Skincare used to be a whole daunting arena of the beauty industry that I avoided out of fear. My dry, sensitive skin is so fickle. I washed daily with Cetaphil, scrubbed once or twice a week with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and glopped on a pricy Bliss face mask every month or so. Most days I removed my makeup before going to bed, but not always, because I am lazy. My skin neither looked nor felt particularly good or particularly bad — just kinda blah and dry, as usual.
In the past few months, I’ve gotten really into skincare for my criminally dry visage. I’ve added new skincare products to my arsenal, which I’ll save for Beauty Test Drives another day. My skin has really been perking up, to the point where The Frisky’s boss has been complimenting me! And for the past few days, I have been using a little handheld device called the Clarisonic Mia 2. No joke, it’s already making my skin look and feel amazing.
Price/Availability: $149, Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System
Packaging: The Mia 2 is a small, handheld device that honestly looks a little bit like a vibrator. Technically it is called a “micro massager.” It comes in a box with a charger, a tube of face wash, and a plastic cover to snap over the bristles. I’m the world’s least competent person when it comes to technology of any sort and I found it easy to use.
How To Use It: I wet my face, rub a dollop of the face wash over my skin, turn on the Clarisonic and hold the oscillating bristles over various places on my face. It comes with a chart that tells you how long to hold the device where — 20 seconds here, 10 seconds there, etc. You’re not supposed to press into into your skin; let it glide on the top. It feels a little weird, especially around the bones on my nose and chin, but isn’t painful. According to their web site, it is oscillating at 300 movements per second.
Results: No exaggeration, using the Mia 2 instantly makes my skin look and feel like a newborn baby’s. As in, it glows. I’m assuming the oscillating bristles buff off dead skin, oil and makeup and reveal a fresh layer of skin underneath. Ew, that sounds gross. But you know what I mean. Their website claims buffing your skin this way supposedly makes it easier for skin to absorb moisturizers and serums. You know, as opposed to pasting moisturizer on dead skin and building up more. My dry skin loves that. And so far, so good on the sensitivity front!
Overall: I freaking love this thing. As in, I am exciting coming home every evening so I can play with it. (Simple pleasures in life, y’all.) However, I am a broke-ass mofo and there’s no way in hell that I would have spent $149 on a beauty product like this if the publicist hadn’t sent The Frisky one for free. But I was so instantly impressed that I definitely, definitely would have laid out the dough if I had been able to test the Mia 2 first. (If you buy a Clarisonic Mia 2 from Sephora, it looks like Sephora throws in a 1.7 oz jar of its own moisturizer for free.) If you purchase this, also keep in mind that replacement brush heads are not cheap — $40 for two. You would also need to replace the face wash, but I’m just going to use the Salma Hayek Nuance face wash (sold at CVS) when the Clarisonic face wash runs out. It’s only $8!
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