I know, I know, shocking. Have you ever heard of someone returning a Clarisonic? I hadn’t either, until I did it. Before investing in my Clarisonic Mia 2 I did extensive research. Asking friends about their experiences, reading articles about why people (mostly) love this skincare tool, and even striking up a conversation with a stranger at Club Monaco. Thus far, the only person I’ve seen to NOT be on team sonic revolution is Garance Doré. My skin can be quite sensitive to products, so in true form, I researched until I felt content that the tool would work for my skin, opting for the ultra-sensitive brush.
A best friend, and avid Clarisonic user, advised me that the first few weeks could be disappointing, meaning your skin may break out because all of the dirt and bacteria is essentially being vibrated and shaken out of your pores. Instantly, I noticed the benefits of the Mia 2. After just one use my skin was squeaky clean. I grew a bit addicted to it, and you could find me Clarisonic-ing (once daily, in the evening) with a smirk of content. My skin felt clean, but I had yet to notice any physical benefits. Since the brand allows returns up to 30 days and Sephora up to 60, I decided to include the product as part of my beauty regimen for two months.
It wasn’t until approximately a month and a half later that I started to question the results. My skin started to feel a little irritated, so for a week I went back to my regular routine, sans sonic suds. Upon using the Clarisonic again, I decided the tool might be a little too intense for my skin. While I certainly appreciated the super clean feeling of my face post-use, I’m not certain the brush method is meant for all skins types. For my overly sensitive skin, that is dry/normal more so than oily, the Mia 2 likely removed too much of the natural oils and sebum that are created. When my skin started to break out and feel rough in certain areas, I put the Clarisonic down and decided my tried-and-true evening hand wash, plus 3 to 4 times a week of exfoliating was just fine for me.
While I’m certain of the positive results this modern skincare technology offers to others, I’ve already seen my skin shift back to its regular-self, which I’ve been satisfied with 95% of the time. I guess I just had to give in to the revolution and discover the hype (or not) just for a moment. So, Clarisonic on, or don’t, but be sure to listen to your skin AND continue to use an exfoliating cleanser in your routine – the sonic device is not an exfoliant after all (so my research taught me)!
I’d love to know your thoughts! Have you joined the sonic revolution?