By Kumiko Matter
I’ll be totally honest: I have problem skin and have been put on all of the strongest medications that the dermatologists can give out. I can normally keep my bad skin under control, but after a few months of living abroad, the stress from learning a new language and living a totally different lifestyle started showing on my skin. Skin products in Germany aren’t as strongly medicated as they are in America, so they didn’t work on my skin as I had hoped. I became apprehensive about going out and making new friends because of how my skin looked.
This is where I wish I had a Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System with me. I’ve been trying out the Clarisonic Mia for about four months now and I’m fairly content with the results. It is an electronic cleansing system that uses a high frequency vibration to exfoliate and cleanse away impurities more thoroughly than using a washcloth or other exfoliating product. I normally use it once a day when I wake up, but lately I’ve been using it in the evening as well. The first time I used the Mia, I couldn’t help but feel my skin afterwards because it felt incredibly soft! It exfoliates better than most exfoliating products that I’ve tried, but didn’t irritate my skin. I also noticed that it does a good job at deep cleaning and minimizing the pores, which helped reduce the overall oil production.
Before I started using the Mia, I asked some of my other Clarisonic-using friends about their opinions on the product. The majority of them noticed an improvement, although there were a few that noticed that their skin got worse. For myself, I prefer Clarisonic’s skin cleansing because it is more efficient at cleansing away the dirt and oil buildup in my pores than other skin cleansing options, thus preventing future breakouts. The results you get really depend on your skin type. There isn’t a trial system for the Mia, but if you are interested in buying one and aren’t sure if it will work for you then visit your local beauty store, like Sephora or Nordstrom’s beauty department, to discuss with their Clarisonic specialists about which skin cleansing system and face wash would be best for you.
Over Thanksgiving break, I took the Mia along with me on a trip to Vancouver, Canada. It didn’t take up much space and packs well in an average-sized makeup bag. I was able to go the whole weekend without having to charge it, though the charger would work in Canada since they have the same electrical outlet as we do in America. However, if you plan on traveling worldwide, consider using Clarisonic’s latest skin cleansing system, the Aria. It comes with a USB-enabled charger, as well as a wall adapter, allowing you to charge it from your computer while writing to your friends about your awesome vacation in Fiji or South Africa! The Aria comes with some extra perks compared to the Mia, like a drying stand, changeable speeds, an adjustable timer, and a battery charge indicator.
• Waterproof handle – able to use the Mia in the shower.
• The exfoliation made my face feel incredibly soft.
• The long-lasting battery allows me to use the Mia for multiple days without having to charge it constantly.
• Easy to clean.
• Small enough to pack in tight spaces.
• Many options for brush heads, depending on skin type.
• Charger disconnects easily
• Clarisonic recommends that makeup should be removed prior to using the Mia. Having to use makeup remover and the Mia tends to dry out my skin.
• All of the Clarisonic products are expensive. Having to constantly buy new Clarisonic brush heads every three months and face wash is a bit out of my budget.
• Mia requires a converter for international travel.
You can buy the Mia Skin Cleansing System for $199 on Clarisonic’s website or on Sephora, and also the Mia2 at $149 and the Aria at $199.