Wednesday, October 15th, 2008


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Clarisonic ($195.00) is one of those products you tend to hear raves about, but you take one look at the price tag and run in the other direction. But you’re always wondering, “Does it actually work? Is it worth it?”

Yes, and yes. Most definitely.

The Clarisonic Skin Care System was developed by the creators of the Sonicare toothbrush. I look at this in a similar way–the Sonicare toothbrush price tag shocked people, but it does give you a great clean. It’s a purchase that saves you money elsewhere in your life. The toothbrush kept you from going to the dentist as often for problems (or minimized problems found during your regular visits), and the Clarisonic does the same. You get a better clean, which lets other skincare products absorb better–you know, that pricey serum you purchased may have better results because of the increased absorption.

Here’s the other big reason why both sonic systems work: the timer. You’re supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes (30 seconds per side), and because the Sonicare lets you know when to switch sides, you actually brush for that length of time. Same idea on the Clarisonic; you can choose between one minute and two minutes cleansing times, and it will beep approximately every thirty seconds. We are all busy, busy people, so we often don’t think about whether we are properly cleansing. A few weeks ago, I read about a study where people who washed their hands properly with regular soap had the same amount of bacteria leftover as those who washed properly with antibacterial soap–because the key was washing your hands properly, getting underneath the nails and giving yourself enough time.

So, let me tell you how my skin has changed as a result of using this product for the past four weeks!

The Clarisonic is a beast when it comes to totally removing my face makeup. In the past, I have found most cleansers still require toner or a makeup wipe afterward to get rid of the last vestiges of foundation. This is not the case with the Clarisonic–I take a makeup wipe and it picks up nothing. It’s not scientific but that’s my little test for how effective a cleanser is.

My skin has also normalized more in the past few weeks–it is more normal, less combo, less dry. It’s just normal. I’ve always had skin that bordered on normal, but it would get a bit oily at the end of the day or I’d have some drier patches. Since I’ve started using Clarisonic, my skin is smoother and softer. I wear less foundation as a result, because I only need a sheer amount for evenness for a polished look.

I use the Clarisonic twice daily on the two minute setting; once in the shower in the AM, and then over the sink in the PM. It’s completely sealed, so it’s safe to use in the shower (it says so in the instructions!), which I think is fantastic! I usually start using the Clarisonic while I wait for the shower water to heat up, and then I finish the job in the shower. It’s easy on the skin, and it’s even easier to use.

We all know tugging, pulling, and rubbing the skin can lead to increased wrinkles. Clarisonic is a gentle cleanser that eliminates the tug and pull of your finger tips and hands. This is a huge thing for me, because I try to be gentle, but I’m never sure if I am, or if I’m still too tough on my skin! Clarisonic doesn’t make me question that; you hardly need any pressure to get the cleanser working. It’s more about connecting it to the skin’s surface than pressing or rubbing.

It has a cradle charger, much like a cordless phone (do people still have those? or are we all on cell phones now?), so you just set it inside to charge up. I find I get at least two weeks worth of twice daily usage before I need to recharge. The brush head should be replaced every three months, and they have three brush heads to choose from Normal, Sensitive, and Delicate. Again, like a toothbrush, the bristles do get worn and used, and then need to be replaced. At the same time, because you can easily replace brush heads (since you need to periodically), you can share this! You just need each person to have their own brush head, and everybody can try it. Take a permanent marker and write your initials on it so you can identify yours from his or hers.

I have always believed good skin comes from good skin care, not necessarily about using preventative creams and serums. This is a product that gets to the heart of a lot of skin care problems–cleansing–and it takes out the guesswork and makes it easy to get clean skin within minutes.

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45 thoughts on “Clarisonic for Better Overall Skincare and Appearance

  1. KULA

    I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now, but everytime I see the price tag I think about the massive debt that I will be in. PLUS I can already here it now coming from my sisters ” A $200 FACE SCRUB?! YOU MUST HAVE $$$!!” which honestly, I dont. But I think I will trat myself to this when Sephora does their Friends and Family sale.

