Apr 12, 2011

All about the Clarisonic Mia

I can't rave enough about this skincare device.. it really is a gem. I can't quite remember how I came across the Mia, but it was around May last year that the boyfriend got it for me as an early birthday present. I'd been complaining about my oily-yet-rough skin, uneven skintone, and more-than-usual breakouts. According to the website,

"Sonic skin cleansing improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size and helps skin care products work their best. The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively."
I wear makeup daily (unless I'm home all day), so after reading that last bit, I was hooked. We ordered it online from TheShoppingChannel.com, but unfortunately they aren't selling the Mia anymore. They're selling the regular version though, which comes with two speeds instead of the Mia's one.

 The boxes within boxes.. there was actually another box housing that big one just for delivery.

Immediately after my first use, it made my skin feel smooth to the touch. I'd never had it feel that way before, so I knew the Mia was going to be a great investment. We paid $149 plus tax, plus $6.95 for shipping and handling (in four installments, yay!).

 The small box contains two cleansers (Refreshing and Nourishing Gel Cleaners) and a replacement brush in 'Normal'.

A few weeks later, I'm getting less breakouts, my skin is less oily (woot!), and I'm using less foundation/concealer. I did go through a slight purging of my skin during the first couple of weeks; I had this one huge pimple on my chin for about a week. Some users experience purging during the beginning of a skincare routine change, but then, some people don't.

A few months later, people started noticing my clear skin--one of my boyfriend's cousins (a guy, might I add!) asked me what I use. I told him I didn't always have great skin and he said he remembers the time I didn't... hah! We're all about honestly and candidness here, right?

Anyway, as I nurse my crushed ego (kidding!), I told him my one skincare secret, the Clarisonic. Immediately he was turned off by the price. But, I guarantee you that it's worth it. It's worth every single penny.

I've had one customer at work tell me I look like I'm 'glowing' like J. Lo. Really? And a sales associate from The Body Shop thought my skin was genetic... oh how I wish it were.. my mom has great skin!

The real deal: the Mia with the Gentle Hydro Cleanser, a short User Guide, and the charger.

The Clarisonic helps your skincare products sink in a lot better and faster. It takes off all your makeup at the end of the day. It controls your skin's oil production. It buffs away rough, dead skin through daily microdermabrasion.

It's gentle enough to use twice a day--morning and evening.

There are three brush types: delicate, sensitive, and normal. 'Delicate' is for those who have really... yes, delicate skin, and those who suffer from rosacea. 'Sensitive', the most popular brush type, is for all skin types. This is the reason why it's the brush that comes attached with the device when you buy it. And I'd recommend 'Normal' for guys to use to prep their skin prior to shaving.

For my cleanser I use Biotherm's Biopur Pore Reducer Gentle Purifying Gel. I use a gel formula because I currently have combination skin. For dry skin, a cream cleanser is recommended; and for oily skin, a gel or liquid cleanser would work best. Click here to read my skincare routine post!

Here's a video I filmed for the iheartblush channel on Youtube, it includes a how-to demo:

Let me know if there was something you'd like to know that I forgot to mention!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands listed.


  1. I just bought it! It's on the Shopping Channel's Showstopper right now, lol. I bought the Classic one though. Regular $237.00 and it's going for $168.98 - Easy pay of 6 x $28.33!

    Comes with
    • Clarisonic Brush and Charger
    • Sensitive Brush Head
    • 3 x Travel size Cleansers (Nourishing Care Cleanser 30ml, Gentle Hydro Cleanser 30ml, Refreshing Gel Cleanser 30ml)
    • Bonuses: Full Size 177 ml Gentle Hydro Cleanser, 1 x Normal Skin Brush Head, 1 x Delicate Skin Brush Head

    I totally scored! ha ha ha. I'm so excited to get it! I've got combination/oily skin and its a damn pain. Hope this one works! :)

  2. Thanks for the tip iamkatrinajoan! My sister actually just got it from there now, and I tweeted about it!

    I'm so excited for you!! Ahhhhh!!

    If you have any questions, just let me know and I'll try to answer them for you :)

    You should get it within a few days, The Shopping Channel shipping is really speedy!

  3. I purchased the Clarasonic Mia about 2 months ago and it completely destroyed my face. I returned it after a month... and still after 4 weeks, my face hasn't gotten back to normal.

    Worst purchase ever.

  4. Hey K,

    Sorry to hear that your experience with the Clarisonic wasn't good.. If you don't mind me asking, which brush did you use and what cleanser?


  5. Hi Alexis! I was always contemplating buying a Clarisonic and have read many reviews about it, but after reading yours I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

    I've been using it for a week so far, morning and night, and while my skin feels much softer, I haven't seen much change in my size of my pores and I still have some blackheads around my nose.

    If you don't mind me asking, how long did it take you before you started seeing results on your skin? Did you see immediate results within the first week?

    Thank you so much for your review and for reading! It has helped alot!


  6. Hi Ada!

    I actually felt results immediately, in terms of the smoothness of my skin due to the light microdermabrasion.

    But it took about a month to see real results, as in less breakouts and my skin produced less sebum.

    In a few months after that, people started complimenting me on my skin, and that's when I realized my true love for my Clarisonic.

    Wait it out, and as long as it's not irritating your skin, you'll see amazing results soon enough. :)

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