So, I’m a bit late to the party with this one, but I usually like to wait for the hype to vanish before investing in expensive items. I’d been drooling over the Clarisonic Mia 2 for almost a year, but refused to shell out £125 on something that may not work, or irritate my mildly sensitive skin.
This is a cleansing system which claims to clean your face six times better than using the traditional hand method. It’s supposed to help reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines & wrinkles and cleanses so thoroughly that skin care products absorb better.
I was at the Jersey Shore outlets for Black Friday weekend last year, and spotted the Clarisonic range calling out to me in a shop window! I squealed and made a beeline for the store, leaving Jass not only bemused, confused and exasperated -yet another beauty shop! Oops!
I was greeted with a plethora of different models, colours and gift sets, and reckon I spent nearly two hours in there trying to decide which one I wanted (along with buying tonnes of make-up) – Sorry Jass!
We ended up buying one each; Jass got the original; Clarisonic Mia, which came in a gift set with a Lancome Crème radiance cleanser and Visionnaire advanced skin corrector serum. I bought the Mia 2 on it’s own, for a princely sum of £65!! (I couldn’t quite believe it!) The only downside was that I had a choice between pink and blue, and so my inner tomboy could never have let me to buy the pink one!
Both of them automatically turn off after 60 seconds, and the Mia 2 buzzes at certain intervals to indicate that you need to move to a different part of your face. This is to prevent you spending too much time on one area. It’s recommended that you spend 20 seconds on your chin and nose area, 20 seconds on your forehead, and 10 seconds each on your cheeks. The only other difference between this and the Mia are the speed settings. The Mia has one speed, the Mia 2 has, well, two.
I’ve been using mine on and off for about three months now, with a sensitive brush head; this comes with it, and needs to be replaced every 3 months or so. I’ve had no problems with it for my skin. The brush head is firm enough to give my skin a deep clean and I can really feel the dirt being pulled out of my pores – if that’s possible! As the brush head is white, you can literally see all the dirt that comes off your face, even after you’ve removed all of your make-up.
I only use it in the evenings, and although it’s safe to use twice a day, I feel that it may be too harsh for my skin if do that. I must say, I do get lazy about using it everyday because it’s more time-consuming than applying my cleanser with my hands and towelling it off with a muslin cloth, but I can notice the difference between the two methods.
I have combination skin; mostly normal with an oily t-zone, but have been quite fortunate in the ‘breakout department’ -*touches wood* Although my skin can be sensitive, I mostly use the low speed setting, and occasionally the normal speed, which I find better for a deeper exfoliation. I think the normal is too harsh for me for everyday use.
The battery life is amazing, and I’ve literally only charged mine once since I’ve had it. It’s completely waterproof too, which means I can use it in the shower, and mine comes with a protective travel case. Although it’s slightly smaller in size compared to the Mia, I don’t think I would take it with me when travelling as it is quite bulky.
I’ve tried a few different cleansers with this, and haven’t found one that I love yet. I normally use my Onsen milk lotion cleaner, however with the Mia 2, I prefer one that foams and lathers up. I’ve been using the Lancome Crème radiance cleanser that Jass got as part of his gift set. Not the best cleanser in my opinion; I find it quite drying on my skin and I’m not too keen on the scent, however I really like the way it lathers up.
Realistically, I’ve been using the Mia 2 every other day. Since using it, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin, it’s so much smoother and feels squeaky clean. My skin tone looks more even and imperfections also seem to be smoothed out! This has changed my whole skincare game and I now regret not buying the Clarisonic Plus which is designed to use on the body.
I would say it’s definitely worth the investment (even if I’d paid full price!)
What are your views on the Clarisonic range?