January 21, 2014

8 Weeks with the Clarisonic Mia

I bought a Clarisonic Mia 2 in mid-November.  I've been using it for 8 weeks now.  Here's my 3-week-in review.

So many of you have asked for my opinion because, let's face it, this little piece of vibrating plastic is expensive…I did some research before I splurged and I'm glad that many of you trust my opinion!  Either that or you're using me as a guinea pig…but hey, I'm the one with slightly clearer skin*, so that's okay!

*A miracle cure, it is not.  I don't think such a thing exists.  I do like it though.


1. Much more durable than I gave it credit for. This thing has fallen on the floor an embarrassing number of times since November.  No obvious damage.

2.  My skin is much smoother.

3.  I do get the occasional noticeable pimple, but since my skin feels so much cleaner in general, they don't bug me as much.

4.  I don't moisturize at night anymore after I use it.  I had painfully dry skin when we lived in a northern climate.  Here, it's not as bad, but I do feel the need to moisturizer after I use a regular face wash at night (like Noxema) because it dries out my skin terribly.  The Mia facewash seems to dry it out in a good way, so I try to go to bed without lathering up and I've noticed that my skin in much smoother in the morning when I do it this way.

5.  I do, often, use it twice a day.  In the morning, I put on moisturizer afterward and then wait 1/2 an hour or so to put on make-up.

6.  Many of you mentioned you were sure if you'd use it regularly after you splurged on it.  I like the results enough to use it twice a day most days.  Do I always feel like it?  No.  But my skin feels ten times better after I do.  I've always been a really loyal face-washer in the first place (which is why I couldn't understand why my skin has always been so disobedient), including when we're on vacation, camping (that one time), etc.  It's something I have to do every night because I know I'll pay for it in the morning if I don't.  Spending $140+ on something used to wash my face encourages the habit.

7.  When my January spending freeze is over, I'm going to buy a new brush head.

8.  The only thing I don't like is how dependent I've become on it.  The idea of running out of cleansing gel scares me.

I found this picture from 2007.  Look how clear my skin was!  What has happened to me?

I thought your skin was supposed to get better as you get older?  Or something like that…

(My skin is not, by definition, bad.  It just never seems as nice as it could be.)

I think that environmental factors play a large role in whatever skin issues I perceive to have.  The germs floating around at school make me crazy, as does the wet air in Missouri.  My skin was painfully dry in Alaska, but it was clearer!

Anyway, I recommend the Mia2.  Go for it.


  1. Thanks for the review! So would you say you have any less of breakouts than before you splurged? Um, my skin seems to get worse as I get older too...it blows.

  2. I love love love my clarisonic. Sometimes I get lazy or stupid and go without it for a few days and then I'm always reminded never to do that again. If you wash your brush head and remove it from the device and clean where the head attaches and leave both to dry overnight on a towel, you do not need to replace the head every 3 months. A clarisonic rep actually told me that despite her position that as long as the brush head isn't noticeably gross and that you sanitize it frequently, you can use it as long as you like without any consequence to the performance of the product!

  3. I will agree that MO sucks with dry skin, etc.

    Did you get a snow day today? We did and I'm ok with it because I am fighting a horrible cough and felt bad this AM and wasn't really in the mood for Kindergartners, although I would have made it ;)

  4. I *never* had as dry of skin as I do now until I moved to Alaska. I don't know why, either - I live in a freaking rainforest for crying out loud. But still...every winter...flake city.

  5. I'm so glad you came back with a review!!! I'm going to invest in one.

  6. I'm glad that you like this product....especially since it's a small investment! :)

  7. Thanks for the review.

    My skin is horrific right now.

  8. Does the face wash have salic acid in it? (or whatever that stuff is called) In my current "condition" I'm not supposed to use any thing with that in it, and my skin is disgusting like one of my students..

  9. My skin has gotten worse with age. It was bad, went good, and the bad again. UGH.


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