Hello, welcome back! Today I am going to be reviewing the Clarisonic Mia 2 sonic cleansing device. If you are curious about the sonic cleansing trend, and whether the Mia 2 is worth the hype and price tag, then keep on reading!
I received the Clarisonic Mia 2 device last May for my birthday from my wonderfully generous sisters after deciding I absolutely needed one. I am a little OCD when it comes to skin care and making sure my face is clean. I actually don’t like wearing makeup for too long because I don’t like the feel of something being on my face. When I heard about these cleansing devices that cleaned your skin “6 x better than hands alone” I knew I had to try one out. So on the birthday wish list it went, and luckily, I received one! Yay!
What It Is:
According to the Clarisonic website:
“Cleansing is the essential first step in a healthy skin care ritual. The patented Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to deeply cleanse the skin far more effectively, yet more gently, than traditional superficial cleansing or simple rotating brushes. The result is noticeably smoother, more radiant skin.”
There are a few different cleansing devices available by Clarisonic, and each one has different cleansing brush heads available for different skin concerns. They are as follows:
~Luxe Cashmere which is “hydrating, extremely soft. For extra dry skin with fine lines and wrinkles”
~ Delicate Skin which is “extra gentle, for fragile and reactive skin”
~ Sensitive Skin which is “balanced and versatile, suitable for all skin types”
~ Sonic Radiance which is used to “reduce dark spots to unlock your brightest complexion”
~ Acne which is “clarifying and plush, a nurturing cleanse for acne-prone skin”
~ Deep Pore which is a “refining, detoxifying cleanse for enlarged and clogged pores”
~ Alpha Fit which is targeted at male skin
There are also brush heads available for use on the body, but I won’t go into those today.
So, these sonic cleansing devices claim to deeply penetrate your skin to effectively rid them of makeup and other nasties, leading to brighter, softer, and healthier skin.
What You Get:
My sisters purchased this device for me from Mecca Maxima. The set came with the Mia 2 cleansing device, a sensitive skin cleansing brush head, a sample of the Clarisonic cleansing soap, a travel case, and a charger. On the Mecca website it does not detail what you receive with the device or whether you can choose what cleansing brush head you prefer. On the Clarisonic website you get the device, a normal brush head, and the sample size cleanser (I assume the charger would also be included). On both websites the device retails for $219.00 AUD. The brush heads are also sold separately, ranging from $35.00 – $38.00 AUD. It is recommended you replace the brush heads every three months. I am going to be honest right now and say that I have not replaced my brush head yet. I do clean the device and brush head regularly, and as I only use the device twice a week, I haven’t felt the need to replace it yet.
The battery life on this device is incredible. Before you use it for the first time you need to charge the device for 24 hours. I did not need to charge the device again until about a month ago – it lasted a whopping 9 months without needing to be charged again. This could be due to only using it twice per week, obviously the battery would not last as long if you were using it twice daily as recommended by Clarisonic.
The device is fairly portable, and mine came with a little travel case, which I like. I would travel with this – even though Clarisonic recently came out with the Mia Fit device, which is meant to be more travel-friendly, I don’t think there is anything overly bulky about the Mia 2 and I could certainly accomodate it while travelling if I felt I needed it.
My Skin Type:
I have the sensitive skin brush head. I wouldn’t classify my skin as ridiculously sensitive, but I can react to certain products and I have never been into rough exfoliation on my face because it just seems too delicate. I would classify my skin as normal/combination. I have very few breakouts (hooray!), most likely due to being on the contraceptive pill. My skin can get dehydrated and dry in areas, particularly in the cooler months. I can get slightly oily in my T-zone in the warmer months. I have fair skin and lots of freckles, which I don’t mind too much. Overall, my skin is fairly normal.
As I said earlier, I received my Clarisonic Mia 2 device last May, and have been using it regularly since then. When I first received the device, I did a bit of research on how I should be using it. The Clarisonic website claims that “2 x daily use is proven safe and gentle” but I had read many experiences and reviews claiming that the Clarisonic broke them out terribly or damaged their skin. This worried me a little. Clarisonic recommends not using an oil or cream based cleanser with the device as well – they recommend using a gel or specially formulated sonic cleansing soap. This also worried me, because I love oil based or creamy cleansers as I find they are much more gentle on the skin. After doing my own research I decided to use the device twice a week, as opposed to twice a day. As well as deeply cleansing your skin, these sonic devices also exfoliate. As mentioned earlier, I do not like rough or daily exfoliation so I was happy to limit my use of this device to twice a week for that deep cleanse and exfoliation.
My current routine is that I use a creamy or gentle gel cleanser every morning and five nights out of the week, and on the other two nights (Monday and Thursday) I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 device with the Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap. If my skin is feeling particularly dull or congested, I may use the Clarisonic for a third night during the week.
The Clarisonic is set to a timer, so it is really easy to use. I start cleansing on my chin for 20 seconds, then the device will vibrate so you know to move onto the next area. I move to the forehead for another 20 seconds and then it vibrates again, so I move onto one cheek for 10 seconds, and the other cheek for another 10 seconds. Then the device automatically stops. I do not press the device too hard against my skin. I gently move it around my skin as it vibrates. The device is waterproof, so can be kept in the shower.
This device has not broken me out yet, which is a huge plus considering it does break a lot of people out. I do find it to be gentle on my skin, but I am not willing to use this twice daily as recommended by Clarisonic. I feel like my skin is cleansed more thoroughly when I use this device, and it does feel smoother; however, the results have been subtle and not at all mind-blowing for me personally. I do continue to use this device because I haven’t had any negative results, and I do like the idea that it is deeply cleansing my skin and removing all those nasties.
Would I recommend this device? Yes and no. I know that is an unhelpful answer, but honestly, I am ambivalent about this device when I really sit and think about it. It hasn’t done anything bad to my skin, which is good. I like the battery life, and I like the concept. It does make my skin feel clean. I think it is a good investment piece if you are keen on skin care and take care of the device well. The results were not life changing for me though. I feel like I could live without this step in my skin care routine, or just use another (cheaper) exfoliation product twice a week instead of this device.
As always, please do your own research before purchasing this product. My skin type, experience, and results most certainly will differ from yours – because we are all different! I am not a dermatologist or a specialist in any way, so please do not take this review to be professional advice.
I hope this was helpful to those of you who are curious about sonic cleansing or interested in purchasing one of these devices. Let me know if you have used a device like this and what you thought of it in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading!