Why I needed a product like this?
I have been struggling with not being 20 anymore, which means more blackheads, duller skin and less collagen. Each year as I get older, I experience more of each thing including sensitive and adult acne prone skin. I thought the best and less costly solution would be exfoliating with the rough edged gloves you can purchase your local drug store. That had been my routine until the ‘demo lady’ changed my life!
One day as I was walking through Macy’s to get to the mall to meet some friends for lunch, I had seen a lady doing demonstrations of the Clarisonic. I had heard about the hype so I walked up and asked for a demo after lunch. I had this preconceived notion that I would walk into lunch with a red and bumpy face. As I lied down, she went right in for it. I asked myself ‘why isn’t she using a makeup remover to remove the makeup and excess?’ Well, come to find out, it was not necessary whatsoever. When she was done I looked at my face in the handheld mirror and all my preconceived notions about the redness and irritation were disregarded, as I did not see any.
It had removed all the makeup, oil, impurities, and the blackheads living on my nose, which I was not expecting. It left me with a silky texture and clear glow and it worked 100% better than using my hands or the gloves with the rough edges.
Without any hesitation I purchased the pink Clarisonic and after my demo, all I needed was a bit of tinted moisturizer and I was good to go about my day. This has honestly been the best purchase for my skin! It is not only an amazing form maintenance but it’s just a delicious treat for your face. Beyond it doing wonders for troubled skin, it really prepares skin for perfect and deep absorption of creams and moisturizers on top of leaving it perfectly healthy.
About the product/brand
The Clarisonic loosens and removes makeup, dirt and oil. The delicate brush comes with two speeds and interchangeable brush heads. You have an option of selecting between two speeds; it makes the brush designed for universal and overall usage. The first speed is best for sensitive prone skin and the second speed is for normal daily use.
With the second speed you get an enhanced exfoliating session, which I prefer for deep cleaning around my nose and chin aiming to get rid of those nasty blackheads and clogged pores.
Uses and effects
The hand help brush needs to be charged for a few hours before your first use. After it has charged, simply screw on the brush head by rotating it and clicking it in. I personally use a foaming cleanser with micro beads such as Neutrogena and I thoroughly absorb the cleanser into my face, leaving a layer of foam, then I click the grey button to turn on and the brush starts motioning immediately. You can start with any part of your face, but I start with my forehead- I move it along my forehead until the timer beeps and signals me to move on to a different section. Then I work on my cheeks, chin and then nose. If I have a few extra seconds, I run through each section really quickly (again) until it turns off.
The brush really does wonders in removing acne from the surface, alleviating acne in your pores and fades red marks and blemishes; providing overall clarity and gets rid of any flakiness. If you can get into the habit of using religiously it will fade acne, picking scars, reducing discoloration and ridding of black/whiteheads
Packaging and Formulation
You open the package to find a sensitive brush head, the protective travel case, sample cleanser and a universal voltage charger. The sample cleanser is great but it is not a necessity to use the brush. In my experience, any other cleanser (whether it foams or has micro beads) will suffice. If you use it on its own with just water it probably will not have the same effect.
What I Like about Clarisonic Mia 2
I am a huge fan of the fact that I can use this 2 times a day without drying me out or being too abrasive on my skin. I love, love, love, love that I can use this in the shower or at my sink and it is super easy to travel with. I also purchased two other brush heads so I can exfoliate my legs and arms (separate brush heads, do not use the same brush on your face as you do your body), but this is a huge added bonus.
Beyond using is on my own body and face, my boyfriend is able to use it too since he deals with blackheads too! We get a great use out of the brush, but the downside is that the brush must be charged a bit more often. I do not mind it though!
Experiencing and loving this brush system is going to make the holiday season easy, as I know what I will get my mom and sister. One brush with two separate brush heads, since they live together! Perfect and logistically smart, right?
What I Didn’t Like about Clarisonic Mia 2
There is not one thing I don’t love about this brush but since it has interchangeable brush heads it makes it simple to share. However, if you have super sensitive skin, you probably want to stay away from this brush or ensure you a good deep moisturizer for sensitive skin.
Also, be sure to wipe off eye makeup prior to using the brush. I can’t imagine the brush having a good impact on your eyeballs.
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You can use this 2 times a day. I personally use it once in the morning for that day time glow, and use it once at night to prepare my skin for products. I use the sensitive brush head in the morning, and at night the deep pore brush head, and they work really well.
The sample gel cleanser it comes with is great but the brush is powerful (yet gentle enough) to use any other over the counter or brand name exfoliator. Overall, I am really happy and pleased with this purchase as I get good use out of my products, always going to bed with a clean face and going about my day with a glow.