Beauty Spotlight: Clarisonic

Clarisonic Mia

The Clarisonic is a sonic skin cleansing tool which promises to clean the skin 6 times more effectively than manual cleansing alone (by that I mean using your hands only, instead of a washcloth or sponge, for example).

Clarisonic have 5 different systems – the Mia, the Mia 2, the Aria, the Plus and the Pro. They also come with 5 different brush head options – normal, sensitive, delicate, acne and deep pore cleansing.

I’m not going to list the differences between all the systems and brush heads now – you can learn more here.

How does it work? It uses a sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6 times more make-up and 2 times more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. This results in the skin feeling and looking smoother, and it reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes. It also claims to minimize the appearance of visible pores.

Clarisonic Mia

Something I never gave any real thought to, until I started researching the Clarisonic, was that without proper cleansing, pollutants, oil and bacteria accumulate on the skin, closing pores and causing blackheads (well, that I knew, to be fair). But also, this build-up prevents serums and moisturisers from performing to their full potential. SAY WHAT NOW? So all the expensive lotions and potions I’ve been putting on my skin haven’t been able to penetrate because of all the dirt that’s built up on my skin? Eeeeew.

I first heard about the Clarisonic while I was living in London, and I became almost obsessed by it. I read every trial, article, and customer review I could find, and I have yet to find one negative comment – everyone who used it sang it’s praises. I wanted one. Bad. However, at that time it was prohibitively expensive, so I had to shelve it for a while. Eventually the time came when I could afford one, and I decided on the Mia, together with the sensitive and delicate brush heads. I have very sensitive skin, so I thought the most basic version would be best – I don’t need 4 different speeds or any of the other bells and whistles.

Clarisonic Mia

Well, it finally arrived in November last year: I AM DELIGHTED. I would strongly encourage every woman to own one of these. It has obliterated my dry patches and has helped clear the congestion around my forehead, nose and cheeks. The congestion around my chin hasn’t cleared completely – rosacea isn’t so easily defeated – but there is a definite improvement. My skin feels softer, smoother and cleaner. I only use it sporadically (I cannot say that word without thinking of Clueless. Ooh, Snickers.), because I don’t want to run the risk of aggravating my skin. Three times a week seems to be a right balance for me.

What does give me the sads is that we can’t buy Clarisonic in South Africa (obviously). I got a friend who lives in the UK to order one and bring it back for me. If you have friends in the UK or US, and they owe you a favour, now is the time to cash in. You won’t be sorry.

If you want to learn more about Clarisonic, visit their website here.

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12 comments on Beauty Spotlight: Clarisonic

  • Cat

    This looks cool and I was completely sold until I saw the price! Wowser! Do you really think it’s worth it? I have rosacea too, doesn’t it aggravate it? Loving the blog, it has made my Friday rather pleasant! xxx

    • Camilla (author)

      So glad you like it, thank you! No, the Clarisonic hasn’t aggravated my rosacea at all – but I use the sensitive brush head and I only use it every couple of days. I’ve found that that is what works best for me. In addition, any blemishes I do get aren’t nearly as severe and they heal much faster – bonus! You will never regret buying this, I promise you.

      • Sal

        between the sensitive and delicate brush heads, which do you prefer.
        i’d like to purchase the mia 2 or aria, still undecided.

        • Camilla (author)

          Hi Sal. I’ve used both the delicate and the sensitive brush heads and I far prefer the sensitive one. The delicate brush head is extremely soft, so I never felt like it was doing anything – it felt like a kitten stroking my face. But that being said, if your skin reacts strongly to any kind of exfoliation, then perhaps the delicate brush head would be a better starting point. Keep us posted on how you get on.

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  • Fatima

    Hey. I’ve ordered a Clarisonic and It’s actually on its way to my local post office.
    Tell me, where do I buy an adapter and converter?
    Have you had any problems with the charging? Which converter did you buy and roughly how much did it cost?

    • Camilla (author)

      Hi Fatima. You can buy UK/US adapter plugs from most travel stores (Frasers etc). I’m afraid I can’t remember off-hand how much they cost, but they aren’t expensive. Julia and I bought ours from the UK and we have never had any problems charging them. Charging a US Clarisonic might be different though as SA and USA operate on different voltages.

      • Fatima

        Just used mine for the first time today. I found an adapter and OMGosh! I could already see a difference in my skin. I can’t wait to see how continuous use will improve my skin 😀

  • Mark

    Where can I buy this product in South Africa/Cape Town??

    • Jules

      Unfortunately the Clarisonic is not available to purchase in SA.

    • Fatima

      You could buy it online at and they offfer international shipping

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