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**CLARISONIC MIA 2 REVIEW**
**MY PERSONAL USE/STORY**
I recently turned 18 and for my birthday my mum tracked down a Clarisonic Mia 2 cheaply from Ebay. As I'm still in my late adolescence stage of life I am sadly still plagued with fairly severe acne and redness over my T-zone and cheeks. I even find the occasion cluster of blemishes of my neck area. I have suffered from acne in this way since I was about 14 and have noticed it's gradually got worse over the years. If you have read any of my other reviews you will know I have tried every product under the sun from skincare shops/the doctors and online and none of them have really worked for me. Due to my sorry excuse for skin my skincare regime before the Mia was horrendously long and tiring. I would get up in the morning cleanse, tone, moisturise and then plague my skin with huge amounts of concealer and foundation to cover the redness and bumps. Obviously, this look is not attractive in any way but I felt I needed to do it to feel skin confident. In the evenings I would then spend around 30-45 minutes removing this make-up I felt I needed. I would begin with a simple cleansing wipe to remove initial make-up and mascara. I would then cover my face in layers of cleansing lotion and remove using wads of cotton wool. This stage I would repeat several times until the pads came off clear. I would then wash my face with water, cleanse, tone and moisturise. I know it is common knowledge that over cleansing the skin removes crucial oils but with me I could never wash enough. Even with that amount of care my skin would just flare up with whitehead/blackheads on all areas. This is where my Mia 2 comes in!
I get a copy of Reveal magazine every week and always read closely the skin/make-up columns. In an issue later October time I read an article about sonic cleansing brushes which are so say sweeping Hollywood. Apparently, several types existed which claimed to clean skin 5 times deeper. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Nina Dobrev are apparently big users. I was really intrigued by this as they all have perfect skin- however I was slightly put off by my naïve thinking that a sonic power brush was used instead of photo editing! Although, throughout the following few weeks the thought of getting one kept playing on my mind as I'd tried everything so what could another hurt. My mum actually came to me a few night after reading the article and started talking to me about them-she'd obviously stole my magazine to have a read too. We chatted and I explained my want of one but price was an issue and that was that the thought left my mind. To my surprise on my birthing in later November I opened a box from my mum and there it was a Clarisonic Mia 2 in sea foam blue. She'd managed to get a system from Ebay for about £60 brand new. I was so excited by this and used it that morning. The box it came it was covered in information too much to read all at once but I did so. The system claims to clean 6 x's deeper than washing alone and uses supersonic brush heads which oscillate over 1000 times per second. The box came with a magnetic charger which attached to the waterproof system at the bottom by touch, two sensitive cleansing heads (replaceable) and a small 30ml bottle of the Clarisonic green tea cleanser.
That morning I read the instructions and watched several YouTube clips on how to use the Mia 2. What I learnt in basic form was that my system in on a time regime. You get 1 minute to cleanse the whole face. The system buzzes after 10 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds and another 20 seconds. This to cleanse the forehead, nose-chin and two cheeks. I have the Mia 2 but I believe by research the Mia alone doesn't have this setting. You have to attach the brush head wet face and brush head. Apply cleanser to brush head and then press on and wash the face. You are supposed to wash in circular motion over selected areas. I did all of this as stated and I will honestly say my face felt incredible. Not just good but amazing. It felt smooth and soft and super cleansed. Due to the supersonic cleansing it did feels a little tight but not painful. I continued with a toner and moisturiser as per usual. After that one use my skin actually looked good too. My spots were less violent and didn't feel sore in any way like usual.
I continued using the system for a good two weeks night and day as stated and noticed incredible results straight away. Over the first week my skin improved more and more. Less spots came through and blackhead/whiteheads were removed with such ease. Especially so on my nose and chin. My skin felt cleaner and smoother- nor rough redness as before. Even to this day I would never look back at ever wondering whether the system was right for me or not because it is.
