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Do I need a Clarisonic?

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At the end of last year, I took advantage of the Black Friday sale at Sephora and bought the Clarisonic Mia Fit. I’ve never owned or used the Clarisonic before, though I did own a ‘clarisonic-look-alike’ (in 2014-15). I thought it would be a good to try the real one to exfoliate and scrub away dry skin caused by Retinol.

Initial thoughts:

  1. The brush is definitely softer than dupes available in the market. Apparently the Clarisonic Mia Fit is even more softer than the original 1st generation Clarisonic.
  2. The charging pod is a nice small dock upon which the actual device sits nicely. You can make the charging last for about 4 uses.
  3. The brush definitely takes considerable time to dry after each use.

After using the Clarisonic about 4 to 5 times, I decided to return it. I thought I’d share my thought proces / reasons for doing so:

  1. Do I really need this level of cleaning on my face? Though I used it only once or at the maximum, twice a week, I still felt I was over doing it. I don’t wear much make up. My definition of every day ‘make up’ means wearing a moisturizing sunscreen and pigmented lip balm. That’s about it. I do put in more effort for a special event or going out. But, I still did not see the purpose for a expensive exfoliating device, for the very light make up I wear.
  2. I also have this nifty silicone cleansing pad / scrub. It came free with a gift set. You can get dupes of it  on Amazon.com or Walmart for less than $10.  When I scrub my face with this and my usual Cetaphil Cleanser, the entire process feels ‘less harsh’.
  3. I don’t feel the need to ensure that my face is squeaky clean, stripped of its natural oils. The silicone scrub gets rid of the any flaky, dead skin much more gently than the Clarisonic.
  4. Also, I believe silicone materials inherently inhibit growth of bacteria and mold etc. The silicone pad is definitely easier to clean / maintain. Once in a week, I just spray the pad with rubbing alcohol and that’s about it. (I am not entirely sure this is fool proof. So, please weigh in).
  5. Clarisonic Mia is not really effortless to use. It is too round and doesn’t really feel any more comfortable in the hand, despite of the change in design from the old model. Besides, now I have one more device that I need to remember to charge!
  6. The price difference between the Clarisonic and the Silicone Cleansing pad is too big to ignore and the benefits are too little to add any real value.Clarisonic

I returned the Clarisonic in January. If you did not already know, Sephora’s return policy has changed. In the past, I was able to return things any time within a year and get a full refund (with original packaging and at least 2/3rds of the product left etc.) When I went to return the Clarisonic, the lady at the counter informed that I could only return things within 60 days and will now receive a Sephora gift card as it was beyond the 60-day period. Darn!!

Overall, I think the Clarisonic may be useful for women:

  1. Who wear a full face of make up every day.
  2. Commute via public transport in polluted cities.

Even for the above two cases, I am still not entirely convinced. I think a simple cleanser and a wash cloth like this works better even in those cases. I think the Clarisonic is one of those devices none of us really needs, but many women have been made to believe otherwise. Well, what do I know!?

Do you wear make up every day? If so, what do you wear? Do you own a Clarisonic or a Clarisonic dupe? Do you use it often? Why do you think this device attained such a cult status? I’d love to know your thoughts. 

P.S. Now it is all about Foreo. Let us see how long that lasts.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. I have to agree with everything you say. That degree of “squeaky clean ” is not only superfluous but can cause irritation, redness, blotchibess, hypersensitivity… waiting for your wardrobe photo….😊 Short paragraph on your wardrobe philosophy…

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      You are right about all those affects of Squeaky Clean. I haven’t forgotten about the wardrobe philosophy. This was a scheduled post Lady Sarah 😊. We are on day hiking trip in Flagstaff. Will be back home tonight and will send the photo and write-up on Sunday.

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      February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      Hello Lady Sarah!

