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Clarisonic Mia 2:

Facial cleansing brushes have gotten pretty popular over these past few years, and it can be difficult to know which one to choose - from high end ones costing over $100 to drugstore versions... Typically, I am the drugstore queen - I will choose a drugstore product over high end any day but there are certain products I just have to splurge on... A cleansing brush is a perfect example. I purchased a Clarisonic Mia 2 about a year ago and although it is expensive, it's a great investment for clearer skin.

Taken from the Clarisonic website - and I wholeheartedly agree with this:

"While cleansing is the first step in any skin care ritual, it is often overlooked. Typical manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores. This build-up can damage the appearance and health of your skin and keep your skin care products from working like they should."

The reason I recommend a Clarisonic over the cheaper alternatives - Clarisonic uses "a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second" - you can manually remove your makeup, scrub with a cleanser until you're face looks and feels totally clean and a Clarisonic will STILL remove a ton of makeup. The first time I used mine, I was disgusted at how much makeup came off and realized just how much makeup, dirt, and oil I had been leaving behind every night when I thought for sure my skin was totally clean.

Here is a detailed view of the "sonic" technology used:

http://www.clarisonic.com/what_is_sonic_skin_care/what_is_sonic_cleansing/technology/

Overall, Clarisonic's are great for any skin type. But there are always exceptions - what works for you may not work for someone else, even if you both have the same skin type. There are SO many factors when it comes to the skin and the way it reacts to different things.

Of course, not everyone would want or need one of these. Some skin just does not need the extra work put in to keep it clean and healthy.. Hard to understand for those of us struggling with our skin on a daily basis, but that's just the way it is. Some people can sleep in a full face of makeup and have zero breakouts resulting from that... Others (myself included) break out from even touching their face once.

Side note: I have very sensitive, acneic skin.. It is extremely temperamental. It goes from being oily, to dry, to acneic, to normal - sometimes what seems randomly, other times because of stress, makeup, etc.....But basically, my skin is bipolar.... No seriously, my skin is just crazy. I've given up trying to understand it LOL

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My recommendations for each skin type:

*Using a Clarisonic will help products penetrate deeper into your skin (with any skin type) - this will help your products work better for you.

Dry skin - this could be beneficial to you because although these do not claim to exfoliate, they do. If you have dry skin, I'd recommend using this once a week for a deep cleanse and to slough off dead skin cells. Using a Clarisonic will help with the texture of your skin.  ** Be sure to use an oil-based moisturizer (only if you have a DRY skin type) after cleansing with this!!

Combination to Oily skin - You could use the Clarisonic a few times a week for a deep cleanse, or even once a day.. When you have a skin type that produces more oil, using a cleansing brush can help remove the oil that builds up and clogs your pores.

Normal skin - You could also use the Clarisonic a few times a week, either as a means of exfoliation or to remove any makeup residue left over. Typically normal skin types do not have many problems with breakouts, but cleansing brushes aren't only for keeping your skin clear - they also help keep your skin soft and clean out any clogged pores.

Acneic & Sensitive skin - Now these two skin types are the tricky ones...

Sensitive Skin: you'll want to be careful using this, as it can easily irritate your skin. I'd recommend using this once a week, see how your skin reacts. If your skin gets red/irritated, I would use this for shorter than the minute long timer or use a very light hand. Keep it down to only once a week, every other week, or maybe once or twice a month. If your skin handles it well, then continue using it once a week, or try using it twice a week. The key with sensitive skin is paying close attention to how it reacts to whatever you are using.

Acneic Skin: It may feel like you need to be rough with your skin to get it to behave, but being gentle will give you much better results. Cleansing brushes can spread bacteria around your face, so if you have current breakouts (pimples can open and bacteria can spread) - then hold off until your skin clears up a bit more. The more cystic type acne, any bumps under your skin won't spread bacteria around but always be careful when using a cleansing brush... If you have acneic skin, you know how temperamental it can be, so be very careful. Although Clarisonic's can make a huge difference in acneic skin, it can also make it worse if you do not use it properly.

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These are the facial cleansing brushes Clarisonic has:

Mia - $119, one button, one-speed.

Mia 2 - $149, two speeds. Pulsing t-timer, protective travel case

New Aria - $199, 3 speeds, drying stand and usb enabled charger

Plus - $225, three speeds. face and body mode.

You can also purchase different brush heads depending on what your skin needs: normal brush head, sensitive, delicate, deep pore, acne, and body.

There are tons of different fun colors and patterns, even a cute leopard print! :)

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I bought the Mia 2 ($149):

It comes in a large box with a bunch of information when you open the top cover.IMG_4000

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Inside there is a charger, a travel case, a booklet of information and the Mia 2.

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There is a protective cap on the brush, which I leave on whenever I'm not using it.
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The bottom button is an on/off switch, and the top changes between two speed settings. I always leave it on the lowest (which is still very fast) - there is a one minute pulsating timer. The directions are : "Use on forehead (20 seconds), nose/chin (20 seconds), and both cheeks (10 seconds each). Our T-Timer® will pulse when it's time to cleanse the next area of your face." Of course, you don't have to follow these if you don't want to.. Ignore the quick pulsate if you feel you need to concentrate on one area more than others.
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The Mia 2 comes with a sensitive brush head, and they recommend you replace the brush every 3 months.. I clean mine after every single use so mine has lasted, as long as you KEEP IT CLEAN - it can last for longer.. It can easily spread bacteria and make your skin worse if you do not clean the brush thoroughly.. But even with cleaning it regularly, you'll definitely want to replace it every 6-12 months without a doubt. (The brushes are $25, two for $40)
**Be sure to use a GENTLE cleanser with NO exfoliating beads!!! Although these do not claim to exfoliate your skin, they do.
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As I have said, these are definitely investments.. But if you have the extra money and are looking for a great, long lasting tool to keep your skin clean, soft and overall more healthy, Clarisonic's are a great option. I love mine and I'm so happy I got it.. It has made a huge difference in my skin! If anyone has questions, feel free to ask! <3
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