However, all good things don't last. I read up on the system beforehand and very user states a purging phase where there skin goes wild from removing so much dirt deep down in their pores. It's the skins way of saying "what's happening". Most users found this after 28 days use. But for me this came after 21 days use. It lasted about a week and my skin went crazy. Spots came out everywhere big and scary. I found I got a few blind boils aswel. These are spots below the skins surface which last a few days with no visible head to remove. They are extremely large and sore. This didn't last though I managed to regain control after about 7 days and my skins has returned to being smooth and full of light blemished which arise from time to time. Now I won't say I now have skin perfection but it is slowly getting there. I feel as though with a few more weeks use I could have nearly blemish free skin-who knows. All I know is my skin in a million times form what it was and I wouldn't change it for the world. I have now upgraded heads to suing the acne head which I find much more vigorous but the original sensitive I received with the box is still good. For anyone like me suffering acne or redness I would 100% recommend this product. It has and hopefully will stop my acne in the long run. Before using I was extremely self-conscious about my skin I felt ashamed and ugly with it. But now I feel confident answering the door without make-up on and even leaving the house without make-up so for skin wise and confidence it has done me the world of good. I would even recommend to those without skin complaints like mine because it improves texture. For anyone suffering rosacea, wrinkling, large pores etc. It helps with all skin problems and removes the dead layers which sit in lines and pores.
Sadly, like all good things in life they come at a cost. Like I said I purchased my Mia 2 from Ebay for £60 (well mum did!) but retail pricing is around the £100-£120 bracket dependant on store. You can get the bargain on Ebay but it you want quick and easy shops such as House of Fraser stock the systems or amazon. When I America recently the famous make-up store Sephora sell the system for $140 which is about £80-90 and a good deal so if you know of anyone travelling to the states get them to look for you. The Sephora staffs are also well trained in knowledge of the product so be sure to get their opinion. Many YouTube users I researched tended to be from the states and several mentioned the friendliness of Sephora staff in this item.
Due to the product having replacement heads which sadly do need replacing at least every 3 months the upkeep of the Mia comes at a cost. Different brush heads cost different amounts but usually come in pairs. They sell a range for delicate skin, sensitive, acne prone, deep cleansing and I believe normal. These do vary. You can get cheaply on Ebay or retailers like HOF. On Ebay I paid £8 for two acne heads which is very reasonable. In Sephora a set of two is about $28. Obviously, this is something which will add cost forever as well as the use of a cleanser need with the product. I continue to use a simple cleanser which cost about £3-£4 form supermarkets but nearly all cleansers can be used. I used up the original Green tea variety which came with the item. I didn't like that as it was very runny but did the job. I find a simple version is thicker and foams well without getting into my eyes. I will say though cleansers with bead/defoliants don't work well with the brush as they get stuck easily and are difficult to remove.
From personal experience with the brush heads I will add that after about two weeks sue they do soften down. So, I feel as though I will replace my head at least once every two months to ensure the highest standards possible. But the company recommend 3 months so I think I will try out this theory before deciding myself. I have decided though that the acne head is for me. They have green bristles (each type has different coloured bristles) and are the correct harshness for me. For normal skin I would recommend a softer bristle however.
I am really impressed by the charger system that comes with the Mia 2. Each Clarisonic system is fully waterproof for use in the shower etc. Due to this the charger is magnetic. Each system last 24 minutes use so twice a day that 12 days use which is a great charge limit. I recharge mine every week to be sure. You plug the charger into a mains socket and simply clip into the magnet in the handle of Clarisonic system. You know they are connected because the light on the speed setting becomes bright and flashes. I charge all night but 18 hours is recommend by the manufacturer. I have never been stuck with a charging problem as of yet and find it works perfectly with no worry whatsoever. The power never fades as battery becomes low and I have not encountered a non-charging issue!!
I have the Mia 2 in sea foam blue. They offer the Mia 2 and infect all Mia's in special colours or designs. Obviously, the nicest looking the priciest. The basic colour is white but they offer everything from pink to leopard print if that is for you. I have the Mia 2. They sell the Mia Sonic, Mia and Mia 2. The Mia sonic is a larger at home system which is very large and expensive. The mia and mia 2 however are handheld and for travel. All systems use the same patented technology the only difference is speed. The Mia sonic and Mia 2 both have two speed setting. Normal and high and both have timers. The mia of the other hand is exactly the same but without an extra speed setting and timer. There is no difference in usage or technology. The actual Mia is the cheapest obviously and sonic the most expensive. Personally when buying an item I want to know I have the most up to date version hence why I wanted the mia 2 but if you want simple then the mia is the same in mannerisms but an earlier less complicated version. You just need to think about whether you want simple or complex and at what cost.
