Most of us must be knowing about the Clarisonic skin cleansing system by now. Right now, they come in 4 different forms:
1. Clarisonic Plus – $225
2. Clarisonic Aria – $199
3. Clarisonic Mia 2 – $149
4. Clarisonic Mia – $119
They all have a little bit of feature difference between each other. I didn’t want the body brush option, which is supported only in the Plus and Aria models. Mia 2 has the 2-speed and T-timer (we will see that in a bit) option over Mia model. So, I found Mia 2 to be perfect fit for my need and budget.
About the Clarisonic Technology:
Traditional methods of cleansing don’t get your skin as clean as you’d think. Using sonic technology, the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System works with your skin’s natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities that traditional methods leave behind — giving you softer, smoother and more beautiful skin.
While cleansing is the first step in any skin care ritual, it is often overlooked. Typical manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores. This build-up can damage the appearance and health of your skin and keep your skin care products from working like they should. Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.
Sonic Cleansing Benefits:
Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing.
Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.
Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best.
Gentle enough to use twice a day.
Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes.
Minimizes the appearance of visible pores.
About Mia 2 :
Mia 2 is an extension of our popular Mia family that gives you all the benefits of sonic cleansing in a compact, easy-to-use style. Mia 2 features two speeds, a one-minute pulsing T-Timer and a protective travel case for on-the-go sonic cleansing. Now you have more choices for beautiful skin.
Directions For Use:
Use on forehead (20 seconds), nose/chin (20 seconds), and both cheeks (10 seconds each). Our T-Timer® will pulse when it’s time to cleanse the next area of your face.
$125$ . I got mine online. Different websites sell it at different prices.
My Experience with Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System:
I don’t even remember from when I was eyeing this product, maybe for more than 2 years. There are two reasons for why I took my own time to decide on whether or not I really need to add this to my skin care tools. One was the price and the other one was that I already owned some tools similar to this. I also had a tough time deciding which version of Clarisonic I should go for and finally settled for Mia 2. One fine day, I made my mind to buy this, when the online website had it on easy pay option (I can pay in 3-5 installments instead of paying at once).
Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with a handle and a detachable brush head. By default, sensitive brush head is included with all models. Some websites might sell the kit with more than one brush head. There are 5 kinds of brush heads for face such as Sensitive, Normal, Delicate, Deep Pore and Acne, apart from a body brush. Note that you cannot use the body brush with Clarisonic Mia or Mia 2 models. The body brush is designed to be used only with Clarisonic Pro, Plus and Aria Models.
Once you fix the brush head on the handle and push the start button, the inner rim of the brush kind of vibrates by making a small left and right movement. In Mia 2, you get 2 speed options. By pushing the arrow button on the handle, you can choose higher or lower speed. Personally, I find higher speed to be better and use that speed setting all the time.
Getting complicated huh ? 🙂 Its simple. All I need to do is, fix the brush head on the handle and wet the brush head, apply any cleanser either on the brush head or face and push the start button on handle and start using it. Make sure to use gentle pressure, allowing easy movement of the brush head. Once you turn it on, the brush will vibrate for 1 minute with 3 pauses in 20-20-10-10 seconds. It is just an indication to use 20 seconds for forehead, 20 seconds for nose and chin and 10 seconds for each cheeks. Yes, that’s the T-timer option. I think this T-timer thing is not very appealing to me as I always use more than 1 minute as I use it on my neck as well.
They advice to replace brush head every 3 months for better cleansing result. I use it on alternate days. Since I don’t use it on a daily basis, I’m still using after 3 months time. Next time when I order replacement brush, I want to try something other than the sensitive one.
I have used it with many cleansers, foaming and non-foaming, and it works just fine with everything. I have been using it for more than 3 months now and I will list down the pros and cons of the product.
Pros of Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System:
- Very gentle on skin (I have tried only the sensitive brush that comes with the kit).
- Makes skin super soft to touch from day one.
- Texture and tone of skin improves over long term use (more than 2 months).
- Can be used with any cleanser, foaming and nonfoaming.
- Waterproof handle. A very good feature, so it can be used in shower.
- I can totally skip face scrub as long as I use this regularly.
Cons of Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System:
- Once charged, can use for only 20 minutes. That is 10 times for me as I use it for 2 minutes per use. You turn it on to use it in shower and it wouldn’t work 🙁 It does give indication when the charge is low. So, do remember to charge then.
- Does not help in removing black/white heads completely, but it helps to reduce them.
This is not a miracle machine. Just a better way to keep your skin clean and healthy. I can put it in this way. If you pamper your skin a lot with various processes and procedures at home/salon, then you may really not need this. If you are a person who doesn’t hit the skin specialist or a parlour very often, you would benefit more from this. I took my own time to buy this. You can take your own time too. Hope this review was helpful to someone who wants to buy this 🙂