I’ve had my Clarisonic Mia 2 for about nine months now, so I thought it was about time I wrote a review of it. Up until December I had been using my Remington Facial Cleansing Brush, but it decided to give up on life and the battery died on me. I had originally planned to just purchase another one, however I couldn’t find any in stores or online, so I’m thinking it has actually been discontinued. Instead I looked into other options and finally decided on the Clarisonic Mia 2. These aren’t cheap at around $230 NZD, however Farmers often have deals where you can get a free brush head (which is worth $40). So if you live in NZ and are looking to buy one of these, do hold out for a Farmers sale!
I decided to purchase the Mia 2 over the Plus mainly because of the price (and also maybe because I really really liked the pink Clarisonic!). The kit I purchased came with a normal brush head, the Clarisonic, a travel case, the charger, and a sample cleanser (which I tossed as that thing was FULL of bad chemicals!). When you first take it out of the box, you need to charge the Clarisonic for the first time for around 24 hours. The charger is very cool and is actually magnetic and sticks to the front of the Clarisonic, making it much safer for charging and electrical appliance that does get wet.
Why Buy A Clarisonic?
Clarisonic claim that using one of their sonic cleansing brushes is 6 times more effective than manual cleansing. I’d totally have to agree it is MUCH better than manual cleansing, as it drags the impurities out of the pores. I notice my skin is much better when I am using a cleansing brush, and I’d never swap back to manual cleansing only. The thing that makes Clarisonic even more useful than some other brushes, is the sonic technology that they use. As the brush oscillates, it also uses a sonic frequency of over 300 movements per second to penetrate the skin even further. This makes it even more effective than your traditional rotating cleansing brushes, and it also makes it more gentle on skin, making it the perfect choice for sensitive skin.
How to Use the Clarisonic
The product is super easy to use, simply apply a little bit of cleanser (I prefer to apply this to my face rather than the brush for a more even coverage), and turn the appliance on. The Clarisonic is set for a one minute cleanse which is broken down into 2 x 20 second and 2 x 10 second portions, with the 20 second portions coming first. I like to do 20 seconds on my chin, 20 seconds on my nose and forehead, and then 10 seconds on each cheek – however how you do this is completely up to you. The Clairsonic gently vibrates when one time portion is up, so you know when to move on to the next area. After one minute, the Clarisonic stops completely and you can either turn it on again for another one minute cycle or just wash it and be done. There are also two speed settings – normal/delicate and a slightly faster option. Depending on how deep of a cleanse you like and how sensitive your skin is, depends on which setting you choose. I personally mix it up between the two, depending on how my skin is feeling
How to Clean Your Clarisonic
Cleaning your Clarisonic is super important to ensure there is no build up of bacteria in the brush. It’s even more important if you suffer from acne. I clean my brush after every time I use it with hot water, and after every second use with Dr Bronners Soap. This helps to remove any excess makeup, oils, and bacteria that may be in the brush. You are supposed to replace the brush head after every three months, however I changed mine after around five months as it seemed to still be in good condition.
It’s also important to leave the brush somewhere to dry after each use. I leave mine on the windowsill where it gets air and sun to dry it out. Every couple of days I’ll also pull the brush head off and will clean in under the brush head and will allow it to completely dry with the head off.
I’ve got to admit, the battery life on this isn’t nearly as great as I thought it would be. It’s a pretty small appliance, so you would like to think a 2-3 hour charge should be enough for a few weeks use. Wrong. This needs charged every 7-10 days (with 2 times a day use). It takes around 12 hours to full charge, so I’ll often put it on first thing in the morning, and it’s done by the end of the day. I’m just really surprised that something like this takes so long to charge!
Overall I love my Clarisonic, and I use it pretty much every day, twice a day. I’m addicted to using electronic cleansing over manual cleansing and I see such an improvement in my skin when I use a cleansing brush. I really like the timed portions with the Clarisonic, and it makes it so easy to cleanse each area of my face throughly. I also like that it’s on the smaller side, which makes it easy to take away with you travelling etc. While they are pricy, at $229 it really is just the price of two facials. I’d much rather have this brush than two facials!