This incredibly trite headline is brought to you by… I kid, I kid. But I had to use it and share the adjoining photo, to underscore this here product review. Normally I’m shy about sharing photos of myself, and without makeup? Forget it.
But that’s me, at the Bullpen Bar in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The Sox just won, it’s last call at the bar and I’ve been sweating all day. My hair’s been pulled back in a sun visor, so it’s all askew, and my makeup is practically melted off. I might have the barest trace of eyeliner left on, but that’s all. But the miracle of the photo is my skin! It’s almost clear, and I definitely have that happy glow (and that “sa da tay” pose, apparently. It was a silly, fun kind of day). I could attribute it to the many Jack and Cokes I drank during the game (lo and behold, that’s our good friend Bill ordering some final drinks over my right shoulder). But the glow has come from prolonged and dedicated use of a specific skin care product that I was lucky enough to review. Bear with me, we’re about to get into pricey territory.
I suffer from regular breakouts. My skin issues are cyclical. Let me put it this way — for me the “First of the Month” doesn’t just refer to a fresh-to-death Bone Thugs n Harmony song. In that first week I get all of the typical PMS issues – craving unhealthy food, feeling crabby and tired, and yup yup, breaking out like crazy. A big part of the problem was my skin care routine. I was washing my face regularly, but I didn’t have an exfoliator I really could stand behind. I was using harsh scrubs that sloughed the skin off my face, but didn’t leave a feeling of lasting smoothness, or made a difference in my skin’s appearance and texture. Until I got the Clarisonic brush.
I was super excited to give it a whirl after reading the glowing (sorry, I had to) reviews on The Girlfriend Lounge. Andrea the Organic Beauty Expert calls it “the only facial brush you’ll ever need.” And she’s right! Three weeks of using the Clarisonic, and my face is flake-free, soft, and miracle of miracles, many of my acne scars are fading. Like seriously, my chin and the side of my face were definitely all marked up, and slowly but surely, those areas are improving.
So how do you use the Clarisonic? Read the instructions first. After you’ve let it charge up, you wet, then slather your face with the included Clarisonic cleanser. Turn the brush on, and it beeps. Gently use it in little circles on your face — the brush beeps to tell you when to move on to another area of your face, and the guide comes with a whole recommended pattern of use. But I’ve been kind of doing my own thing – using the brush where I need it most, including on my neck. The brush’s bristles are so gentle, it doesn’t feel like you’ve really scrubbed your face at all. But when you rinse the dirt from the brush, you’ll see that it’s been working. And when you rinse your face, the softness will amaze you.
My husband’s been using it too, and not only has it improved the texture of his skin, but it’s also helped to give him a closer shave. (check it out, there’s a Better Shave Study).
I think the Clarisonic brush rocks! If you’ve got problem skin and deep pockets, it’s definitely worth purchasing. But yeah, the price is the downside. The Clarisonic System Kit costs $195! Yikes. But satisfaction is guaranteed within 30 days of purchase. And if you don’t have a spare $200 lying around, consider the affordable alternative, the Dove Skinvitalizer.
Unilever recall aside, my sister Petal owns this brush and says that YES the brush’s cleansing pillows do loosen during use, but if you’re very careful with the use of the product, it does work well. That’s the word from my sister, who bought it before the recall and continues to use it. So take that for what it is, and you can’t say you haven’t been warned about the risk. Like my sister said, “what did they expect for twelve dollars?” I personally think you should expect a product that works for your money, but hey. That’s just me. If any of you have used the Skinvitalizer, please let me know your thoughts.
Clarisonic didn’t clear up my skin all on it’s own — there are some other topical skin solutions that have helped tremendously. So stay tuned for more skin care reviews!
Do you have a favorite exfoliator that’s helped to turn your skin around? Do tell!