5.20.2013

Review and Results: Clarisonic Mia

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What it claims:
  • Cleanses 6x better than with your hands alone in just 60 seconds
  • Works with skin, not against it, to gently massage away impurities trapped within pores
  • Prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers
  • Gentle enough to use 2x a day -According to Clarisonic.com

Cost: The system will run you $119. Replacement heads are $25. Buy online here.

Packaging: Inside the box you get your Mia and a charger. The Mia handle fits into the palm of your hand. The brush head is about 1 inch wide.


Why I bought it: I suffer from blackheads and lots of them. I have tried, essentially, everything out there to no avail. The Clarisonic was my last ditch effort before accepting that I would live with blackheads forever. I chose the Mia solely because it was the least expensive of all of the systems. 

Review and results: Now that I have been using my Clarisonic for around 7 months I think it was absolutely worth the price (that's not to say I wish it were less!).  I'm extremely happy I made the purchase and it is now part of my must have list. 

Head 
The head that comes standard with the Mia is labeled sensitive. At first, I thought it was too harsh. However, within a few uses it softens up and feels light on the skin. I have replaced my head once since purchase because the bristles dull and fray out just like a toothbrush. 


Speed
The Mia only has one speed. The other systems have speed selection. I am absolutely fine with the programed speed.

Usage
Clarisonic recommends using the system for 20 seconds on your forehead and chin, then 10 seconds on each cheek. Since most of my blackheads are on my nose, I do 15 seconds on my forehead and chin, then 10 seconds on my nose and cheeks. You swirl the brush in small circular motions. I use my Clarisonic with a pump of face wash. 

As for being able to use this twice a day, for me there was no irritation. However, I still only go for once a day. It was too harsh for my husband's skin to use twice daily.

Charging
The Mia will last around 20 uses before it needs to recharge. It will buzz twice at the end of the cycle when it's needing a recharge. The charger is magnetized and sticks directly to the Clarisonic. Unfortunately, you have to charge for 18 hours to get maximum uses. I find this a bit annoying considering the Clarisonic is essentially charged for 20 minutes of use. This isn't something you can plug in and use in a pinch. I think this the one Clarisonic downfall. 

Cleaning
I clean my brush head at the same time as my makeup brushes and with the same cleanser. I use this method

Product absorption results
I have not noticed any difference in the absorption of my skincare products.

Dry skin results
This winter, I experienced less dry patches than usual. I think the Clairsonic is fantastic for exfoliation. My husband's main concern is dry skin and he uses this to keep the flakes at bay.

Blackheads and acne results
As I said before, I have struggled with blackheads with no reduction from any products. This is the first thing that has ever reduced them. I also noticed that any pimples or blackheads that do appear, pop much easier. I barely have to press to remove them. As for acne, I was using a prescription when I bought my Mia. Right now, I am going through a strange breakout period and stopped using the Rx. I think things would have been far worse had I not used the Clarisonic. I get around 1 cystic acne spot every other month. This used to be a monthly occurrence.

My skin's reaction

Day 1: The brush was a little bit uncomfortable and felt like a tootbrush. The bristles were still very stiff at this point. After use, I noticed there was far less makeup residue on my toner cotton ball than usual. My skin immediately felt smoother.

Day 4: The breakout period began. I have heard this typically happens. For me, this lasted around 3 days. They were very small whiteheads that were easy to pop. It wasn't a huge breakout but it was noticeable.

One week: I saw a small reduction in my blackheads. The bristles softened and became more comfortable.

One month: Dramatic difference in the amount of blackheads. They were not erradicated but there were WAY less than usual. At least a 50% reduction. My husband noticed a big difference in his blackheads, too.

Beyond: Results have stayed consistent in the past 7 months. 

Did you pick up a Clarisonic? What were your results?

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