For the last month or so I’ve been testing out the Clarisonic Mia skin cleansing system and the buzz has been both literal and metaphorical. If I’m honest, I’ve always been a little skeptical of skincare and beauty gadgetry, preferring instead to spend my beauty currency on product. After product. After product.
It’s not something that I readily admit to but I dislike my skin intensely. Up until the age of 16 it was all peaches and cream but once the teenage breakouts started, it was downhill from there. Now in my 40′s the breakouts aren’t so intense but I scowl daily at open pores, scars from said breakouts and now the onset of ageing.
For these reasons you’ll never see me outside the house without make up and I hate close up photos of my face – only the ones taken in the best light make it as far as the blog. Yet more reasons to love Instagram. So it was with interest that I began using the Clarisonic Mia and at the same time, started to see others singing the praises of the results on Twitter.
The official buzz can be found here and I have to say, it really does live up to it’s reputation. I’ve been experimenting with integrating it into my routine and have found that it works best for me used every other day. I also swap between morning usage in the shower and as part of my nightly cleanse.
The clean feeling you get from it is like no other – its clean without feeling scrubbed if that makes sense. It’s brilliant at night prior to serums/moisturisers as they sink in beautifully after use and it helps with the wake up process in the shower. Something I’m always grateful for!
As a thank you for taking the time to test it I was given some John Lewis vouchers to purchase some new makeup in readiness for party season. So I hotfooted it to the Bobbi Brown counter and came back with some Sheer Finish loose powder and Pot Rouge to help boost my newly acquired glow.
Here’s a pic from my Kors shoot, untouched by Instagram filters or other means, but yes I’m wearing makeup that I did myself and yes, the lighting and focus is REALLY flattering. I’d been using the Clarisonic for just over two weeks here – I’m sure the glow is partially due to that and partially down to the fact I’m wearing Michael Kors!
Having tested it I do think it’s a worthwhile investment – would I buy one myself? Yes…and there’s the rub. Without the scrub if you will.
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