VIDEO: Watch this video from MahoganyCurls to demonstrate how the Clarisonic gently exfoliates.
It’s quite important to remove dead skin from the top layer of skin, but it’s also important to choose the right tools to protect your skin from aggressive abrasion. Dermabrasion brushes like the Clarisonic offer gentle scrubbing, but the expense might not be for everyone.
Sweat it off
Something I’ve noticed about people who take their fitness seriously, combined with a healthy skin care regimen, is that they tend to have bright smooth skin that looks pure from the inside out. That’s because nothing beats topical exfoliation like regular sweat. Sweating helps to remove cellular debris, which means that you’re cleansing at a level deeper than any topical tool can. When you begin to increase your sweat output, you may find that your skin reacts by breaking out. This is completely normal and occurs as part of the body’s detoxification process. Just make sure that you remember to regularly cleanse your skin to avoid or minimize breakouts. Drugstore acne products and higher-end products can help with this.
What Not to Use
No matter how you choose to regularly exfoliate, it’s always best to stay away from abrasive products, especially those containing harsh grains, i.e. apricots. Products that use really gritty materials can sometimes cause microscopic tears in the skin, that only become visible over time. Instead, choose products with round beads, like Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub (85/100), to gently encourage dead skin off the surface. Here’s more information on gentle exfoliants.
Exfoliating with The Clarisonic
Est. Price : $125 (Starting)
Viewpoints Score: 92/100
The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System has made waves across the internet as one of the best tools for facial exfoliation. As a daily skin brush, it features one speed, and claims to be suitable for every skin type. The benefit of using the Clarisonic is that it creates a clean base which allows for the topical products that follow to absorb better into the skin.
The brush does not spin, but rather it oscillates. This feature allows the Clarisonic to gently clear your skin of impurities without the abrasion associated with spinning brushes.
Let’s find out why so many people are raving about this gentle tool.
“When I don’t use it, my face does not get clean. At least the clean that I am used to now! …Bottom line, my skin has a glow that it’s never had, and it’s never looked better. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s worth every penny if you care about your skin. Once you use it, you will be hooked, too.” —mitzi458, Reviewer since 2011
Improved Skin Texture:
“I was very skeptical as to claims that this rotating brush could improve skin texture and reduce pore size. I’m a 60 year old woman and had tried so many things to reduce the size of the pores on my nose and cheeks. But after a month of using this brush, I have noticed a visible reduction in the size of the pores on my nose and face, as well as a diminishing of fine lines around my mouth. It is pricey, especially for someone who’s retired and on a fixed income, but it’s well worth it.” —delincolon, Reviewer since 2011
The system also comes with its own skin cleansing products, however many who rave about the brush recommend using your own products:
“Use with a creamy skin cleanser, not soap, so that it’s not drying to the skin. I use it with either Pond’s skin cleanser or cold cream, or with Body Shop’s Vitamin E creamy skin cleanser.” —delincolon, Reviewer since 2011
You will have to continue to replace the brush heads every 3 months, which can rack up the cost. However, since the goal with any sort of dermabrasion is to remove dead skin cells while minimizing damage to healthy skin cells, this high quality brush can help acheive that.