Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I will let you know where I bought the items and the purchase price. (And if there are any deals!) There will be items for every budget level and I will include a product review. Be sure to check back each Friday!

If you are looking for a higher-end gift set for this year, the Clarisonic cleansing systems may be for you. There are several to choose from and there are multiple stores with sales. The company is running a sale on their own web site. Stores like Sephora (where I purchased the gift for my friend) and Ulta have additional incentives–so keep an eye out for the best value!

Note–I have a MIA 2 (like the one pictured). I use it for cleaning my face. I rarely wear foundation and have not used the Clarisonic foundation brush. So I will be focusing only on the cleansing aspect in this review.

The claims made by the company for this product are impressive:

  • removes six times more dirt, oil and makeup than regular cleansing
  • increase the absorption of your skincare oils, creams, lotions, etc.
  • reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles
  • helps clear up dry patches and acne

So let’s take this claim-by-claim—

Six Times Cleaner

Screen Shot 2017-11-30 at 6.05.39 PMThe device uses sonic technology to clean your skin. The brushes don’t spin—they vibrate at a rate of 300 movements per second.

It does not pull or tug at the skin and the bristles on the cleansing style brush are very soft.

The Mia 2 has a built-in timer so that you know when to switch to a different area on your face. It has a self-shut off feature and cordless charging.

Clarisonic sells a cleanser, but you can use your own tried-and-true product as long as it does not have “grit” in the product (for exfoliation). The sonic action helps to remove potentially pore-clogging dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells.

Does it make my face cleaner? Yes—I believe it does. When I would wash my face using the same cleanser without the Clarisonic and then use a toner, the cotton pad would pick up traces of makeup. Even after I felt I thoroughly washed and dried my face, this “trace” would remain!

This discoloration from leftover makeup on the cotton pad does not occur when I use the Clarisonic. The proof is in the clean cotton pad!

Result—my skin is cleaner when using this tool.

Increases Absorption of Skin Care Products

This claim makes sense. If your skin is cleaner, the products will absorb better. They don’t have to fight past clogged pores or dry patches of skin.

Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles and Pores

If the skin is cleaner, then the pores would not be as clogged and appear smaller. If your topical skin care is able to absorb, it can work better. This can affect the appearance of wrinkles.

These claims also make sense in the context of having cleaner skin when using the Clarisonic.

Helps Clear Up Dry Patches and Acne

I have dry skin and I have noticed that it makes a big difference in my dry patch “areas.” Because you are using a brush while cleansing, the Clarisonic provides a mild form of exfoliation. When I use the Clarisonic consistently I do not need to use an additional weekly exfoliator.

To be clear—this product is not marketed as an exfoliator. This is something I have noticed when using the Clarisonic.

I can’t speak for the acne benefit because I don’t have this issue.

It is worth it? For me—yes. I love the way the Clarisonic makes my skin feel and I have a feeling my friend will too.

With all of the sales that are occurring now, it could be a good time to give this type of product a try.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this skin care tool. Have you tried the Clarisonic yet? What changes did you notice with your skin?

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored. All products discussed were purchased by me.

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