      I sent out the write-up and picture. Please let me know if you need anything else at all. I am happy to share. 🙂

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      February 5, 2018
  2. Great post. I have never owned one before but I have owned a more affordable one and even though I can’t compared, I don’t see how the extra money would make it better

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      After using a dupe and the actual one, I have to admit this is much softer. I am not really sure that it is worth the price tag though, for the extra softness.

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      February 3, 2018
  3. I have the Olay version. And I rarely use it, can’t be bothered. It just becomes just another beauty tool that I think will make my life easier, then it doesnt, so I lose interest in it. Using acids, retinoids, etc… it would be just too much exfoliation and like you I barely wear makeup.

    I watch a lot of Youtube and the cleansing devices: foreo, vanity planet clarisonic dupe, etc… really made the rounds last year.

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      ‘Can’t be bothered’ – that pretty much sums it up for me too 😊

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      February 3, 2018
  4. I love your perspective on this. I did consider the Clarasonic for a while but then decided that I didn’t want to add one more chore to my self-care list. I just rub my face a bit with a clean towel and consider the job done. I’m really over all the devices we feel we must have for every small job we need to do.

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      I completely agree. Not only the Clarisonic, but it feels like we have a tool/device for everything now. Most of them just gather dust once the interest and intrigue wears off.

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      February 3, 2018
  5. Xin #

    I’ve also given in to buying a Clarisonic in the past and it’s just not for me. I’m totally in agreement that it’s excessive for most people’s skin, especially if one is also going to use Retin-A Micro or acids. In terms of cleansing, just face wash and water seems fine to me (and micellar water on a cotton pad for makeup removal before that, if I wore makeup that day).

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    February 3, 2018
    • SA. #

      Totally agree about using just micellar water for makeup removal! Whatever is in it, it just makes my skin glow without stripping off all the good oils in it. I am also love the return to re-usable cotton / flannel wash cloths instead of disposable pads. I just wash them along with the rest of my clothes 🙂

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      February 5, 2018
  6. lin #

    My skin seems to love exfoliation, and I actually love the Clarisonic. I bought the Mia years ago – think it’s been five years, maybe more, and I’m impressed it’s still working, no malfunctions. I like that I can just use it with whatever cleanser I happen to be using at the time, and it gives me a nice, deep clean without being harsh. It’s also easy to clean and dry the brush quickly, more so than a wash cloth (it’s humid here and cloths don’t always dry overnight). I don’t use make-up, but I use sunscreen daily and live in a hot, humid, urban environment, and my skin is just much happier when I exfoliate. I’ve tried silicon exfoliating pads too but I don’t find them very easy to use or as thorough as a Clarisonic, so now I just use the pad when I travel.

    Since I don’t use other exfoliating products (I had a brief flirtation with acids but I ended it after a couple months because it made no difference to my skin and my skin improved once I switched back to Clarisonic), the Clarisonic seems to fit nicely in my routine. I think of it as very effective luxury item.

    I do think that when it dies a natural death I’ll give wash cloths ago again, and maybe use some of my coffee grounds as a scrub (although I’ve found it too harsh and gritty on the skin in the past. Much as I like the Clarisonic, I do think it will be nice to give up a luxury appliance.

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    February 13, 2018
    • SA. #

      Thank you Lin for sharing your experience. I traveled to Singapore a couple of times. You are absolutely right. If I lived in Singapore, I would need the Clarisonic. Skin gets naturally glowly/ sticky or whatever is the right word, from just taking the MRT and exploring the city. Oily or glowy skin is the prefect breeding ground to gather dust anyway. The Clarisonic makes perfect sense. I don’t consider it a bad product. It is really well made and sturdy, and gentle when compared to many other brushes.
      Also, I have been trying to use Retinol consistently in the past few months. That could be another reason I did not enjoy using the Clarisonic. I commute by car and we have very dry climate here.
      It is a very nifty tool for people who live in big cities (very busy countries in your case! 😊). About the price, I don’t think it was over priced for how well made it is. It is just not an expense everyone needs.

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      February 13, 2018

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