Oh lookee what landed in my hands just 2 days ago? :D
Its the much acclaimed Clarisonic Mia sonic skin cleansing tool! The big Clarisonic set is available at Sephora KL for a jaw dropping RM800+ but I wasn’t about to drop that sort of money on something I wasn’t too sure about. So I did some research, talked to some people, and learned that the Clarisonic Mia is quite sufficient to start with.
The Clarisonic Mia is the Clarisonic, just more travel friendly and importantly, cheaper! Ok, cheaper being relatively speaking :)
There are a few colours to choose from. I dithered between white or ice blue and ice blue won. I didn’t want the Mia to be yet another iApple lookalike :P
Clarisonic Mia Blue size
The Clarisonic Mia is very sturdy with a nice ergonomic hold. Its also a good size as you can see above and it has just 1 button to turn it on or off and its quite surprisingly weighty. The Mia comes with a sensitive brush head, which feels firm but not too soft.
You’re supposed to charge it up for 24 hours before first use. But when I pressed the on-off button, it came on so I took it for a spin (hur! hur!) the very same night. When you switch it on, it oscillates very fast – Clarisonic says its a “sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second”. It does not feel like it is merely rotating – it vibrates and oscillates and is surprisingly gentle on my skin.
I did not use it with the sample Clarisonic cleanser provided in the box. I used the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free cleanser which is relatively foamy but isn’t drying nor does it have any AHA/peeling properties. Its just a basic cleanser.
And the results on just Day 1 was quite impressive. After 1 minute… ok perhaps 2 minutes (The Clarisonic Mia turns itself off after 1 minute which is the recommended time of use) I washed my face and was very surprised to find my skin feeling very very clean. It has never felt this clean! Not squeaky clean, but almost. And smooth. I was amazed.
Also I’d noticed a cluster of blackheads on my chin in the afternoon but after my shower, I noticed that it was gone. Skin felt smoother and visibly brighter. No difference in skincare, just this tool.
Its too early yet to say if its love or if it will kill my skin so I will bring you my thoughts after a month (there will be periodic updates on Facebook and Twitter) I intend to use it everyday (once a day) with my regular skincare that I’m now using, and we’ll see if I break out or peel or just end up with better looking skin overall like Jamilla here (who sold me on getting this) :)
If you are already a Clarisonic fan, perhaps you could share your thoughts or tips on the best ways to use this skin cleansing tool. I’m all ears! :)
Clarisonic Mia retails at US$149. I purchased mine on www.kissandmakeupny.com with a free international shipping code that was available all of last week and shared on Facebook and Twitter. Shipping was quick and it arrived safely with no issues.