I have never actually seen the sonic anywhere other than America but both Mia's are sold in Europe through HOF or amazon. Likewise Ebay offer items from USA and China from the brand which aren't available here. I'm sure though as time commences all items will be available here.
Overall, I love the system it has made my skin feel incredible and noticeably difference. The purge isn't nice but sorts itself out in the end. I hope after 2 months usage I will be able to say my acne is gone (I will keep you up to date) but for now I am slowly getting there. Obviously, the unit is pricey but there is no question in the long run it saves money-time and product you need for your skin. That is both cleanser and make-up. I use less make-up now than when I was about 12. It's fabulous. I would recommend to all. I love my sea foam colour but all colours are fine and at the end of the day who cares what it looks like if it does the job. I am travelling to Mexico in the springtime and happy my mia 2 even come with a safety travel case I purchased. It clicks in and saves the embarrassment of an odd shaped article in my luggage. If you get what I mean!!
My final phrase for summary fo this item is: OUTSTANDING!!
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I received the clarisonic mia for Christmas not knowing anything about but now I would not be without it - it's great. I use it every morning and it's so quick and easy. My skin feels fresh and "woken up" after using it. Mine came from QVC and had four different heads so I'm working out which is the best for my skin. I used to have almost permanent spots round my chin and could not clear them but since using the mia they have gone - brilliant. I would highly recommend this for normal skins but if you are very sensitive it may not suit.
I have wanted the clarisonic for a very long time, ever since I read the amazing reviews it got. Every time I withdrew money for it, I would always end up buying a few other things rather than the one thing. Terrible money handling on my behalf! I got a bonus from work recently and thought a lot about what I really wanted. It was between a pair of shoes or the clarisonic! I went and finally got myself the clarisonic mia, which was the sensible thing to do.
I purchased it in the color poppy red for 120 pounds. Poppy red is a limited edition colour for the clarisonic mia and that is why it was dearer than the other colours. I know it is expensive considering it was the carisonic 'mia', the mini sized one but I thought it was really cute and pretty looking and I knew I wanted it the minute I saw it!
I t came packed in a box with a charger, a brush head for very sensitive skin, a brush head for deep cleansing and a facial cleanser. I was pleased with everything that I got with it; it really made it worth the 120 pounds!
Within a few days the texture of my skin has greatly improved, I feel like it promotes blood circulation throughout my face which is why it gives such a healthy glow. I've noticed I have gotten a few pimples but to me, that's is because I am withdrawing all the impurities out of my skin with the help of the clarisonic mia. I charge it for 3-5 hours and it lasts me just under a week, which is pretty good.
I did use my lancome milk cleanser on my clarisonic and it worked beautifully. You can use which ever cleaner suits you. If I'm wearing makeup, I will remove it with the deep cleaning brush head, but if I just want to clean my bare skin, I usually use the sensitive brush head just because I feel like I should be as gentle as possible with my facial skin. My dry patches have reduced to some extent and I hope with continuous use, my skin will improve over all.
I also used my clarisonic on my elbows and my legs with my sugar scrub, It left my body feeling vigorously cleansed and smooth. You definitely do need a good body butter though to follow up the cleanse because it can leave your skin a little dry. You'd think I'm overselling this but from my experience, it is a miracle skin care product. I never thought I'd need it on my body but after giving it a try I noticed a major difference.
I love it and regret not buying it sooner. I recommend it 100%. In fact, I have an aunt who suffers from chilblains on her fingers and I am sure this will improve the circulation in her fingers and relieve her from the pain of chilblains! It' a versatile product and the fact that it is so gentle is actually soothing!
What is Clarisonic Mia?
If you have never heard of this, where have you been?! Mia is a professional standard brush that uses a sonic-micro-massage action to deeply clean the skin. It is developed by the creator of the Sonicare toothbrush using the same technology, hence why Clarisonic is known as the 'electric toothbrush for the face!' According to Clarisonic, Mia gently clears pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals, this technique helps prep skin for better absorption of serums and creams - meaning better value for money on your expensive skin creams! Clarisonic cleansers remove make-up 6 times more effectively compared to using your fingers, this helps reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores. Mia is the smaller, travel sized version of the Clarisonic Plus, the brush heads are the same size, but the size of the overall unit of the Plus is bigger and has 2 rotating speeds.
