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!
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)!
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!”
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!