|Clarisonic Mia Fit |
Product provided c/o Clarisonic
Whether you are a skincare junkie or someone who barely goes beyond a simple face wash and moisturizer, chances are you would have heard about Clarisonic. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with it, Clarisonic makes handheld cleansing devices that utilize oscillating brush heads to deliver a superior skin cleansing experience. The devices are generally quite popular, but I have always hesitated on trying one out myself because of a multitude of reasons - unsure if I would use this regularly, would it work on my acne-prone skin, would it irritate my sometimes-sensitive skin. The list was sufficiently long that when I got a mail asking if I would like to try out the newer, compact Clarisonic Mia Fit, I hesitated to say a Yes. I did finally agree to trying it out, though, and I couldn't be happier! I know there are a lot of reviews on Clarisonics - both good and bad - but if like me, you have been on the fence about buying a Clarisonic (or are just curious about one), then do read on to know about my experience with using this device.
|The Clarisonic Mia Fit has a very compact, travel-friendly design. It fits snugly in my palm, and I love how easy it is to carry and store. Clarisonic makes it's own range of skincare cleansers, but I have been using this with my regular cleansers - Philosophy Purity Made Simple face cleanser as well as the PurErb Cleansing bar. The cleanser can be applied on to the brush head directly, but I prefer to massage the cleanser over my face and then use the Clarisonic brush to clean. |
Do not use cleansers with microbeads with this device as bits can stuck in between the bristles and in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the device.
The Clarisonic devices use oscillating brushes to clean the skin - the brush heads do not rotate/spin. Rather, the brush fibers move in a side-to-side motion, 10 degrees to each side and about 300 times per minute, and this helps lift up impurities and cleans skin better than with a cleanser-and-hands routine. One of the reasons I had stayed away from Clarisonics was that I had assumed this was an exfoliating device, but I think the effect with using this brush is similar to using a cleanser with a wash cloth.
|Clarisonic Pore Cleansing Brush - with the device turned on, only the inner circle of blue and white bristles oscillate.|
As for my experience with using the Clarisonic - it definitely lives up to the claim of delivering a better cleansing experience. Both the Philosophy cleanser as well as the PurErb cleansing bar which I have been using with this device are reasonably good cleansers on their own but cannot take off makeup and other stubborn residue from my skin. I have to double cleanse, use a makeup remover first and then use the cleanser. With the Clarisonic, though, it's a one-step process. Apply cleanser, use Clarisonic, and my skin is absolutely clean without the need for a double cleanse routine. So yes, it does work, and it is far superior to using just cleanser and hands. I do need to take off eye makeup with a makeup remover, of course, but that's about it. It saves time, and at the end of a long, tiring day, it helps that there are no extra steps with using this device.
I have oily-combination skin that gets irritated with exposure to sun and/or harsh scrubs/peels. I was afraid that the Clarisonic might be a bit too harsh on my skin, but I have used it twice a day with no issues. While I know skin types differ, I think it helps to exert only gentle pressure while moving the brush on the skin and to select a brush that suits your skin type best. I did check some of the other brushes at my local Sephora, and the Luxe and the Acne brush seem the softest and might be a better choice if you have very sensitive skin.
The one thing I have read (and worried about) in a lot of Clarisonic reviews is the purge - skin breakouts and pimples starting after using the Clarisonic. Thankfully, I did not have even one breakout or pimple with using the Clarisonic. I think it helps to change/add one thing at a time with any skincare routine. When starting with a Clarisonic, it's best to stick to products, especially face washes, that your skin is already used to. Also, avoid trying out the device when your skin is already sensitive and/or prone to acne breakouts (for instance, after a harsh sun exposure or if you have acne breakouts due to hormonal issues).
The Clarisonic Mia Fit has been a welcome addition to my skincare routine. The device does a good job of cleansing my skin, helping it absorb skincare products better and makeup to go on smoother. It is convenient to use (and to keep clean), and the compact design is a huge plus for me (small-shared space). It's also great to travel with and/or carry around in the bag. Going by my experience, I would definitely recommend adding the Clarisonic Mia Fit to your skincare routine. A lot of stores (as well as Clarisonic) have great return policies, so it's easy to try it out for yourself.
The Clarisonic Mia Fit was provided free c/o Clarisonic for me to try out.