Within the past week I’ve come across a few beauty blogger’s articles on the Sonic Skin Cleansing System by Clarisonic which caught my attention. I’ve seen this type of handheld device become increasingly popular in stores. However, I hadn’t heard of my friends using one and it just didn’t spark my interest figuring a washcloth or facial pads could have the same effect. Alas, after our recent Model Spotlight with beautiful Veronica Taylor exclaiming her beautiful skin is due to using her Mia nightly, we’re officially enthralled.
My first question after looking around online at skin cleansing systems was, “why the Mia and not a cheaper cleansing system?” (a ‘pricey’ tag of $149) Apparently, when purchasing a Clarisonic you’re buying their sonic technology as well as their awesomely powered motor. Clarisonic claims, “Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.”
CLARISONIC Mia is a few steps down from their CLARISONIC Aria Sonic Cleansing System (retailed at $225 but I found it for $199) which is why it has become their number one seller — it’s less complicated. Only offering one button and one speed consumers have an easier time with deciding how much sonic frequency movements are needed that day, not to mention they made it smaller then the Plus making it more manageable.
With only one other product in the same field getting attention at a fraction of the cost, Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System is giving Clarisonic a run for their money. Retail of the Olay cleansing system is around $30 which makes it more appealing to the mass market. But what is the difference? The Clarisonic has more of a vibration motion and the Olay version rotates in a circle. I’ve looked at many reviews comparing the two and the verdict seems to be split. Some people like Olay’s better and say it feels stronger on the skin compared to the Clarisonic. However, people who have been using the Clarisonic for awhile seem almost cultish about their beloved cleanser.
I’m on the fence about which to buy, the Clarisonic price tag is off-putting while Olay’s AA battery usage seems like it would become a lot more costly than the initial $30 spent. I do like how the Olay ProX is water resistant so I can bring it in the shower and what is most appealing about the Clarisonic is some models offer a body brush head. However, the extra body scrubber only comes with the Pro and Plus models and not the Mia.
Do you use a cleansing system? What is your favorite brand and features? I think my choice will be decided based on the one which works best — The Clarisonic for the technology.