Why I bought this
I had heard lots of good things about the Clarisonic cleansing system from bloggers and on QVC. I suffer with oily and blemish prone skin so I wear quite a bit of make-up to cover up my face, I am always conscious that I have not removed ALL my make-up, despite cleansing and toning, so the fact that Clarisonic removes 6X more make-up drew me in. I had some good news recently, as as a treat I decided to try this out, safe in the knowledge that Clarisionic offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are unsatisfied. I opted for the Mia over the Plus as I travel regularly, so I wanted the smaller sized model and there was a better option of colours with the Mia, such as lavender, blue, pink and green!
How to obtain Mia
I ordered this product direct from the UK Clarisonic website, but this can be obtained from QVC and eBay. The RRP is £120, which is quite steep, but as I mentioned there is a 30 day money back guarantee. Ordering was simple and I received it within 3 working days. For £120 I received the Mia, a magnetic charger and a 30ml Clarisonic sample cleanser.
How to use Mia
The magnetic charging attachment which simply clicks on the the handle of the Mia. The Mia needs to be charged for 24 hours prior to initial use, and the LED light on the Mia indicates whether it is charging. My Mia indicated it was ready for use in around 18 hours, so if you're desperate to use it you don't always have to wait 24 hours!
Mia comes as standard with a 'sensitive' type brush head, but these are interchangeable and there are specific heads for very sensitive and acne prone skin that can be purchased separately from Clarisonic. This is not intended to be used around the eye area, so you need to remove eye make-up separately. You need to dampen the face and the brush, and any cleanser or your choice is either applied to the face or the brush.The Mia is switched on with the only button the the device on then placed on the face with a small amount of pressure. The middle section of the brush rotates which cleanses the skin, whilst the outer brushes prevent excess liquid from spraying out or running over the face. The appliance is the moved over the face in slow circular motions for 1 minute until the device automatically times out. Clarisonic recommend spending 20 seconds on the forehead, 10 on each cheek and 20 on the nose/chin. The Mia only has one rotating speed and is waterproof, so it can be used in the bath or shower. Clarisonic state that one full charge provides 20 minutes use of the Mia, which is accurate as I use mine twice a day and like to charge it roughly once a week.
When I first used this on my face the sensation of the vibrations around my eyes was very strange! The vibrations are deep and it felt ticklish around my eyes and lips. Once I had used it for a couple of days, this sensation subsided. The Mia really does remove make-up effectively, I use it on made-up skin prior to taking off any face make-up, after rinsing off my face after using Mia my skin looks clean and there is no trace of make-up when toning. I have been using this twice a day for roughly 4 weeks and apart from the weird sensation from the vibrations have never experienced any irritation or soreness from this. The fibers on the brush are soft, it looks like a toothbrush, but it doesn't feel like one!
The cleanser that comes with the Mia is not the best I've used, it smells musty but it does remove the make-up - I wouldn't recommend this.
Within the first week or so, my skin went through the 'Purging' stage, where I had spots and blemishes as my pore were clearing out - but my overall skin tone did look brighter even during this stage. This 'purge' is common and expected, it wasn't until around 2 weeks that my blemishes started to improve. Now I can happily say that my overall skin tone has improved! My blemishes have reduced and so has the oiliness on my face, overall I look more radiant in the face. I feel this is down the improved make-up removal obtained from the Clarisonic. My skin feels so soft to touch, when I first used this I couldn't believe how smooth it felt.
I am very happy with the Mia and i am glad I took the plunge and bought this. I recommend this to everyone, as I mentioned, the heads can be tailored to all skin types and the is a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. I have spotted the Mia at a lower price on QVC with additional 'easy pays', where the cost is broken down over 4 months which may help ease the pain of the price tag. The cleanser included in the delivery is not the best, but this is purely a complimentary sample so I won't let it effect my overall opinion of this product.
I want to give it 5 stars but I will have to award 4 stars simply due to the price
I recently purchased the Clarisonic Mia based on the reviews I head read online, and the incredible claims made by the Clarisonic company. My skin is quite dry and sensitive but with lots of hormonal blemishes and a few blackheads. I hoped that the clarisonic would help with some of the dryness by exfoliating and help to reduce some of my blemishes, but the main reason I bought it was the fact that it is supposed to be so much more effective at removing makeup than manual cleansing, and that it helps products applied to the skin after using the clarisonic to be absorbed much better.
