Clarisonic: A Review

Clarisonic Review- Is it worth the hype?

I was genetically blessed, with good skin (Thanks mom). Most of my life, my skin has given me very few difficulties, minus that one Homecoming picture from high school. But in the last few years, I’ve noticed that my skin is really changing. We won’t go into my misspent youth or how flippantly I took my good skin for granted, but I’m seeing a lot more dryness now and even some redness that I haven’t ever encountered before.

I was adding these things to the ever growing list of “Awesome Things About Aging” and was preparing myself to just suck it up and deal with it, when I decided to buy a Clarisonic facial brush. I saw a great skin care post by Amanda over at The Bellezza Corner, that included some high praise for the Clarisonic. Amanda has breathtakingly beautiful skin, so I figured she just might know what she is talking about. I took the plunge.

*Amanda also convinced me to try Egyptian Magic for my dry-as-toast skin and I am currently giving it a good trial run! More on that later*

Clarisonic: A review

Clarisonic Mia 1 and First Aid Beauty cleanser

I purchased the Mia 1, which is their lowest priced cleansing brush, and currently retails at $129. The Mia 1 arrived well packaged, with a charger and one cleansing brush head. (First Aid Beauty Cleanser purchased separately.)

One of the interesting things about the brush on the Clarisonic, is that it doesn’t spin around in a circular motion. The individual brushes sort of vibrate (spin?) back and forth,which creates a very gentle, almost massaging feel on your skin when you use it. I keep mine, plugged into the charger at my bathroom vanity. The Clarisonic is also completely waterproof, so it can be used in the shower as well.

I haven’t used the wide range of Clarisonic cleansers, so I can’t speak to those, but I am loving the pictured facial cleansing lotion by First Aid Beauty. It is a rich, airy cream that cleans gently. I realized that a lot of the dryness I was experiencing was due to using products that were stripping away the natural oils from my face (which apparently- I need!). This product cleans gently, and is safe for sensitive skin. It retails for $20 and while it is not specifically formulated to be used with the Clarisonic, I am completely in love with my results and will repurchase.

I had used another, less expensive, facial cleansing brush in the past, but I saw no difference between using the brush and just using a wash cloth.

My Results:

After one use of the Clarisonic brush, I could see a difference.Clarisonic a review

There was no redness and my skin looked clean and healthy, with a brighter appearance. The benefits have continued with use and all the redness I was experiencing is gone.

I seriously love this brush. I use it by dampening the brush as well as my skin, and then placing the cleanser on my face. I use the Clarisonic in the motion across my face that is recommended in the directions. It has an automatic shut off to prevent over- exfoliation. When I’m finished, I rinse the brush, give it a quick wipe with a witch hazel pad and  then another quick rinse, and then I take the brush off to let it air dry.Clarisonic: A Review


In short: I love it and won’t be without it. Its a game changer for me and I’m thrilled with my purchase!  It does exactly what you want it to do; it is convenient to use, gently cleanses your skin and leaves your face looking brighter than before, with benefits that seem to continue with use.

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Do you use the Clarisonic? What do you think? How are you upping your skin care regime in 2017? Let me know!

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  1. January 6, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I’m so so happy to hear that you LOVE it! Clarisonic = lifechanging. Isn’t it amazing how you can feel the difference after just the first use?? And paired with a Egyptian Magic, you will have a winning skincare team!! <3

    • melissa
      January 6, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      I do love it. Its a complete game changer! I’m a skeptic for all things hyped, so I was very surprised to see results so quickly. I love it. Thanks for the wonderful skincare tips!

  2. Thom
    January 7, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Great review! Thanks for sharing it! How do you think the facial brush compares to doing at-home micro derm abrasion? It looks like the facial brush may be a little easier on my, ahem, less than youthful skin? ?

    • melissa
      January 7, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting! You are right- this is much much less abrasive (like-not at all)than micro derm and for whatever reason- it really seems to do a better job.

  3. Valerie B.
    January 7, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I’m on my second Mia 1 (they don’t last forever) and won’t be without it. A few thoughts from the corners of my brain:
    1.) Don’t bother with the Clairisonic cleansers. They didn’t do much for me.
    2.) Try Philosophy’s Purity cleanser. It gets your skin squeaky clean but doesn’t strip it. I have no idea how it happens, but it does.
    3.) I only use mine once a day before bed when “taking off the day.” And it lives in my shower (I shower before bed rather than in the a.m.), so yes, it is waterproof.
    4.) After doing my face for a minute, I do a second minute and go up and down my neck and chest area. And then whatever products you use on your face, make sure you also use them on your neck and down. Even when your face looks great, you neck and d├ęcolletage will snitch you out!
    5.) Try argan oil for dry skin. I know it seems weird — we’ve spent years getting AWAY from oily things on our skin. But this stuff is great in the winter time. Don’t bother with the expensive Josie Marian stuff. Get the cheap stuff on Amazon. It is literally the exact same thing!
    6.) Get replacement brushes for your Mia on GroupOn or on Amazon. Much cheaper!
    Sorry… Got chatty there… =)

    • melissa
      January 7, 2017 / 10:45 pm

      Valerie- thanks SO much! These tips are awesome! I am definitely moving mine to the shower now!!!! I have used the Philosophy cleanser as well as the argan oil. I am slowly falling in love with Egyptian Magic. Thanks so much for the Groupon reminder! I always forget about that! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave your awesome tips!!

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