Back in May I purchased my very Clarisonic Aria and 3 months later, I’m here to review the progress. I’m sure you all know what the Clarisonic is but basically it’s an electronic hand held device designed to give you a deep clean and get everything that your hands alone cannot remove from your skin. It’s said that it cleans 6 times better than your hands alone which is a bold statement. I’ve always gone by, your hands are your best tools and they are enough to clean your face. However after hearing good things from my friends I thought I’d give it a go.
Which Clarosonic did I buy?
I purchased the Clarisonic Aria. I know there are a few different models but this is the one I went for and I got it on offer from Current Body. It came with a Bkr bottle, and a Keith Haring Foundation wash bag. Current Body still currenly have offers on the Clarisonic so if you are looking to buy one, maybe check them out. After receiving my Clarisonic, trying it out and watching review after review like an insane person, I realized that I probably could have got away with purchasing the Clarisonic Mia and saved myself some money. They do pretty much the same thing.
How to use it
From the first use I was pretty blown away. I used it typically on days that I’ve worn makeup so maximum 3-4 times a week. I usually use an oil cleanser or cream cleanser to melt off my makeup. If that’s not on hand, I use the Jane Iredale Magic Mitt (it’s amazing but I’ll discuss this in detail another time). Once my makeup has been removed I rinse my Clarisonic under warm water, apply a foaming cleanser and use this on my face in circular movements. The Clarisonic will prompt you to do 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds down the middle of the face and chin, 10 seconds on either cheek (face cheek that is). I then rinse my face, clean off my Clarisonic properly (to avoid bacteria build up) and continue with my moisturizing routine. My skin had never felt so clean.
I was really worried and anticipating the dreaded purge stage that everyone on Youtube had seemed to experience. Apparently because your skin is not used to getting such a deep clean and the Clarisonic is bringing all the debris up, your skin can experience a purge stage so you may break out a lot. Now I was waiting for this purge stage and it’s been over 3 months and it never happened for me. My theory is that possibly some people are not cleaning their faces properly and removing their makeup prior to using the Clarisonic so they just end up pushing makeup into your skin which is leading to breakouts.
Did it work?
After using it for 3 months I can say that it has made a difference in my skin. I don’t suffer from heavy acne or breakouts so the difference I’ve seen isn’t drastic. Having said that, the amount of tiny under the skin surface bumps (which really grind my gears) have reduced. If I don’t use this at least 3 times a week, I can see those tiny bumps coming back. My skin has been looking more radiant since and I will probably continue to use it but I would say this is probably more essential for people that suffer from breakouts a lot. If you get the occasional pimple, you could probably pass on this. I have noticed that the products that I use in my skin also work faster since using the Clarisonic which is probably to do with the fact that my skin gets a form of gentle exfoliation and is stimulated.
As for the battery life, I heard lots of people reviewing that that they find that they need to recharge it all the time. Again, I first recharged mine 3 months from the first usage which is pretty crazy. It does state to charge it for 24 hours or something long like that before the first usage but so far I’ve been really impressed with the battery life.
Overall, the Clarisonic gets a thumbs up from me. I like it but I don’t think it’s necessary if you don’t suffer from major breakouts or acne. However it helps my sense of OCD when it comes to skincare and ensures me that my face is clean from any grimey makeup at the end of the day. My skin has been looking brighter and when I don’t use the Clarisinic, I can tell that I need that deep clean.
Until next time!