I had read in a few reviews that when you first start to use the Clarisonic your skin goes through a 'purging' period due to all the built up dirt in your pores finally being removed, and causing any underlying spots to be brought to the surface. I certainly found that my skin went through this purging process, with my whole face errupting into a big spotty mess. I even got spots in places that I never usually get spots in. On top of that, the areas that weren't covered in spots were much drier than before. However, I percervered in the hope that eventually it would die down, leaving me with clearer skin than I'd had in the first place. Unfortunatley, this was not the case. 7 weeks in and my skin was still a disaster! And there were no other changes in my skin that I could notice. Eventually I decided to admit defeat and stopped using the Clarisonic, and within a month my skin had gone back to usual.
It is unfortunate that I had to waste such a substantial amount of money to find that the Clarisonic didn't suit my particular skin type, however that is not to say that the Clarisonic wouldn't work for everybody as I have heard plenty of people raving about it. Having said that, although the Clarisonic brand say that it is suitable even for sensitive skins, I would suggest that if your skin is like mine (dry, sensitie, acne prone) that you give this a miss, unless you have money to burn it's not worth the risk
Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System (Poppy Red)
I have had this facial skin cleansing system since the end of December, I waited until then as I thought it may be reduced slightly in the after Christmas sales but unfortunately it was not on sale so I had this pay full price. I was sceptical about this product, and because it is really pricey, but I have been using this about 4/5 times a week since I bought it and I love this product - and it gives great results in my opinion.
- Product description (from Clarisonic US website)
"Traditional methods of cleansing don't get your skin as clean as you'd think. Fortunately, the lead inventor of Sonicare discovered a breakthrough in how we cleanse. Using Sonic Technology, Clarisonic' s patented micro-massage motion works within skin's natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind- leaving skin softer, smoother and more beautiful. Works with skin, not against it, to gently massage away impurities trapped within pores. Prepares skin for better absorption of creams, serums and moisturizers."
- Product specifications
*Cordless and comes with a magnetic mains 'compact pLink Charger' - rechargeable
*Waterproof can be used in the shower/bath
*Available it a lot of colours, I have the colour: 'Poppy red'
*Gentle enough to use twice a day
*Interchangeable brush heads (sensitive, normal and body)
*My Clarisonic mia came with a free hydro cleanser and instruction booklet too
- What is the Clarisonic and why I bought this product
I would describe the Clarisonic mia, and the other Clarisonic products, as an electric toothbrush for your face! This product is a bit unusual but I had been using the Champneys version of this before so it was not as unusual for me. This product is like an electric toothbrush but with this product instead of the brush head rotating or spinning, it vibrates...This product does look a bit strange and I think some people may mistake it for something else (minds out of the gutter!). The brush head on this cleansing system is supposed to work with your facial cleanser and cleanse your skin really well (and gently) and improve your skins appearance - in terms of clarity, size of pores, smoothness, softness and your skins elasticity.
I bought this product as firstly, I had heard so many fantastic reviews of this product from American websites/blogs/forums as this product has only been available in the UK since December last year, so when I wanted to buy it, there were hardly any/no UK reviews of this product. I bought this product as I had the dreaded curse of eczema and the type of eczema that I had makes my skin incredibly dry, patchy and very, very flaky and I wanted a cleansing system to help with the dryness and flakiness that my skin had (notice the use of past tense). I also bought this product as it is stated to be suitable for sensitive skin which I have and it is also suitable for use twice a day. There are no other products on the market at the moment that are even close to this, as far as I know. The Champneys device similar to this that I was using rotates/spins, whereas this vibrates and also this product works so much better than the Champneys device - in terms of using the actual product, the appearance of the product and the results in my opinion (see my previous review of the champneys product for more information).
- What you get in the set & appearance, colour and packaging
I bought my Clarisonic Mia from asos.com, when they were first stocked on asos and I bought the poppy red Clarisonic mia. Although this device comes in various colours such as: white, red, pink, lavender, yellow, light blue, black and pale yellow. There is also a limited edition paisley print version of the Clarisonic mia only available in Selfridges. This brand and product is American and in America there are so many more colours available such as: peach, coral, fuchsia, turquoise, sapphire, berry and more.
