Review: Clarisonic Mia (2-Speed Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush)
During an era wherein we’re consistently inundated with an ever-evolving and saturated market of consumer skincare goods and products, we’d have to figure they were predecessors of an even wider market for skincare gadgets and accessories. Such is the case with the always popular and trending Clarisonic Brush (in this case the Mia 2 model with 2-speed options), a staple product and compliment to any facial cleanser. This oscillating spin brush with dual speed settings is a device said to clean the skin more thoroughly and deeply than hands or a washcloth, gently removing dead skin cells, sebum and any dirt after applying a cleanser directly to the brush head. It is not an exfoliator, but is said to have the added benefit of making any skincare product more effective and helping eliminate acne-bacteria if used and cleaned effectively.
While there are many different versions of the iconic product, including a newly introduced makeup remover, a men’s version (which seems to only vary in color branding), and an entire body profile range (complete with a body brush). The product employs a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean and is said to clean 6 times more effectively than the traditional manual route. It is gentle enough for use twice per day, does not irritate the skin, and leaves skin looking smoother and feeling softer. We’ve heard these claims over and over, so a thorough test run of the device was in order. Here we review Clarisonic’s Mia 2, 2-speed Setting Brush with objectivity, asking, do we really need that? How will it benefit the skin? Is the value worth the price sticker? Here is some further information and some of the benefits to use.
The Main Features
The Clarisonic Mia 2 with 2-speed settings is a facial cleansing tool that can be used every day and on any type of skin (although those with very frequent acne breakouts may prefer the Mia 3 model with acne brush). It increases product efficacy and cleans the face gently, but much more effectively than regular daily cleansing. People with sensitive skin can usually use the product without any skincare irritation. The product acts as a gentle oscillation device, not a topical exfoliant (so there is not a risk of over-exfoliation). Cleansing products, including oils, subsequently penetrate the skin more deeply. There are different brush head options for specific concerns (i.e. deep cleanse, acne, smart profile for body, the cashmere brush). There is a new addition to the category with a travel brush as well, which can be tossed in a gym bag or work purse/briefcase for convenient portable use. In terms of long-lasting beauty benefits, the simulation of blood flow to skin keeps it appearing healthy and youthful, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and preventing their future formation.
In terms of more corporate history, the company is founded on a motto of “radiant skin as the best foundation.” The product has addressed skin concerns and changed the way we think about facial cleansing for years since its launch in 2001. The product was initially developed in the search for a cure for clogged pores, but the result was a much greater evolution in the skincare stratosphere. The sonic cleansing system developed has subsequently revolutionized skincare and improvement. Since its founding the company has sold 15 million patented devices. Their driving mission is to change the way people view skincare and the way they feel about their own skin.
How To Use
Use about a quarter size amount of cleanser and apply to the brush head, gently cleanse the entire face and neck using rotating circular motions without pressing too hard. It can be used conveniently anywhere, including in the shower, and is OK to travel with. Brush heads must be changed at least every 3 months to avoid contamination and maintain a clean product, they can be recycled as well. Very oily or acne-prone skin types are generally safer purchasing the Mia 3 product (with specific acne brush head). The brush head itself should be cleansed (using a shampoo or cleanser) every 3 days to remove traces of oil that build up. Products with large grain or harsh micro-beads should be avoided, as even though the brush and product is not technically an exfoliator, it is reaching deeper levels of the dermis and the face no longer requires intense scrubs. Make sure to cleanse the face well with cold water and gently pat dry. Brush heads should never be shared and should always be cleaned if dropped on the floor or misplaced.
If a customer (first-time or existing) is dissatisfied with the product, experiences skin reaction, or if the product is defective they will receive a full refund of the product price in full. So if there is any trepidation regarding the initial investment, you can rest assured that if you dislike it you will be refunded in full.
Positives and Negatives
- 96 percent of users noticed smoother, softer, firmer looking skin
- Skin appears visibly healthier and younger
- Brush can clean the surface of the skin 6 times better than traditional manual hand cleaning
- Two speed settings: the first is for more sensitive or delicate skin types (or “skin days”) and the second is for daily cleansing
- Skincare products are increased in value and efficacy
- Decreased pore size and reduced/eliminated pore clogging
- Can be used with Clarisonic skincare or any other skincare products
- Treatment for acne-prone skin, can greatly reduce breakouts with regular use
- Recommended by dermatologists and aestheticians
- Versatility: options for different brush heads and portable option to suit individual needs
- Longevity: this product is an investment tool that stands the test of time, and with years of use its less costly in the long run than any skin cream or topical product can claim
- Some will experience minor breakout and/or irritated skin within the first two weeks or so of use. This is because deep-set bacteria is being stimulated and exposed, and has likely been present for some time. This side effect is transient and will go away.
- Price, the product certainly does not come cheap, however the longevity (years) can be broken down in terms of value into a more justifiable expense.
The Final Verdict
The Clarisonic Mia 2, 2-Speed Setting Cleansing Brush is definitely a needed addition to our beauty collection. With all the money spent on treatments, cleansers, toners and various products there is a need in the market for a go-to device that can increase product efficacy of all of these moisturizing/anti-aging items. Additionally, we love that this product gives such a deep-cleanse gently and offers versatility and portable options. Perhaps the best benefit to use and most solid case for a positive purchasing decision are the anti-aging benefits seen over time. While serums and creams hydrate and help treat lines, this is done naturally with the Clarisonic, which stimulates blood flow under the skin and helps reverse the effects of sun and environmental damage. Additionally, this is a must-have for those searching for an anti-acne product. It can help dramatically decrease breakouts over time and kill the bacteria that causes it in the first place. This popular product from a trusted brand is surely a winner.