The Clarisonic—love it or hate it?

A few years ago, I had some extra money to burn and I dropped it on the nearly $200 Clarisonic, the cleansing/exfoliating device touted by beauty editors as the greatest thing in skin care. But is it really? I'm not so sure. Most of the time I forget to use it. When I do use it regularly, every night, or every other night, I begin to find that my skin looks scratched. I think it might be that the brush is too abrasive on my skin. The Clarisonic offers various brushes, and I'm going to try the ultra sensitive one before I officially give up on this pricey contraption. But, for me, it hasn't worked like I expected. When I go through phases when I've been using it, my skin looks like a mess, so I'll leave it in the cabinet for a few weeks and then my skin returns to normal. I'm curious if other Clarisonic users have had the same issues? Is this expensive tool really worth it? Sound off in the comments below!

In My Cabinet

 

In My Cabinet

 

1. Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub. 2. Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask. 3. Kate Somerville EradiKate. 4. Clarisonic. 5. Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30. 6. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream. 7. Sephora Purifying Brush Shampoo

Like most people, the medicine cabinet in my bathroom is a wretched mess (see the image below). And while it would certainly behoove me to give it a makeover, what's really most important is what's inside. I've featured several of my must-have beauty items in the collage above.

There's the Clarisonic brush which I've written about before here. It's a costly but really effective way to exfoliate your skin, and absolutely worth the investment. 

As you can see, I use a slew of Mario Badescu products, which I adore for their low price points and instant results. I use the Strawberry Face Scrub every other day and it lightly scrubs off any flaky skin and leaves a fresh glow. Likewise, the Azulene Calming Mask is great whenever my skin is in a sensitive phase—whether it's a few pimples, redness, whatever, this mask genuinely calms the skin instantly. My moisturizer above is reasonably priced and packed with SPF 30. It's also oil-free, which is great for a girl with acne-prone skin. And finally, the Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream is my favorite (and I've tried dozens of brands). It's simple, affordable, and seems to have made a significant difference in minimizing fine lines around my eyes. 

Whenever a pimple shows up, I use this acne spot treatment from Kate Somerville, which has salicylic acid in its ingredients—a powerful and effective way to downsize blemishes in a flash. 

But what good is all of this if I'm not cleaning my makeup brushes regularly? I think this is one thing that some of us often forget to do, but it's vital. If you don't clean your brushes, bacteria builds up, which can really mess with your skin. This is an inexpensive makeup brush shampoo from Sephora that I've found works perfectly.

Now, it's time to spruce up this cabinet.

The Clarisonic

Tired of your flaky, ruddy skin? Need a freshen up for your face? I sure did. So I took the plunge and invested in a fancy and expensive ($195) Clarisonic Skincare Brush (in pink). Yes, the price point was extravagant. The claims: "Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods; clears pores and reduces the appearance of pores; creates noticeably healthier looking skin; cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better." Were the claims true? Could such a pricey gadget really be worth it?

I've been using the product for more than a year now (replacing the brush head every three months as suggested), and I can tell a noticeable difference in my skin. It looks and feels like it can breathe. No irritation has occurred, and there's a marked difference in my skin on the days when I use the Clarisonic Skincare Brush, and on the days when I don't. Directions: Moisten the brush head. Lather up your face with your wash. Turn on the Skincare Brush and spend a minute or two sliding it around your face. Turn it off and rinse the brush head. Apply your products to a newly smooth surface on your face. And watch as wrinkles take a back seat, acne doesn't pop up, and your skin looks brighter than ever. Verdict: It's worth the pricetag.