Review: The Clarisonic Mia2
Disclosure: I am NOT affiliated with Clarisonic, nor was I paid for this review. This article is my honest review of the product having used it for two years as part of my skin care regime.
Our skin is always on the forefront of our minds, after all it shows our ageing and health sooner. Especially for us mums. All that hormonal change does take its toll on the body and as a result will show up on the skins and surface. After the third consecutive pregnancy, my skin was needing some desperate help. Lack of sleep and unplanned meals was starting to show through my skin. With random spots here and there purely from eating fast foods my skin was looking quite distressed.
The general condition of my skin looked dry and worn out just as I was. And drinking plenty of water was not helping at all. That’s the first thing we beauticians recommend right? The spots left blemishes and the hormones left pigmentation. Not to mention the rough skin and large pores.
The spots lasted for days and then left behind a reminder for just as long. Just like the type I would get in my teens. So I went out and bought facial cleansers. Probably everything in the Boots store. I used each one for a couple days to a week and no improvement. I just did not have the patience to wait months for the results. I wanted instant results. I wanted my skin to feel clean immediately.
Next I tried facials at beauty salons, but I wasn’t happy. All I could feel was the sliminess from all the moisturisers they would lather on my face with. The facial massages were a good gimmick, but I always came away thinking maybe the next time my skin will feel and look better. The consultant would tell me that I have to give it time to work. After all, they do like to sell you a number of facials as a package deal. They were also expensive and a bit of a mission to get to with two little ones.
I found that my foundation was not sitting right. I couldn’t blend it into my skin well probably due to the uneven skin. The problem was I did not want to use makeup as a cover up. It’s a bad idea anyway as it only exaggerates the issue. So I jumped on-line and started searching for other means. I came across the Clarisonic facial cleansers and the Mia2 seemed to be very popular amongst YouTubers. It came highly recommended by bloggers.
After watching a lot of reviews and researching the product myself, I took the plunge. It was a bit expensive but I told myself it would be cheaper in the long run. It would even cut out the need for those expensive facials courses. Assuming it did what I wanted of course.
I dived in as soon as I received the Mia2. I don’t think I waited the recommended 24 hours to charge. I gave my skin a good scrub as soon as I had the chance! I ignored the beeps. And boy did I pay the price. My skin was very sore the next day. So I had to stay away from the Mia2 for a couple of days. But I did feel like it had done something to my skin. Of course the sensible thing would be to follow the instructions before I wrote it off. So after letting my skin heal, I tried again. This time I followed the correct procedure, and it paid off.
I gently moved the Clarisonic around my face every time it beeped. After a couple of uses my skin was much smoother and the pores were visibly smaller. I was happy, I was getting somewhere. I just had to be patient with the blemishes and pigmentation.
I have had the Mia2 for nearly two years now. Although I do take a break from it every now and then. As I find my skin is now dryer than it used to be most probably due to age. But the Mia2 is my holy grail. I always go back to it and it gives me results. I don’t usually get spots anyway but I no longer get that one huge spot that takes over my face. The blemishes are gone and the pigmentation is reduced. Over all I am happy with my skin thanks to the Clarisonic Mia2.
Now, I use the Mia2 every two to three days as I don’t have a problem with my skin. This is most likely due to the regular use of Mia2. If I feel the need I will step it up to cleansing once a day. I am still amazed at how my skin feels after every use. As smooth as a babies bottom! Apart from a deep clean, it also bring out the environmental pollution that sets in the pores which otherwise we miss. I don’t think there is a facial out there that can claim that.
The Mia2 itself has some great features. The timer for a start helps you to exfoliate each part of your face equally. Of course this stops you from over exfoliating your skin. The brush is very soft which you can change according to your requirements. They offer a range of brushes for different skin types;
- Deep pore
Even if you don’t feel it has done much, trust me you will see the results within a couple of days. Starting with touchably smoother, softer skin.
- Has two speed settings – “one-minute T-timer to tell you to move to a different part of the face.
- Uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second so it doesn’t actually “scrub” your face. The bristles vibrate on the surface of your skin to remove excess oils, dead cells and dirt. This means less aggravation to your skin as opposed to normal scrubbing through cleansing and exfoliating.
- Protective case so you can take it with you when you travel.
- Rechargeable using magnetic charger. So no danger of electrocution.
- Waterproof so you can even take it into the shower. (They do offer the Clarisonic PLUS which can be used on the body as well as the face).
The charger is a plus for me as I can leave it anywhere and not worry about the kids putting it in their mouth!
So the Pros:
- The system removes makeup, dirt and sebum (body’s natural oil) than manual cleansing.
- Easy to use system.
- Leaves skin feeling softer, smoother and looking healthier.
- Tightens the appearance of visible pores.
- Improves the skins tone and texture.
- Gentle enough to be used up to twice a day.
- Helps control acne prone skin alongside specific cleansers/medication.
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- The only con I can think of is the cost.
But if you think about it, it is a lifetime investment. You wont have to spend more money on getting other facials and high end cleansers. If you look after the Mia2 then it will last you a long time. I’ve had mine for two years and it is still going strong. So if you’re looking for that deep clean then Mia2 is a must have.
Make sure you do start off gently as per the instructions. Follow the beeps so you clean every part of your face equally. Remember, everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products so you may need to change your cleansers or moisturisers to suit the regime and your skin. That aside, the Mia2 does exactly what it is supposed to – it cleanses your skin without aggravating it. It doesn’t just give you a clean feel but actually gives your skin a deep clean.
Work out your own routine with products according to your skin type. You can use it anywhere from twice a week to once a month. You will know if you’re over doing it as your skin will feel taught, so cut back and reduce the usage. After all it is really an exfoliator. It may not totally clear your skin as hormonal acne is a little more difficult to cure but it should help bring it under control. Be careful as excessive use will dry out your skin.
Clarisonic for the Gentleman
Now, we all need to take care of our skin. Yes, men too! With the polluted environment our skin does retain dirt and grime we tend not to realise. The clogginess, thick-skin feeling and the continuous frustration of a heavy feel to the skin. Well the Clarisonics will do its wonders on men too.
They do come with a range of cleansers, serums and brushes. They come in a range of Clarisonics that target specific problems and are suitable for all skin types.
- The Clarisonic PLUS – three speeds and body mode. Ideal for face and body.
- The Clarisonic Aria – three speeds offering customisable cleanse.
- Mia2 – two speeds for on the go cleansing, compact and travel friendly.
- Mia – one speed for basic facial cleansing.
The best part is that they work alongside your own skin cleansers and exfoliating creams!
Simple. I would highly recommend the Mia2 as it will save you a lot of money in facials and cleansers. This product will give you much better results. I would even go as far as saying it will give you results faster. After all, that’s what we want in modern day living.