The Clarisonic: My Thoughts

I decided to finally do this post because I repeatedly keep getting asked the question:  What do you think about the Clarisonic? 

A legitimate question it is, after all, it’s a hefty investment for a skin care product (averaging around $180).  I remember asking the same thing before I finally took the plunge and purchased one myself.  So, without further adieu…

Lets get started!
Website description: Used and recommended by spas and dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier skin. And healthier skin is smoother, more radiant and more beautiful.

More from website:

  • Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
  • Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best
  • Gentle enough to use twice a day
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Minimizes the appearance of visible pores

Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System

My thoughts: I like my Clarisonic, a lot. Not LOVE, but like-a-lot. After usage, your skin will feel soft from the nice little mechanical exfoliation that it provides. Now, let’s get to the bullet points. . .

  • It claims to “remove 6x more makeup” than manual cleansing.

Do you know what else can remove your makeup? A makeup wipe and some cleanser.

  • “Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.”

Yes, it does. Do you know what else can do that? Any skin care product that removes dead skin cells.

  • “Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best.”

Sure, ok, yes. It removes dead skin cells, therefore your finishing products can penetrate into your skin a little more. Again, a good product can do that as well.

  • “Gentle enough to use twice a day.”

No, no, and no. You do not need to use this twice a day, and it really can irritate the skin if you do so. You only really need to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week. Anything more isn’t necessary and it could cause you to break out even more.

  • “Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes.”

Sure, it does that. But… so does a good retinol, or something containing glycolic acid.

  • “Minimizes the appearance of visible pores”

Eh, my oily skin has pretty large pores in my t-zone and it really hasn’t done much for them. Although, someone with smaller pores may notice a difference (because this does give a good exfoliation). But from my personal experience, it does nothing for the pores.

Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System

Downside: I pretty much covered everything in the bullet points above. Other than that, it would be the hefty price tag. They will set you back anywhere from $119 – $225. The one pictured in the Classic Cleansing System, which is $195. You can read about the different cleansing systems here.

Brush Head Refill

My tips for usage: If you do have one or are thinking about getting one, here are some things to consider:

  • Do not use twice a day, even though Clarisonic says that you can. It’s like, “too much of a good thing.” Too much exfoliation irritates your skin. I use about 3 times a week (morning or night). You can use it with your cleanser, OR use with an exfoliator with small, gentle abrasives (like salt or sugar) for something a little more aggressive.
  • You don’t need to replace your brush heads every 3-4 months. If you clean them correctly, a brush can last you almost a year. I soak mine in 2% isopropyl alcohol for 2 minutes every week. Rinse and leave face down to dry.
  • Start with the sensitive skin brush. My skin isn’t sensitive and the sensitive skin brush is plenty abrasive for my skin. I would NOT recommend the deep pore or acne brush. The deep pore one is as hard as a rock, why would you want to do that to your skin? Ouch! If you want more of an exfoliation use it with a exfoliating scrub, you don’t need a different brush head. If you have severe acne, the last thing you want to do is use this brush on it. It will stimulate your oil glands even more and make things worse. Read about the different brush heads here.

From the Brush Refill

Overall: If you have the cash to spend on it, go ahead and get one, because everyone needs to exfoliate. However, I do not think anyone needs this product. This provides a good mechanical exfoliation,and that’s it. There are other, and less expensive ways to do the same thing.

Sensitive Skin Brush Head Refills

Glitter rating: 3.5 / 5

You can purchase the Clarisonic from their website. It is also available at various department stores. Price ranges from $119-$225. Replacement brush heads are $25 for 1, or $40 for 2.


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8 thoughts on “The Clarisonic: My Thoughts

  1. GREAT rundown on the whole deal. Love this post!

  2. “Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best.” — A good salt scrub is great for removing toxins and impurities, as well.

    Love your post!

  3. Nice post. It’s a shame the devices have such a high price tag but worth it if you get results from using them.


    • I’ve actually changed my mind about the clarisonic since writing this… I need to update!

  4. mallory

    Are you a licensed esthetician? Doesn’t seem like you you quite know what you’re talking about in a lot of these posts…??!!

    • Hello, Mallory! I did complete 1000 hour esthetics program in the state of Kansas and am licensed in the state of Missouri. I wrote this post awhile ago and have since then obtained more education, and incidentally, changed my mind about the Clarisonic. I plan on doing another post about it in the future!

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