A few months back, I attended a press launch, where I got to listen to Dr Robb Akridge, one of the founders of the Clarisonic, chat about this cult skin cleansing system that’s taken the world by storm!
Well ladies, it’s finally available in SA (exclusive to Stuttafords and arriving mid Feb), and since you can soon get your hands on it, I wanted to tell you more about it and why I love my Clarisonic!
I was given a Clarisonic PLUS in a lucky dip and have been using it daily, ever since.
Let me start by saying that the Clarisonic it is not an exfoliator and it’s not some gimmicky gadget that you buy and hide in the top of your cupboard (like those good ol foot spas).
It’s a professional Sonic Skin Cleansing System that is a favourite of skincare professionals, celebs (like Brad & Angelina, Ashton Kutcher, Blake Lively, Bradley Cooper, Dita Von Teese, Demi Moore and a ton more) as well as beauty bloggers around the globe.
The first time I heard about Clarisonic was through my Youtube beauty guru’s, who would go on and on about how much they love theirs, and now, after using mine for over three months, I totally get the hype!
You’ve probably noticed quite a few skincare brands with something that may look similar. But before you spend your hard earned cash on a “cheaper alternative”, it’s important to note that the Clarisonic is not a spinning device that ‘cleans your skin’.
Clarisonic is the pioneer of professional-caliber sonic cleaning systems, and its innovative sonic technology is patented, which means that they are the only ones to offer technology, that produces over 300 movements per second. It works with the skin’s natural elasticity to remove deep-seated impurities from pores and helps the skin to better absorb your moisturizer/ serum/ SPF.
Clinical results have shown increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone.
You can use your Clarisonic with any cleanser on the market. It works well with gel, lotion, milk and cream cleansers and I even tried mine with a foaming cleanser too.
Locally, they will have three units for purchase in South Africa;
There’s the Clarisonic Plus, the Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Clarisonic Aria.
The Mia 2 offers two customizable speeds for gentle and effecting cleansing. It’s cute and compact, and if you travel a lot the Mia is a great Clarissonic to go for. It comes with a protective travel case for on the go as well as a Universal charger.
Recommended retail price for the Mia 2 is R2499
The Aria features three customizable speed settings, offering a high-performance cleansing feature. It comes in a high-gloss finish, with a USB charger, wall adapter and a drying stand.
Recommended retail price for the Aria is R2999
And the PLUS offers three different facial cleansing speeds, plus a three-minute body setting with two modes (constant and pulse). With the PLUS switching between face and body, is as simple as changing the brush head (both are included in the purchase). The PLUS comes with a Universal charging cradle.
Recommended retail price for the PLUS is R3499
I’ve got the PLUS and to be honest, the Mia would have been just as good. Although I have different speed options, I’ve been using mine with the standard setting only and I haven’t felt the need to increase the speed setting.
I do however like that I can use the PLUS on the body as well. I often use it to clean the hubby’s back. He’s got a bit of back and neck acne, and using the Clarisonic, as little as three times a week has improved his skin quite a lot. I almost feel as if I need to get him his own unit – LOL
Perhaps I should give him the PLUS and get myself a MIA, just because the MIA would be far easier to travel with.
Overall, the Clarisonic has become an important component in my skincare routine and I don’t think I could do without it!
I keep mine in the bathroom, off it’s charging cradle until it needs to be charged. The battery lasts surprisingly long, but if you wanted to keep it on permanent charge on the cradle, it wont overcharge.
To find out more in-depth information about Clarisonic and the different units, check out www.clarisonic.com