  2. That’s really great to hear! I’ve been toying with the idea of getting this for a while, but was unsure as well. I’m so glad it’s such a great product and I’ll probably go out there and get it soon. Thanks for reviewing and sharing!

  3. Kelly

    Thanks for the review, I’ve been eying this one for a while and it’s going at the top of my Christmas list now! $200 isn’t that much when you use it twice daily, break it down over time and it’s pennies a day, really.

  4. Milan

    I’ve been thinking of getting this brush for some time now. I’ve heard such good things about it. That price tag is a beast though. I guess i’ll have to save up for it or put it on my Xmas list.

  5. I have always had good skin (thank god) but then again I never wore much makeup. I started noticing though that as I wore more makeup and more layers I started breaking out. Now that I love playing with makeup I couldn’t give it up but my skin was screaming at me to do something. I have very fragile skin so I decided to take the plunge. I have to say my skin is back to normal, no more breakouts and the best part you can use any cleanser. It is just working that much deeper into your skin. I love it, and I just bought an extra brush head and hubby gets to use it too before shaving. It has really helped him with in grown hairs. So it is pricey but I figured since both of us use it with good results it is paying off in the long run. Hope this helps!

    • That’s awesome! I’m so glad it’s helping your skin, Teresa :) I tried to get the boyfriend to use it, but he didn’t care for it. He said it tickled his scruff!

  6. Jen

    I bought the Clarisonic 2 months ago and I love it!! My moisturizer and makeup go on much smoother and I justified the price as the sonicare toothbrush, which I have had for yrs., is just over 100.00 so the clarisonic is less than double the price and can be used for face, neck, or any area on your body.

    • YAY! It’s so good to hear from others who have tried it and loved it :)

      Exactly!! I think once you compare its usage to the Sonicare toothbrush, it makes more sense.

  7. Amy

    I bought my Clarisonic two weeks ago and so far I love it. I have dry acne prone skin and my skin is brighter and the pores on my nose are smaller already. It was a splurge, but I found it on sale and also bought the pink color, so I felt better that some of my money will support breast cancer research. Also when I registered my brush online with Clarisonic, they offered to send me a complimentary brush head, so I feel like my investment ended up to be quite a deal.

  8. whitnee

    have you tried all of the brush heads? what is delicate skin for? do you use that near the eyes? i would have thought all of the brushes would be for delicate skin.

    • I only have the one it came with, which I think is the sensitive one. I presume it’s just based on the softness. They all feel soft, but your skin may be more prone to irritation than mine, so you might need the softest of them all.

  9. Amanda23

    Oh yay! I bought mine like a year ago and at first I couldn’t really tell a difference, but now wow! I really don’t have to wear foundation as much anymore. My skin feels so soft and looks super radiant! I love this brush!!! Definitely a good investment!!! Highly recommended!!!

  10. Ariana

    My dermatologist recommended that I buy this so I did. I didn’t notice anything dramatically different about my skin except that it feels much nicer because all the dead skin cells are gone. I still have moderate acne breakouts and this seems to help a bit, but it by no means totally treated my acne. I’ve been using it now for about 5 months, every day when I wash my face. I think I just have really weird skin that nothing seems to work for!

    • It sucks that it hasn’t treated your acne yet! I expect since you have a derm, you’ve already considered ingredients or one of your skin products as a culprit!

  11. What a coincidence! My best friend & I took a trip to Sephora last week & we were talking to the SA about it. Man, I wish I still worked there so I could use my discount to buy it. It looks like a dream come true, but honestly, I can’t spend that much on skin care right now. =/

    • Aww! I hope you’ll be able to get it in the future. It’s a great product, definitely worth the money, but it’s an investment and not cheap by any means!

  12. Tanya

    LOL this is at the top of my christmas wish list as well :) I asked for the pink version though!!! I really really hope that someone who “loves” me gets this for me!

