I'm usually the type who really isn't blown away by all of the hype; especially on what seem to be expensive purchases. But I have had so many issues with hyperpigmentation, dry flaky skin, and a rough texture to my face that I was desperate to try just about anything. After all, Amazon has a wonderful return policy and what could I really lose?
Here is what I noticed with the Mia after roughly a month of use:
Firstly, when I was doing my research and watching videos, this thing looks so rough on the skin... especially when you watch people scrubbing away with what appears to be a thick and bristly brush. I was afraid to try this because my skin is so sensitive and acne prone. Everyone promised it was definitely okay, but I had a hard time believing that. I bought this with a sensitive brush and I use it in small circles along my face without pressing down or applying a whole lot of pressure... and it really is what they say: gentle and effective. I am not sure about any other brush than the sensitive, but so far I have been surprised at just how much gentler it is than it looks.
Also, many say they broke out within two weeks of using this and then their skin cleared up again. I didn't experience any phase like this. My skin went from consistent breakouts to a perfectly smooth face despite my hyperpigmentation. I have ALWAYS had issues with acne on my chin and some along my cheekbone, and for the first time in so many years, my skin is smooth and soft.
The exfoliation on this is amazing. As I said, it makes your skin very smooth and soft; I did notice it a bit after the first use, but you really do have to give it a week or two before you REALLY start to notice just how much softer it can make your skin. My flaky patches and rough texture slowly melted away. My moisturizer not only seems to soak in much easier as well, but my makeup goes on much smoother. There is no longer anything dry or rough for my makeup to cling to and the texture of the skin really improves.
For those of you who may have the same question I did in the beginning: I use currently use Clinique's cream cleanser, which is meant to be applied to skin when dry. The Clarisonic instructs users to wet the skin and brush, and I had to ask a Clarisonic rep if my cream cleanser would be okay for this. The answer is yes; it can be used with anything that doesn't have exfoliating beads or shells. What I tend to do is apply the cream to my dry skin and then wet the brush. This helps me rest easier knowing the brush isn't moving against dry skin, and it seems to work well for me.
As far as technical details, this little magnetic charger is very compact and very neat, in my opinion. As far as noise, the Mia is pretty quiet. I think it's nice that it goes off after one minute, and yet at the same time, sometimes I need it for a little longer. And the timers on the Pro version? I don't even miss them. Also, if you use this to remove or wash off makeup, even after a makeup remover, be sure to scrub your brush with soap at least once a week. This will help minimize stains on your brush, if that bothers you.
So happy with my investment. It really is an amazing buy!
I love my mia. I really do. Like almost everyone else, i read through tons and tons of reviews and different viewpoints before i decided to splurge on this. I'm so glad i did.
I was initally really put out by the idea of the initial breakout and people saying its because of bacteria or irritation from the brush. But millions of woman who swear by it can't all be wrong...so i went for it.
The first week...i was blown away, my skin felt soooo smooth..i couldnt wait to use it again. I used it once a day just to see how my skin responds.Come second week...pimples on my jawline and forehead...nothing severe...just small ones. I was quite unhappy about that especially since i had a good first week with it. I considered the whole 'bacteria' theory....but decided to stick with it since i've invested soo much.
Third week....pimples are going or gone, leaving no marks at all...all existing blemishes from old breakouts...gone. Mild chicken pox marks (got it 3 months back)....gone. My skin looks more and more clear with all the blemishes, marks fading away rapidly...it has such a clarity and eveness that really knocked my socks off. Everything i use (i'm notorious for not sticking to one cleanser) works at least 10X better.
So now, i'm totally not buying the whole bacteria/irrritation theory. I do now believe its clearing out the skin...the same way you tend to break out initially after a facial.
I love my mia,....i now can look into the mirror and not cringe. lol. I'm going to slowly start using it twice a day...i think its all about experimentation. Theres no right or wrong. Its all about what works for your skin...so my advice is to not take the instructions as law and use it religiously twice a day. Start slow and adjust according to how your skin responds.
Okay, for those reviewers who said it didn't make them look younger or take away any wrinkles, that isn't what this is supposed to do. This is a deep skin cleanser that acts as a mechanical exfoliator. It isn't a time machine. And, there isn't any product that can credibly claim to cure acne, as with everything else, your mileage may vary, and this may not work for you.
My skin is mature, not especially wrinkly as I avoid radiation by wearing sunscreen religiously, but very sensitive, drier on the edges and oilier in the middle (okay, let's face it, my t-zone is an oil slick by noon unless I employ countermeasures), reactionary but not necessarily break out prone. That being said, I get the monthly breakout at PMS time, it seems no matter what I do, this happens. Also, I have rosacea with the annoying redness and the tendency to be both oily and flakey at the same time, especially over my t-zone.
I have the Clarisonic Mia, have used it for over a month. I use it every other day due to concern after reviews that my skin would get too dry and flakey if I exfoliate too vigorously. I like many of you avoided shelling out the cash for this due to my thought that it is a gimmick but after reading some internet information, took the plunge (and got it at a discount). I am glad I did. Normally, I don't like paying for bells and whistles. But a knowledgeable make up addict advised me that the sonic technology does more than scrape the make up off of your face. It exfoliates, encourages sebum flow, and stimulates lymphatic drainage, all of which are good for your skin and are not really assisted by the crappy drug store knock offs of this product. And like many other reviewers have described the metaphor of once you use a sonic toothbrush, your teeth won't feel clean with the old manual method, same goes for using a sonic exfoliator on your face.
My advice is to be gentle and remember sometimes less is more, especially if you have finicky skin. Start with once a week and move up from there. Let the brushhead do the work, don't press down, you are vibrating, cleansing and stimulating, not waxing or buffing! Use a nonfoaming cleanser (I use Paula's Choice, it is great). Glide over areas for a few seconds each, moving constantly. Use an oil based eye makeup remover to get the stuff off your eyes if you need to do that first. Use a moisturizer for your skin type following the cleansing.
Results: My skin was definitely smoother, softer, toned and yes, it appeared to glow (likely due to improved circulation and lymph drainage as well as removing dead cells and debris including gross make up). Did I still have the monthly acne, yes but it wasn't as "deep" and went away on its own without the old incise and drain like before. I don't look ten years younger, it didn't cure my rosacea or break outs or erase any wrinkles, but I didn't expect it to do that.
I would purchase again as it was well worth the money. It cost less than many ladies I know spend on a MAC Collection haul or getting your hair colored at the salon. Or, the price of 3 facials. Long term benefits are well worth it. My make up goes on smoother and I have actually switched to using mainly tinted moisturizer as I actually love the look of my skin and just need the sun protection. My nose doesn't have the annoying flakies and oil productions seems to be much less. Moisturizer absorbs way faster now, less annoying wait between it and the foundation step, when I bother with foundation. Less redness overall.
Cons: Charging this contraption is a pain in the neck, you have to wait overnight to charge it, like when you buy a new i-pod or cell phone; I go through this annoyance once a week unless I remember to charge it on the 5th or 6th day. The vibrations are a little intense when I use it on my nasal area, I LOL'd reading about someone vibrating their "facial nerve off" but honestly it isn't that bad. I cannot really fault the cost as a con, as I agree that it is a long term investment and again, about the same price as a monthly make up "haul" for most of us. Unlike the haul items, I will keep using this product again and again and it makes my skin better, not just temporarily pretty.
i have had mine for 3 years now and it is still going strong and i use it almost everyday. it really maintains my skin texture and clarity and i can use it with pretty much any cleanser and i love how this can be used in the shower, which is the only time i use it pretty much. it is so easy to travel with and they come in tons of cute designs and colors now...so if you dont own it, get it! sephora friends and family sale is coming up so take advantage!
Unfortunately, not a miracle product. i have a very (really very) bad skin - thousands of blackheads, cystic acne, greasy as hell but dry an patchy at the same moment.
i have tried both sensitive and pore cleansing head with almost no difference for my skin.
well, yes, it is softer - but the same softness i get with some peeeling.
but no difference about blackheads, oily skin, uneven skintone, wrinkles...anything. just softer skin, with is definitely not enough for the price.
i am using it once a day (evening), use some cleansing gel for sensitive acne prone skin, than i am using mix of hyaluronic acid, argan oil (and sometimes lacura q10 cream) as moisturizer.
very said to write this...but homemade pore strips, homemade coffee peeling and homemade face masks are definitely better than mia for me :(
LOVE it! I use it twice a day every day and my skin is in the best shape it's ever been in. I can't imagine going back!
