Oscillating my troubles away – My Clarisonic

You Tube introduced me to the Clarisonic.
Back in 2011, it was hard to come by in Germany and I ended up ordering it online and having it shipped from the UK.

Clarisonic original

It took ages to arrive. The hunt for the right adapter (of course I had forgotten it would come with a British 3-pin-plug) went on for almost two weeks, but after all this hustle I was finally able to use it.

And I haven’t stopped ever since.

What Clarisonic claims:
Minimizes pores, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, cleans skin six times more effective than cleaning by hand. So gentle it can be used twice a day.

The „Sonic method“ works through the oscillating part of the brush head (the inner bristles), getting the skin to „vibrate“ with 300 sonic movements per second (300 Hz).
The concept is comparable to the ultrasound treatments you can get as a facial, the difference being that ultrasound is more than 16000 sonic impulses per second (16 KHz).
While the effects of ultrasound on deep tissue are well documented, the research on 300 Hz are sparse. Clarisonic offers Clinical Studies on their website as proof of their claims, and while these studies are perfectly fine and have been published in medical journals, they are the „weakest“ scientific form there is.
Called „Observational Studies“, they had several testers use their device and afterwards fill in a questionnaire whether their lines were reduced and their skin more supple. I really don’t want to diminish these results, I am an obsessive user of my Clarisonic, but these results have to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Sometimes you just see things happen because you really want them to…

No makeup, but cleanser – the Clarisonic in action

The Clarisonic comes with different brush heads, targeting different skin types: Deep Pore Cleansing (oily skin), Sensitive (normal and sensitive skin), Delicate (delicate and sensitive skin) and Normal (normal skin and body).
The range also includes the Clarisonic Mia, a travel-friendly alternative, the Clarisonic Plus, including a body program, and as latest addition the Clarisonic Pedi (for pedicures).
The original Clarisonic is called Aria nowadays, and comes with an improved charging solution and three different programs.
Prices will vary between 225 € for the Clarisonic Plus and 149 € for the Clarisonic Mia, a replacement brush head retails for 25 €.

Does it live up to its claims?
I love it, but no.
If I stop using it for 4-6 weeks, I don’t notice my fine lines deepen or my pores getting larger, and my skin doesn’t loose its elasticity.
Cleansing is more thorough, but whether it is six times more effective I can’t tell.
And even though I use the „Sensitive“ brush head and my skin is very robust, using it twice a day would lead to irritations.

But I notice my skin feels smoother, looks more even and I think I breaks out less when I use it once a day, and I blame that on the gentle peeling effect.
And I can imagine the increased blood flow stimulates collagen production and slows down aging, but only time will tell whether this is true or just wishful thinking.

Will I rebuy?
The brush heads every three months, and maybe some time soon the device itself. Mine is still going strong (after almost 4 years of daily use!), but the charging station is huge and it is inconvenient for travel.

Who would I recommend it to?
Yes, it is pricey, but it is a everyday facial, and if you consider mine is 4 years and still going strong, you get your moneys worth.
I personally would buy a Mia, as it is easy to lug around and I don’t feel you need all those gimmicks the larger version has.
So if you want to treat yourself, invest in your skin or just are a little tech nerd, the Clarisonic is a great option.

I can’t compare to other brushes, as I just own the Clarisonic, but I am curious:
Have you tried a similar product?
What are your experiences with Clarisonic?
Do you think it is useful or just expensive?
Let me know in the comments.

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  • I have Mia 2 and I love it. I have had mine for over 2 years. I don't use it every night, when I get lazy I just use my hands but if I stop using it for a longer time, I do notice my skin looks worse. I agree, Clarisonic brushes are pricey but it's a long time investment.

    • Yes, they are totally worth it. I just wished they'd stick to the claims they actually fulfill and start marketing the brushes as "gentle exfoliant ". So many people are disappointed because their skin reacts after using the device twice daily for anti-ageing concerns.

  • I have the Aria and while I liked it at first, it didn't actually do much for my skin. I am quite young so I don't have to deal with issues like wrinkles or fine lines but I have quite acne-prone skin. It makes my skin feel cleaner than if I just used my hands but I think it's my skincare items themselves that have the most impact on how my skin looks and feels. If you have the money to splurge, then go right ahead but at least in my case, it's not an absolute necessity.

    • I agree, investing in your skincare should come first, it is a treat, not a necessity. And I would always go for the cheaper one, the Mia.
      What cleanser do you use?

  • I have one too and while I agree that it's not an absolute MUST to have in your beauty routine I do think it helps make your skin feel smoother and be less prone to breakouts.

    • Yes, I am happy to have invested back in the day. Especially as it lasts so long!

  • Hey Linda, I have a Mia 2. Initially my skin didn't like that much physical exfoliation, but everything changed when I got the Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head! That thing is SO soft, and now I am more inclined to reach for my Mia 2 especially after having put foundation on my face that day. Glad to hear it works well for you! We usually get stuff slower on the continent, but this is one thing I am glad is catching on!

    • I will get the Cashmere Clean brushhead next Time to try it. And keep on contemplating getting a Mia 2, as everyone is raving about it.

  • Nice review..I would love to try Mia.

    • Thank you.
      Everyone I know raves about it, so it seems to be worth trying.
      Have you used any other face brushes?

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  • Veronika Pruskova

    I have been thinking about getting Clarisonic brush for a while, but wasn't sure if its worth the money. Thanks for sharing your experience I think Clarisonic will be my next present 🙂

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  • I recommend the travel friendly MIAs.