  13. Cat

    Pursebuzz had a review on this. You can chk it out on youtube. She had a coupon code with beautychoice.com for $30 off. That means the brush would cost you 165.00. Dont know if it expired but its worth a try. The Coupon Code: pursebuzz9994

  14. Ashley

    THAAANK you Chrisitne! I have been waiting for you to do this review, because I trust your judgement when it comes to beauty products.

  15. linz

    I bought one about a year ago and I love it. My skin is softer and I don’t have to wear nearly as much foundation. Plus I love that it makes me more inclined to wash my face every single morning and night because that two minute timer makes it seem easier to me. The only thing I haven’t been quite sure about is which cleanser to use with it. I have pretty typical combo skin w/the occasional breakout in t-zone area and don’t know of a cleanser that has the right “consistency” in conjunction with the clarisonic. Any ideas? Thanks

    • Hey Linz!

      I’m a bit confused on the cleanser bit – and what about exfoliation? I mean, can I use it with an exfoliating scrub?! So I’m still figuring that out. I use it mostly with Philosophy’s Purity cleanser, though. I imagine most cleansers would work fine with it, however!

      • linz

        That’s my confusion too Christine. I use a Patricia Wexler exfoliating cleanser and I’ve used that with the Clarisonic. I hope that’s ok. Now that you say it, I think Purity is a great one for it. Thanks for brainstorming with me :)

        • No problem, Linz! I do like to work an exfoliating product into my skin before I use the Clarisonic – maybe thirty seconds or so, and then I’ll use the Clarisonic with it!

  16. I have a question! Do you HAVE to use the products that it comes with?

  17. Nicci

    I got the kit with the body brush included. I don’t use the body brush as often…seems like it would take awhile to clean/scrub my whole body with it but the regular one is so nice on my face. I feel like I am always getting a deep cleaning and I love the adjustable speeds. Sometimes I use the fastest speed and go over my face quickly. This is a great gift idea for birthday or Christmas. I was looking at this for a year and got it as a gift for Xmas. It was the best present, very practical!!

  18. Alison

    I’ve been using the Clarisonic Plus for almost a couple of months. When I started with it, I had big red, painful breakouts just about every week, but since I’ve been using this, they have steadily improved… now I only have a couple of red blotches and my acne scars left. My overall skin appearance has improved and my blackheads have been getting smaller, especially when I use Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant about once a day after cleansing with the Clarisonic. My skin is softer and I no longer have patches of flaky skin from where my acne has peeled. My skincare routine was good because it felt right on my skin but just by using this with my old skin care routine its proven much more effective and beneficial. I honestly think that if I bought this before I started getting my painful (cystic pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, the works) red breakouts I wouldn’t have much of the scarring I have today.

    Also, the body brush works. It makes your skin smoother, though the scrub it comes with isn’t very moisturising so I’d recommend also buying a nice moisturising scrub to go with it!

  19. Amna

    Hi Christine,
    I am buying the Clarisonic Mia fianlly! Can you tell me if you take your makeup off with a cleasner first in the PM and then use it?
    Thanks!

  20. Tracie

    I treated myself on my 50th birthday and bought the Clarisonic. I have a completely different reason for using the cleansing system. You see it has become too painful for me to wash my face with my hands due to rheumatoid arthritis. The Clarisonic cleanses the skin deeply and when used properly does so very gently. Something I need because my skin is very delicate due to my medications. Now I have a spa experience twice a day when I cleanse my face. I love it!

  21. Jenn

    Hi Christine, I love your blog! I’ve been following it for a while but this is my first post. I also have a Clarisonic and I think it’s great. I noticed I was starting to break out after a while after using it so I stopped for a bit. Then I decided to start up again but wash it with an antibacterial soap, and guess what, it did the trick! I’m so happy now, no more extra breakouts!

    I was wondering if you use it on your face for 2 minutes. I’m not sure but the instructions might have said something about 2 for body and 1 for face? Do you like using the 2 for face? I’d like to try that but I was worried maybe it would irritate it.

    Keep up the good work!