I have mixed feelings about beauty gadgets, especially when it comes to my skin. I have always had kind of bad skin. I, by no means, have a full face of acne, but I have always struggled with break outs on my face and on my back. After years of teenage acne and now acute adult acne, I’ve figured out a few things that help a little, but I’m still looking for that one thing that does the trick.
I never thought I had sensitive skin, but I do. Every product that goes onto my face has to be non-comedogenic and (relatively) fragrance-free, all my clothing and sheets have to be washed in free & clear detergent and I try to wash my hands as much as possible. If I don’t do these things, you can literally see it on my face… zit city.
Basically I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s really not that easy to cleanse your skin thoroughly, especially if you have skin like mine. I’m, like, 95% sure that I don’t shed properly or something. So this is where the Clarisonic would come in.
After reading many blogs and reviews (Cat Marnell’s for one), it seems like a lot of women really really love this little gadget. Rave reviews everywhere I look and I can help but get excited when I read what the product claims to do:
- Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing
- Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
- Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best
- Gentle enough to use twice a day
- Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
- Minimizes the appearance of visible pores
Sounds awesome right?? Yeah, maybe too awesome. Scary awesome.
Clarisonics range in price from $119-$225, and that is a big chunk of change for someone like me. A friend of mine ordered one and was over-the-moon excited post ordering it online. But when she got it, she returned it pretty quickly, claiming the bristles scratched up her sensitive skin!! Scary! I had set aside some money to finally buy one because I had heard so many good things, then I chickened out because of my friend’s story. I ended up spending the money on clothes — go figure.
To be fair, I saved the money, but I was still on the fence about actually buying it. There is something weird to me about using electronics to clean your skin; And Like I said, that’s a lot of money for something I’m terrified wont work or will make things worse (like mostly everything else I’ve tried).
I have tried so many products to clear my skin (Proactive doesn’t work, people) and I finally feel like I’ve found the products that work best for me. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for my face wash and Dr.Bronners Castile Soap in Tea Tree for my body. Sure, I smell like tea tree something fierce post-shower, but it’s worth it because it really does work. Oh and I’ve been drinking a lot more water… which was really hard for me to do for some reason, but, it has really helped a lot.
This me without makeup… coolest thing you’ve seen all day right?
I look super cray-cray.
I feel like my skin is healing itself, and even though I still get break outs, I’m no longer scared that any little thing will cause it go nuts. That being said, I have once again started saving money for a Clarisonic. My skin certainly looks better, but it is nowhere near it’s best and I truly believe this might be the product that, with a little care, will give me the skin I always dreamed of.
Have any of you ever tried Clarisonic? Opinions? Reviews?