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The Little Engine That Could: Clarisonic Mia

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The Little Engine That Could: Clarisonic Mia

  • Aug 29, 2009
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Sometimes, I miss the boat.  And I don’t mean in like a “my alarm didn’t go off this morning and I rushed to the port only to see my cruise ship has just left the dock” kind of way.  I mean it more in like a “I never even bought our tickets for the cruise” kind of way!   That’s pretty much how I missed the boat on the Clarisonic over the past few years.  In case you’re not yet familiar with this skin cleansing tool, the Clarisonic uses sonic technology which creates 300 movements per second for the brush head to provide a facial cleansing experience that nothing else on the consumer market can even compare to in my opinion.  So it pains me to admit that I’ve been using the good ol’ washcloth method with my facial cleansers du jour, sometimes muslin cloths, sponges, or even just my hands– combined with good old-fashioned elbow grease.

With that comes the constant laundering of said washcloths that I just know aren’t 100% free of my old gunk, regardless of how many times I’ve washed them in a tub of scalding hot soapy water after one use.  I know this for a fact since every so often I have to break down and bleach them because they’ve become so dingy from my facial cleansing escapades despite several regular washes.  Eww!  Can you also say– waste of water?  Au revoir, adios, farewell… it was nice knowing you, I think!  Since I finally got my hands on the newest member of the Clarisonic family, the Mia– it’s highly unlikely that I’ll even look back on my sorry old methods that I’m pretty ashamed of at this point after the experience I’ve had.

Fellow Beauty Junkies, meet the Clarisonic Mia– she rocks my socks:

Compared to the Clarisonic Classic, Mia is it’s little sister.  Smaller in size and with only 1 speed versus the Classic’s 2 speeds– it’s a pretty impressive little device.  I have never even tried the Classic version, I can’t offer an opinion on that difference, but I do believe Mia’s 1 speed is sufficient for removing 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing alone.  In just a single use after a long day of wearing a full face of makeup, with Mia’s 60 second cycle I was clean as a whistle.  My skin was GLOWING (not even slightly red!), cleansed better than ever before, and had a smoothness to it closely resembling one of my famous weekly nighttime exfoliating sessions.  It was so gentle and easy to use too!  All I did was remove my eye makeup first with my remover by hand, and lightly moisten my face and the Mia’s brush head with tap water.  Then, I applied a nickel-sized amount of the Gentle Hydro Cleanser which was included to the brush head.  But feel free to use the non-abrasive cleanser of your choice!  I turned the Mia on, and cleansed each area of my face using small circular motions in sections at short intervals. (forehead: 20 sec., cheeks: 10 sec. each, nose/chin: 20 sec.)  Mia will automatically turn off after one minute has elapsed, and you are finished!  In case you were wondering, the Mia will give 20 uses on one full charge.  I am now a believer and as long as I have this thing, I can honestly say that I will never use the washcloth method again.  I have seen the light, and for once– my cruise ship is at the dock and I’m finally on-board!  The handle is also waterproof, so if you’re a wash your face in the shower kinda girl, go for it.  The only thing I felt with the brush on my face was a little bit of a tickle from it’s sonic movements when I was cleaning my nose.

I gotta be honest dolls, that’s just how I am… in the past I could not see breaking down and purchasing the Classic when it launched, and that was long before Mia was born.  Price and skepticism held me back.  Depending on the retailer, they’re in the ballpark of $195 and up.  I’ve since changed my tune and can justify it on my own personal level, as I’ve been converted to the Clarisonic cult following by experiencing it’s worthiness firsthand.  Mia on the other hand is a little bit gentler on the wallet with a retail price of $149, which might be a little easier to swallow.  I don’t think my pores ever were so clean from just cleansing my face before– and that was just at home with my Mia and not while I was laying on an estheticians table with her cleansing my skin before she gives me a facial.  This is without a doubt, my newest Holy Grail beauty product and I look forward to using it daily!

The Clarisonic Mia is currently available on clarisonic.com and sephora.com for $149 in white, with pink available soon.  Sales of the pink Mia will support breast cancer research, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales dedicated to the cause!  Replacement heads are available and should be replaced every 90-120 days as the bristles become less effective over time.  Caring for a Clarisonic is easy, removing the brush head and rinsing it with warm soapy water will keep it lookin’ pretty!

†data on file from Clarisonic

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Quick Tip by . April 18, 2010
Just got this yesterday! Provides a really deep clean and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. Fantastic!
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