Should I buy a Clarisonic Mia?[ Edited ]
I'm thinking about getting a Clarisonic Mia. I have combination skin that is acne prone in some spots and dry and sensitive in others. When it comes to facial cleansing, I want something that will prevent breakouts, but not overdry. I also like a product that exfoliates to give me that natural glow. I know you ladies can give it to me straight: what are the benefits and the drawbacks to a Clarisonic Mia? Would it address the skincare concerns I mentioned? What kind of Clarisonic should I buy? What kind of cleanser or brushhead should I use? How often do you change the brushhead? What has been your overall experience using a Clarisonic? I would appreciate any feedback on this--Thank you!
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I have a Mia, and YES, if you can, you should absolutely buy one. The worst that could happen is that you're not crazy about it, but I think it's more likely that you will be.
I do suggest giving it time, though -- your skin may break out initially (or it may not), and then it will calm down. I think if the "purging" period does occur in certain cases, people assume it isn't working and give up on it. However, this purging does happen -- the same reaction can occur when you start to use a prescription retinoid for the first time.
I never had skin issues at all until I was hovering around 29 -- then I started breaking out in my chin area, sometimes with deep, painful cysts that never surfaced. (I'm assuming this was hormonal -- or it was something I was using.) I also noticed an increase in clogged pores and general bumpiness on the surface of my chin -- and no matter what I used, it wouldn't go away. I didn't break out badly, but it seemed awful because I was used to not having to worry about it. I tried changing cleansers, a stronger dose of Retin-A , purifying clay masks -- nothing really worked. I was skeptical of all of the rave reviews of the Clarisonic, but I finally decided just to give it a try during a 20% off promo.
Within a week, my skin looked better than it had in years -- the bumpiness was gone, I had no breakouts (I still have no real breakouts, excepting the occasional monthly pimple in the exact same spot), and the texture of my skin was so much smoother -- even my makeup looks different. I only wish I had caved and bought it sooner! I use the Sensitive brush (which came with the Mia) -- so that would probably be a good one for you. If your skin is more sensitive, you can try the Delicate brush head, or the Normal if it needs deeper cleaning. I want to try the Deep Pore version but have yet to buy it. I haven't changed my brush head yet, but I need to do it soon -- I've had it for more than two months, but not quite three.
I started out using the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser but switched to Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser because it has natural salicylic acid and does not dry. In the interest of full disclosure -- while I have seen a huge reduction of blackheads overall, the ones that took up residence on my nose around age 12 have not gone away -- but I'm not sure that they ever would without some sort of professional procedure. So, if you have those and were looking for a miracle solution, it may not work getting rid of them entirely -- but it works on everything else, and I would easily give it ten stars out of five if I could
I wholeheartedly recommend the Clarisonic, either the Mia or the Plus. With the Plus, you get a body brush that is nice for exfoliating skin flakiness on the body. If you only use it on the face, the Mia works great and is less expensive. The recommended time interval for changing the brush head is every 3-4 months, I think it depends on if you use it 2X, 1X or every other day. I started with the sensitive brush that came with the unit, but after using it awhile, felt that the normal would be better for my oily skin, so when it came time to change brushes, I got the regular. There is a new deep cleaning face brush that I might try next time, I have pretty tough skin, so I don't think it would cause a problem, but you just have to kind of feel this out with your own skin.
The Clarisonic has made a world of difference in my skin, less blackheads, pimples, more glowy skin and it makes my treatments absorb faster.
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I love mine! It has helped me out with my acne a lot. It has also made my skin smooth, and have a natural glow to it. And I've only had it for a week! I am able to use it twice a day as well, even though my skin is sensitive.
One thing though, if you get breakouts of acne, make sure you disinfect your brush head at least once a week (I do it twice). If you want a good way to disinfect, use 1/4 of vinegar and a half of cup of water. That is what I do and it is gentle enough for it not to react to your skin. Also, I do not use the cleanser that comes with it. I started to use the Vitamin Cleanser from the Body Shop.
I have the original first model that came out, not the Mia, but I can tell you that the Clarisonic face brush is absolutely awesome. It's one of the best investments I've ever made and I have never regretted spending the money on it. I have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin and the Clarisonic improved my skin immediately. I would recommend using a "sensitive" brush head, which is what comes with the brush when you purchase it since your skin is dry and sensitive in some areas. The Clarisonic itself won't dry out your skin. You just need to make sure that you use a good cleanser along with the Clarisonic and you can't use any cleansers containing micro-beads with the Clarisonic. I personally love Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser which is an all natural, soap-free cleanser that you can read all about here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P12
Hope this helps!
I'm another vote for the Mia. I have been using mine for six months and the most dramatic thing I can say about it is that I now regularly skip the foundation step in my makeup routine because I don't need it. That's how much better my skin looks sinc eI started using it!
I change my brush head every 4 to 5 months and I use my Mia twice a day. I have used the regular and the delicate brush head and I am happy with the way they bpth work. I like to also use a microbead exfoliator, and Ifind that I like the delicate head for that.
Buy one. You won't be sorry!
Yes, you should really buy it! I wholeheartedly recommend!
Using this regimen, it two days my few pimples were half their size, and within a week, I barely had any at all!
1. Clarisonic Mia
2. Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Daily Gentle Cleanser
3. Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel - Cream
I was skeptical at first because I have extreme sensitive skin. But, after the first use (of the Clarisonic Mia) I knew I could never go back to regular cleansing again "Baby Mia", (as she is affectionately nicknamed because of her size! ) is here to stay!
I use the sensitive skin brushhead and let me say that it really works! I wouldn't try anything harsher than that as you seem to have skin lke mine. You should change it every 3 months.
I hope I helped!