The poppy red Clarisonic mia that I have is just that, a plain poppy red colour, with grey on/off button on the front and there is 'Clarisonic mia' printed on back of the device. This product also comes cap/brush head protector, which is translucent. The packaging for this product has printed information on about the product, its claims and the packaging holds and stores the device really well.
- Setting up and charging the Clarisonic Mia
The only negative point that I found when I was reading about this product before I bought it was the charging time, in particular the initial charging time (and the price, but with this product you get what you pay for and it is well worth it in my opinion). With this product you have to charge it for a full 24 hours before you can use it! The charging time is really long and it is a bit annoying as I was excited to use it and I had to wait for 24 hours while it charged up fully (I am fairly, well very, inpatient so I used this product after it had been charging for about 18 hours and it worked really well, then I let it carry on charging for the remaining time). The charger for this product is quite unusual as it is a magnetic charger, it just clicks onto the bottom of the device and it charges - sometimes this charger can slide off the device but if it does this the device will buzz once (it will also buzz once to indicate that it is charging too). To set up the product all you have to do is charge it for the 24 hours, then use it - it does not require any other set up, other than charging it. The brush head for my Clarisonic was already attached so all I had to do to set up the Clarisonic mia was to read the instruction booklet and charge the product - then I could use it.
- Using the product, the brush head and initial impressions
To use, you have to make sure the product is charged, and then you just remove the protection cap from the brush head. I have used a number of different cleansers with this product such as my avene gentle cleanser, Superdrug hot cloth cleanser, Boots Botanics moisturising foaming cleanser (which does not foam at all) and also my Aromatherapy Associates renewing rose cleanser too. Out of the cleansers that I have, I find that the Superdrug hot cloth cleanser works the best, although I thought that the Clarisonic would make my cleansers foam up but it does not. Firstly, I wet my face with warm water, then I either dot the cleanser of the four main areas of my face (cheeks, forehead and chin) or I apply the cleanser directly to the Clarisonic brush head. I usually just apply the cleanser to my face to ensure an even distribution of the cleanser. I have also tried the cleanser that came with my Clarisonic mia a couple of times, the Clarisonic gentle hydro cleanser. The Clarisonic gentle hydro cleanser worked well in my opinion but the scent of the product was horrible, it smells like plastic/rubber. Once I have applied the cleanser I switch on the Clarisonic with the grey button on the front of the device and the Clarisonic will start to vibrate. The Clarisonic will vibrate for one minute only, although you can switch off the device before that time or you can just press the button again and use it for longer. In the booklet that came with this product it specifies times for each area of the face. For example, nose/chin = 20 seconds, forehead = 20 seconds and each cheek = 10 seconds. I don't really follow these guidelines, as everyone's skin is different and you may not need to use the Clarisonic on one area as much as is stated. Therefore, I just use this product according to how my skin is that day, for example, if my skin is drier in one area (usually my forehead now as my eczema is about 90% gone now!) I will use the Clarisonic more in that area.
The sensitive brush head that comes with the Clarisonic mia is really good, even though my eczema is nearly gone my skin is still dry and sensitive and this brush head does not irritate my skin and it does not feel harsh at all on my skin. The brush head has an outer circle of white bristles then a circle of black bristles and then and inner circle of white bristles. From the black bristles inwards are the bristles that vibrate and the outer bristles don't move - the bristles are really smooth and soft too. When I have finished using the Clarisonic I rinse the brush head under the warm water, then I remove the water from the device with a towel - I also dry the brush head slightly with a towel and I then let it air dry (with the protective cap on). I then use a damp flannel soaked in warm water to remove the exce4sss cleanser from my face and then I pat my face dry. Using this Clarisonic mia is a little strange at first but you will get used to it and it is really easy to use and it works well with all of my cleanser. But it does not make any of my cleansers foam up at all - the Liz Earle cleanse and polish, which I used religiously a couple of years ago, is supposed to work really well with the Clarisonic mia. In terms of ergonomics, the design of this product makes it easy and comfortable to hold and it is not too heavy. I sometimes using this product every day (as it is stated to be suitable for daily use) but I mostly use this product every other day, just because I don't feel like my skin needs to be thoroughly cleansed everyday - especially if I don't wear any make up that day.
