Do I need a Clarisonic?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
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:
- Who wear a full face of make up every day.
- 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.