My Giant Electric Toothbrush: Clarisonic Mia

The new beast in skincare
If there is one thing every woman should own, it’s a vibrating…skincare brush!  I’ve heard for months the tales of the Clarisonic aka the electric toothbrush for your face. The Clarisonic was developed by the head inventor of Sonicare, the industry leader in electric toothbrushes.  Kudos for extending this cleansing system into facial care. And as they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery – pretty apparent in all the electric skincare brushes that have made their debut since the birth of the Clarisonic.  Neutrogena Wave and Olay ProX to name a couple.  
My previous hesitation in trying the Clarisonic was two-fold: 1) my skin is so sensitive a washcloth irritates me 2) $120 for a skin brush, it better be pretty damn good. Throwing caution to the wind last weekend, I decided to treat myself. I guess that would happen after a midday massage and glass or two of brunch cocktails.  Once I made the decision to give it a shot my next challenge was one or two speed (and the color).  Obviously, I went leopard, let’s be real.  Difference in one speed vs. two speed is minimal.  One speed means the brush head circulates clockwise. Two speeds is the head rotates clockwise and counter- clockwise simultaneously.  This double motion is supposed to give you a more intense clean.  Baby steps, so I went one speed in the travel size version, Clarisonic Mia.  How could I go to Miami without it? There’s also the Aria model which is 3-speed and has a longer battery life, but let’s not be greedy.
I’ve been using every other day for a week now and so far so good.  My skin feels so smooth after use and the tiny pimples I had on my cheeks are definitely less visible, dare I say gone.  I use for about two minutes all over my face, focusing on my T-zone.  The biggest surprise is my skin is not red or irritated at all.  Not sure how they do it, but they did.  It comes with the Clarisonic cleanser which I’ve used, but prefer my Noxzema original cleanser. My only complaint is that you need to charge it for a couple of hours otherwise you’ll get 10 seconds of use.  But I’m sure I’ll learn how to manage. I highly recommend the Clarisonic.  Yes, it’s pricey, but think of all the money you’ll save on exfoliants and  facials!  If anyone has tried the less costly options, drop us a line and let us know what you think.
~C

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