Coming into 2016, I had a resolution to take my skin care routine more seriously. When I think back to my habits this time last year and my knowledge of my skin in general, I’ve come such a long way. You can bet with a wedding next year, I’ve bumped up my every day skin care routine even more! The last thing I want to worry about through this fun-filled year is a break out or dull skin. I have an entire blog post in a couple months dedicated to my wedding skin care regimen with a break down of what products I’ve been using from overnight treatments, to pore reducing masks, to under eye creams – you name it. I’ve tested so many products over the last year and I’m so excited to share the best of the best with you.
For today, I wanted to share a specific tool that has made such a huge difference in the appearance of my skin – The Mia 2.0 Clarisonic. Keep in mind, I’m going to discuss the trouble areas I personally face and improvements I have seen in my own skin. While I may have a different skin type or complexion issue than you, this device is known to benefit all varying skin types and address many, many different skin issues – for women and men alike.
For years I’ve heard my girlfriends rave about their Clarisonic cleansing brush devices and after I did my research this year, I realized what I was missing out on. Just based the fact this motorized cleansing brush removes oil, dirt, and make up SIX times more thoroughly than your hands alone had me sold.
I’ve tested out the Clarisonic Mia 2.0 for four weeks and due to my results, I knew I needed to dedicate an entire blog post to it! Below I’m going to cover areas of improvement I was looking for in my skin, how to use and care for the device and my results to date.
MY SKIN TROUBLE AREAS
- Deep Cleaning: I noticed that make up remover alone was just not doing it for me anymore. After thoroughly removing my make up, I’d still see foundation residue on my towel after patting my face dry. I needed to find a way to clean my face more thoroughly.
- Pore Reduction: Most likely due to the issue above, I noticed the pores on my nose were not all that healthy and hoped that they were shrink in size due to deeper cleaning.
- Skin Dullness: My skin tends to look dull, especially in the colder months. Who doesn’t want more of a glow?
- Blemishes: While my skin has never been acne prone, every once in a while I’ll experience a blemish. I feel like it’s due to hormones, but I’m willing to bet it also involves not thoroughly cleaning my skin.
Once I received my Clarisonsic, I started double cleansing [more on that below!]. After the changes I’ve seen in my skin, this is something I truly believe every woman should do especially if you wear make up on a daily basis. So what I mean is, I cleanse my skin
HOW I USE MY CLARISONIC
After dampening my skin with warm water, I remove my make up and do my first round of cleansing with this amazing make up remover. My make up literally just melts off. While my pores are still open, I dampen my skin some more and also wet my Clarisonic bristles. The more water, the better to allow your device to slide right on your skin.
Then I go for a second round of cleaning [AKA double cleansing] with my Clarisonic cleansing brush to remove any excess make up, rid any built up oil and remove dry skin. I put a squeeze of this cleanser onto my brush and use the device on the slow setting all over my face and the mid-speed on my nose for a deeper clean.
I do this process once a day before bed. When I pat my face dry on a white towel, there isn’t a trace of foundation plus my skin just feels clean.
TIPS FOR USING YOUR CLEANSING BRUSH
- Partner With Top Notch Products
While the Clarisonic device is life changing as far as the skin care game goes, it can’t perform at it’s full potential with crap products. My entire skin care regimen is made up of primarily one brand simply because every single one of their products over exceeds my expectations and shows visible results. Last May, I ran out of this cleanser and opted for a bottle of Clean & Clear from Target. I immediately had the worst break out I’ve ever experienced because it contained junk including talc. All in all, skin care is one area to splurge. If you have the proper tool, why not give it the proper products it needs to succeed? You can get 25% any of the Tula products seen in this post with code ‘MINDY25’!
- Double cleanse
GIRL! Double cleansing is my jam and it needs to be yours. My skin has no trace of make up and just feels so fresh with this new routine.
- Gentle Application
Your first instinct may be to ‘brush’ your face, but the device really just needs to gently hover on your skin while wet and it’ll do it’s job perfectly – rotating away the dry skin while cleaning up your pores.
HOW TO CARE FOR A CLARISONIC CLEANSING BRUSH
- Air Dry
Make sure the device is not lying bristles up. The water will just rest on the bristles and device, possibly causing a place for bacteria to grow. I lay mine bristles down onto a towel over night, allowing the water to drip out.
- Maintain the Brush Head
If you use your device every single day, it’s suggested you replace your Clarisonic brush head every three months. This is something I haven’t had to do yet since I’ve been using my for only a month, but I’ll definitely not push this rule. Ensuring the bristles are clean and up to pair will save you from causing more damage to your skin. Also – use code ‘HERCAMPUS’ for a 15% discount.
- Overall Skin Health
I know this sounds vague, but let me explain. Before this cleansing brush, I was looking for products that would fix my trouble areas -pores, dullness, blemishes. It was reactive instead of proactive. Now after I deep clean my skin each day, I just feel so fresh and I have 100% confidence I’m not leaving any make up our oil build up behind. I’m not skimping on cleaning my skin.. causing a blemish to happen, to just to have to run to Sephora and buy a product to fix the issue that I caused. The issue was that I needed to deep clean. My white towels can back me up on this 😉
- Pore Health
The pores around my nose are dramatically reduced. I’m not sure what caused the spur of pore enlargement, but obviously the Clarisonic cleaned it right up. This was really my #1 hope from using the device and I’m super happy that this is cleared up!
- Less Dryness, More Softness
With the daily cleanse and this product, my skin has because much less dry and super soft.
- Skin Tone
One thing I’m pleasantly surprised about is the decrease in the appearance of my freckles. Don’t get me wrong, I think freckles are cute, but I’d prefer them to only be on my nose. My complexion has less freckles/pigmentation on my cheeks which is nice.
Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, premature aging or just want to ensure you’re cleaning your pores – I highly suggest incorporating the Clarisonic Mia 2 cleansing brush into your daily routine alongside some top notch products. This device will help control your oil, remove dirt build up, deep clean pores, reduce break outs, clear out make up residue, even out skin tone and can also reduce the look of wrinkles. We all skin trouble areas, so with the amount of money we spend on products to help clear them up and on make up to hide our insecurities, I’d say this is an investment piece that will pay itself off quickly.
Both Tula and Clarisonic are offering A Mix of Min readers discounts to try their products! This can help you save a little while investing in your skin care regimen.
- Get 15% off your Clarisonic purchase until 10/13 with code ‘HERCAMPUS’.
- Get 25% any of the Tula products seen in this post with code ‘MINDY25’!
I’ve listed my favorite products below. I’m going to go in-depth about each next week for my wedding skin care routine post! Leave any questions you have below or email me. Xoxo Mindy
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In partner with Clarisonic. All opinions and experiences are authentically my own.