I was lucky enough to receive a Clarisonic Mia about a month ago, and I am finally able to review it now for you guys! I wanted to wait about a month so that my skin could adjust to the Mia and I could share my experience with you now that I’ve used it for a few weeks. Sorry if this is long…but I wanted to share everything I could about it, and I hope you find this helpful!
About the Clarisonic Mia
The Clarisonic Mia is the smallest member of the Clarisonic family. Personally, I think it is the perfect size! It comes in pretty much every color with the exception of black (the one I received was a pale yellow). The brush head that is included is the one for sensitive to normal skin types. It also comes with a travel size of the Clarisonic Gentle Hydro cleanser as well as a charger. The charger is pretty cool, because you just touch it to the bottom of the Mia and it sticks to it for charging (I guess because it is magnetized). I’ve never had a charger like that before (can we please make phone chargers like this? Having to pick at a tiny little flap with my fingernail is a pain…and I always mess up my polish! 🙁 ). The charge lasts for a pretty long time…a little over a couple weeks I would say with using once a day. I almost always use my [amazon_link id=”B000YJ2SKM” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]CeraVe[/amazon_link] cleanser with it, but I did use the Clarisonic cleanser all last week while I was on vacation. I don’t have much to say about the cleanser, but I do like it. Its very gentle and has good ratings on Beautypedia. If you’re traveling with your Clarisonic, I would save that little cleanser to take with you!
What It Does and How to Use
When I first used the Mia, I was really surprised by how it felt. I had been using the Olay version for about a month before (I can compare the two in a separate post if you like), and this felt way different than that. Instead of spinning, the brush head vibrates (Clarisonic calls it “sonic cleansing”). According to the website, it moves over 300 times per second…that’s quite a lot! There’s a pretty cool video on Clarisonic’s Blog about how it works which could probably explain it better than I could. Because it moves so fast, its able to remove makeup and oil (and whatever else gets on your face throughout the day) much better than just using your hands. This also makes it possible for your other skincare products like serums or moisturizers to be better absorbed into your skin because they’re not sitting on a layer of something else. How often you use the Mia (or any cleansing brush for that matter) depends on your skin. I use it daily at nighttime, but if you have really oily skin you could probably use it twice a day. If your skin is super sensitive and/or dry, you might be fine with twice a week or so. I was told that there would be a “purging” period for about a month while my skin adjusts to it, and it was probably true for me even though it wasn’t the first time I used a cleansing brush. So if you get a spot or two when you first start using it, that could be why…keep using it and your skin will adjust! If it doesn’t adjust, that could mean that you may need to limit the amount of times per week you use it. Also make sure that you don’t press it down too hard on your skin (you don’t need to do that!). After wetting the brush head and putting a little bit of cleanser on it, just move it gently over the surface of your skin in small, circular motions. A great thing about the Mia is that it is timed for one minute. You spend 20 seconds on your forehead, 10 on each cheek, and 20 on your nose and chin areas. It will automatically shut off after 60 seconds.
Since I started using cleansing brushes (starting with the Olay a couple months ago), I’ve been a huge fan of them and I think they’re really an integral part of a skincare routine. After using the Clarisonic a couple times, my face felt extremely clean and smooth. I also noticed a slight change in how my complexion looked (there was not as much discoloration). The most noticeable thing it did for my skin, though, was reduce patches of redness. I have always had very blotchy red skin underneath my mouth and around my nose, but looking at it now there is no redness and it no longer looks inflamed. Therefore, I’d say that the Mia should work very well if you have any skin conditions. As for acne, it should work well for that too. I haven’t had a huge breakout in quite a while and my forehead is not as oily as it used to be (a miracle in and of itself). I have had a spot pop up off and on (especially last week because I was traveling to Vegas…and wow that weather does a number on my skin! Kudos to anyone living there that can keep their skin remotely hydrated) but it has only been a month, so my skin may still be getting used to the system.
Overall, I would have to say that I am really loving my Clarisonic Mia! Although it is expensive, it is a good investment (much like a good quality flat iron is for your hair). If the price point is keeping you back from getting one, try waiting it out until Christmas or your birthday when you can ask for one as a gift from a relative. If that can’t be done, then I would definitely try out the Olay Pro-X, (which is pretty comparable and also gave my skin good results) because I feel like adding one of these brushes to your skincare routine can make a huge difference in how your skin looks and feels! If you’d like to check out other reviews on the Clarisonic Mia, you can find them on Clarisonic’s Website or Beautylish. Also check out Soma’s review because she explains the benefits and results really well. If you purchase the Clarisonic online, you actually get a little travel bag with a free body serum (and shipping is free), so I feel like that would be a good way to pick one up as opposed to a store. Let me know if you have any questions about the Clarisonic Mia in the comments!
Interested in a comparison review between the Clarisonic Mia and the Olay Pro-X? Click here to read!