Using this product for the first time was quite unusual as I had not used anything like this to cleanse my face before, although the Champneys one is based on a similar concept. This product was really easy to use right from the start, as all you have to do is move the Clarisonic in small circular motions around your face while the Clarisonic is vibrating - it is really unusual and it feels strange for about a week but you do get used to the sensation. The Clarisonic itself is easy to hold, it fits fairly comfortable in my hand and it is easy to use - although it is a little bit heavy but not uncomfortably or annoyingly so. Also there are no cords, cables or wires, which make this product even easier and safer to use. The brush head that comes will all Clarisonic Mia's is that of the sensitive brush head, which is as the name suggests suitable for sensitive skin - but there is also a 'normal', 'delicate' and 'body' brush head.
- Results (after a couple of weeks of using the product)
While reading blogs/reviews of this product before I bought it, one of the results mentioned was that of break outs/spots occurring for the first week of using this product - but I did not experience this. In the first week of using this product I did get a one or two spots but this may just be the result of my skin getting used to the Clarisonic, this is another reason why didn't want to use the new Clarisonic cleanser as I didn't know how my skin would react to the Clarisonic device alone. The first week of using this product made my skin feel really smooth, soft but not as clear as I would have liked my skin to be. Although with the second week of using the Clarisonic I found that my skin started to clear up but I didn't have a lot of spots to start with. I have a few main problems with my skin which are as follows: 1. Dryness and flakiness caused by eczema (the eczema is now nearly completely gone, thanks to a new topic cream I have been using but this product has been helping a lot too). 2. Large pores and 3. Because my skin is dry is can sometimes feel a bit rough and not very smooth. In the first couple of weeks the Clarisonic helped with my skins dryness, smoothness, softness - although in the first couple of weeks this product did not really have a major effect on my pores. I did not experience any irritation, spots, redness or breakouts after using this product for two weeks. Also from the first few times I used this product I feel like it made my cleansers work better, it seems to help the cleansers cleanse my skin really well. And I also find that with the first few times of using this product that my other skincare items (such as my simple moisturiser, my lush eau roma water toner and my eucerin moisturiser) work/absorb a lot better and more effectively than before.
- Results now (after using this product for over two months)
I have now been using the Clarisonic mia for over two months and I have not really changed anything else in my skincare routine (expect the eczema cream that has nearly stopped my eczema completely). I think that over the past two months of using this product my skin has looked so much better, in terms of brightness, clarity and smoothness. And obviously the prescription eczema cream has helped so much but when my eczema used to flare up really horribly, this product really helped make my skin so much smoother and softer - which does not appear to be a great results but the eczema I had made my skin really rough and very flaky and for this product to make my skin really smooth, was just fantastic as I was not used to that. And having eczema, especially at 16 to 19 years of age was difficult and eczema really impacted on my self-confidence and self-esteem and this product made my skin looks so much better. Over the past two months this product has also decreased the size of my pores I feel, as the pores on my nose and my chin are really quite large and I find that since using this product they have decreased in size. I have had eczema now for about three/four years and my skin has never looked so smooth, healthy, clear and 'normal', and it is definitely in part thanks to the Clarisonic mia.
- Additional information (storing, cleaning and changing the brush head)
In the booklet that comes with this product it states that you should remove and wash the brush head once a week, although I have to say that I don't wash the brush head/handle every week - I probably wash them individually every month or so and not washing the brush head every month has not had a negative impact on my skin (as it basically gets washed with my cleanser/water every time I use it). But removing the brush head to cleanse it thoroughly is really easy; you just remove the brush head like you would a medicine bottle lid - push down and twist counter clockwise. I just clean the brush head thoroughly with either my Avene gentle cleanser or Simple bar of soap and then just rinse, towel dry and let it air dry fully. Also in the booklet it states to replace the brush heads every three months, and considering the brush heads are about £22 each I think, I will replace it every 5 months or so as mine still looks brand new (except for one or two bristles that have bend back due to the cap not being placed on well). In terms of storing my Clarisonic mia, the charger and the instruction booklet I just keep them in a small, but pretty, Lancôme box and it really does not take up a lot of room.
