Thursday, June 28, 2012

3 Months with the Clarisonic Mia

I am a little apprehensive about high-priced beauty gadgets. They can often be a lot of money to shell out without really knowing what it is going to do for you. You can read reviews and get reccomendations, but who is to say that what works for one is going to work for another.  Needless to say, my decision to buy a Clarisonic Mia was not easy.  In fact, it took me about 6 months to finally take the pludge and I only bought it when I did because I had a 20% off VIB coupoin at Sephora.

I first heard about the Clarisonic from my sister who has been using one for quite some time now and raves about it.  Since we have completely different skin types (her skin is basically perfect with just some dryness while I have "problem" skin), I disregarded her suggestions to try it out. 

Up until my early 20's I had perfect low-maintenance skin.  Never wore make-up, never had to fuss with certain products; I was pretty damn lucky.  Around 21 I started developing acne.  It was nothing major that I couldn't maintain on my own, but it was far from the perfect skin I had in my youth.  Because of the acne I have also developed hyperpigmentation. While this is not a review on Proactiv, I have found that it is the only product that clears my acne.  I have tried to use other producst over the last 10+ years but whenever I use something else I experience breakouts.  Because of the benzoyl peroxide, I often experience moderate dryness.

I bought the Clarisonic after reading reviews from others with acne prone skin.  I also figured it would help exfoliate the dry spots.  After using the Clarisonic for 3 months, my skin looks better than it has since I was 20 year old.  I still use Proactiv but I have been able to reduce my usage from twice a day to just once.  (I use Proactiv at night and a Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser in the AM).  I no longer get dry spots and my hyperpigmentation is practically nonexistent. While I was originally on the fence about purchasing and even had a touch of buyers remorse after, the Clarisonic Mia was definately an investment in my skin and my sanity (as I no longer stress about my skin).

It is reccomended that you replace your brush head every 3 months, but I replaced mine about 2 months in.  I am currently using my Mia with the acne brush head.  I haven't noticed too much of a difference from the brush head that came with my Mia, but according the Clarisonic's website the "extra-plush bristle gradation (of the acne head head) helps to provide ultra-gentle cleansing for sensitive and acne-prone skin."  The replacement brush heads retail for $25, or you can get a double pack for $40. If you purchase directly through Clarisonic, you can mix and match and get 2 different brush heads for $40. 

I bought the Mia in Mandarian Tango.  It retails for $119, but with my 20% off coupon, I got it for $95.20 before MA state sales tax. 


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