at least a day.

  • Natasja

    Hm, interesting. I’m not sure what to think of products like these, because of my rosacea. It makes my skin very sensitive and at times I accidentally touch it with my nail and my skin will sting. So.. I really wonder if something like this will work for me. what do you think?

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natasja, oh hmm if you have rosacea I’d hesitate to recommend this to you. I guess not aggravating your skin is the safer thing to do, especially because it really does sound quite sensitive!

  • Bella

    Sound advice! I have been using the Mia 2 6 days a week since early December and I absolutelly adore it. I have pretty oily skin, I never flake and being old, I never break out ( :p ) so even though I’m very allergic, this works for me. No more clogged pores, less oil, a smoother surface. I use the brush head for sensitive skin. the Aria sounds like a great addition for ultrasensitive girls. Me, I am married to Mia ;).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Bella, oh yay! Oilier skin definitely fares better as time goes by! If Mia works well for you, you don’t need to rush out and get this one. When it retires however, you can look around 😉

  • Liz

    Great review! I was starting to get tired of all the Clarisonic upgrades and felt like just ditching my original Mia, but more choices, why not? lol I’m about to give up on a product that’s just not doing what it’s supposed to and maybe making things worse, so your last point is certainly resonating right now.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I’ve heard too many heartbreaking stories about people trying to “tough something out.” It’s horrible because breakouts could lead to pigmentation issues! I am a bit of a wimp. Most of the time I just start running in the opposite direction immediately!

  • fancie

    I really like my Mia but I would love to upgrade to an Aria! I love that you can adjust the speeds

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Fancie, if you like Mia you’ll most probably love Aria! Get an Aria when your Mia retires :)

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    I am so glad the Aria works better for you! YAY! And you are so right: if something isn’t working, don’t try to tough it out! I learned that lesson last year with a natural cleanser (one that everyone in the beauty world was heralding as the second coming of cleansers!). I “toughed it out” for 30 days and wound up with major acne breakouts for weeks afterwards. If it breaks you out, STOP in the NAME of LOVE! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, ouch, I’m so sorry to hear that (although now I am so curious about which cleanser it is :p)! It’s not because something works for everyone else that it’d work for you. Sometimes there is a little ingredient your skin dislikes, and it’s really better to cut it out.

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        Ok, I will spill! It was the One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. It worked SO WELL at removing makeup and leaving my skin feeling sumptuously soft, but it caused MAJOR zit problems for me! This has happened to me any time I’ve tried a natural skincare cleanser! My skin must like preservatives! :O

        • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Aww sad! I haven’t tried that one. Could it be the sunflower oil?

          Also, I can see that it contains tocopherol (vitamin E). Could you be allergic to that? I’m saying this because I MIGHT be. I’ve tried this Sophyto dry oil that always ends up making my skin very gray and dull after about a week, and it’s the only thing on the very short ingredient list that I don’t know very well.

          • Kristen / Glambunctious

            Sunny, I meant to say a big thank you to you for this comment! Your investigative work astounded me! I never thought about it but yes, it could TOTALLY be either sunflower oil or tocopherol! The products I’ve had bad reactions to contained BOTH! Thank you so much for pointing that out. I’ve been using organic jojoba oil and almond oil on my face recently and have had zero issues, so I do think the problems may have been due to the sunflower oil or vitamin e! You are awesome.

          • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            Hey Kristen, I’m so happy I guessed right! I think this varies from person to person. It seems like everyone reacts bad to one kind of oil or more. I’m glad you have pinpointed exactly what to avoid! You have just lowered the chance of buying a skincare product that doesn’t work for you :)

          • Kristen / Glambunctious

            And I completely thank YOU for that! sometimes it’s the simplest solution – read the label! why this hasn’t crossed my mind prior…? I don’t know. I’m just happy you pointed it out! Thanks for saving me lots of money and break outs! (o';’o)

  • Sofia

    I’ve never had a Clarisonic. Maybe I consider I already have to many “things..” but I do exfoliate a lot with exfoliating creams!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I wouldn’t say it’s a “must-have” for everyone, but I do enjoy using it after having worn makeup for a long day!

  • Chia-Yi Liu

    i tried the clarisonic aria but returned it after a few weeks because it was too rough on my skin even with the sensitive brush head. i ended up with a foreo luna which uses silicone touch points and sonic pulsations which are softer and more hygienic. the back side is similar to clarisonic’s opal and uses the sonic pulsations to send skincare products absorb deeper into the skin. i really wanted to love the clarisonic aria. the josie maran morroccan travel bag was sooo cute but the aria just made my skin feel raw :( i can use the my luna 1-3x/week depending on what setting i have it on.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chia-Yi, aww I’m so sorry to hear that! I guess like everything else, this can’t work for everyone. I still have to try Foreo Luna though!

  • Natalie

    I’m so glad you like the Aria! And your breakout advice is the best around.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Natalie! Are you liking your Mia a bit more?

  • MyLuciteDreams

    Loving that stand! I’m a big fan of the Mia and use the sensitive brush. This sounds like another great options for those with finicky skin. The Mia helps keep my skin clear.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, I’m glad to hear Mia works so well for you! Finicky IS the word for my skin haha. I guess when I was younger and living in Taiwan, I could have used Clarisonic pretty much every day. Now it’s just not as resilient!

  • birtegovarts

    I really love the stand too… but this one’s even more pricey so I’ll just keep using my MIA 2 for now ;-).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, if you have Mia 2 you probably won’t need an Aria right now! When it retires you can think about upgrading though 😉

  • peggy timmermans

    I really like this one. I have been using it only twice a week and I think that’s perfect for my skin. No breakouts or irritations so far.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I’m glad to hear Aria works for you as well!

  • Luchessa Grossmann

    Just came across your review on Aria, while i was reading the post Nic from StrawberryBlond.

    I’m currently looking for the best version of Clarisonic for my sensitive skin. And from what i see in both of your reviews, is that Aria seems to be the more appropriate one. Even thought it’s quite an investment…i wish i could win one somewhere LOL :)

    btw can Aria be used with any kind of fash wash?


    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Luchessa, the thing with Clarisonic is it is quite an investment, and there is just no predicting how it’ll work for your skin. I have a friend whose skin is much more delicate than mine, but she can use this once a day while enjoying all the benefits! I can do it twice to three times a week tops.

      Technically speaking, you can. However some do work better than others. I wouldn’t use a cleansing oil or balm with it for example, but cleansing milks work well with the device!

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