- Overall positives
The overall positives of this product in my opinion are as follows: firstly, the appearance of the Clarisonic mia, you can choose the colour and it is easy to hold and use - although it is a little bit weighty. The bristles of the brush head are really smooth and soft, so it does not irritate or feel harsh on my skin. Using this product is very easy and it only lasts for one minute which means that I actually cleanse my skin well and the results are this product are great - and noticeable after about two weeks of use. Since using this product my skin has become so much smoother, softer, and clearer and it has also reduced the size of my pores which was a bit of a problem for me as they were really quite large. It has so made my skin less dry/flaky and I think this is due to the slight exfoliating effect of the vibration/bristles and also because I feel like this product allows my other skincare products to work better and more effectively. For example, I feel like since using this product my facial moisturisers work a lot better and that they don't just sit on my skin, they absorb more effectively. The brush head and handle is easy to clean and it is easy to remove the brush head to clean it. The Clarisonic itself feels really durable, strong and really well made. The instruction booklet is also really useful and informative.
- Overall negatives
The overall negatives of this product in my opinion are as follows: the main negative point against this product has to be the price, as it is really quite expensive but in my opinion and from my experience with this product, it is definitely worth the money - although I obviously wanted it to be cheaper when I bought it. One minor negative point is that for the first charge it takes 24 hours, but after this initial charge the device will not have to be charged for another month or so. Another minor negative, not about the Clarisonic mia, is that the Clarisonic gentle hydro cleanser provided with this product smells horrible - like rubber.
- Price and availability
I bought this product from asos.com (free next day with orders over £100) and this product is priced at (brace yourselves)...£120! This product can purchased from the following websites/stores: feelunique.com, lookfantastic.com, Selfridges, SpaceNK, Harrods and amazon.co.uk. I don't know where you can buy the poppy red version, as when I was trying to buy this one; it was out of stock for a while but the other colours available include: lavender (which is the one I was going to get before this poppy red version came out), pale yellow, pale blue, pale pink and white.
*Very easy to use, easy/comfortable to hold and it is wireless (it is a little bit heavy though)
*Very easy to clean and to change the brush heads
*Has really made a difference to the way my skin looks and feels - in terms of smoothness, softness, pore size, flakiness/dryness and also I feel that using this product has made my skin overall look a lot brighter and healthier
*I hardly ever get spots since using this product (but I have never had a problem with spots though) and I feel like this product makes my skincare products, such as my cleansers and moisturisers, work and absorb better/effectively
* The brush head is really smooth and soft, so it does not irritate or feel harsh on my sensitive/dry skin
*Different brush head types for various skin types, various colours/designs to choose from
*Fairly widely available online, feels really durable and very well made
*Has not caused any negative or adverse reactions with my skin
*The only negative point about this product is the price, as it is £120 (or $119) but in my opinion this product is great if you want to invest in your skin and this product is definitely worth the money for me
*One minor negative point is that it needs 24 hours to charge the first time you use it, which is not good if you are fairly impatient like me but after this initial charge I find that I don't need to charge it for about a month or so (and the Clarisonic gentle hydro cleanser smells like rubber)
(One start off only because of the price)
Thank you for reading my review - this review will also be posted on dooyoo under my username tigger1992
Clarisonic's smallest Sonic Skin Cleansing System, the one-button, one-speed Mia comes in a variety of colours and fits your active lifestyle / offering beautiful skin at home or on-the-go / Available in Blue, Green, Lavender, Pink, White & Yellow / Benefits Beyond Clean Skin: Sonic skin cleansing improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size and helps skin care products work their beSt / The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin / In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone / Removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively / Benefits & features highlights: Helps reduce oily areas, dry patches and blemishes / Fine lines and wrinkles appear reduced / Remarkably gently for cleansing all skin types, even sensitive conditions such as rosacea and acne / Rechargeable / Waterproof / Kit Includes: Cordless Clarisonic Mia / Compact pLink International Charger / Sensitive Brush Head / 30ml trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser / Use your Sonic Cleansing System anywhere in the world / the Clarisonic Mia is rechargeable with the pLink charger, which magnetically attaches to the Mia handle / A fully charged Mia gives 20 minutes of use / The pLink charger is compatible with 100-240 Volts AC; 50/60 Hz, allowing it to be used worldwide with the appropriate country adapter / If the shape of the plug does not fit the power outlet, use a plug adapter of the proper configuration for the power outlet / Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System comes with a 1 year warranty /