First things first, I’ve never read Rachel Hollis’ book, but maybe I should.
The real point of this post…I’ve had my Clarisonic Mia Smart for almost three weeks now (the time it takes to build a habit), so I think I have enough knowledge, experience, and hopefully results to write a review.
I’ll cut to the cost first thing. Typically the Clarisonic Mia Smart retails for $199. Yes, that is a hefty price to pay for something that you can go out and get for cheaper through another brand, but with Clarisonic you’re paying for quality, longevity, and versatility. Quality was definitely my determining factor. My little sister had a face brush that claimed to be waterproof, but it eventually ended up flooding out and not working, so I wanted to avoid that. Also, don’t forget that the brush comes with the charger and the daily radiance head, but you have to purchase additional heads at extra costs – which can run up to the $60 range – and you have to replace them approximately every three months. The heads come built in with a strip that will turn red when it’s time to change. It’s just like a toothbrush. The bristles eventually wear out, clump together, and don’t have the effectivity that they have when new. I am really looking forward to trying other heads like the massage brush to tighten my skin and the eye awakening brush. But, you know, nursing school. I’m gonna have to wait for my 30th!
So, with the cost out of the way, I do have one way my fellow 716 ladies can get this product for cheaper. If you head to Williamsville to Tony Walker, you CAN use your birthday club 40% off one product on Clarisonic! I was so excited to get mine on my birthday in February that I b-lined right past the Hudson jeans and new purses that I have been wanting for so long because I am all about skincare lately. That’s what 29 will do to you! You can always get a new pair of jeans, but the skin you’re in isn’t replaceable!
While there are many different kinds of brushes you can get, I did end up getting the “smart” brush because I was so fascinated how it could customize your skin routine and keep track of your progress. I also had a friend comment on my FB about how she loved hers, so shoutout to Katie for the great recommendation! Once you charge the brush to full capacity (which takes almost 18 hours! Really my only complaint because I was so excited to use it but had to wait like a little kid for it to charge!), you can download the Clarisonic app, sync your phone and brush together, take a skin quiz, and then it lists routines that fit your skin needs from which you can choose from! I chose a gentle routine that focused on deep cleaning. I believe it is around one minute of cleaning that focuses on my T-zone, nose, chin, and cheeks. The brush has an alert built into it that beeps when it’s time to move to the next zone. So for example, 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose/chin, and then 10 seconds on each cheek. It allows the appropriate amount of time on each spot so you’re not overdoing it and drying the area out or creating potential nuisances like milia (those little white spots that babies have that looks like baby acne. It’s just keratin trapped under your skin. Not a health concern – just an annoyance).
Since I have been using my brush for almost three weeks, I have noticed skin changes. While I still have some acne, the app does have articles that let you know it may get worse before it gets better. Your skin is purging all the toxins to the surface, causing you to breakout. This is also very common with other skincare methods like Differin, Benzaclin, etc. Other than a few pesky little zits I still get because I can’t keep my hands off my face EVER, I have definitely noticed that my tone has evened out a bit. On top of the Clarisonic, I did remove foundation and concealer from makeup routine on January 15 just to see if that would help make my skin look healthier.
Clarisonic’s products are also waterproof, so you can take them in the shower. I don’t recommend leaving them in there though, just because I know I did invest a lot in the product and don’t want to risk anything. Being waterproof does have its advantages though because I’d much rather take it in the shower and wash my face rather than drip water EVERYWHERE all over my bathroom sink and down my arms leaving my shirt drenched. You should use a lot of water and a good amount of soap with it, so don’t be surprised when that happens! It’s not recommended that you use exfoliators or harsh cleaners with the brush, so I’ve been using Neutrogena ultra gentle daily face cleanser ($9.99). It works really well, lathers up nicely, and leaves my skin feeling super clean and not dried out like an old piece of leather. Afterward, I usually moisturize with Cetaphil.
Other than all of that, I’m not really sure how often I should be cleaning my brush or the correct method to do so. I assume that is something that needs to be done. And like I’ve said before, I’ve been using it for three weeks now and still haven’t had to recharge it.
With that said, if anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions on skincare – mainly evening tone on sensitive skin – I’d love to hear! Also, I’m terrified of becoming an old wrinkle bag – so tips on that, too!
Also, watch out for my first FabFitFun review coming as soon as I get my first box! I’m hoping it’s more Fab and Fun than Fit, but we’ll see. I’ll also be reviewing the PopSugar box my Mom and I get as well! They both shipped the same day, so it’s about to be like Christmas up in here. So many fun things coming!!!