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As of late, the newest craze in facial skin care appears to be the sonic cleanser. I mean, after all, why not? A large proportion of us use sonic toothbrushes these days to make sure our teeth are squeaky clean, nobody thinks that is odd. Why not use a sonic cleanser then to achieve squeaky clean skin?
The supposed benefits of sonic facial cleansers are many. The sonic pulsing action is supposed to penetrate deep into our skin to break down dirt and grime and leave our skin cleaner than it has ever been before. They claim to exfoliate, help get rid of blemishes and blackheads, improve our circulation and allow us to get better use out of our skin care products which are supposed to be able to sink into our skin much more efficiently.
There are quite a few sonic skin cleansers on the market these days in a variety of different price ranges, anywhere from £50.00 to £150.00. Not wanting to pay £150.00 for a high end sonic skin cleanser I instead bought the Rio Sonic Cleanse. I did a lot of research before purchasing the Rio Sonicleanse because I wanted a cleanser that was supposedly identical to the higher end cleanser. This is the closest I could find. The descriptions for both products are pretty like for like
The Rio Sonicleanse sells for £49.99 on several different websites. I haven't seen it any cheaper as of yet. I bought mine from Tesco Direct as I had quite a few Clubcard vouchers to spend. After I spent £30.00 worth of Clubcard vouchers on it, I eventually only paid £24.95 cash for it including the postage. For your £50.00 you get the unit, a charger, two brush heads and an instruction manual.
The Rio Sonicleanse pulses 10'000 times a minute to help loosen dirt and oil and clean deep down into your pores. It's effectively the same technology as a sonic toothbrush. It uses a pulsing brush to cleanse your skin. The sonic pulsing of the brush supposedly breaks down the dirt etc. which wouldn't have been broken down by just washing your face normally. There are two settings on the cleanser. A high setting, and a lower setting which pulses with a slightly less strong frequency.
The Rio Sonicleanse has a timer. It pulsates for 1 minute, beeping every 20 seconds to let you know to move onto another part of your face. When it has finished its cycle it turns itself off. It is rechargeable and comes with a charging stand. You just pop your cleanser back on the stand after you have used it to make sure it is charged for the next time. The cleanser is water resistant but not water proof so you do not want to completely submerge the entire unit in water.
When you first receive your Sonicleanse you need to charge it for 24 hours before you use it. After this, it is ready to use and very easy to use it is as well! You just take some of your usual cleansing lotion or face wash and either smooth it over your face or actually apply it to the brush head. You then turn the cleanser on and begin to move it over your face in circular motions, paying particular attention to any areas which you feel are more of a problem. Areas which are congested with dirt for example. You concentrate on one section of your face at a time and change every time the unit beeps that 20 seconds have past until the cycle is finished. It is worth mentioning that if your usual cleanser has exfoliating grains in it, it is perhaps not wise to use it with the Sonicleanse as I feel this would scratch your skin.
I have to say after giving the Rio Sonicleanse a really good run that I think it is a fantastic product. Obviously I cannot compare its performance to the higher ended cleanser, but for the price that I have paid and the description that the product has given, it is pretty spot on. It really does it's job well. The Sonicleanse leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean and exfoliated. I also think it has improved the texture and tone of my skin and there is definitely a lot less dirt and oil left in my skin. I don't know if it is improving the efficiency of the skincare products I use. I don't know how you would really be able to tell this, but I do feel like my moisturisers sink in quicker after using the Sonicleanse.
I think you use more of your cleanser/face wash then you usually would do when just washing your face normally. I cannot use it twice a day like you are supposed to either as I find it a bit too much for my skin. This could be a case of the brushes being a little bit too hard for my skin. They could do with bringing out some softer brushes for people with sensitive skin or for those who find the original brushes a bit too much.
Overall I think the Rio Sonicleanse is a really good product. I wasn't sure if it was going to be just another gadget that would be used a few times and then stuffed at the back of a cupboard somewhere. This definitely is not the case. I have been using it every day since I received it and I love it. I think it has really improved my skin. I wouldn't say it is a miracle product and its results are going to depend on the condition of your skin in the first place, but if you are thinking of getting a sonic cleanser, I would highly suggest trying this one before going out and spending £150.00 on a more expensive product. The only think I would like to see with the Sonicleanse is a choice of different brushes as I feel a softer brush would be more suitable for some people. Therefore I give the Rio Sonicleanse an 8/10.