Monday, August 30, 2010

Brush It Off

I know, I know. Why the hell am I talking about the Clarisonic when it's old news. Neanderthals reviewed it in wall etchings. (What would we call that- not blogged....rocked?) Just hear me out.
I wasn't really sure what I was going to think about the Clarisonic when I first used it. I've had it for many months now; a product sent for consideration. I wanted one ever since I read the rave reviews about it, but I never wanted to fork over the money. Or spoon it over, or knife it over or even spork it over. There are a million other things I could think to spend $225 on. But, I will say, that having had the experience, I'm a believer....I couldn't leaver her if I tried. ♫

The first test of whether the Clarisonic does anything is to figure out if it removes more makeup than my own hands can. Every time I try my hardest to wash off my makeup, the Clarisonic ALWAYS manages to find makeup I missed. And to think, so many nights I went to sleep believing my face was actually clean.

I'm a fan of using "tools" to help with cleansing (see article on complexion pad: Can't Live Without It). I'm already aware that these tools do more than I can ever accomplish with just my little homo sapien fingers. But I will say the Clarisonic does it more thoroughly and gentler than a complexion pad.

I can definitely verify the claim that the Clarisonic preps skin to receive treatments better. I use an AHA numerous times a week, and for those of you that have any experience with AHA's, you know that that stuff just doesn't sink in. And although it's not completely absorbed after using the Clarisonic, it is significantly more absorbed- enough to make sleeping with it on my face much MUCH more tolerable.

Here's my DUH point: Any sort of exfoliation will make your skin feel smooth, so of course the Clarisonic does that too.

If you're interested in trying the Clarisonic, here are tips to keep in mind:
  • Save yourself a lot of money and buy the Calrisonic Mia. I don't follow the timer on the Clarisonic Plus anyway. I'm 25, I don't need a "beep" to tell me where to clean my face next.
  • Consider buying it on QVC where you can pay in more affordable installments (better than paying by credit card and incurring the interest on it).
  • I have a sensitive brush head and that's perfect for me. Want more abrasive exfoliation? Press harder.
  • I still have the same brush head. I cleanse it well and disinfect it quite often to keep it in shape.
  • You should be moisturizing nightly anyhow, but it is even more imperative when you're doing this much exfoliation. Lessen the frequency of exfoliation if you have dry skin.
  • I always use something to take off my makeup: wipe, makeup removing cleanser, cold cream, etc. I then use the Clarisonic with a very mild cleanser like Cetaphil (or the cheaper Up & Up version of it at Target). Using a cleanser with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or exfoliating beads is going to irritate your skin so bad it'll denounce you as its owner and tell you you're sleeping on the couch tonight. Umm, I'll get really red and irritated.
Now I know what the era acronym B.C. really stands for: Before Clarisonic.

I'd love to hear what you think of it. Especially if you don't like it. Write on!