Clarisonic is what seems to be the new “fad.” It is a skin care tool that uses a brush that spins back and forth over the skin. Basically the Clarisonic is an “exfoliating” tool that at the same time removes dirt and makeup. They say it is gentle enough to use up to twice daily. In my opinion that is outrageous. Especially if you are already using other exfoliating products.
Clarisonic, facial scrubs, acids, enzymes, wash cloths or whatever form
you get yours in can cause skin damage and may lead to aging if used
too frequently. My problem isn’t really with the Clarisonic itself, it’s more in how often people are told to use it. In my opinion a brush twice a day is way too harsh on the skin. I honestly tell all my clients to avoid brushes, scrubs, wash cloths or soaps with little beads in them as much as they can. In my opinion, the absolute best way to exfoliate the skin is with AHA’s such as Glycolic Acid or Enzymes. Here’s why:
Simply put, dead skin is like glue. When you scrub or brush your skin you aren’t really doing anything to remove this. Glycolic Acid & Enzymes are able to break down the glue-like substance that holds the layers of dead skin cells together by dissolving it. After these cells dissolve, the skin texture looks smoother and the skin feels softer. Plus at the same time you are treating pimples, blackheads & hyper-pigmentation.
Have you ever started exfoliating (perhaps a little too much) and in turn started breaking out? Well this can be a result of over-exfoliation and dryness that comes with it. I have heard so many of my clients say that they aren’t sure if they liked the Clarisonic brush after they bought it and asked my opinion on it. They usually have told me that they tend to feel more dry and irritated after using it but they like that it makes their skin feel clean. What happens when you dry your skin out is you naturally cause your body to produce more oil to compensate for the missing moisture. What in turn happens is your skin begins to create excess sebum and you begin to break out. EEK!!
You’re probably thinking what is this girl saying, should I just not wash my face? Obviously, not. In my opinion, Clarisonic markets itself as a tool that removes dirt & makeup which is great. You definitely want to always remove your makeup and cleanse the skin of all dirt, however and this is a big however, you don’t want your skin to be squeaky clean to the point of which you have just stripped it of all its natural oils. There is a certain amount of good bacteria that the skin needs to function normally & healthy and I believe the Clarisonic brush strips this by over-use. Like I said I always recommend cleansers/moisturizers with Glycolic and/or gentle enzymes once a week.
So if you love using the Clarisonic brush go for it, more power to you. I am just giving you my professional opinion. At least try to lay off and cut back to only 2-3 times a week. I have a client who has a similar brush and absolutely loves it however, she is careful and only uses it a few times a week. For me, brushes are too stimulating & cause me breakouts so I am just going to stick with what I know and what I know works well.
Most important (even if you have the clearest skin of all), start getting your Facials regularly!! Like I said, I started when I was 12 and continue to do them every month! Twelve might sound a little crazy, but I had help from my Esthetician mother who wanted me to grow up with great skin. What a great mom right? On the other hand, maybe she was just trying to get me to follow in her footsteps…… 😉