I have a love-hate relationship with my skin. More hate than anything… For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with blackheads, huge pores, and little bumps under the skin. I get the odd whitehead and hormonal pimples, but it seems no matter what I do, nothing gets rid of the blackheads and bumps. As you can imagine this has frustrated me for years. I have typically oily skin, no dryness or sensitivity.
Sure, it may look pretty good with makeup on, but it is never flawless. Look at me in a particular light and you see that my pores resemble swimming pools, there’s a constant oil spillage on my t-zone and little bumps everrrrrywhere. I stare lustfully, possibly very creepily, at people with perfectly smooth skin and wonder why I have been cursed with this awful (mostly superficial) affliction haha. I want a highlight that shines from out of space, but unfortunately the more highlight I wear, the more you can see those little lumpy spawns of satan. I want make up to last all day, but no, it is forever melting off my face and requiring touch ups that barely do anything. The more I’ve dove into the world of makeup and cosmetics, the better understanding I have about skincare making all the difference in the way makeup works and looks. However so far I haven’t found anything that helps. My bathroom cabinet is overflowing with toners and tonics, serums, spot treatments, scrubs and chemical exfoliators, you name it! Sometimes I notice a difference and some results, but nothing that lasts or gives me that skin that I’d trade my first-born for.
Maybe it’s not the products to blame but the tools. Maybe my grubby little mitts aren’t the best tools to use to cleanse and apply products. I’ve heard so much about the Clarisonic, but never really thought much about it. I’d pick up the box and briefly read what they had to say, put the box back down thinking that maybe it is just an expensive gimmick. But surely all these beauty gurus/bloggers/ladies with angelic skin can’t be wrong, right?
I was lucky enough to attend a Clarisonic event this past week and was able to learn the ins and outs of skin types, how to best look after it and what the Clarisonic can do for me. Hallelujah!
The Clarisonic is a one of a kind skincare tool, that is often imitated but never replicated. Their claim to glory is the way the brush moves. It uses ocillation sonic technology, that uses a cradle rock instead of spinning. This allows a gentle, yet powerful clean of the skin and pores. With over 300 movements per second (!!) all gunk, dirt and oil are loosened and removed from the skin, preventing irritation and the cause of blemishes. This act of deep cleansing also primes the skin for better absorption of skincare products. It is reported that with use of the Clarisonic, skincare is absorbed up to 61% greater than the normal rate. So, your expensive miracle serum will perform even better than normal? What is this sorcery?!
So how does it measure up? First of all, you need to charge this bad boy for 24 hours straight to get the most out of your battery. This was torture. All I wanted to do was rub this all over my face ASAP but I couldn’t. Instead as I impatiently waited, I actually dreamt about glowy angelic skin. Excited much? Haha. When the magical moment arrived, I nearly wet myself with excitement! Lucky for me I was already in the shower – haha. I thought I would try something experimental for the first time to cure my scepticism. I would remove my makeup and wash my skin like normal, then try out this little baby to see if my regular routine removed my heavy duty makeup. I used the normal brush which wasn’t too harsh but dense enough for me to feel like it was doing something. This clever little pink machine also beeps to tell me when it’s time to wash a different part of my face. I used my regular Skinstitut cleanser and it lathered up like a charm. And would you believe that after I washed my face and looked at the brush, it was slightly tinted with foundation – even after a cleansing oil and quick wash! No wonder I get blackheads, I was cleansing my face without actually removing all the product. Yuck. The brush is soft and gentle but provides such a superior clean. I would recommend a cashmere brush or delicate brush for those with sensitive or dry skin. You can use the Clarisonic with basically any type of cleanser, except for thick oily balms. I also wouldn’t recommend using scrubs or exfoliators, as I think it would be just a bit too abrasive. I have used the device a handful of times now and I am really happy with the state of my skin so far.
My skin feels so much cleaner, softer and somehow glowy, but it will be a matter of time to see if my lumps and bumps are reduced. I was told that I should see the best results around the 8 week mark. I’m skeptical but really hopeful. I’ll keep you updated with my progress via the blog and IG. Stay tuned, petals.
Do you have a Clarisonic? What were your experiences? I dare you to share your skin story.
DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice