Post # 1
So, my mother bought me a Mia 2 and now I need some suggestions about what cleanser to use. I didn’t ask for one, it’s not my birthday, and I never had an interest in investing in one… so I’m completely unprepared (typically I research the hell out of new products before I buy them). I won’t see her for another few weeks I think, so I have some time to look into this.
My current skin routine consists of C&C Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub, Neutrogena Deep Clean Shine Control Cleanser/Mask, and alcohol-free toner (obviously not all together, I use one or a combo of these depending on the weather and my skin). I have fairly even skin, oily in the T-zone, with no particular breakout concerns other than occasional blemishes.
I’d like some real-life suggestions, preferably drugstore-level, that are mild enough to use with the brush. I plan to use the Mia only once a day, probably at night. Any and all reccommendations are hugely appreciated!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I use the Deep Cleansing Seaweed cleanser at Body Shop (plus the toner and a moisturizer, Clinique moisture surge, which I HATE paying for, but alas… my skin is oily and dehydrated and I only have so many options). I only buy the Body Shop stuff when they have a Buy3 Get 2 (or bettter yet, but rarely 3) sale, which brings it down to drugstore prices).
I highly recommend you use it only at night, that you clean and dry the brushhead after, and that you do not cleanse in the morning. Just use some moisturizer and be on your way.
Post # 4
I used to use DDF brand before my Clarisonic. Since the Clarisonic is so AWESOME, I was able to switch to cheaper stuff. I now use Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner, and Simple brand Light Hydrating Moisturizer. I dont really care for the moisturizer but I cannot justify purchasing something else right now. I never have breakouts anymore! Love the Clarisonic (I’m thinking about purchasing the Mia 2 for my bridesmaids as one of their gifts!)
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I use Philosophy’s Purity. I don’t love it or hate it.
I’m not all that impressed with my Clarisonic, to be honest. 🙁
Post # 6
I also use Philosophy’s Purity but I do really love it. A bottle is around $30 but it lasts me for almost a year with washing my face twice a day.
Post # 7
I use Obagi or Bioelements.
Post # 8
Anyone else have suggestions? I don’t like to “play” with my skincare much, so I’m hesitant as it is to try this little device. I’m guessing it will be more useful in the wintertime for me, as that’s typically when my skin needs the most attention.
Post # 9
I finally took the time to do a little research, and it sounds like any kind of creamy or not-too-foamy cleanser will work. I’m a little worried about keeping the brush clean, but have read a few tips about disinfecting and drying it. According to the website, this version has 2 speeds, but no mention as to why.
More questions! (I feel sooo silly asking, because I’m normally very up-to-date on beauty trends. But this gift has thrown off my groove!)
— Cream vs. clear/foam cleanser?
— Tips for keeping brush clean and free from bacteria?
— 2 speeds? Why, when to use, and seriously… why?!
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@BostonBaby: You just want a cleanser the suds or foams, but one without irregular scrubbers (exfoliating pieces of almond or pumice, etc.).
I clean my brush head with anti-bacterial soap after I use it and then I dry it by turning it on and rubbing it lightly into a hand towel. Then, once a week minimum, I remove the brushhead and soak it in hyrdrogen peroxide. Do not use alcohol on it as you will slowly damage the plastics.
I don’t really know why you would need two speeds. I’d probably use the lower one. I also use gentle or sensitive skin brush heads so as to not agravate my skin.
Do be aware that it is totally normal to break out in the beginning of any new skincare regimen, but especially one like this, because you are pulling more dirt and oil out of your skin than normal and you skin won’t be used to that for a few weeks. You may even want to break into using your brush gently, twice a week, then every other day, then every day.
Post # 11
I usually use the tea tree oil gel cleanser from The Body Shop with my Clarisonic. Like MrsSonthebeach, I buy when they have great sales. I’ve also used Neutrogena’s cleansers with it. You can pretty much use any cleaner as long as it doesn’t have microbeads or exfoliating agents.
In response to your more recent questions: I prefer a clear cleanser, although I’ve used a foaming one before too and that’s sometimes nice. I don’t usually use cream cleansers in general. Make sure you take your brush head off and fully clean it at least once a week. Antibacterial soap works just fine. Dry it on a clean towel–just turn it on and press lightly on the towel. The two speeds are good for different areas of your face, or just different times of the month. For example, my face is super sensitive and breaking out right now, so I’m using the lower speed setting. But when my face is drier I use the higher speed. Sometimes I use the higher speed on my nose and forehead, but the lower speed on my cheeks, which feel more sensitive to me.
As a side note, Mrs. Mink I’m not all that impressed with my Clarisonic either. I do notice it actually gets my face super clean–whereas before, I would still have makeup residue around the edges of my face. But it didn’t really get rid of my acne like I had hoped! Stupid hormones. I’m guessing nothing will get rid of my acne. I do like the Clarisonic still, but it’s not a “miracle worker” for me.
Post # 12
I really like Purpose (I think Johnson and Johnson – available at drugstores). I used Philosophy’s Purity for over a year before switching and I think Purpose does a much better job.
Post # 13
I use Philosophy Purity cleanser. I love my Clarisonic. It does a great job getting my makeup off and really cleaning out my pores. My skin always feels so clean and smooth afterwards.I also really enjoy the feeling of it. It’s like a little facial every day.
Post # 14
My face felt really tight for the first week of using my Clarisonic. I went from using it twice a day to only once for the next week or so, until my face starting feeling better, and then went back to twice a day. After almost three years of regular use, my face looked the best it ever had, and I could use any cleanser without a problem. My favs were Philosophy Purity and Obagi, but Olay and Neutrogena cost less. I say “were” b/c I knocked the Clarisonic off the top of my shower and it stopped working… grrrrrr! I’m having breakouts for the first time in years!! <3 my Clarisonic
Post # 15
I use the Revision Skin Brightening Cleanser with my Mia. I love it. A little goes a long way with that and I only Mia everyother day.
Post # 16
Thanks for all the info, ladies! I’m sort of excited to see what (if anything) it does for my skin, though now I’m a little nervous about the “purging” breakouts — my skin is normally clear. It looks like I’ll be headed to Target for some hydrogen peroxide and a new cleanser!