This is a fun little gadget in my beauty arsenal, but I ultimately don't feel like it has made that much of a difference with my skin. I bought it a year ago and have tried both the sensitive and deep pore cleansing brush heads. I bought this hoping it would help prevent breakouts, but I still struggle with them so this is not a miracle product for me. I'm in my early twenties so I can't really say whether it helps with wrinkles or not. I think the buf puf worked just as well for me if not better. Yes, this does help me remove makeup but it doesn't remove all makeup by any means. After using this I still have to use quite a bit of toner to make sure my face is really clear of makeup at night. I wouldn't repurchase this product.
This is an update to my original review of the clarisonic mia, in a little more detail. I've used my mom's clarisonic on and off for a year, and just started using it daily about the time I began wearing heavy foundation everyday. Let me tell you, my face does NOT feel clean until I've used the clarisonic mia to remove my makeup. Some people say the device is "not a makeup remover", but I beg to differ. I use it to remove my makeup and simply wash the actual foundation off my clarisonic every time. It makes me feel like every time I put the mia on my face, it's already clean. Plus, I know that if the cleanser I'm using can't take the makeup off my Mia, it's probably not getting it off my face!
If you're like me with skin of steel, I like Dawn dishwashing liquid with vitamin E to remove my makeup. Seriously, I've rotated cleansers (right now I'm using Neutrogena Deep Clean) and I can't remember anything that takes off foundation better. Compared to the Sheisedo 40+ dollar cleanser I'd be using WITHOUT the clarisonic to feel like my skin is clean... this puppy is saving me money. No question.
As far as budgets go, I think this is a worthwhile investment. No really. I'm a student, I have no money to spend, yet I'm going out to buy my own clarisonic from a retailer (I hope they'll be nice and give me a markdown!) because it's WORTH THE MONEY. No amount of skin serums, acne cleansers, toners, etc. will improve your skin like taking off ALL your makeup EVERY day... and all the other dirt, dust, pollution, etc. in your pores, while it's at it.
I don't think anyone needs more than the Mia. I only need the one mode (what on earth would I do with two or three but waist time I could be using to cleanse!) and you can use the thing on your body... like no one's going to stop you. Plus, it takes up so much less space and doesn't splash back/sputter water like the bigger ones can.
Using a clarisonic took my skin care regimen from Makeup remover, cleanser (something anti-bacterial always!), toner, emulsion, essence/serum, and moisturizer to just using the Clarisonic, a monthly clay mask, and water/tea in a spray bottle. And my skin looks pretty good if you ignore the fact my but needs to wear sunscreen! haha.
Please buy this for yourselves :)
The device from hell, this stupid thing is,
I had really bad oily bumpy skin from using another product, so I heard that this would gently exfoliate my skin and calm down my bumps.
1st week of use my skin felt less oily and squeaky clean after each use.
2nd week started to get breakouts in really weird places like my forehead and cheeks (most spots are get are around the chin) some rubbish about my skin 'purging' from the use of the clarisonic so i keep using it.
3rd week my skin is the worst it's been in my entire life, sore, red and CYSTIC ACNE EVERYWHERE all over my face, completely scarred from the new spots.
Have stopped using the clarisonic.
4 and a half weeks later my skin is recovering slowly though, I've still got cystic acne attacking my face and loads of scars that will take ages to fade, fingers crossed in the next couple of months my skin will start feeling and looking better.
Overall the clarisonic is the worst product I've ever used. period.
Love this. Love this. Love this!
Been wanting this product for like half a year now, finally got myself into buying it. The price really held me back, but after using it... I don't really care about the $130 I spent!
I've only used it for a couple days, and my blackheads are almost all gone. My skin is nice and soft, a very clean canvas. There are no bumps at all.. when I use my skin care products .. it aborbs so well. Also, my face products looks much better!
I love how there is a minute timer, so it is perferct to know when to stop, because if there wasn't a timer, id use it for such a long time... It would be so bad for my skin.
And the cleanser it comes with ... is just a regular cleanser with no scent, I have no problem with it.
Bad thing about this is that I think its beginning to dry my skin? My nose is a big tight and wrinkly when I scrunch my nose? Not sure if it's the cleanser or the clarisonic. But it's not that big of a deal to me because I rather have very nice, soft, clean skin. I don't mind mosturizing more!