People joke that youth is wasted on the young but as I get older I can understand the sentiment behind this statement. My age has given me a new appreciation for how I spend my time, the people I align myself with and the impact my decisions have on my body. My completion that I once took for granted when younger I find I now give it more care.
I first heard about the Clarisonic from our Junior Style Blogger after she attended a teen skincare workshop. We even included the device in our gift guide for kids, but what about for mature skin or in my case mature skin with a slight case of rosasia? At a facial pop-up I attended I was told agitating the surface too much could cause the redness to become more pronounced.
Unlike other face brushes (both manual and electronic), the Clarisonic uses a patented sonic technology, without vibration and rotation:
Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.
This gentle bristle action seems ideal for the delicate skin of both young and older skin, including my rosasia, so I decided to give it a try. The Mia 2 kit I was sent contained everything I need: the Mia 2 device, the sensitive brush head (you can purchase other heads), a universal voltage pLink charger, a travel case, and even a sample facial cleanser.
After the initial 24-hour charging time I was eager to incorporate the Clarisonic Mia 2 into my morning and evening routine.
The brush comes with two settings on the handle depending on the type of clean you are looking for. With my skin I stayed with the lower setting and it worked just fine. The difference is pretty subtle on your face. The sample cleanser was great but I actually preferred to use my standard facial wash from Consonant Skincare. I was informed that as long as the Clarisonic’s brush head is wet you can use your regular face wash too.
If you have an electric toothbrush you are probably familiar with timed quadrant brushing. The Clarisonic Mia 2 operates with a similar brush timer system, dividing your face into four quadrants (the forehead, the left cheek, the right cheek, and the chin). With a one-minute timer, the brush oscillates for each area stopping with a quick beep to indicate when you should move to the next area of your face.
I wasn’t sure what to expect after using the Mia2. It didn’t affect my rosasia, which was great but I did notice slightly smoother skin, especially on my cheeks. The Clarisonic can benefit a variety of different skin conditions according to their site. This was all great but my favourite feature of the Clarisonic Mia 2 is how it made me feel. For some the act of washing their face is just part of their daily routine, something that has to be done along with brushing teeth and hair. I found using my Clarisonic was actually a little spa like. I would close my eyes and let the bristles move every so slightly over my skin. Even on nights when I was tired, this ritual helped me to feel refreshed and relaxed.
There are only two elements of my Clarisonic Mia 2 that were a little irksome:
1) The Mia 2 timer provides a little more focus on your chin and forehead area, with less time on your cheeks. This I didn’t mind and makes sense with cheeks being a little more sensitive than the other areas. The issue I have is that the timer works on the head and chin area first and then the two cheeks. It would appear more smoothly to me if I could just rotate around my face — forehead, left cheek, chin, and right cheek – versus lifting the device to another area of my face. Not a huge deal but just something on my mind.
2) Clariconic recommends the heads be replaced every three months for optimal use. You can even buy a pack of two replacement heads to ensure you always have a backup. Unfortunately the old heads are not recyclable nor does Clarisonic take them back. This means they end up in the trash, like so many other replacement parts. Hopefully Clarisonic is working on dealing with this for future models. It does mean I’m looking for some alternate uses for my Clarisonic brush heads so you might just see a future post on that.
The Clarisonic not only cleaned my skin without aggravating my rosasia, it gave it a fresh youthful look by making it appear smoother and bright. Like a glass of water during my routine, using my Clarisonic is a nice way to unwind in the evening and perk up in the morning.
Thanks to the folks at Clariconic for sending a Mia 2 to try for the purpose of this review. As always, the experiences and opinions are my own.