Tuesday, January 17, 2012

     Finally, a review of my current favorite cleansing system, the Clarisonic Mia. This product was given by my boyfriend a year ago but  I wasn't able to use it as often as I wanted to.  I had break outs then and was afraid this system might worsen my pimples so I just kept it for a while and postponed making a review. It was only recently that I used the Clarisonic Mia daily. After a few days of religiously using it, the Clarisonic Mia  has become an indispensable tool in my skin care routine. 

     The good thing about this system is it's simple enough to be used by anyone yet it gives an outcome comparable to the benefits of having facial cleaning done in a skin clinic. All you have to do is attach the brush head in one rotating motion, apply a small amount of any facial cleanser on your face or directly on the bristles, push the power button on and use on your face in circular strokes. The device automatically turns off after a minute. The user manual suggests to cleanse the forehead for approximately 20 seconds, 10 seconds on each cheek and 20 seconds on the nose and chin. 

     I've been using the sensitive brush which is a little softer than the regular one. It feels good to have the bristles touch your face without applying much pressure since doing so can impede the motion of the brush making it less effective. The circular motion when using the Clarisonic coupled with the rapidly rotating brush head give the feeling of an invigorating facial massage. After a minute, your skin feels clean and well pampered. The best thing I notice after each use is the absence of visible dirt in the pores of my nose. You don't always get that from just washing your face with your bare hands even if you  use a deep cleansing facial wash or scrub. This way, you don't end up manipulating your pores by squeezing the dirt out of them, at least that's what I usually do. What I also love about the Clarisonic Mia is it gives you the same result regardless of what brand of facial wash you use. I've used Olay, Neutrogena, The Body Shop, L'oreal and St. Ive's with the Clarisonic Mia and the results were satisfying.

L-Sensitive brush (white); R-Normal brush (gray)

     The Clarisonic Mia comes with a trial size gentle hydro cleanser, a pouch, charger, a regular and a sensitive brush head. It has a power button in front and a battery indicator on the back. It magnetically attaches to the charger and can be used for 3 days after being fully charged.

     Some of you might think that using a device just to clean your face everyday may take up time and a little effort. I know this 'cause I've thought of that myself in the beginning. But getting the best result each and every single time compensates for the "extra work". This might not totally replace your usual visits to skin clinics but it will surely lessen the need to get professional facial cleaning done.

After much thought, here are the pros and cons of using the Clarisonic Mia.
*Cleanses your face thoroughly without leaving visible dirt on your pores.
*Leaves your skin feeling softer, smoother and more invigorated.
*It can be used with any facial cleansing wash.
*Prepares the skin for better absorption of moisturizers, anti-aging or whitening products.
*Gentle enough to use up to twice a day
*The size makes it travel friendly so you can use it at home or take it with you during travel.
*It comes with a universal charger so you don't have to worry about replacing the batteries.
*Comes with an additional brush head so you won't have to buy a spare brush right away.

*It is quite expensive, the price ranges from $119 for the regular Mia to $129 for the limited edition.
*Additional expense on replacing the brush over time.

     Overall, the benefits you get from using the Clarisonic Mia outweigh the disadvantages. I will continue using this and I do recommend this to those who are willing to spend a little extra to maintain a beautiful and healthy skin.


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