I recently bought a Clarisonic Mia (in Lavender :D)
If you don't have a clue what this is (and I didn't just a few short months ago) I will explain & let Clarisonic do some explaining too! I would (and i've heard others) describe it as an electric toothbrush for your face. It'ss a tad on the expensive side, so it is certainly an investment in your skin. Essentially, it is a way to deeply cleanse your skin removing the oil, dirt, make-up and anything else that gets into your pores during the day. It vibrates and sonically pushes to the surface anything that is blocking your pores (You may go through a skin purging phase in the first week or two while the device works it's magic).
I bought the Mia. This is the least expensive model they sell & after seeing and reading many reviews it is exactly what I was looking for. The biggest differences compared to the other models are; It only has one speed, you can only use it on your face, it is much smaller. For me, I just wanted it for my face and had heard that those with different models, rarely changed the speed anyway. I also love it's size!
While cleansing is the first step in any skin care ritual, it is often overlooked. Typical manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores. This build-up can damage the appearance and health of your skin and keep your skin care products from working like they should.Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.
I bought my Mia on an Australian website called www.adorebeauty.com.au. I am so impressed with this website. They carry a lot of products that are not easy to find, are of excellent quality and at the same prices you'd find in store, BUT from the comfort of where ever your computer might be. They have great information on every brand and product and users can offer reviews about products they've tried (the website will then screen the review to make sure its appropriate). They also have online forums with a skin care specialist who is happy to answer your questions about anything skin related. She usually suggests products that the website sells, but thats not really a bad thing.
Another reason I bought the Clarisonic from this website was that they offer a free gift with purchase of a replacement brush head. It is recommended that you replace these every 3 months and costs around $35, so I thought this was a great deal. What I didn't realise at the time was that you need to "add to basket" the free gift. So I was convinced that I had missed out and was pretty annoyed at myself. I sent an email to their support team and hadn't heard back for about 3 days and was honestly having second thoughts about the website. Then I was just browsing on the site again, when at the bottom of the screen popped up a little chat message saying "Can I help you with anything?". Basically I explained what happened and they were so helpful and friendly (and even apologetic for the delayed email response) and are sending me my free gift!
In Summary, I really really suggest checking this website out. Shipping is only $5 for standard and it came within 3 business days! They carry so many great products!
After quite a bit of research I decided that I really wanted to make a change in my skin. I am so fed up with my not so perfect skin. I have combination oily acne prone skin. I certainly don't have really bad acne and never had, but constantly get blemishes. I am rarely without one. I also have tried a lot of different skin care lines and rarely see huge changes that are lasting. I like to try products for an extended period of time, so I can give my skin a chance to see the benefits. I have spent a lot of money on expensive skin care that hasn't worked for me and thought that the Clarisonic would be something I could change without always having to spend more and more money to see if I can make a difference. Just forking out the money one time! (I should mention that this is because you can use any cleanser you want with the device! It does come with a sample of their cleanser, but I didn't try it as I don't want to mess with what I am currently using).
I only started using mine on Tuesday (It's Friday). I have been using it only in the evenings and certainly have been seeing quite a few more blemishes. This was expected. I have really noticed a difference in my skin already. After cleansing my skin feels so soft and clean, usually a feeling I only get after exfoliating or using a mask. My lotions also sink into my skin a lot quicker. Although I do have blemishes at the moment, They are not typically what I am used to, almost looking like a removable of a blocked pore more then an inflammation of one. The new blemishes have already started to disappear and not leave a noticeable mark. Some previous blemishes that have left marks, are slowly losing colour as well. I love the feel of my skin and knowing that I am really getting my skin clear.
I hope this helped if you are someone who has been thinking of getting this product. I also hope it opened up your eyes to those of you who hadn't heard of this before. I think its a great idea and makes a lot of sense. My skin seems to really like this fancy tool and I have high hopes for it. I will do another update in a few months time and hopefully have an equally glowing report.
You can find out more here: http://www.clarisonic.com/
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