Greetings from my bed! I’m writing this in my matching cityscape pajama set on a Monday night, because there’s nothing quite like over-caffeinating yourself to the point of vibration during the work day so you’re extra productive when you come skidding into home (armored in a full-body suit of flannel, of course).
So here’s the deal. I need to have a moment about my Clarisonic, because I feel we all can benefit from this revelation.
My Clarisonic is like a tried-and-true outfit that you get super excited about and wear all the time and then decide you need to stop getting photographed in it because people are going to think you only own one article of clothing, so you shove it in the back of your closet and don’t look at it for a year and a half.
Just kidding. What actually happened was this:
I was a senior in college, had been using my Clarisonic for years (literally), and got to the point where I realized the brush head replacements were bleeding my wallet dry. Frankly, I just didn’t trust myself to be responsible enough with replacing them, and when you let them get old and brittle, they harbor bacteria and can exacerbate breakouts. Yum.
So I said, to hell with you, Clarisonic, I’m back on hand-washing!
And that’s been the name of my cleansing game since about this time last year. But over the past few months, I’ve felt very ‘blah’ about my skin. It was breaking out slightly more than usual, and it just looked dull. I’m not crazy about exfoliating cleansers because I have a really nasty habit of completely overdoing it, but I was feeling like my old trusty cleanser/moisturizer routine was leaving something to be desired.
Then, one afternoon, I was rooting through my under-sink basket for Benadryl (#hives—it’s an aesthetic), and I stumbled upon my Clarisonic, sans brush head.
I clicked the button and it revved to life with all the unflinching enthusiasm of a Toyota Camry. I sat there for a second, hunched over my miscellaneous bathroom basket, wondering whether or not I should pull the trigger and get another brush head to give it a shot again.
I won’t lie, I had my doubts—I’ve done dutiful research on the benefits and risks of Clarisonic cleansing, especially since so many dermatologists have conflicting opinions. The product description itself says it’s gentle enough to use twice daily, but a lot of experts say that’s way too much stimulation if you’re using it in tandem with other chemical or mechanical exfoliants (like a retinoid or a scrub).
I, however, was using nothing of the sort. Approximately 12 hours later, I was in the car on the way to Ulta to purchase a (mildly pricey) second chance.
For $28, I nabbed myself the “Radiance” brush head. I’m not sure how this one functions any differently than, say, the other six options that all look the same, but the bristles felt soft and—let’s be real—who doesn’t want to look radiant?
I reasoned with myself that I’d venture back to my knock-off Amazon replacement brush heads (you can get a pack of two for around $12) after giving the real deal another go.
So this was about a week ago, and I have to say: I’m already noticing some of my more recent acne spots are fading much more quickly. I had this stubborn blemish in October that literally wouldn’t go away. It was the zit that wouldn’t take a hint. Even after it flattened, the purple scar was so persistent. Over the past week, it’s faded dramatically.
So here’s my thing: Yes, a Clarisonic is expensive. If you’re like me (an early adopter who then lost interest), I’d encourage you to go drop $30 on a new brush head and give it another shot. If you’re someone who never purchased one, do a little research and decide if it’s worth the Christmas gift ask.
A quick note: if you’re using prescription-strength stuff on your face, this’ll probably send you over the edge. It really cleans well (I’ve noticed my skin has looked much brighter since I’ve gotten back onboard), but if you’ve got other exfoliants happening, it probably won’t be good.
If you’re just rockin’ a regular old cleanser and moisturizer and feel like your skin needs a little vibrance and extra kick, give it a go.
Who knows—in another week I might have a slew of breakouts or some other unsightly skin condition and I’ll be back here refuting every single one of these claims, but so far, I’m thrilled I decided to get back on the power cleansing bandwagon.
Do you have a Clarisonic? If so, what do you think?
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