I remember our original blog back when Ruby Wren launched in 2009 received tonnes of views and comments on the beauty themed posts…I think my experiences with Lush henna drew in the most, so many people wanting to see the before and after photos and hear how it went. So, seeing as I enjoy trying new products and discovering products, I thought I’d share some of my favourite beauty buys on the blog alongside the more businessy and crafty posts.
One product I use every day without fail is my Clarisonic Mia 2. I’ve never had particularly bad skin but last summer, I started having real skin issues. I tried everything and followed all the advice I read online to try and remedy it…I was juicing, drinking lots of water, eating tonnes of veggies, eliminating gluten and dairy, using coconut oil, maca powder, evening primrose supplements, natural organic cleansers and moisturisers, going makeup free…etc.
The Clarisonic Mia retails at about £125 from places such as Boots, John Lewis, Debenhams, etc., so it’s not a cheap purchase and I spent a lot of time online researching, reading reviews and seeing other people’s before an after photos. In the end, I decided it was worth the risk as I’d exhausted all other options. I ordered mine from John Lewis as they always have excellent customer service and a 2 year guarantee on the Clarisonic. I also purchased a bottle of Purity by Philosophy which I’d heard works well with the Clarisonic.
The Clarisonic takes 24 hours to charge initially, and if you’re impatient like me, this seems like forever. The first use is mind blowing – your face is scrubbed, buffed and polished and my skin was so soft! The first few days, there was a dramatic improvement in the quality of my skin – the breakouts and redness had calmed. After about a week, I was still having new breakouts so I switched to the deep pore brush, which was way too harsh on my skin and irritated my face. After giving up on the deep pore brush head, I picked up the delicate brush in Selfridges and that’s when I started to see what all the fuss was about.
While my skin is no where near perfect still, the Clarisonic has made a huge difference. I also believe lifestyle and dietary changes have addressed the root cause of my skin issues, but the Clarisonic Mia 2 has certainly helped the skin symptoms themselves. I think with the Clarisonic, it’s about getting the right thing for your skin – the right brush head, the right routine and the right products to use along with it. Everyone’s skin is different and needs treating in different ways. I found the deep pore brush and twice daily use too harsh on my face, but the delicate brush once a day seems to work for me. The Clarisonic wasn’t a complete miracle, but my skin is the best it’s been in years and even when I do have breakouts, the Clarisonic seems to have really sped up healing time.
If you’re considering purchasing a Clarisonic Mia 2, make sure you purchase it from a reputable highstreet store rather than a marketplace or ebay. As with all pricey products, fakes do seem to circulate and I’ve seen some less than favourable reviews on Amazon where marketplace customers don’t seem to have received ‘genuine’ items.
I would definitely recommend the Clarisonic Mia 2 for those with skin problems, but it’s not necessarily a miracle cure. I believe the root cause needs to be addressed but the Clarisonic is great for scrubbing the pores themselves and limiting breakouts. I definitely wouldn’t be without mine now though!
I went through my photos to try and find an example of how bad my skin was last summer – it was difficult, as I avoided taking photos because of how self conscious I felt at that time. I did have a few ‘no make up selfies’ on my computer where I started documenting the change in my skin when I started to use the Clarisonic. The ‘Before’ picture below was taken just after I started using the Clarisonic (believe me, it was worse before that even!) and the ‘After’ photo was taken this week, about 8 months after I started using the Clarisonic. Both photos were taken with zero make up or skin products – completely product free. It’s taken some courage to upload them to the blog, but seeing them side by side made me realise just how dramatically my skin has improved with the Clarisonic.