Review of the Clarisonic: A Short Affair with the Shopping Channel

//Review of the Clarisonic: A Short Affair with the Shopping Channel

Dos and Donts of PeelingI confess I am a reformed consumerista (that’s putting it nicely). In my early twenties, earning adult wages but still living like a teenager at home, I would spend whole pay cheques frivolously on marked down cocktail dresses (I would never wear because God knows I never went to cocktail parties), turquoise leather jackets, full-length wool coats, and I think I have a pair of thigh high white suede boots kicking around somewhere. Now fully independent, I like to think I have become more practical with age. But I suppose even the best of us relapse, or at least that is how I would explain my recent purchase of an electric facial brush for $225 US?
clarisonic skin cleansing systemThe Clarisonic
I blame the Shopping Channel because their seductive wiles made me unable to resist the Clarisonic – a little gadget which uses a rotating brush to buff away dead skin thoroughly but gently. Apparently its so gentle you can even use it over pimples (!). You can even have it personalized – that’s right, an engraved hand-held exfoliator is exactly what any self-preserving person needs. Did I mention it was water-proof?

Now there was logic to this mini-splurge; I have been in the market for a face massager for a while, as I really want to increase the circulation in my skin and also want to rid myself of my morning puffiness with some lymph stimulation – so the Clarisonic seemed perfect for my needs as you get the benefits of its vibrations paired with an exfoliation.

My Findings

Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to receive my “sonic skin cleansing system” (referring to it as a “system” sounds so much more effective) in the mail and tore open the package right away. I will say this: the instructions need work as it came with three heads but with no labeling or guide to which head was for what – and it said that the back lights showed you its battery power level, but mine was blinking different lights with each blinks so I had no idea what that meant. I also canned the skincare as it was laden with chemicals.

Nonetheless upon my first spin (around my face), the bristles felt good against my skin like it was buffing away a cuticle of dry, dead cells. I continued by using the larger brush head (which I assumed was the body brush) on my left leg leaving the right as a control to test.

Lasting Results?

The next day I was impressed that my skin still felt extremely soft as I presumed that newly shed skin cells would have appeared by now. My face also felt more hydrated as my skincare penetrated more deeply. And upon inspection of my legs – my ugly right leg was scaly and dry while my left was smoother and also brighter in tone. This excited me! And I wanted to start round two but as an esthetician I am wary of over-exfoliating, so I promised myself I would only use it two to three times per week and only on wet skin (exfoliation is always best on moist skin which is why we at Pure + Simple have started to do all Sea Salt Microdermabrasion treatments afte we have steamed).

But while my skin feels great, the real test will be to see if I am still using the Clarisonic in a month. Will it be a regular part of my beauty regime or will it join my discarded Lite book (electric book of lights which combat seasonal affected disorder) and Mastermoves (basically a Lazy Susan you swivel on to work your abs)?

And looking at these pieces of abandoned equipment, I have to ask myself if I really am older, wiser and more practical or have simply shifted in tastes.

2013-12-23T11:31:37-05:00 By |Exfoliation|5 Comments

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  1. Lindsey July 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Hey now, I love your Mastermoves! Totally makes for great party conversation.

  2. James McIntosh August 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    It's been a month… still using?

  3. Kristen Ma September 29, 2009 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Yea I do — on and off. I can't travel with it Ben and I have been so much travelling lately.

  4. Hazel February 13, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    So what was the verdict? Is it worth it?

    • kristen February 19, 2014 at 10:09 am - Reply

      For exfoliation at home – I think so. But I am also the gal who has paid over $100 for a peel mask.

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