Way back in December, when I asked for beauty product recommendations, Karen recommended the Clarisonic. At the time, I remember thinking, "Do I really need a power tool for my face?" I was afraid that with my sensitive skin, it might make me break out. I have been thinking about it ever since, and when I got a flyer in the mail from Ulta that said they would give me double rewards points on Clarisonic products, I decided to go to the store and check them out in person.
The original Clarisonic seemed too pricey for me. I did feel the brush heads and was happy to notice that the one that came with the models I was considering was quite soft. As I was puzzling out the different models, I was assisted by Kristen, a very nice salesperson who explained the different models to me. She explained that the facialists at Ulta use the brushes for their facials. Since I had gotten my facial there, I quickly calculated that buying this gadget might save me a lot in $70 facials. She also said that when she didn't use hers, she noticed that her skin got worse. She said she had the Clarisonic Mia, which is the basic model, no bells or whistles. There was a $30 difference between the Mia and the Mia 2, which literally does whistle to indicate that it's time to move the brush to a different area. I thought that sounded like a useful feature. It also came with a travel case, and since I travel a lot, I decided to take the small upgrade.
I decided that I was going to put this product to the test on my blog, which means no-holds barred -- PICTURES. These pictures are taken in the mirror with my iPhone camera, so the quality isn't terrific. I am not sure that I really see a difference, and I will let you be the judge of whether it was worth posting weird-looking no-makeup photos of myself on my blog for the world to see.
|After cleaning with washcloth|
|My old standby|
Despite the salesperson's experiences that she saw dirt and makeup in the sink after cleansing, I didn't see much left over after cleaning with the washcloth. I don't wear a lot of heavy makeup and I always put moisturizer on first so makeup doesn't touch my bare skin. I probably also do a decent job of cleansing by hand. It's hard to tell if that slightly dark spot on the cotton round is dirt or just the moisture from the toner.
|My new friend.|
|After the Mia 2|
I went ahead and did a second cycle on my neck and upper chest, since I want to keep that skin looking nice too. It's really great that this only adds two minutes to my nighttime routine. There was not even a trace of dirt on the cotton round after the Mia 2. I am not sure it shows in the picture, but my skin had a soft rosy glow, like after exercise, and felt beautifully smooth.
I will be curious to see what the long-term effects are. I will check back in a month or so and let you know.
What I'd really like to do is go back in a time machine and give one of these to my teenage self when I was struggling with acne. I think I might have had a completely different high school experience.